By Karen Foster
Guest Writer for Wake Up World
If you wanted to create the perfect smoothie with anti-cancerous properties, potent anti-inflammatories, as well as anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal constituents, look no further than adding turmeric. Although turmeric has a lightly bitter taste on its own, you won’t even notice it in this delicious healthy recipe.
Health Benefits of Turmeric
Who needs medication when nature gave us turmeric? Take a look at the incredible health benefits of this plant.
Powdered turmeric has been used for centuries to treat a host of illnesses. It is a known digestive aid, blood purifier, wound healer, skin tonic, analgesic, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic, anti-carcinogenic, fat metabolizer, gas reducer and expectorant. It inhibits inflammatory reactions, has anti-diabetic effects and reduces cholesterol – among other powerful health effects. A recent study led by a research team in Munich showed that it can also inhibit formation of metastases.
Curcumin, the natural pigment that gives the spice turmeric its yellow color, has increasingly come under the scientific spotlight in recent years, with studies investigating its potential health benefits.
Turmeric has a slightly bitter taste, but by blending it with sweet fruit, you won’t even notice it in your smoothie. This recipe is so tasty and nutritious, you could have it daily.
Turmeric Smoothie Recipe
- 1 cup hemp or coconut milk
- 1/2 cup frozen pineapple or mango chunks
- 1 fresh banana
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric (can be increased to 1 tsp)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon maca (optional)
Add all ingredients into a blender and process until smooth.
This recipe is best consumed in the morning on an empty stomach. Not only will it increase your energy for the first half of the day, but it will clear your mind and infuse your body with some of the most powerful antioxidants in the world. Now that’s a great breakast idea!
Updated October 2014
About the author:
Karen Foster is a holistic nutritionist and avid blogger with five kids and an active lifestyle, which keeps her in pursuit of the healthiest path towards a life of balance.
This article was reposted with the express permission of the kind crew at preventdisease.com