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Turmeric Tea for Inflammation
Turmeric powder is a herb made from the rhizome (underground stem) of the turmeric plant. It contains curcumin a potent anti-inflammatory agent that in some studies has been shown to be as effective as commonly used anti-inflammatory drugs. It may also have anti-cancer properties and has been tested in medical trials for its action against cancer cells. In addition, it is also has strong anti-oxidant and protects the body against the free-radical damage that causes aging. Some reports suggest that it can be effective as part of the treatment of depression.
A mug of turmeric tea in the morning is an ideal way to get your dose of curcumin; it can also be taken at night before bed and some people report that it helps them sleep better. Since curcumin is poorly absorbed, it is often mixed with a small amount of black pepper which increases its absorption.
The simplest way to make turmeric tea is to mix a teaspoon of ground turmeric with hot or boiling water. However, this recipe add some spice and some black pepper to make a tastier and more effective drink.
- 1 cup of hot water (or coconut milk)
- Heaped teaspoon of turmeric powder
- Pinch of black pepper
- Slice of fresh ginger root
- Piece of cinnamon (if you have some)
You can heat the ingredients in a small pot on medium heat for three or four minutes or otherwise just add the ingredients to a mug of hot water and stir thoroughly.
Drink as soon as the mixture has cooled enough to be sipped. Keep stirring to make sure that the turmeric does not all settle at the bottom of your mug.
You can also add turmeric to many different dishes. My wife's favourite is to add it to plain yogurt with some berries. You can mix it with: scrambled eggs, add to rice or cooked veggies or a stir-fry.