Turmeric was dubbed the golden spice thanks to its color but also its amazing health benefits. The spice is commonly used in the Asian cuisine and alternative medicine, for treating various health conditions and it has been used since ancient times, long before medicine knew why it was so beneficial.

Turmeric and Its Health Benefits

Turmeric is a versatile spice than abounds in a number of nutritional compounds. It has powerful antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-carcinogenic, anti-mutagenic, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties, It’s abundant in minerals and vitamins, including vitamin C, E and K, potassium, magnesium, niacin, calcium, copper, zinc, dietary fiber and proteins.

Cancer prevention

Studies have demonstrated that turmeric can lower your risk of prostate cancer and radiation-caused tumors. It can also stop cancer cells proliferation in cancers like leukemia, breast carcinoma and colon cancer.

Depression treatment

Curcumin, turmeric’s active ingredient is rich in antioxidants which are crucial in depression treatments.

Relieves arthritis

Thanks to its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric is super effective in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, joint pain and osteoarthritis.

Strengthens the immune system

Turmeric is abundant in lipopolysaccharides which contain antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties and give your immune system a boost. If you consume it regularly it will protect you from infections and viruses.

Wound healing

Turmeric is good for treating wounds and speeding up the healing time as it has antiviral and antiseptic properties.

Good for the heart

The spice will protect your overall cardiovascular system and keep your heart healthy because it can break down the fat and lower your cholesterol levels.

Regulate your weight

It will help you regulate your weight and keep it within the healthy ranges. Why? Because it helps your digestive system break down the bile – a main component of dietary fat. It also makes everything taste better, even plants and veggies you don’t like eating so much but have to because they’re healthy.

Alzheimer’s prevention

Alzheimer’s is mainly cause by protein buildup in the brain. How can turmeric help prevent this? Well by boosting healthy blood and oxygen flow to your brain, which turmeric is known to help with.
Liver protecting properties

Lastly, turmeric is rich in enzymes that help cleanse your body from toxins and waste material, boosting the liver function.

If you don’t know how to introduce turmeric to your diet here are 7 excellent recipes that will help you take advantage of the health benefits this spice has.

Turmeric tea

You’ll need

  • 1 cup hot water
  •  ½ tsp fresh turmeric
  • organic honey (per preferences)
  • a pinch of black pepper
  • a drizzle of lime

Preparation:

Bring the water to a boil and add the turmeric. Let it simmer for about 5 minutes and set it aside to cool down. Strain the tea, add the rest of the ingredients and serve!
Turmeric juice

You’ll need:

  • ½ lemon
  •  1 tsp. turmeric powder
  •  a pinch sea salt

Preparation:
Mix the lemon juice, turmeric and sea salt and consume the mixture.

Turmeric scramble

Just sprinkle some turmeric powder on your eggs for breakfast and enjoy the spicy treat.

Turmeric soup

You’ll need:

  • 4 cups organic bone or veggie broth
  • 1 inch of turmeric root

Instructions:

Pour some water in a pot and bring it to a boil. Add the broth and the grated turmeric root and let it simmer for about 15 minutes. Strain it if it’s needed, add a pinch of black pepper and enjoy!
Turmeric smoothie

You can just add turmeric to your regular smoothie recipe or try our recommendation:

You’ll need:

  • 1tsp. turmeric
  • half a cup of almond or coconut milk
  • 1tsp. hemp seed hearts
  • 2tbsp. coconut flakes
  • 1tsp maca root
  • 1 ½ cups mango or pineapple (frozen or fresh)
  • a pinch of black pepper

Preparation:

Toss everything in a blender and pulse until combined. Enjoy!
Golden milk

Just mix some warm milk with a teaspoon of turmeric powder and consume it. If you have some extra time you can also try the following recipe, it’s super delicious.

You’ll need:

  • 1 tsp turmeric
  •  ¼ tsp ginger powder/fresh grated
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ tsp vanilla
  • pinch of clove
  • pinch of cardamom
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 cup coconut or almond milk
  • 2 tsp organic honey

Preparation:
Add everything in a pot, bring the mixture to a boil and let it simmer for 15 minutes. Pour it in a glass and enjoy.

Turmeric kefir

You’ll need:

  • 1 gallon distilled water
  •  1 cup of fresh turmeric
  •  1 cup ginger
  •  1 cup rapadure or organic sugar
  • ½ cup Water Kefir Grains
    Preparation:

Peel the turmeric and ginger and chop them. Pour the water in a large pot and bring it to a boil. Add the turmeric and ginger, reduce the heat to medium, cover it and let it simmer for 60 minutes. Set it aside and let it cool down. Next strain the liquid and transfer it in a large glass jar. Add the sugar and stir until combined. Finally add the kefir grains and close the jar. Cover it with a towel in the end and let it sit for 5 days. You can try it after the 3rd or 4th day, if it’s a bit sour and fizzy the kefir is ready to drink.  Store it in the fridge and drink it whenever you can.

Source : http://www.organichealthteam.com/7000-studies-confirm-turmeric-can-change-life-7-amazing-ways-use/