Turmeric – What YOU need to know

Follow this blog for any period and you will likely notice my affinity for turmeric. The more I study nutritional science, alternative medicine and culinary nutrition, the more fascinated I become with the spice known as ‘Indian Gold’.

Over the past several years, I’ve researched and experimented with ways to assimilate turmeric into my daily routine. The spice also inspired my first article for a professional publication. ‘Three Ways to Get the Most From Turmeric’ was accepted by ‘The Integrative RD’, the newsletter of the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine. 

DIFM TurmericI was honored to have my work read by my peers and pleasantly surprised by the reader feedback. Colleagues posed many intriguing questions about bringing turmeric into their kitchens and culinary medicine cabinets. They wanted to know how to use the spice to help their families and clients possibly reduce or eliminate the need for dozens of prescription drugs.

Turmeric reduces inflammation, modulates immunity, possesses antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties as well as potential anti-cancer properties. Clearly, turmeric can potentially benefit everyone’s health. What can it do for you?

I plan to continue experimenting in the kitchen and writing about turmeric. So, what do you need to know about turmeric? A general overview? Research on specific health benefits? Please, send me your questions and/or recipe requests. Help me help you adopt this ‘Spice for Life’. 

What do you need to know about turmeric? Please leave your questions or comments below. 

Turmeric Recipes and Articles

Turmeric Anti-Inflammation Drink (No Juicer Required)
Turmeric Anti-Inflammation Juice
How to Make Turmeric Anti-Inflammation Cubes
Three Ways to Get the Most From Turmeric – The Integrative RD

Cheers,

Maribeth Evezich, MS, RD

 

 

5 thoughts on “Turmeric – What YOU need to know

    • I wish you could see the smile on my face as I read this. This is why I run this blog. Let me know if you have any questions -or requests for recipe make-overs or blog topics. In health -Maribeth

  1. I would like recipes that would help me incorporate turmeric into my daily diet.
    Are there turmeric supplements that you recommend?

    • Thank you for your question. I will continue to add recipes which use turmeric. I have a few I’m finallizing which should be posted within a couple months. As far as supplements, I have not used turmeric supplements myself. So, I asked my functional medicine RD colleagues and they provided the following suggestions.

      Meriva from Thorne Research

      Longvida from Douglas Labs

      Also, look for products which include CurQfen as an active ingredient in both professional and retail products.

  2. Great post and I share your affinity for turmeric! I read your published article too, what a useful overview! I completely agree when you say “few individuals understand how to integrate this spice into their daily routine for health purposes.” There are definitely ways to do it though. One of my favorite dishes is a lamb and potato curry that’s easy to make, and calls for 1-2 tablespoons of ground turmeric for a dish that serves 4 people — not a bad way to get a larger amount of turmeric in compared to the standard 1/4 teaspoon that’s called for in most curries. In fact, before my son was even a year old, I created a “turmeric-spiced meatballs for babies” to start him on the right path as early as possible 🙂 Here are a few links for you:

    Spice Spotlight: Turmeric
    http://www.bigapplecurry.com/2013/04/03/spice-spotlight-turmeric/

    Fighting a cough or cold? Hot milk with turmeric and black pepper
    http://www.bigapplecurry.com/2013/04/08/fighting-a-cough-or-cold-make-yourself-a-homemade-remedy-hot-milk-with-turmeric-black-pepper/

    FAQ: Can I make my own ground turmeric at home?
    http://www.bigapplecurry.com/2014/09/08/ground-turmeric/

    Lastly, I was surprised to read in your research that the recommendation is to limit turmeric if one is trying to become pregnant, and that turmeric should be avoided altogether if pregnant or nursing, as I continued to cook with turmeric normally before, during, and after my pregnancy!

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