Welcome to another installation of Ingredient of the Week! This week’s focus is turmeric.
Turmeric is one of my favorite spices—I love the warm, peppery taste and the bright orange-yellow color. I also love it for its health-boosting effects. I’m far from alone in this—tumeric has been used for over 2,500 years in food and, in a sense, as medicine.
Turmeric (the active ingredient of which is curcumin) has long been known for its anti-inflammatory properties. More recent studies have revealed it to be effective in treating various cancers and conditions ranging from Alzheimer’s Disease, to arthritis (due to its anti-inflammatory effects) to psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.
For more information on the health benefits of turmeric, click here.
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp ground/powdered ginger
- Add the turmeric to water as it boils.
- Take water off the heat and pour into a glass. Stir in ginger and pepper.
- Drink in small sips throughout the day.
Turmeric is very popular in Indian cooking, but you can use it in practically anything. I love adding it to soups, vegetable dishes and even sweet foods like smoothies, as it adds a nice orange color. Try it with lentils and sweet potatoes. This is my go-to recipe, but there are so many great variations, it’s hard to go wrong.
Here’s to the cold remedy working! Enjoy your day!