Healing Foods

Turmeric

This golden, earthy-flavored Indian spice delivers strong anti-inflammatory effects along with enhanced digestive health
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The spice responsible for curry powder’s golden color, turmeric is an ancient Ayurvedic treatment for digestive disorders and arthritis. Several antioxidant-rich compounds, collectively known as curcuminoids, provide the ochre-colored root’s health benefits. Although curcumin accounts for only 3 percent of turmeric’s makeup, it boasts extraordinarily potent anti-inflammatory properties. Because inflammation runs amok in virtually every disease process, including arthritis, cancer, and heart disease, curcumin is the subject of extensive cutting-edge research. The strongest evidence supports turmeric’s effectiveness against dyspepsia (stomach upset) and ulcerative colitis, but it also appears to help age-related cognitive impairment, irritable bowel syndrome, psoriasis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

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Turmeric’s earthy taste tempers the stronger spices in curry powder; it also enhances pastas and grains, soups, stews, and leafy green sautés. Sprinkle turmeric over open-faced cheese sandwiches before broiling, add a pinch to an egg-white omelet or tofu scramble, and increase the curcumin quotient in each teaspoon of curry powder by adding an extra 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric. This golden, earthy-flavored Indian spice delivers strong anti-inflammatory effects along with enhanced digestive health.

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Nutty Sweet Potato Soup with Harissa and Spinach

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Thai Curried Noodles with Broccoli and Tofu

Thai Curried Noodles with Broccoli and Tofu

This creamy, golden noodle dish is modeled after the Thai dish khao soi, which combines sweet, spicy, and sour flavors in one bowl.

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Curried Potatoes with Cauliflower and Peas

Curried Potatoes with Cauliflower and Peas

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Southwestern Tofu Scramble

Southwestern Tofu Scramble

Ground turmeric gives this egg-free scramble a golden hue. Leftovers (if any) make a great sandwich filling.

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Turmeric is amazing for inflammation. I had shoulder, knee and thumb joint pain. After drinking 8 oz. of carrot juice with 1 tsp. of ground turmeric 2X per DAY, my pain was completely resolved in 3-4 weeks. I started feeling results in about 3 days. My diet also eliminated inflammatory foods such as sugar, grains, white potatoes and other foods that were listed as inflammatory in "The Anti-Inflammatory Diet Plan" by Monica Reinagel. My husband had sciatica and turmeric and the anti-inflammatory diet has helped him tremendously, too. No more back pain and he can even play golf again!

Sherry - 2014-01-04 19:09:35

I am learning about Turmeric, Thank you all for your time and effort to post.

Alice - 2013-03-28 11:59:01

In response to Sherry Reed's question: i started eating a combination of fresh tumeric root (around the size of my pinkie finger) and fresh ginger as a medicinal tonic about 4x a week for a period of time. Roughly a month or so later, a subtle lessening of my knee pain and inflammation. Be aware of tumeric's ability to stain clothes, your toothbrush, etc, but it's so good for one's body. Indian herbalists recommends always adding black pepper to tumeric to bring out its healing properties.

Jenny - 2013-03-20 18:21:07

Thank you for this. I have just recently had turmeric suggested as a homeopathic supplement for my RSD treatment.

Ru - 2013-01-30 05:37:47

how much turneric does it take to actually realize the benefits of anti-inflammatory effect.

Sherry Reed - 2013-01-30 02:00:17

Turmeric also helps against cancer because of its anti-oxidant properties. They help to destroy free radicals, which can lead to cancer.

David - 2013-01-18 18:00:53

I'd like to sign up for your 25 cooking essentials, but don't or can't find form to do so. Please advise and, thank you! I did go into vegetariantimes.com but to no avail.

Lillian Cohen - 2012-10-10 19:16:40