‘Spiced Gold’ – The Magic of Turmeric

With the celebration of sport, competition and culture that is the Olympic Games fast approaching, we thought it was an appropriate time to introduce you to a spice that would surely win the gold medal for health benefits, immune fortification and many other salutary effects on your body.

Your first introduction to turmeric is, most likely, its role in delivering the vibrant yellow colour of curry powder. Turmeric seems to be all the ‘hype’ in the world of nutrition at the moment, especially during the cooler months of the year.

So what is all of this turmeric hype about?

I’m sure you have seen it making appearances in lattes, smoothies and baked goods, far from its original place in Indian curries. The power of nutritional medicine is slowly making an appearance in our world today and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Medicinal spices such as turmeric are becoming more ‘socially acceptable’ in a variety of ways, not solely consumed by the weird and wonderful, but now consumed by the masses.

Turmeric in smoothies? Why?

I like to view turmeric as the ‘Golden Key’ in the world of medicinal spices, due to its ability to unlock and deliver an abundance of health benefits to the body.

This ‘powered gold’ is rich in potassium, fibre, iron, Vitamin B6, and magnesium. Containing this rich combination of nutrients, provides the body with protection from harm such; reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, Cancer, heart attacks and stroke as well as, cold and flu’s.

Why choose organic over non organic turmeric?

When consuming turmeric for health benefits, opting for the organic product is a MUST. Why? Non organic turmeric undergoes extensive processing techniques, where the spice is exposed to harmful chemicals, which directly influences its concentration of curcumin in the final product. Ensure the product you purchase contains the Australian Certified Organic stamp to guarantee the product has met the appropriate criteria to be classifies as organic. Due to organic produce being much more labour intensive, the cost of the product is dearer; however, at the end of the day you get what you pay for.

Quick Tips on how you can introduce turmeric into your diet

  • Add ½ TSP to your oats in the morning
  • Add 1 TBSP to your protein balls
  • Add 1 TBSP to meat marinades
  • Add ½ TSP to salad dressings

Before you go…

It is important to understand that the bioavailability (the body’s ability to absorb nutrients) of curcumin is poor. What does this mean for turmeric? To enhance the absorption in the body, measures to enhance curcumins bioavailability are essential. The most popular method to enhance curcumins bioavailability is through the role of black pepper. Try adding a pinch of black pepper each time you use Turmeric, to ensure your body receives optimal therapeutic benefits.

A little message to take home.

This magical spice is able to be incorporated into both sweet and savoury recipes. Don’t forget the important role of black pepper and pump up your intake when you can feel a cold or flu on the horizon.

Keep an eye out on our social media pages for delicious recipes we have created, to keep turmeric interesting and consistent in your diet.

#HASHTAG FOR JULY

Don’t forget to tag us in your turmeric creations throughout July. One lucky winner will receive a free ‘Golden Milk’ for the most creative use of turmeric. Hashtag #producenews #turmericjuly to be in the running.

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