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Why you should eat Turmeric


Our Nutritionist Amy Pearman introduced me to Turmeric in the FOL School program.  I can’t keep it a secret any longer because this herb, which could be mistaken for ginger (except more yellow) has sooo many amazing health benefits.  Last night I put turmeric in the couscous. When I have fresh turmeric it goes in my green smoothies.   Today I have a guest post from Amy to explain exactly what it is and why you need it.  Enjoy

Turmeric is a herb, which has been used throughout history in Indian (Ayurvedic) and Chinese medicine and as a culinary herb/spice. It is available as the fresh rhizome (pictured above), powdered herb or paste.  Including Turmeric regularly in your diet is a great example of using Food as Medicine.  All the health benefits of this amazing food are beneficial and important in the prevention and treatment of many health conditions, including cancer, and also when being treated for and recovering from cancer.

4  proven health benefits of Turmeric are: 

  1.  A Potent antioxidant; Working to prevent and repair damage to cells and their DNA and promote healthy cell function. A diet high in a range of antioxidants promotes energy production, improves immune function and optimises your health and wellbeing, whilst helping to prevent many diseases.
  2. Anti-inflammatory; Prevents and treats inflammation in many areas of the body.
  3. Healing for the gut lining and gastrointestinal tract; helps repair the digestive tract lining, which can become very inflamed and damaged during some treatments and also helps to promote better overall nutrient absorption.
  4. Protects the liver and detoxifies Helps the liver to process and remove toxins from the body, including toxins from medications, toxins from non-organic foods sprayed with agricultural chemicals and environmental toxins also.

How to use Turmeric in your diet?
I recommend using both fresh Turmeric (pictured above) and good quality Organic powdered Turmeric or Organic Turmeric Paste. About 1-2 teaspoons of turmeric daily is a good amount of turmeric to consume to enjoy its health benefits.

TIP: Wherever possible, try to consume black pepper and/or good fats within your recipes that contain Turmeric and also cook and apply heat to the turmeric- this will help your body absorb the major active ingredient in turmeric, called Curcumin. (which also give it its yellow colour).
Curcumin is available also as a concentrated and high potency nutritional supplement, which can be used in addition to dietary intake for more pronounced clinical effects.

*Turmeric is so versatile and can be added to stews/casseroles, curries, soups, guacamole and also juices & smoothies.
Try my take on a delicious and health promoting warm drink using Turmeric, traditionally an elixir used in Ayurvedic medicine and known as “Golden Milk”.


  •            2 teaspoons freshly grated Turmeric
  •            1 teaspoon finely grated ginger root
  •            2 teaspoons ghee OR extra virgin coconut oil
  •             ¼ teaspoon black peppercorns
  •             Liquid options: 2 cups Organic unsweetened almond milk OR 1 cup organic Almond milk + 1 cup          coconut water OR 1 cup Organic Almond milk + 1 cup Organic coconut milk (2 cups liquid in total)
  •            1/2 tablespoon Manuka honey or raw honey


Peel both the turmeric and ginger then grate them finely into a mortar. Spoon the ghee into the mortar and add peppercorns and grind them into the turmeric and ginger with your pestle until they form a fine paste.

Pour the Almond milk/ coconut milk (or liquid combination of your choice) into a saucepan, and spoon in the paste made with turmeric, ginger and ghee/coconut oil.

Turn the heat up to medium-high and cook the ingredients together until little bubbles appear up the sides of the pot. Reduce heat and simmer for a further 3-4 minutes. Turn off the heat and cover the saucepan, allowing the turmeric and ginger to steep about 3 minutes. Strain the golden milk through a fine-mesh strainer or tea strainer into a teapot. Stir in the Manuka honey and continue stirring until it dissolves. Serve warm.

Great on these cold winter nights

TIPS/NOTES: * You can find fresh Turmeric at most greengrocers and specialty supermarkets. If you cannot find fresh turmeric, substitute with 2 teaspoons organic powdered turmeric or pure Organic Turmeric paste.
For many other delicious and healthy recipes using Turmeric and other healthful foods + nutrition, health and wellbeing tips and information make sure you visit and “Like” my page……….

Tell us how you use turmeric in the comments below


Amy Pearman BHSc (Nut Med) ANTA

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