Turmeric, a spice from India, has a golden history of powerful health benefits. Latest reports have shown its powerful impact on diseases like arthritis, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and many other degenerative diseases.
This staple front row spice has become a household name across the globe in recent times, especially for its immunity-boosting properties.
People are adding turmeric to their tea, everyday lunch, breakfast, smoothies, cookies, candy. And why not, it is versatile, healthy and also adds a punch of flavor that most people love.
With so many recipes and ways to add turmeric to our lives, you may feel a little lost. Therefore, we have created a tiny guide for you so that you can optimally utilize turmeric in your everyday life.
Here are 5 simple ways to use turmeric for boosting your immunity system but before that let us peep into how exactly turmeric interacts with our body.
Turmeric’s Impact on Our Immunity System
Turmeric belongs to a ginger family and has a wide range of pharmacological properties. It is cultivated in Asian countries, mainly in India.
It is used as a spice, traditional medicine, and even for ceremonial purposes. For example, in Iran, it is called zarchooveh and is used for flavoring and medicinal properties.
So, what makes turmeric an excellent immunity booster?
To understand this, we need to look at turmeric’s chemical properties. It has many chemical compounds and the most significant one is curcumin.
Curcumin is not only responsible for the yellow color of turmeric but also acts as a powerful antioxidant. That is, it goes on a scavenger hunt to take out all the oxygen-free radicals. This property can be compared to vitamin C and E.
The antioxidant property can help in producing cardiovascular and antidiabetic effects. This is possible by lowering lipid peroxidation and inhibiting platelet aggregation.
Curcumin is also an amazing anti-inflammatory agent helping in serious diseases like arthritis swelling, edematous disorders.
Since turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties, it has nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs-like activity too. Since NSAIDs have been shown to have an effective impact on Alzheimer’s disease, turmeric is being used for similar purposes.
Therefore, turmeric has a promising impact on the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.
Now that we have a better understanding of how beautifully turmeric supports our immunity system, let us quickly jump into the 5 simple ways to use turmeric to boost your immunity system.
Haldi ka doodh or Golden Milk
In India, turmeric is often called Haldi in the Hindi language and Haldi ka doodh has been part of Indian culture for a long time.
This liquid panacea is primarily used in Indian households to cure a cold, cough, joint pain, for stronger bones, and even for better digestion.
Don’t worry if you’re a vegan, alternative options do exist. Instead of using milk, you may choose coconut milk and voila, you’ll still be able to enjoy it fully.
So how do you make it?
- Core ingredients: 1 pinch grounded pepper, 2-3 cardamom pods, sugar or jaggery per your taste, 1.5-2 cups of milk, and 1 tsp turmeric.
- Process: Add dry ingredients to the boiling milk and let it simmer for 5-10 minutes. That’s all!
Make Turmeric Pickles!
We bet nobody has told you about this recipe yet. So YES, you can pickle turmeric and enjoy its benefits all year long.
A famous YouTuber, Nisa Homey from Kerala, India, has this wonderful recipe where she uses fresh turmeric and ginger roots to make the pickle.
You can find the recipe on her channel, click here to view it 🙂
Eating this homemade turmeric pickle in small quantities can help in keeping a healthy gut, and eating probiotics.
Add Turmeric Magic in Your Daily Veggies or Meat
Maybe you love hot chicken pot pie or relish that creamy mashed cauliflower. Whatever you love eating in your everyday life, consider adding a pinch of health to it.
Turmeric’s peppery flavor works well with roasted veggies or meat. You can even add it to your rice and not only add its health benefits but that vibrant yellow color too!
We love adding turmeric powder to our Indian curries such as matar paneer, chicken tikka 😀
Have Turmeric Candy
So far, we have shared 3 ideas where you have to do some sort of work but we have something special for you.
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Just two candies a day and you’re good to go!
The best part beyond convenience is the taste. The Mango Ginger flavor will make you want some more, every single time.
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Turmeric Ice-Cream To Brighten Your Day
The last magic trick from Ozia is another special Indian dessert that is a well-kept secret. It is one of the tastiest and healthiest deserts in the world (or that’s what our writer told us).
A simple, hassle-free turmeric ice cream is made with spices like cardamom, cinnamon, saffron, dry fruits, milk, and of course, turmeric.
- Core ingredients: 5 cups of milk (if you’re vegan go for coconut milk), 10-12 overnight soaked and peeled almonds, 10-12 pistachios, 2-4 pinch saffron, sugar if you need it, ¼ tsp cardamom, 1 tsp turmeric powder.
- Process: Let the milk boil and reduce to half of its original quantity. Then add turmeric powder, let it simmer for a minute.
Then add all the dry ingredients and let it all simmer for some time. Allow it to cool down. Then add it into an ice cream mold, refrigerate it for 6-8 hours, and voila, your immunity-boosting ice cream is ready!
Turmeric Is The Ultimate Health Companion
Beyond these 5 ways, many other ways can be found from many cultures across the world. As mentioned earlier, it is extremely beneficial and versatile.
Now you know turmeric’s touted benefits and how to integrate it into your life for optimal immunity.
So gear up and start your health journey today.
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Homey, N. (2017, August 22). Fresh Turmeric Pickle Recipe – Haldi Achar – Skinny Recipes For Weight Loss. Retrieved November 1, 2021, from YouTube website: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9fZr7VtfXQ
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