Healthy Ingredient Spotlight: Turmeric

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2015 is here and we’re ready to get to work! Though the year has just started, we’re taking advantage of our New Year’s Resolution energy to hit the ground running. We’ve a lot we want to accomplish over the next twelve months and there’s no time to waste. One of these goals, perhaps our most ambitious, is to help you make 2015 your healthiest year yet!

How are we going to do that, you ask? We have a plan; don’t worry. A plan that includes making sure we provide you with the best kefir you can buy, engage with you on our social channels (we’re a family after all), develop nourishing recipes for body, mind and soul, and educate you on the latest health trends and studies (scientifically and/or medically backed, of course). It’s an ambitious plan, but we’re sure we can make it happen.

Enough ado, let’s get to the goal-fulfilling already! Today, we educate.

One of the favorite ingredients in the Lifeway kitchen, especially during the colder months, is warming turmeric. Turmeric is a quintessential ingredient in many Middle Eastern dishes, including curry, soup and rice. It’s also the ingredient that gives color to American yellow mustard (who knew?). It’s been used or consumed for centuries in many cultures and different regions of the world swear by it as a cure for different ailments (the jury is still out on a few claims). Below are some of the benefits, uses and interesting facts about turmeric:

  • It contains curcumin, a compound that has been found to reduce swelling and inflammation (which could mean a lot)
  • Contains compounds that may help relieve stomachaches
  • Is a powerful anti-inflammatory that helps reduce joint swelling and symptoms of osteoarthritis
  • May support a healthy digestive system (you know we love that)
  • Helps make your skin glow when used in your beauty regime
  • Is full of antioxidants that can promote heart and cognitive health

We could go on and on for days about turmeric and why we’ll be cooking with more this year, but we won’t. We’ll simply leave you with a few great ideas for how to incorporated turmeric into your diet.

  1. Make curry (we’re looking forward to this one)
  2. Enjoy a fresh smoothie (this would be great with our Lifeway Lowfat Madagascar Vanilla Kefir)
  3. This chana masala hummus looks scrumptious
  4. Make a marinade for meat or veggies (like this)
  5. Add it to a spicy, earthy soup (similar to this one)

Check out this, this, this and this for more published information about the health benefits of turmeric. This information does not replace medical advice and is not intended to diagnose or treat symptoms. There are, as with all things, risks involved with consuming too much of something, even turmeric. Be sure to talk to your doctor if you have health concerns, are at risk for disease, or are taking prescription medications, before doubling up your turmeric consumption.

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