Herbal Wisdom; Turmeric. A ‘Super’ food/herb

‘Turmeric’ certainly belongs in the series of ‘super’ foods. Turmeric is an ochre-yellowish colored spice that is also reminiscent of saffron or, for example, curry, but that is certainly not the case. Turmeric is not yet so well known in the Netherlands that everyone has it in their spice rack, as is the case with nutmeg, pepper, curry and paprika powder, but in Eastern cuisine it is an important part of the preparation of dishes. .

What is Turmeric?

Turmeric (Turmeric, Curcuma, Kunyit, Koenjit, Koenir, Haldi, Turmeric, Pallilo) belongs to the ginger family. It has a mildly bitter taste and, as mentioned, is yellow to ocher in color. In Eastern culture, Turmeric is not only used as a medicine or spice, but also as a dye for coloring textiles.

Why is Turmeric so great?

In the East people seem to be much more aware of healthy herbs and foods than we are here in the West. But we Westerners are gradually becoming wiser and are realizing that many foods also have medicinal properties. And that is also the case with Turmeric.

In the East, Turmeric is used almost as often in clinics as in cooking. Turmeric has an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect and can influence diseases such as: rheumatism, Crohn’s disease, colitis, asthma, pancreatic cancer, colon cancer, arteriosclerosis, eye problems, intestinal polyps, psoriasis and so on. It is striking that in countries such as India where Turmeric is widely used, a disease such as prostate cancer rarely occurs. And according to recent studies, Turmeric can protect the liver against toxins. Well. That is quite something.

Difficult for the body to absorb

The disadvantage of Turmeric is that our body has difficulty absorbing the substance. But something has been found. It has been shown that when you combine Turmeric with pepper, our body absorbs it 1000x better than without pepper. So when you use Turmeric in a dish, it is wise to also use pepper.

As mentioned, Turmeric has been used in India for thousands of years. Both in Ayurvedic medicine and by the population itself. It seems that half to a whole teaspoon per day is enough to promote overall digestion. Fortunately, turmeric is kind to the stomach and in fact, if you feel full or suffer from flatulence, it can help to to promote intestinal peristalsis.

What can you use Turmeric in now?

To start with, you can always easily incorporate Turmeric into Oriental dishes. It speaks for itself. But also in sauces or soups, on various types of meat, in curries, in vegetables, to color rice yellow. Well, actually in everything. It is best to use Turmeric as much and as often as possible in all kinds of dishes.

Another option is the smoothie from Mike Donkers or the smoothie from Henk Mutsaers, a video of which can be seen here on his website in which he shows completely how to make the smoothie.

And then of course you can always take Turmeric through a supplement. Inquire at your health food store or health food store.

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