Turmeric. You’ve heard of  it, you know it’s a kind of golden yellow spice. You may not be entirely sure of the pronunciation. No biggie. We at RMD want to help break it down.

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Turmeric (Tur. mer. ic) is a perennial plant in the ginger family and is native to Southern Asia. It is commonly used as a coloring for fabrics and as flavoring in Indian, Iranian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi cuisine.

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Most typically used in its dried, powdered form turmeric is touted as having remarkable anti-inflammatory qualities and is considered especially beneficial for digestive problems and throat ailments and has been used extensively in natural and folk remedies for centuries.

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Due to the presence of Curcumin, which is the chemical compound that gives it it’s bright, happy color, turmeric is helpful in protecting the heart and is a brain booster and may be helpful in preventing Alzheimer’s.

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Golden Tea or Golden Milk is the most common way I have seen turmeric used at health conscious eateries which is a warm frothy golden milk, made of almond milk, a natural sweetener and turmeric.

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A practical way to add turmeric into your family’s diet may be in your morning smoothie or refreshing a Jamu Tea . A little goes a long way but can be a great boost when added to orange juice based smoothies. Give it a try!

 

Jamu Tea:

1 handful of fresh turmeric root

2 inch long pieces of ginger

6 cups of water

3 fresh limes

coconut sugar (as needed)

In a blender blend 6 cups of water with a handful of fresh turmeric root and the 2 pieces of fresh ginger root. Strain. Add fresh juice of 3 fresh limes (lemons can be substituted). Sweeten with coconut  sugar. Serve over ice or serve warm in the cooler months.

 

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