The Secret of Turmeric Tea Will Make You Guzzle It by the Gallon

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turmericIs it just me, or is everyone else's Facebook feed dominated with posts about drinking tumeric tea? I'm not kidding, my friends are REALLY into the stuff. The way people talk about it, you'd think turmeric had superpowers that help you fly and poo rainbows. That's a lot to ask of a spice -- but turmeric has a big personality. It's hella yellow, as those of you who've cooked with it can tell you. But what else? I looked into the secrets of tumeric, and now I can tell you what all the fuss is about.

Tumeric the spice comes from a root known as Curcuma aromatica, Curcuma domestica, Curcumae longa, or Curcumae Longae Rhizoma (not to be confused with Javanese turmeric root). Its main ingredient, curcuma, is what powers its health benefits. You can use the dried powder, but it's most potent fresh, grated right from the root if you can find it. (Just like with ginger -- look for it at health food stores.) And it's fat soluble, so you'll absorb more of its nutrient properties if you have it with a little bit of "good" fat, like coconut oil.

Fans say turmeric can serve as an antioxidant that helps block the growth of cancers in the neck and head. It can help alleviate joint pain and arthritis and is anti-inflammatory. It can also help with tummy troubles, everything from heartburn to stomach pain. Some say it helps with headaches, depression, and lung infections. WebMD points out that there's evidence for the claims to turmeric aiding stomach problems and joint pain. As for the rest of the benefits, more research is needed to verify those. On the other hand, there aren't really any side effects (unless you're taking the stuff in huge doses), so it doesn't hurt to experiment in moderation.

Tea: So about that tea I've heard so much about ... Dr. Weil's spiel on tumeric tea keeps it really simple. But if you want a recipe with fat, try Dr. Sanjay Gupta's calming, creamy turmeric tea recipe made with almond milk, cinnamon, honey, and ginger. I've seen more or less the same recipe only with coconut milk instead of almond, and that sounds heavenly.

Curry: This is another easy way to get your turmeric. Just google "turmeric curry recipe" and you'll get tons. But if you're looking for an easy place to start, try this curried potatoes with cauliflower and peas recipe.

Pasta: This sesame yogurt pasta salad from 101 Cookbooks looks tasty.

Chicken: Here's a chicken and broccoli stir-fry recipe using turmeric. And this tandoori chicken recipe looks delicious.

Just grate: Try grating fresh turmeric over anything -- salads, soups, yogurt, anything else you can think of.

Have you ever tried turmeric tea?

 

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Scarlet Begonias

chaga mama tea has more antioxidents then anything known to man! So drink up www.chagamama.com

MamaD... MamaDV1012

I haven't tried tumeric tea but I do love ginger tea when I'm sick or my tummy is bothering me.  There is a great free online vegetarian cookbook that has all of the information on what spices to use to aid in digestion and of course curry is one of them.  http://lbveg.com/freebook.php  Spices make your body happy!  Know how to use them and why you use them. 

Bluel... Blueliner

I've read that it can help with Restless Leg Syndrome too.

nonmember avatar Empresslilah

FYI - while you're correct that turmeric doesn't have "side effects" per se, it does slow the blood's ability to clot and you bruise much more easily. Due to this, it's a good idea to have some time off from turmeric for about a week every so often.

Denise Casey

I am drinking it right this minute for the first time ever. Mine has almond milk, grated ginger, honey and turmeric. I expected it to be OK. I am known to eat or drink "OK" things if they have amazing health benefits. I was pleasantly surprised. I really like this stuff. I think I'm going to need to buy more turmeric very soon.

nonmember avatar tgdw

Yes, I drink turmeric tea --- grated fresh turmeric root, grated ginger root, raw unfiltered honey in hot, distilled water. You can grow it, you know? It's an easy plant to grow and maintain and I grow it alongside ginger. Buy some tubers and plant them... you'll be amazed at how many new, big, fat, healthy tubers you'll have.

nonmember avatar FEATHER MAGEE

JUST FINISHED A WONDERFUL CUP OF TURMERIC TEA WITH GINGER, CAYANNE AND AGAVE!

nonmember avatar Caren

"hella" is not a word. Stop dumbing down your articles; its insulting--and makes you look ditzy.

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