Saturday, June 12, 2010

Terrific Turmeric

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I have decided that it's time to broaden my palate. It seems lately that I have fallen into a dietary rut. And no, it's not especially healthy, but I do try to eat organic fruits and vegetables and lean meats regularly. Then there's dessert, but let's not go there this morning. Yawn. It's too early and my coffee is still brewing. I never do guilt before my morning cup of coffee.

After reading this article about the health benefits of turmeric, I've decided that I would like to explore the various uses for this spice and perhaps venture out into the world of curry.
"According to various published studies, curcumin (turmeric) shows anti-carcinogenic, antimicrobial, liver-protective, heart-protective and anti-arthritic activity. Recent studies also suggest that curcumin may possess cognitive-enhancing and anti-depressant activity, due to curcumin’s capacity to promote the activity of neuroprotective factors in the brain, and to regulate certain neurotransmitters.  And while out-of-touch critics of herbs fret over safety, turmeric root and concentrated curcumin extract demonstrate great safety. No studies in animals or humans have shown any toxicity associated with the use of either, even at very high doses. This makes sense, since turmeric root is consumed in very large quantities daily in various parts of Asia and Southeast Asia."
I'd appreciate any recipe suggestions and favorites that could help me incorporate some of this stuff, beginning with how to pronounce turmeric. You can read more here and here.

Blink. I really do need my cuppa this morning......I wonder if I should just stick my face directly under the coffee pot while it brews......

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