Turmeric is a flowering plant of the ginger family with powerful antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. The yellow spice has shown to inhibit the enzymes responsible for inflammation, puffiness and throbbing and is an effective treatment for digestive issues, inflammation, and joint pain.
So, how can you start ingesting more of this magic gold dust? We asked health and wellness journalist, tv presenter and best-selling author, Sarah Wilson, to share her top turmeric tips:
1. Have it for breakfast
“I mix 1/2 – 1 teaspoon each of cinnamon and turmeric powder into coconut yoghurt for breakfast or dessert. I do the same with regular yoghurt. I travel with both (turmeric and cinnamon) and use it to add to yoghurt at hotel breakfasts or if I need to grab food on the run (you can buy a tub of plain full-fat yoghurt anywhere).
2. Drink it
“The bioavailability of turmeric increases when it’s fermented. I’ll often make up a batch of my fermented Turmeric Tonic … bound to pacify pain and cool the angry inflammation.”
3. Ferment it
“I take the leftover turmeric from the tonic and puree it into a paste [for] curries and stews. It keeps for ages (it’s fermented!). Just as long as it still looks and smells fine…”
4. Turn it into a sweet treat
“ I follow this recipe, but use shredded coconut, salt, a bit of pepper and turmeric powder to create my Turmeric Caramel Bark.”
5. Make it golden
“I use a recipe from my “I Quit Sugar: Simplicious” book, which includes one cup of milk, (coconut or dairy is best), 1 teaspoon of coconut oil, 1/2 a teaspoon of fermented turmeric paste, and a generous sprinkle of pure vanilla powder and ground cinnamon gently heated and stirred in a saucepan. Serve warm.”
6. Egg it
“I add 1/2-1 teaspoon of powder (or 1-2 teaspoons of fresh stuff) to scrambled eggs, producing a wonderful colour!”
7. Turn it into chocolate!
“Use this basic chocolate recipe and flavour with a good sprinkle of turmeric, salt and cayenne pepper.”
To ensure you get all the benefits of this golden spice, wash down that turmeric latte with Releaf Curcumin 185 (the main active ingredient of turmeric) which is a potent antioxidant 185 times more bioavailable than standard Curcumin extract and may help relieve the joint pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis.