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Benefits of Turmeric & 5 Easy Ways to Consume it Daily


Hailed as a wonder root in the world of natural medicine, turmeric is also the spice known for turning Indian curries that gorgeous glow-ey yellow (ok, as well as your clothes and fingertips), and is a definite must add to your shopping list for its fab health benefits.


Turmeric is a spice that comes from the root of a plant called Curcuma longa, and has a super-power that lies in its active ingredient: curcumin.
Not surprisingly, curcuminoids comprise only a small part of turmeric, so to make the most of this wonder root you want to be aiming for the equivalent of about 1-2cm of the fresh root (peel using gloves if you don’t want stained fingers) per day, or consume 1-2 teaspoons of powered organic turmeric per day, as outlined in the 5 tips below.
You also want to know that adding a pinch of black pepper takes turmeric’s bio-availability to more therapeutic levels, and makes it the powerhouse it’s intended to be.  





The health benefits of turmeric are numerous and there are currently more than 12,000 published peer-reviewed articles proving benefits such as:
Fights inflammation
Natural Pain reliever
Balances blood-sugar
Fights fatigue
Reduces depression symptoms
Slows/prevents blood clots
Boosts skin health
Outperforms common arthritis drugs
Fights cancer
Helps manage diabetes  
Combats obesity
Regulates cholesterol  
Supports detoxification
Immune system booster





Good to know: if you can't source fresh turmeric root, use organic powdered turmeric. Use 1 level teaspoon in place of 1cm of fresh.

1) Make yourself a turmeric tea

The quickest and most simple way is to boil filtered water in a pan (or nut milk) and then add 2 cm of sliced turmeric root (and root of ginger if you like it) per person to the pan, simmer and leave for 15 minutes. 
Then serve! 
For more tea inspo check out this JuicePlus article too: TURMERIC LATTE

2) Blend turmeric into your favourite soup

Blending some powdered or fresh turmeric root into a soup is an easy way to add this super-food, while deepening the soup’s flavour. 
You can do this with any soup. 
Short on time but want to do something great for your waistline and health? Grab a packet of Juice Plus+ Complete Vegetable Soup and mix in a little powdered turmeric and black pepper!



3) Blended into a Smoothie 

You can blend turmeric into any smoothie. 
But again, if you’re up for saving some time and your waistline, try blending ½ teaspoon of powered turmeric and a little black pepper into the Juice Plus+ Complete Chocolate Shake, for a rich chocolatey taste with a subtle spicy twist that will help also help reduce inflammation and bloating.

4) Love roasting veggies? Make them even healthier with turmeric

Either add in some roughly chopped peeled turmeric root to the pan, OR toss through a teaspoon of powdered turmeric before roasting - either works super well. 
Roast your veggies in coconut oil with some cracked black pepper.

5) Turmeric & Ginger Fried Cauliflower Rice

If you want to reduce your gluten and carb intake, cauliflower rice could be just the ticket! 
It's delicious, quick, and easy with a huge hit of anti-inflammatory power.  
Low-carb and high-energy, this rice can be used to replace all sorts of previously-gluten-filled meals!


How? Simply break up a raw head of cauliflower into florets, throw into a blender or food processor, and pulse until rice sized. 
Then try gently frying it in coconut oil and grated or sliced turmeric, ginger black pepper and a little salt for a delish side dish.
With these 5 tips you’ll be rocking the benefits of this super-food in no time!

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