Did you know that the turmeric is one of the most popular health foods on the planet nowadays? Yes, indeed. Nevertheless, the turmeric has been around for a longer time. Actually, it has been used as an ayurvedic medicine for 4000 years.
It is not important if you prefer it as a curry blend, skin-balancing paste or as different drinks, this spice is a very powerful health tool.
Health Benefits of Turmeric
The turmeric has over 100 health compounds like the curcumin. This particular compound has anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, chloretic, antimicrobial and carminative effects.
According to Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects, the turmeric can be used as herbal medicine for rheumatoid arthritis, chronic anterior uveitis, conjunctivitis, skin cancer, smallpox, chicken pox, would healing, urinary tract infections and liver ailments. Additionally, it is used for digestive problems, reducing flaunts, jaundice, menstrual difficulties, and colic, for abdominal pain and distension and for dyspeptic conditions like loss of appetite, postprandial feelings of fullness, and liver and gallbladder complaints.
Moreover, the turmeric can aid in fighting degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, inflammatory conditions like arthritis and mental health conditions like depression.
Among Its Other Benefits Are:
- Reverses cognitive decline
- Fights Huntington’s disease and Parkinson’s disease
- Lowers risk of heart disease
- Prevents cancer
- Fights inflammation naturally better than NSAIDs
- Fights free radical damage
- Boosts hormone function
14 Turmeric Drinks that Promote Health and Wellness
Instead of eating curry every day, which is not very recommendable, you should drink the following turmeric drinks, to get all the benefits this spice offers.
1. Golden Turmeric Milk
This recipe is the perfect morning treat if you want to set your body on the right track.
- 2 cups of milk, preferably coconut or homemade nut milkt
- 1 teaspoon dried ginger powder
- 1 teaspoon dried turmeric powder
- A pinch of black pepper
- Honey, to taste
First, heat the milk over medium heat until it begins to steam. Add some spices and let it simmer for a few minutes. After it does, let it cool for 10 minutes and then drink it.
2. Spiced Matcha Latte
Matcha, which is a superfood, when combined with turmeric is a nutritional powerhouse. This is how to prepare it.
- 3 oz water, boiled
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp matcha powder
- ⅛ tsp ginger
- 8 oz non-dairy milk, warmed
- honey, to taste
First, place the milk in a small saucepan and heat it over medium heat. In the meantime boil some water and put it in a glass bowl. When you do, add some matcha, cinnamon, turmeric and ginger and whisk the mixture to combine. Afterwards, pour the milk in a mug and add the matcha mixture. Stir it and add some honey. That is it, enjoy the warm drink.
3. Turmeric Smoothie
If you like smoothies, this is the recipe for you.
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 1 tablespoon of coconut milk
- ½ banana
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon of chia seeds
- ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
Put all of the ingredients in a high-power blender and blend until it becomes smooth. Add some water or more coconut milk if you want to improve the texture. Drink the smoothie immediately.
4. Paleo Sports Drink
This drink is much better than Gatorade.
- 2-inch piece of turmeric peeled and cut into 5 or 6 chunks
- 2-inch piece of ginger peeled and cut into 5 or 6 chunks
- 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (2-4 limes)
- 3 tbsp local raw honey
- 4 cups + 2 cups of Filtered water
First of all, add some ginger, turmeric and water in a small saucepan and put it over heat to boil. Then, turn the heat low and leave it to simmer for 5 minutes. Then, remove it from heat and add some honey. Stir it and leave it to cool. Once cool, remove the ginger and turmeric and pour the mixture in a large jar with a lid. Then, add 2 cups of water and lemon juice. Finally, stir and drink immediately. Store the remainder of it in the refrigerator.
5. Turmeric Tea
This tea is flavorful and complex and it is great to warm up on a cold day.
- 1-2 cups of water
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger root
- 1-2 teaspoon of turmeric powder
- A pinch of nutmeg powder
- A pinch of clove powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- A pinch of black pepper
- Coconut milk (optional)
- Raw honey (optional)
Just boil the water in a small saucepan over high heat. Once it is boiled reduce it to medium heat and add all the spices. Let it simmer for 5 minutes, strain it and serve it hot. You can add some honey or and milk for taste.
6. Anti-inflammatory Sparking Turmeric Juice
Just leave the soda and drink this mixture instead.
- 1/4 of a large pineapple making sure to include all or part of the core
- 2-3 large carrots
- 1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
- sparkling mineral water
Juice some carrots and pineapple until you get one 1/2 of juice. Then, pour the juice into a glass until it is half full. When you do, add some turmeric and stir. Top it all off with sparkling water and enjoy.
7. Turmeric Water with Black Pepper
This recipe is great if you are in a hurry.
