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Superfood | Turmeric, Nature's Anti-Inflammatory Gold

May 31, 2023

Since more than a thousand years ago, turmeric (powder) has been recorded in (herbal medicine in ancient India) and ancient medical books in other Asian countries for medicinal purposes. Indian people have believed that turmeric powder can treat a variety of diseases since ancient times. It can be taken internally to help eliminate diseases, and external use can improve skin health problems.

Gradually, in addition to its medicinal value, turmeric has naturally been developed into dietary properties. Turmeric powder doesn't taste spicy and has a strong taste, which many people don't like very much when they first eat it. Because it is believed to have medicinal value, in addition to being used as a spice for cooking various foods, Indian people will also directly drink turmeric powder water, or milk turmeric powder to achieve the effect of preventing diseases. The fresher the turmeric , the more active substances.

In 2016, Google released a Global Diet Trends report showing that searches for turmeric had increased by 300% in the past 5 years. In 2017, turmeric once again became one of the top ten superfoods sought after by foreign media, and successfully entered the beverage industry. In the same year, Starbucks launched a turmeric latte in the UK, which tastes smooth and fresh. In the next few years in China, turmeric will definitely cause a new trend of the times and trigger a turmeric fever.

[Basic Nutrients] (content in 100g turmeric)

Calories: 312 calories; 9.60 grams of protein; 3.25 grams of fat; 67.1 grams of carbohydrates.

Dietary fiber: 22.7g; Calcium: 168mg; Iron: 55mg; Sodium: 27mg; Potassium: 2080mg; Magnesium: 208mg.

【Functional ingredients】

Turmeric, Curcumenone

(Data: USDA )

From the inside out, turmeric is full of benefits:

1. Anti-inflammation

Inflammation is the root cause of many diseases, such as metabolic syndrome, heart disease, and even cancer, but curcumin contained in turmeric can inhibit the production of pro-inflammatory genes and block the inflammatory response pathway, so it has a control effect on chronic inflammation and has Helps relieve inflammation such as joint pain, and related studies have also shown curcumin's ability to treat pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.

2. Anti-oxidation

Studies have shown that the antioxidant capacity of natural curcumin is 2.33 times that of bioflavonoids, 1.6 times that of vitamin E and 2.75 times that of vitamin C. Curcumin can very effectively inhibit the gene expression of nitric oxide synthase, reducing the production of nitric oxide in the body. At the same time, there are multiple antioxidant functional groups in the chemical structure of curcumin: polyphenols, β-diketones, and carbon-carbon double bonds.

3. Anti-fungal and bacterial

Curcumin and its derivatives can inhibit the growth of bacteria through various mechanisms, inhibit the formation of bacterial biofilms, increase the body's ability to remove bacteria, and are often used in the treatment of bacterial diseases. Another study found that using both ascorbic acid and curcumin boosted its antifungal effects 10-fold. This suggests that taking vitamin C supplements containing curcumin may help suppress fungal infections more quickly.

4. Protect the nervous system

Alzheimer's disease is a disease caused by nerve damage caused by the deposition of a protein called beta-amyloid (β-amyloid) on the brain ganglia. Curcumin can effectively prevent the deposition of this protein on the ganglion through the regulation of enzyme activity and other effects, and play a role in delaying neurodegenerative diseases.

Contraindications for choosing turmeric

⚠If you have liver insufficiency, the iron in turmeric may aggravate hepatitis and cause liver damage.

⚠Pregnant women are prohibited from eating turmeric powder. Turmeric has a strong effect of promoting blood circulation and removing blood stasis, and it is easy to cause adverse reactions.

As the most important component of turmeric to exert pharmacological effects, curcumin, its content in turmeric powder is about 3%~6%. The low bioavailability of curcumin has been the cause of constant controversy over turmeric in recent years, and research on how to improve the bioavailability of curcumin has also become a hot topic.

Although curcumin is not well absorbed into the bloodstream, there is a substance in pepper called piperonine, which can increase the availability of turmeric by 2000% when eaten with turmeric.

Source: Planta Medica journal)

Since curcumin is fat-soluble, eating fat-containing foods or drinks can also help absorb it more effectively. Currently, more convenient products on the market, such as turmeric powder, can be directly added to different foods for matching.

Turmeric - How to eat supermodel food

Turmeric Latte

Prepare materials:

1 teaspoon of turmeric powder, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder, 1 teaspoon of honey, 500ml of milk (you can also substitute oat milk, nut milk or coconut milk)

Production steps:

Pour all the ingredients into a cup and stir well, pour into a pot and heat up to drink, or heat it in the microwave. (You can sprinkle cinnamon powder before drinking to increase the taste) >

Turmeric latte is the hottest drink these days. It's delicious, caffeine-free, and gives you a wonderful taste different from coffee.

golden milk

Prepare materials:

Coconut milk/milk 250ml, turmeric powder 1 tsp, coconut oil 1 tsp, honey 1 tsp, black pepper 1/2 tsp, cinnamon powder 1/2/p>

Production steps:

Microwave milk/coconut milk, add 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder, 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper and 1 teaspoon of coconut oil, sprinkle some cinnamon powder at the end, and add some honey for a better flavor.<

Golden milk is popular among supermodel circles in Europe and America, and it is very beneficial to women. A cup of it will warm your belly.

Turmeric Fried Rice

Prepare materials:

Rice, 1 bowl, green beans, diced carrots, diced mushrooms, diced ham, 1 teaspoon turmeric powder, 1 teaspoon light soy sauce, black pepper, a little salt.

Production steps:

Put some oil in a hot pan, stir-fry all the vegetables, add soy sauce and a little salt, add rice, stir-fry over medium heat until the rice grains are distinct, then add turmeric powder and a little black pepper and stir-fry until even, then turn off the heat and put on a plate.

The combination of turmeric and black pepper has a very strong aroma, which is anti-inflammatory and delicious. The golden fried rice is really appetizing!

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