It’s all about the Turmeric…
Turmeric has been used in India and other Asian countries as a spice, for medicinal purposes and as food. Turmeric root is taken and powdered before use.
The University of Maryland’s Medical Centre also states that turmeric’s powerful antioxidant properties fight cancer-causing free radicals, reducing or preventing some of the damage they can cause.
While more research is necessary, early studies have indicated that curcumin may help prevent or treat several types of cancer including prostate, skin and colon.
Dr. Randy J. Horwitz, the medical director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, wrote a paper for the American Academy of Pain Management in which he discussed the health benefits of turmeric.
“Turmeric is one of the most potent natural anti-inflammatories available,” Horwitz states in the paper.
However, other forms are available like capsules, tincture, fluid extracts and tea. Turmeric tea offers various health benefits.
Basic Recipe: Take four cups of water and bring it to the boil. Add 1 teaspoon turmeric. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for at least 10 minutes. Strain this using a fine sieve. Add lemon or for taste.
As a variation, a teaspoon of ginger can be added to the turmeric tea. Good quality turmeric powder must be used for this recipe.
Another great addition can be cinnamon. Cinnamon has awesome health benefits and also serve as sweetener. However, grating fresh turmeric root each time you brew your tea can provide a richer flavour.
Since the health benefits of turmeric are widely known, turmeric root is available in most grocery stores worldwide.
This is the basic recipe to prepare turmeric tea.
I also use honey in my Turmeric tea and is a great way to add some extra sweetness and help soothe any sore throat that one may have.