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Rejuvenating Turmeric Tea & 19 Benefits of Turmeric
May 4, 2013

With the change of seasons it’s especially good to have a couple of nutrient powered foods up your sleeve to help boost our immune systems & Turmeric should be one of them.  Turmeric is the spice of the moment and for many great reasons.

Turmeric grows wild in the forests of South and Southeast Asia. It’s one of the key ingredients in many Pakistani, Indian, Persian and Thai dishes and has incredible medicinal value, too.

Elderly villagers in India, who eat turmeric in their daily curries, have the world’s lowest rate of Alzheimer’s disease. In a study at the University of California at Los Angeles, scientists fed curcumin, an active compound in turmeric tea, to rats prone to accumulate beta-amyloid plaque in their brains – the abnormality associated with Alzheimer’s disease in humans. Curcumin blocked the plaque’s accumulation. It also appeared to reduce inflammation related to Alzheimer’s disease in neural tissue. The rats fed curcumin also performed better on memory tests than rats on normal diets.

Rejuvenating Turmeric Tea & 19 Benefits of Turmeric

Here are a few more benefits of Turmeric when ingested with your food as a spice:

  1. It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.
  2. Cancer preventative qualities e.g. when combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer.
  3. It’s a natural liver detoxifier.
  4. It may prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer.
  5. It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.
  6. Has shown promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice.
  7. Is a natural painkiller.
  8. May aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management.
  9. Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.
  10. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  11. Boosts the effects of chemo drug paclitaxel and reduces its side effects.
  12. Promising studies are underway on the effects of turmeric on pancreatic cancer.
  13. Has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumors.
  14. Speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin.
  15. May help in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.
  16. Curcumin seems to delay liver damage that can eventually lead to cirrhosis, according to preliminary experimental research at the Medical University Graz in Austria.
  17. Kansas State University research found that adding certain spices, including turmeric, can reduce the levels of heterocyclic amines — carcinogenic compounds that are formed when meats are barbecued, boiled or fried — by up to 40 percent.
  18. Rodent studies at the University of Texas indicate that curcumin inhibits the growth of a skin cancer, melanoma and also slows the spread of breast cancer into the lungs.
  19. Researchers from the University of South Dakota have found that pretreatment with curcumin makes cancer cells more vulnerable to chemo and radiotherapy.

Okinawans from the island off Japan, and who have one of the highest rates of longevity in the world, drink copious quantities of turmeric tea.

Here’s how to enjoy a rejuvenating cup of Turmeric Tea for Two!
  • Bring four cups of water almost to the boil.
  • Add one teaspoon of ground turmeric and reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Strain the tea through a fine sieve into your favourite cup, add honey and/or lemon to taste.
  • Find a comfortable spot to sit and enjoy everything wonderful about the simple practice of a cup of tea.


I like to add a 3 or 4 thin slices of fresh ginger and a squeeze of lemon along with the turmeric.

You could also try adding almond or coconut milk, cinnamon or a touch of honey.   While ground versions are convenient, experiment with freshly grated turmeric for a more vibrant flavor.  Fresh Turmeric is a distinctive, deep-orange roots are becoming increasingly available in whole food and natural food stores.  I’ve bought it from the Farmers Markets, Peachs & Manna Whole foods in South Fremantle.   Enjoy!

Other ways to enjoy Turmeric; 

  • Add dried or fresh turmeric into soups, curries or anything with an asian type of flavour.
  • Grate fresh turneric into a salad dressing.
  • Use it as a supplement.
Now I’d love to hear  how you enjoy Turmeric?  What’s worked well for you & your family?   Pop a comment below and please share.

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