We all have heard, seen or tasted the hype of the golden coloured drinks starring this spice curcuma longa, whether you call it curcuma or turmeric. And because curcuma lattes became such a trendy beverage even here in Switzerland doesn’t mean you have to trade your other favourite drinks for them. Rather, let’s understand what this spice can bring you and how easy it can be to use it in your everyday life.
Curcuma and its medicinal properties have been used and acknowledged in Ayurveda and in the Vedic cultures in India for nearly 4000 years. The magic of the plant lays in its active ingredient curcumin. According to some research curcumin will be found in greater quantities in our blood stream thereby enhancing its properties, if you combine it with piperine, which is the active component of black pepper. So to get the best out of it, try to combine it with grains of black pepper.
Among other properties, the golden spice is proven to have beneficial effects on the circulatory, digestive, immune and nervous systems, and if it isn’t already, it will also become best friend with your liver and joints. As you may have heard, curcuma has wonderful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it worth including in your diet. For a very detailed account on this wonderful spice, here is the way.
If you are now looking for inspiration to use curcuma more consistently in real life, aside from the occasional golden lattes, one easy way to do this is to add a little sprinkle of the spice to anything you cook and prepare. It will give a warm colour and a subtle pungent taste (do not use too much, 1/4 to 1 tea spoon is enough) to soups, rice, cooked vegetables, yogurt, smoothies and even tea. I also like to use it in my salad dressings.
Be creative, get yourself good quality curcuma, the pure spice without additives and have fun exploring.
There is no need to change your life or your morning routine to start using new spices and ingredients in your diet. This is what I keep noticing when a food item becomes trendy - the same goes to matcha or goji berries - it becomes such a big deal with dozens of derivative (and expensive) products, that we prevent ourselves from creating our own relation to this ingredient that is still unknown to us. So be creative, get yourself good quality curcuma, the pure spice without anything added to it and have fun exploring. Put it in your warm lemon water in the morning, you can even add one or two grains of black pepper, add it to honey or even to your muesli. You are your own coach on this.