Turmeric: the spice of sunshine

Turmeric: the spice of sunshine

Sunshine for your palette, for your eyes and for your body

Talking of sunshine we’ve seen a fair bit this week between the April showers. My memories of April, with heavy and quite persistent showers have been followed by a good sunny May, so here’s me with my fingers crossed!

Number one son has returned to his university digs – easier to revise there for his upcoming exams apparently  – I think the lure of more exciting down time appealed too!

Number one daughter is still revising while complaining of being bored and that life sucks! Life is fantastic I tell her, if you let it be.

44302421_s Today I’m taking about Turmeric. Turmeric is native to Indonesia and southern India, where it has been harvested for more than 5,000 years.

Turmeric is a well-known spice in the Indian kitchen and used in a lot of curries. As you might know, every spice used in Eastern cooking has a health benefit and from a health perspective, turmeric is a SUPER spice and should be put into the category of SUPER FOOD.

It comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant, has a tough brown skin, a bit like ginger, and deep orange flesh. We usually buy it as a powder and use in in cooking. 30740202_s

The taste is subtle, and undeniable reminding us of the Indian flavours, it brightens up any dish, but most importantly it is incredibly healthy for your body.

Some of the health benefits are here but generally turmeric heals the gut and as about 70 per cent of the immune tissues lives in the gut this is vitally important! Turmeric is:

• Anti-inflammatory
• Treatment for IBS
• Relief for Rheumatoid Arthritis
• Help for Cystic Fibrosis Sufferers
• Cancer Prevention, stops Cancer Cell Growth and Metastases
Epidemiological studies have linked the frequent use of turmeric to lower rates of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer; laboratory experiments have shown curcumin can prevent tumours from forming; and research conducted at the University of Texas suggests that even when breast cancer is already present, curcumin can help slow the spread of breast cancer cells to the lungs in mice.
• Reduce Risk of Childhood Leukaemia
• Protection against Alzheimer and liver disease

In short, an incredible powerful spice and the great thing is that it is very easy to incorporate it in a Western diet.

Here are a few ways to incorporate it into your diet:

Golden milk: heat almond or coconut milk and add a cinnamon stick, some ginger and turmeric. The drink looks beautiful and is very comforting – it’s great when you have a cold.

Add to a smoothie: just half a teaspoon of turmeric in a smoothie with coconut milk, pineapple and vegan protein powder – a great breakfast to get your day off to a brilliant start!

Add to a pancake: there are different recipes, but my favourite is a banana pancake – mix a ripe banana with an egg, add 1 tablespoon of desiccated coconut, add 0.5 teaspoon of turmeric and fry in coconut oil – another wonderful breakie

Add to a curry, to cookies or custard.

Add to salad dressings, add extra to curries, enhance any lentil or rice dish – so many different ways to use it! As the taste is very subtle, sometimes it will be hardly noticeable, but it also balances itself very easy with different flavours. Being as versatile but with super food status why not start having a teaspoon a day in one form or another? You’ll be happy you did.

For me it makes a difference on my stomach – all signs of my IBS have disappeared but then I have been taking a high dose via tablet from Life Vantage.

Since I started using a daily dose of turmeric, my early onset of arthritis seems to have stopped – Mariette, Weybridge.

Next week – I’m off to Las Vegas for a conference and away all week. My lovely friend Mariette Jansen AKA Dr DeStress, will be guest blogging for me. She is an expert on how to destress and how to move forward with your life. Her award winning coaching programmes have helped so many people and she will be writing about The Magic of Creating Time. I think we all need that skill so why not subscribe and make sure you don’t miss it?
Until next time,


ill is an Independent Consultant with Arbonne International and the views expressed are her own based on Internet research. Jill is not a scientist, nutritionist or skincare expert but is passionate about helping people understand more about how to look after their body, skin and about the ingredients in Health and Wellness products. If you would like to know more please complete the form in the side bar and I will send you regular information and blog posts.

Photo Spice: Heinz Tschanz-hofmann © 123RF.com
Photo plant: Maposee Soleh © 123RF.com