Arguably the most effective supplement around, turmeric is a beautifully fragrant spice mainly used in Asian cooking and has been a staple in curry spice blends for thousands of years. Turmeric is a proven superfood and can be found in its root form at our local farmers’ market.
Why does turmeric have such an amazing reputation? Here are a few facts that should inspire you to immediately add this wonderful ingredient into your next meal:
Turmeric contains curcumin, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Curcumin has beneficial effects on several factors known to play a role in heart disease. It improves the function of the endothelium and is a potent anti-inflammatory agent and antioxidant.
Curcumin leads to several changes on the molecular level that may help prevent and perhaps even treat cancer.
One my best memories with my nana was when she would make what we called “Golden Milk” — warm or cold, this tasty treat can tick many boxes for a healthful drink or snack as it has the protein of the nut milk and the double punch of antioxidants with the turmeric and ginger root.
Seeds of 2 cardamom pods
1 cup almond or coconut milk
(I use a blend)
1/2-inch piece of fresh turmeric root
1/4-inch piece of fresh
Honey, to taste
Crush cardamom seeds with a knife. Peel and chop the turmeric root and ginger. In a small pan, heat the milk along with the spices for 2 to 3 minutes. Let the mixture cool until it’s warm, then drain it into a cup.
Add honey to taste. Drink immediately.
Maureen Cubbon is one of the chefs at Bon Vivant at Camana Bay and director of Bestlife, a Wellness & Culinary company that provides educational-based support programmes to help people to reach their wellness goals.