The simplest way to consume turmeric this season and get all its benefits is to make a turmeric tea.
Fashion? Much has been heard about turmeric, the little known but already named as “The Queen of Spices” because of the benefits it brings to health.
According to the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology Ramón y Cajal, the main component of turmeric (curcuma longa) is curcumin.
This active ingredient is responsible for the beneficial activity of this spice.
Curcumin has anti-inflammatory effects, also when it is metabolized and excreted (discarded by your body) it is mainly done by faeces, bile and urine.
Data from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), say that turmeric contains large variety of nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin E, niacin, dietary fiber, calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin K and zinc.
Turmeric tea and its multiple benefits
Cholesterol. It has been shown that consuming turmeric helps in lowering blood cholesterol.
Diabetes. Moderates the level of insulin and blood glucose control, also potentiates the effect of medications used to control diabetes mellitus. It also reduces insulin resistance.
It should be taken into account that if it is combined with another type of medication, it can cause low glucose levels.
Cancer. The UNAM also reveals that turmeric can prevent prostate cancer: it stops the growth of existing cancer and cancerous cells.
Arthritis. The anti-inflammatory properties attributed to turmeric contribute to the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. It also has antioxidant effect.
If you have or know someone with rheumatoid arthritis, consuming turmeric regularly will reduce inflammation and pain.
Immune system. The lipopolysaccharide that turmeric contains, stimulates the immune system, is antiviral, antibacterial and “anti fungal”. It can be one of the best options in case of a cold.
How to prepare turmeric tea?
As it is a little-known ingredient, first we show you what turmeric looks like, natural and powdery.
Choose the powder.
Step 1. Put to heat water as for any other tea. Once you serve the water, add the powder in the cup or teapot.
If you make it per cup (250 ml) one tablespoon of turmeric will suffice.
If it is a liter of water to be your water by day or share with your partner or family, add 5 tablespoons.
Step 2. If you have diabetes, sweeten only with a little honey (1 teaspoon) or preferably do not add sweeteners.
If you do not have any condition that prevents sweetening your food, remember that the key is MODERATION;
Add only 1 teaspoon of sugar or 1 sachet of sweetener; You can choose any of the sweeteners that are allowed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) here.
Cost and accessibility It can be found in supermarkets or health food stores, it is inexpensive and it yields a lot.
Extra. You can also use milk instead of water (I suggest skim milk). With milk, it is more effective for a cold or flu.
Another way to vary its flavor is with lemon juice.