Turmeric is the healthy spice that has been advised to take on daily basis. It has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb. It has a group of compounds called curcuminoids, among which curcumin is the most important.
Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. Unfortunately, curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream, so it helps to consume black pepper along with it, which contains piperine, a natural substance that enhances the absorption of curcumin.
Turmeric is used in Ayurveda to balance vata, pitta, and kapha, though in excess, it can aggravate pitta and vata. It also nourishes the rasa and raktha dhatu (circulatory system). It's bitter, astringent, and pungent in taste and is known for its antimicrobial properties. Ancient Ayurveda used turmeric for wound healing and in inflammatory conditions. Also, turmeric is used in respiratory tract diseases.
Ginger is considered as an Ayurveda superfood as it improves digestion and assimilation.
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Healthy Ginger-Turmeric Smoothie Recipe
• 1-1/2 Cups unsweetened coconut milk
• 1 tsp turmeric
• A pinch of Black pepper
• 1/2 tsp grated Ginger
• 1 tsp coconut oil
• 2 tsp honey
Mix all the ingredients and blend on high speed until smooth.
Variations: You can include your choice of vegetables like carrots, beets, spinach, or fruits along with this recipe.