By Susan M. Piergeorge, MS, RDN
Adapted in part from Susan’s book, Boomer Be Well! Rebel Against Aging through Food, Nutrition and Lifestyle
Powdered turmeric is somewhat mild in taste with a hint of pepper. Fresh turmeric has the taste, texture and color of a spicy orange carrot. Those colors pack some incredible health potential.
Turmeric has been shown to be utilized in treating arthritis, digestive issues (including heartburn, gas, bloating, diarrhea, gallbladder disorders, loss of appetite). Additional areas turmeric is used is headache, bronchitis and colds. Turmeric has also been shown to potentially slow the onset of Alzheimer’s, play a role in detoxification, and slow the replication of some cancer cells. A mighty spice indeed! Dosing of turmeric varies with differing health conditions.
Turmeric is best absorbed with white or black pepper (the piperine in pepper has been shown to assist with absorption), along with some fat, such as olives, olive oil, avocado, nuts. Another source of turmeric is in curry powder, prepared mustard and some teas. Turmeric can also add a beautiful yellow color to a white sauce along with adding some depth of flavor to a rub or marinade.
How about giving turmeric a try? For some recipe ideas click here on this recipe and scroll down the page for more ideas for other recipes, rubs and marinades made with turmeric.