Turmeric – The wonder stuff!
Turmeric has been used by Indians for thousands of years as a featured ingredient to the national dish, but also for its medicinal benefits.
Turmeric boasts amazing anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, thanks to its main compound curcumin (curcuminoids). Sadly though, the curcumin content in turmeric isn’t very high, and it’s difficult for the body to absorb.
Combining black pepper with turmeric enhances the absorption of curcumin by 2,000%. Curcumin is also fat soluble, so it’s at its most beneficial with a fatty meal, making this healthy smoothie recipe the perfect base to deliver this kind of natural medicine.
The natural anti-inflammatory benefits of curcumin are so strong, that it is known to match the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs!
Other benefits of turmeric include:
- Increased brain function
- Lower risk of brain diseases
- Lower risk of heart disease
- Helps to prevent and even treat certain cancers
- Helps with arthritis
- A natural antidepressant
- May have age delaying properties
1 Teaspoon daily is the recommended amount if you want to use it for it’s natural anti-inflammatory properties, but what if you’re not a curry fan?
I’m not a fan of curries much. I’m more of a cocktail kinda gal! So the idea of a healthy, medically beneficial pina colada sounds much better! Everyone seems to have their own version of this smoothie, but here’s mine…
Pina Colada Smoothie
(With hidden anti-inflammatory benefits!)
- 125g Frozen Pineapple
- 30g Frozen Mango
- 1/3 Frozen Lime
- 85ml Coconut Water
- 100ml Apple Juice
- 5 Peppercorns
- 1/2tsp Turmeric
- 1tbsp Agave Nectar (Or Honey)