Turmeric is a spice derived from a plant in the ginger family, native to Southern India and Indonesia, and is often used in that region’s cuisine. In addition to being a delicious kitchen aid, it has some surprising benefits for the body. It has antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties in addition to being an antioxidant. Additionally, recent studies have shown turmeric to be one of the many natural aids to prevent and even kill cancer cells. The following explains how and why part-time Oklahoma caregivers should encourage their loved ones to use turmeric.
How to Add Turmeric to Your Daily Routine
You can add turmeric to many of your daily dishes, even some you wouldn’t have thought to before. It’s a great addition to soup, on eggs, in a salad, smoothie, or even in yogurt.
A tasty and nutritious way to use turmeric is by making golden milk. It’s an ancient recipe that can be made in a variety of ways. Simply simmer ½ a cup of water and then stir in a ¼ cup of turmeric powder and heat it until it forms a thick paste. This will make enough to keep in the fridge for up to two weeks. To make the golden milk, just add ½ a teaspoon to a cup of your milk of choice and simmer in a saucepan for five minutes. Add a dash of coconut oil at the end and you’re ready to serve. You can also add a pinch of cinnamon, ginger, or even some honey for sweetness.
What Turmeric Can Treat
- Ringworm — Applied topically as a paste made of turmeric and water or turmeric and honey, it’s an effective way to eliminate ringworm fungus. To make the paste, fresh turmeric is best to grind and mix with a small amount of water. Apply to the affected area and let it dry.
- Alzheimer’s disease — As if treating cancer wasn’t enough, this herb aids in the prevention of Alzheimer’s and other degenerative diseases by stimulating the production of antioxidant proteins in the brain and preventing free radical injury to brain tissue.
- Chronic inflammation and arthritis — Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, studies show that turmeric is effective in managing pain and without the side effects of over-the-counter medicine.
- Liver function and diabetes — Not only does turmeric increase the production of two detoxifying enzymes, but it also lowers blood sugar levels by decreasing the amount of glucose production in the liver.
Turmeric is a spice with numerous surprising applications and makes a great addition to a senior’s diet. To learn more about beneficial herbs and spices, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Kansas City. In addition to helping seniors adopt healthy lifestyle choices in terms of diet and exercise, we also provide comprehensive home care Oklahoma families can trust. Contact us today at 405-285-4191 to learn more about our services and schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.