Saturday, June 4, 2016

Turmeric: The Power of Kitchen Gold

A brief summary of an article by Emily Monaco from Organic Authority

The complex, buttery, peppery taste of Turmeric can be irresistible when it's taken fresh from the root. Its look resembles ginger root, which we're familiar with; but the golden, Fijian Turmeric Root we get in New Zealand boasts a gorgeous orange colour when you cut into it.

Thanks to these nutrients, a teaspoon (2 grams) of grated turmeric root, packs a powerful punch:

0.2mg Manganese (8% of our daily need)
0.8mg iron (5% of our DN)
0.5mg Vitamin C (1% of our DN)
3.9mg Magnesium (1% of our DN)
5.4mg Phosphorous (1% of our DN, essential for bones)
50.5mg Potassium (1% of our DN)
0.1mg Zinc (1% of our DN)

9 Ways Turmeric, with its active ingredient Cucurmin, can help you:
  1. It can reduce systemic inflammation. That's inflammation within our bodies that can cause chronic disease.
  2. Turmeric has been linked to helping people with Alzheimer's disease.
  3. It can be very soothing for stomach problems like indigestion and bloating possibly because turmeric stimulates the gall bladder to produce bile.
  4. Turmeric has been successfully used for a wide range of pain relief from menstrual cramps to joint pain from arthritis. A 2012 study showed that patients with rheumatoid arthritis showed improvement when taking Cucurmin supplements. Some research here.
  5. Possible cancer prevention. A 2011 study from the University of Illinois, Chicago, here, showed that Cucurmin could have positive effects in the early treatment of colon cancer.
  6. Talking about going sugar-free, Cucurmin may help manage irregular blood sugar levels.
  7. There is increasing interest in the ability of Cucurmin, the active ingredient in turmeric root, to protect the heart against disease. Some research here.
  8. Potential anti-depressant properties. More info here.
  9. Turmeric contains good levels of very effective antioxidants. Some research here.

Buying and Storing Turmeric Root

Fresh root contains all the flavour and goodness of the fresh spice. Powdered is great to use in baking but the fresh root is best used in smoothies and other cooking. 

Storage is best under dry conditions. When you buy your root make sure it's dry before you store. It will also keep well in a dry container in the fridge for 2-3 weeks. If necessary, freeze it. This will make the root go limp but its' still potent and usable when frozen.

Here's a link for some good recipes - you'll have to scroll right to the bottom of the article to find them. Enjoy!

(Turmeric Scrambled Eggs)

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