Why should your turmeric be single-source?

When we started this journey with Tiff, one of the main items on her list to source was an amazing single-origin turmeric. Tiff had her own which had been sent from India by a friend of her’s and she quickly realised the value of a single-source variety, as opposed to a supermarket brand. Tiff used it for anti-inflammatory purposes and added it into drinks, food, juices and shots. She includes it in most of her family meals.

We spent a long time sourcing a high quality turmeric for our special Roots pots of golden goodness. Our single-origin, organic, fairtrade turmeric is sourced from Sri Lanka and contains high levels of curcumin; turmeric’s main active ingredient.

We use turmeric so often that my daughter thinks that most food is yellow!

Turmeric has been used for thousands of years for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It contains bioactive compounds with powerful medicinal effects and has many scientifically-proven health benefits, such as the potential to prevent heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer.

We believe it has wide-reaching benefits and encourage you to introduce it as part of your daily diet. It helps to consume black pepper with it, which contains a substance that enhances the absorption of curcumin. Turmeric has always traditionally been used as a seasonal remedy in the winter months for cold and flu, but also all year round for other concerns such as digestive upset or a stomach bug. It can be taken long-term and may be especially helpful for those more at risk such as teachers, health workers or frequent travellers.

This wonder spice will be talked about on this blog a lot. We currently have our own turmeric for sale here but if you’re not sure about cooking with it you can also try the turmeric oral spray from BetterYou.

More recipes to follow but for now here are some of the key benefits of turmeric:

Anti-inflammatory

Research has shown that when turmeric is used in therapeutic doses, it may reduce joint pain and tenderness, cartilage degeneration and joint inflammation. This can be of benefit at any age and not just in senior years since turmeric is an excellent herb to use for anyone who is very physically active or sporty.

Detoxification and cleansing

A traditional liver herb, turmeric supports the liver by turning toxins or unwanted substances produced by the body—such as old hormones—into a less harmful compounds that can be safely eliminated by the body. At the same time, turmeric’s high antioxidant capacity—its golden yellow colour denotes this—works to protect the liver and the rest of the body from the potentially damaging effects of modern, especially urban, living.

Digestive ‘fire’

As a warming spice, turmeric can be used to optimise ‘sluggish’ digestion by promoting blood flow and supporting the lining of the gut. Turmeric also increases bile flow. Bile is a fluid that is made and released by the liver and stored in the gallbladder. Bile helps with digestion and helps to breakdown fats you don’t want, but also helps to absorb the healthy fats you do!

Immunity

Research has shown that turmeric contains excellent anti-viral and anti-microbial properties. Turmeric has always traditionally been used as a seasonal remedy in the winter months for cold and flu, but also all year around for other infections such as digestive upset or a stomach bug. It can be taken long term and may be especially helpful for those more at risk such as teachers, health workers or frequent travellers.

Mental health

It has also been demonstrated that depression occurs more frequently in those experiencing compromised immune function. Researchers have identified that consistently raised levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines (a type of immune protein) in the body will cause lack of energy, sleep disturbances, and changes in mood. This type of depression is not just a reaction to the illness but is caused by cytokines provoking an immune system that has lost its ability to return to a state of equilibrium. Further research has shown turmeric is able to modulate inflammatory cytokine activity, helping the body return to a better state of balance which may help mood.

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