Turmeric is an ancient spice that adds pungent flavor and a lovely golden hue to many dishes, along with an abundance of health benefits.
Turmeric, the spice that gives curry its yellow color has been shown to be an effective, nontoxic alternative for many pharmaceutical medications and has therapeutic properties for various systems within the body.1
Historians from all around the world have produced evidence to show that apparently all primitive peoples used herbs, often in a sophisticated way.
Quinine from Cinchona bark was used to treat the symptoms of malaria long before the disease was identified, and the raw ingredients of a common aspirin tablet have been a popular painkiller for far longer than we have had access to tablet-making machinery.
Indeed, today many pharmacological classes of drugs include a natural product prototype that we originally discovered through the study of traditional cures and folk knowledge of indigenous people.
There’s a plant in South Asia called Adhatoda (from adu meaning “goat,” and thoda meaning “not touch” because it’s so bitter even the goats won’t eat it). It has compounds that help open one’s airways and as such, Adhatoda tea has been used traditionally to treat asthma, with the leaves steeped with black peppercorns. Continue reading “Why Pepper Boosts Turmeric Blood Levels”
Turmeric has a warm, peppery flavor and mild aroma reminiscent of orange and ginger. Active ingredients in turmeric are credited with numerous health benefits and studies suggest that this ancient spice has a great deal to contribute to western medicine.
Curries can have an intensity ranging from mild to spicy and are common fare in Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Persian and Malay dishes. Curried Brussels Sprouts and Baby Carrots is a luscious dish that features chunks of baby carrots, tart currants and quartered Brussels sprouts bathed in a silky curry sauce made without fatty ingredients like cream, butter or coconut milk. Continue reading “Creamy Curry Low-fat and Luscious”
It is back to the future for ancient herbal remedies being re-examined by modern medicine for their legendary therapeutic properties. Turmeric is what imparts the characteristic vibrant yellow hue to curry and is an ancient spice highly prized as one of the most versatile of natural remedies.
This powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory has long been used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine to treat maladies ranging from digestive upsets to arthritis. Curcumin is the principal component in turmeric and has been the subject of numerous studies as a treatment for a broad range of maladies. Continue reading “7 Healthy Reasons to Spice it Up with Turmeric”
In the Old World, where spices were valued for depth of flavor and prized for therapeutic properties, turmeric was called ‘The Spice of Life.’
Turmeric has flavored food and prevented spoilage for centuries, adding a characteristic golden hue and warm ginger flavor to dishes from Asia to the Middle East. Spices are cited repeatedly as a significant part of the ancients’ daily lives in Egyptian hieroglyphics recorded on the walls of the pyramids and in passages of the Old Testament.
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