Winter is coming. As the first signs of winter start to cool Australians down, cases of colds, flus and annoying sniffles start to increase. But why do colds and flus tend to occur more frequently as temperatures drop?
Cold temperatures are not directly responsible for making people sick. Viruses (like colds and the flu) tend to spread more easily in colder weather as exposure to cold and dry air can weaken our immune systems.
It’s time to spice up your winter with Turmeric - a natural remedy scientifically proven to boost your immunity.
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric is a flowering plant of the ginger family, and like ginger the most common used part is the root. While turmeric has been in the spotlight recently, this spice has been used for over 4500 years for medicinal and cultural purposes.
Its bright yellow root contains a powerful anti-inflammatory and healing chemical called Curcumin (diferuloylmethane). Curcumin and other beneficial chemicals in turmeric are said to help a variety of ailments and boost immunity.
Nowadays turmeric tablets and supplements are available at most chemists. Or, it can be easily incorporated into our diet by adding fresh, ground or dried turmeric to meals and drinks.
What Are The Health Benefits Of Turmeric?
- Curcumin in turmeric helps restore and bolster your immune system.
- Turmeric helps maintain good gut health. It aids digestion by increasing the flow of bile and boosts our liver’s ability to remove toxins.
- The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of Turmeric are perfect for cuts and scrapes and other skin conditions like acne, redness and inflammation.
- Turmeric helps aid weight loss. When added to meals, turmeric is said to keep you feeling fuller for longer and its curcumin can actually suppress fat tissue growth.
Other health conditions turmeric is said to benefit are: joint pain, inflammation, arthritis and even cancer.
How To Use Turmeric For Health Benefits
There are thousands of delicious recipes for warming turmeric drinks perfect for winter. Our favourites are golden turmeric lattes or a delicious cup of Zen Turmeric Tea.
Use fresh cut, ground or dried turmeric to make:
- Turmeric latte / ‘golden milk’
- Turmeric coconut milk
- Turmeric and lemon tea
- Turmeric and ginger tea
- Fresh turmeric juice
If you’re serious about taking turmeric, you should consider a supplement. Turmeric can be taken in a tablet or capsule on its own, or combined with other vitamins and minerals.
Spicy tip: the curcumin chemical in turmeric can be further activated when taken with black pepper.
Cooking With Turmeric
Turmeric adds vibrant flavour and colour to food, and can keep you feeling fuller for longer. You can easily add turmeric to soups and rice or mix it through salads and cooked vegetables.
Check out these healthy winter recipes we are loving:
The Downside Of TurmericWhile turmeric makes a healthy and delicious addition to your diet, be warned - turmeric can seriously stain. Ground, dried or fresh cut turmeric can stain just about anything it comes in contact with bright yellow, and is used as a traditional way to dye materials.
Turmeric benefits your health, is delicious and easy to incorporate into your diet, so why not try this ancient spice and boost your immune system in time for this winter?
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