Turmeric is an amazing spice that you definitely need to include in your diet. The active compound is curcumin, and this is a powerful anti-inflammatory. It can help with joint health, cardiovascular conditions and can also help with the body's ability to cope with stress.
it is also a potent antioxidant that can neutralise free radicals, whilst also stimulating activity of your body's own internal antioxidants.
it also boosts BDNF (Brain Derived Neurotrophic factor) which encourages brain neuron growth and so can help to fight cognitive decline.
It can also increase the synthesis of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine, you happy, feel-good hormones.
So as you can see, increasing your intake of turmeric is well worth it for your health!
250ml Milk of Choice (my favourite is coconut milk)
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 tsp Turmeric Powder
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
Pinch of Nutmeg
Dash of Black Pepper
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and frothy.
Transfer contents to a small pan and place on medium heat until warm.
Pour into a mug. Optionally, sprinkle more cinnamon or ground cardamom over the top, and serve.
NOTE ON ABSORPTION
You can increase the bioavailabiity of curcumin by combining it with black pepper and a source of fat.
Black pepper contains piperine, a bioactive compound that greatly enhances the absorption of curcumin.
As curcumin is fat soluble, it needs to combined with fat. So choose a full-fat milk, or you can add 1tsp of MCT Oil or coconut oil.