Turmeric and Honey. Because 2 Superfoods Are Better Than 1!
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Turmeric is a plant in the same family as ginger – Zingiberaceae. It is common in Southeast and South Asia where it is one of the most revered ayurvedic herbs known for its rhizomes’ natural healing properties. Turmeric rhizomes can be consumed fresh or dried and ground into a superfood powder. The end product contains powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Some people recommend adding black pepper to help curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, be more easily absorbed into the bloodstream.
These anti-inflammatory benefits are critically important given the sheer number of chronic diseases like Alzheimer’s, cancer, and heart disease tied to chronic inflammation.
With these health-promoting benefits it is hardly surprising that cooking with turmeric is popular, as illustrated by its use in many traditional recipes in the ayurvedic diet. What’s more, turmeric is also often turned into turmeric paste and topically applied to injured areas in order to fight infection and promote healing. It’s even been used to create turmeric soap.
But what’s better than one superfood? How about a superfood combo? Today we are going to share a very simple recipe that combines organic turmeric and honey. Honey, like turmeric, has a host of health promoting properties. These include antioxidant, antiseptic, anti rheumatic capabilities as well as the ability to sooth an irritated throat while simultaneously impeding the growth of harmful microorganisms. In fact, some studies suggest consuming honey may reduce the risk of heart attacks, stroke and even some cancers in some people thanks to its anti inflammatory capabilities as well as the antioxidants like flavonoids, carotenoids and phenolic acids it contains.
Here’s a simple recipe to combine the two.
2 teaspoons of ground organic turmeric
2 tablespoons of organic honey (use 3 or 4 if you like it sweet.)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 lemon (to add to hot water, turmeric and honey mixture when ready to consume.)
In a small bowl, mix turmeric, honey and black pepper into a paste.
The ratio of turmeric to honey can be adjusted as the taste of turmeric can seem quite strong if you are not used to it. If that is the case, you may want to use 3 or 4 tablespoons of honey to sweeten it rather than 2.
Pour a teacup of hot water
Put 1 tablespoon of your turmeric, honey, pepper mixture into the hot water and stir.
Add juice of 1/4 lemon to brighten the taste if desired.
Once turmeric, honey, pepper mixture is evenly mixed, place into a small airtight container for refrigerator storage.
You can simply take 1 teaspoon of the mixture each morning or mix with granola and yogurt for an even healthier breakfast.
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