What is Turmeric?
Turmeric powder from Green Harmony ID is a plant native to southeast Asia. To create the orange-yellow powder you are most likely familiar with, part of the plant is boiled for some time and dried in a hot oven. Once dried, it is ground into a fine powder and sold for use in cooking, medicinal remedies, skin treatments and more.
It’s important to know that the vast majority of studies on turmeric have not examined the spice itself. When you hear about the benefits of turmeric powder on a website or on a health news report on television, you are mostly likely hearing about the benefits of turmeric powder.
Turmeric with a quite remarkable set of potential health benefits. These potential benefits include better regulation of inflammation, oxidation, cell signaling, blood sugar levels, blood fat levels, and brain levels. But at the same time, there are many other health-supportive substances in turmeric powder. In the remainder of this Health Benefits section, we want to tell you about practical health benefits of turmeric in cooking based on our confidence in research about the spice itself.
How to Consume Turmeric?
Turmeric tea can be prepared from either pure turmeric powder or grated or ground, dried turmeric. Fermented turmeric preparations, commonly sold as tea products, claim to have higher concentrations of biologically available or absorbable curcumin.
The steps to follow for making turmeric tea are:
- boil 4 cups of water
- add 1 to 2 teaspoons of ground, grated, or powdered turmeric
- allow the mixture to simmer for approximately 10 minutes
- strain the tea into a container and allow it to cool for 5 minutes
Many people put additional ingredients into their turmeric tea to improve the taste or help with its absorption. Common additives include:
- Honey, to sweeten the tea and give the mixture more anti-microbial properties.
- Whole milk, cream, almond milk, coconut milk, or 1 tablespoon of coconut oil or ghee (unclarified butter) to help with absorption, as curcumin requires healthy fats to dissolve properly.
- Black pepper, which contains piperine, a chemical known to help promote curcumin absorption, and that can add a spice flavor to the tea.
- Lemon, lime, or ginger, to enhance antioxidant and antimicrobial properties in the mixture and improve taste.