Our stressful lives, erratic sleep hours, reduced immunity and genetic predisposition pose serious health risks that show up as inflammation. Luckily for us, there are a few spices and herbs that can help fight inflammation, boost immune function and ward off chronic diseases. The focus, this time, is the brilliant yellow turmeric root.
Curcumin, the potent ingredient in turmeric, is a miracle compound known to fight everything from rheumatoid arthritis to cancer. Populations that eat turmeric regularly have very low levels of Alzheimer’s, possibly due to curcumin’s action against free radicals, a major factor in age-related neurological degeneration. The Kitava tribe of Papua New Guinea drink copious amounts of raw turmeric tea and have lived long, healthy lives that are disease free, and free from CHD (Coronary Heart disease).
Nutritionally, turmeric is an excellent source of both iron and manganese as well as a good source of vitamin B6, dietary fiber and potassium. So load up on that curry powder and use turmeric liberally. If you are feeling unwell and need to bring your immune system up- you should try this recipe for anti-inflammatory turmeric tea.
1. Bring two cups of water to a boil.
2. Add one teaspoon of raw turmeric and reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes.
3. Strain the tea through a fine sieve into a cup, add natural honey and either lemon juice or organic apple cider vinegar to to taste. You can choose to make this more potent by adding some ginger and freshly ground pepper.
4. Sip slowly through the day, for enhanced assimilation and best results.