Turmeric (Curcuma longa) of the ginger family has been recognised as a natural remedy in recent years. Before modern scientists proofed its health benefits, turmeric has been widely used as a spice and medicine in India and China for centuries.
Nowadays, turmeric is known for containing curcumin, which includes anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. With this active ingredient, using turmeric properly may bring health benefits. For instance, it may reduce the risk of chronic diseases or improving skin conditions.
However, turmeric also has a strong taste and smell, so how to consume it every day can be a challenge. This article shows you different ways and tips to use turmeric properly and safely.
*Instead of a specific recommended daily intake of turmeric, the suggested daily intake depends on the condition you want to treat with it. If you’re not sure how much you should intake, please ask your doctor for advice.
1. Drinking turmeric tea
Turmeric tea is brewed with grated turmeric root or turmeric powder. It is one of the effective methods to consume yellow spice. Firstly, prepare 4 cups of boiling water, 1 to 2 teaspoons of ground turmeric powder. Secondly, add the turmeric into the boiled water and let it simmer for around 10 minutes. After that, strain the tea into a cup and let it cool to the temperature you like. To make the tea taste and absorbed better, you can add honey, any kind of milk, lemon, or black pepper.
2. Intaking turmeric supplements
Turmeric supplements are popular due to their high concentrations of curcumin, the most important ingredient in turmeric. No matter you choose to consume turmeric supplements in capsule or liquid format, remember to read the label and follow the direction on the package. In addition, more supplements contain only natural formula including organic turmeric and add other ingredients like ginger and black pepper to enhance the benefits.
*If you have any health condition or chronic disease, or if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, please consult your doctor before intake herbal remedy or supplement.
3. Using turmeric powder as seasoning
If you prefer to consume curcumin with foods, there are many turmeric recipes that are easy, yummy and healthy. You can use turmeric powder in making curry, fried rice or marinating meat or tofu. Moreover, since turmeric is fat-soluble, which means it dissolves in fats, eating it with good fats can make it absorbed better by the liver and stomach.
In conclusion, regardless of which methods you’re choosing to activate turmeric in your daily routine, remember to look at the resource and quality of the turmeric you get.