- 1 tablespoon turmeric
- ½ teaspoon of black pepper
- 1 teaspoon olive or coconut oil (optional)
Mix all of the ingredients in a glass water and drink it immediately.
8. Superfood Hot Chocolate
You will not feel guilty when you indulge in this hot chocolate.
- can full-fat coconut milk
- ½ cup filtered water
- ⅛ tsp turmeric powder
- 3 cardamom pods, crushed
- ½ tsp grated fresh ginger
- 1 stick of cinnamon or ¼ tsp cinnamon powder
- 2 Tbsp honey
- pinch of Himalayan sea salt
- 2 Tbsp raw cacao
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
Warm the coconut milk and water, as well as the turmeric, cardamon, ginger, cinnamon and sea salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Just simmer it over low heat for 10 minutes. Then, remove from heat and add some raw cacao and vanilla extract. Stir it so it can be combined. Afterwards, strain it and serve it with honey.
9. Turmeric Latte
As a healthy alternative you can replace your calorie-laden coffee with this drink.
- 1 cup of almond or coconut milk, unsweetened
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- Pinch of black pepper
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated turmeric root
- 1 tablespoon of freshly grated ginger root
- Raw honey
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
First, heat the milk in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add all of these ingredients, but put the honey in a pan. Bring the mixture to boil on lover heat and let it simmer for 5-10 minutes. Next, remove the heat and cool it for 10 minutes. Stir it, add some honey and serve.
10. Turmeric Coffee
Make the following mixture to spice up your coffee with cinnamon and turmeric.
- 8 ounces strong coffee (brew methods vary the intensity of the coffee)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3/8 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1 tablespoon grass-fed unsalted butter
- 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
- raw honey, to taste (optional)
Just brew the coffee together with the cinnamon and the turmeric. Let it cool slightly and pour it into a blender with the butter, coconut oil and the raw honey. Just process it until it becomes smooth. When it does pour it in a mug and serve it.
12. Turmeric Lemon Tea
This tea is packed with a lot of energy.
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/8 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
- Honey to taste
Just combine the lemon juice, turmeric, ginger and cayenne in a mug and top it with boiling water. You can sweeten the mixture with honey.
This tea is smooth, spicy and comforting, it will easily become your favorite.
The Tea Ingredients:
- 2 1/4 cups water
- 6 tbsp coconut sugar
- 4 black tea bags
- 1 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground cardamom
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/8 tsp ground coriander
- Small pinch of black pepper
The Latte Ingredients:
- 3/4 cup coconut milk
- 3/4 tsp raw coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup tea concentrate
- 1/8 tsp turmeric
In order to make the tea concentrate you have to combine all the ingredients in the first list except the tea bags and vanilla in a small saucepan. Then, you should bring them to boil. Next, remove it from heat and add the tea bags and vanilla. Let is steep for 10 minutes then pour it through a tea strainer and store it in a sealable container. This will last up to 7 days refrigerated.
If you want to make one latte just whisk together the coconut milk, coconut sugar and turmeric in a small saucepan. Warm them up over medium heat until the mixture becomes to boil. Then, remove it from heat. Use a milk frother or immersion blender if you want to create milk foam. Combine the warm milk mixture with 1/4 cup of the tea concentrated in a glass. Finally, stir well and garnish it with cinnamon to adjust the sweetness.
13. Turmeric Tonic
This tonic is great for hydration of the body after a hot day, all due to its richness in electrolytes.
- 3 cups coconut water
- 1/2 cup fresh ginger slices
- 1 lime, cut into quarters and squeezed
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
- Cayenne pepper to taste
Just combine the ingredients in a glass jar with a lid and shake well. Refrigerate it overnight and serve it at room temperature.
In addition to the kombucha, which packs a probiotic punch, you can make it even more nutritious if you add some turmeric.
- 1 glass jar with tight lids to hold 1 gallon of liquid
- 1 gallon of unflavored homebrewed kombucha
- 1/2 green apple, cut into matchsticks
- 2 tsp fresh grated turmeric (or 1 teaspoon ground dried turmeric)
- 2 tsp fresh grated ginger (or 1 teaspoon ground dried ginger)
Just pour the fresh kombucha (not the scoby) into a jar. Leave a few inches of headspace at the top. Just place the spices and the apple matchstick into the jar and then leave the jar in a dark corner at room temperature for 3-5 days. Remove the lid for a few seconds every day to build-up fermentation gas. When you taste the brew and it is fizzy, remove the apple pieces and place the jar in the refrigerator. Consume the mixture within 2-3 weeks.
Try making at least one of these drinks and just choose which one works for you. When you do, incorporate it in your daily diet to get the most out of the health benefits if offers. Enjoy!