Turmeric Ginger Latte
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Turmeric is probably one of those spices you’ve seen and heard about, but don’t really know much about. You may have seen it on my Instagram, someone else’s Instagram, in a recipe like Easy Baked Veggie Samosas, or just in the grocery store spice section! If you like yellow curry or indulge in Indian cuisine, you’ve definitely had it. It’s been gaining popularity lately along side matcha, but that’s not a bad thing! Middle Eastern,Indian, and Asian dishes have been using this spice since ancient times.
The History of Turmeric
Turmeric’s botanical name is Curcuma longa. This plant is usually less than three feet in height that flowers, but the real gem is the root. It’s the root that the traditional yellow turmeric spice comes from.
India has been the largest producer of turmeric since ancient times. According to studies, turmeric started being used as medicine in about 500 BC. It was used to treat anything from healing bruises to the common cold to treating small pox.
Turmeric wasn’t just used for medicine, it was (and continues to be) used during marriage and religious ceremonies, a symbol of good luck, and as protection against evil spirits. The bright and vibrant color has also been used for dying clothes and threads for centuries, especially clothes worn during religious festivals. Cosmetically, turmeric was used to produce the ‘natural golden glow’ for women and as a treatment for acne and dry skin.
Why Turmeric is Good for You
The ancient Indians weren’t crazy, turmeric is good for you! Here are some quick proven health benefits of adding turmeric to your diet:
- Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric and is a powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. This helps fight off infection and decreases chances of heart disease. It can also help with the treatment of arthritis.
- Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) is a type of growth hormone that functions in the brain, and curcumin helps increase the level of BDNF. Increasing BDNF helps with memory, increases brain function, and may help decrease chances of Alzheimer’s and depression.
- Studies have shown that curcumin can reduce the growth of cancerous cells and inhibit the growth of tumors in test animals, so one day we may see turmeric in cancer treatments and may help prevent cancer.
Where can I find Turmeric?
I usually find my Turmeric in the spice section of the grocery store. You can also buy turmeric extract in capsule form in the vitamin section if you prefer to add it as a daily supplement! If you’d prefer to order on Amazon, you can always have some shipped to you. My suggestions include:
- Nature Made Turmeric Curcumin 500 mg. Capsules (Antioxidant) 60 Ct (for capsules)
- Trader Joe’s Organic Ginger Turmeric Herbal Tea 20 envelopes each (Pack of 2) (for teabags)
- Food to Live Turmeric Powder (Ground Turmeric Root) (8 Ounces) (for powder, perfect for the following recipe)
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And now: Turmeric Ginger Latte