The Asian spice turmeric has been used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, to treat everything from heartburn to stomach ulcers. Recent studies have indicated turmeric possesses antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. "Turmeric supports a healthy immune system and contains important enzymes that aid in digestion and detoxification," says Courtney Burke, a certified nutrition consultant and healthy eating specialist at Whole Foods in Palm Beach Gardens.
- Curcumin: An active ingredient in turmeric, this antioxidant has shown anti-cancer effects in laboratory studies and is anti-inflammatory.
How to Incorporate
Turmeric can be enjoyed beyond traditional Indian recipes. Burke suggests steeping turmeric root in hot water with lemon and honey to make a calming tea.
Try This: The "Hawk" Turmeric Shot, from Juicebuzz
- 2 ounces sunflower sprouts
- 1 ounce E3Live
- 1 ounce organic ginger
- 1 ounce organic lemon
- 1 tsp. organic turmeric powder, or 1 tbsp. organic turmeric root juice
- Splash of organic cilantro
- Dash of organic cayenne pepper
- Strawberry or sliced orange for garnish
- Process each ingredient individually through a cold-press juicer. Then, pour together over ice and enjoy with a straw.