Turmeric is the secret weapon in your spice rack, being scientifically proven to reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis such as inflammation and pain. It is the secret ingredient, circumin, that gives turmeric these wonderful properties.
In has also been scientifically successful in blocking the growth of certain types of tumors. One particular study witnessed turmeric extract containing curcumin was able to stabilize colorectal cancer.
It doesn’t stop there, curcumin has also been linked to curing skin diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, colitis, stomach ulcers, high cholesterol levels and various other conditions.
Turmeric has it’s roots in in South Asian cooking where it is used as a flavour enhancer, but is now making a name for itself all over the world due to the amazing health benefits it has been found to have.There are many other ways to incorporate turmeric into your diet, not just through traditional cooking, one way is in this tasty pineapple smoothie recipe.
The other ingredients in this recipe are also great health boosters, and will really have a positive effect on your immune system. Did we mention it tastes it tastes delicious?
½ a tablespoon of turmeric
1 cup of coconut milk—rich in fiber and vitamin C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6
½ cup of pineapple or mango—good source of vitamin C which provides protection against immune system deficiencies and various diseases
1 fresh banana—good source of potassium which helps maintain fluid balance and keeps your brain, nerves, heart and muscles functioning
½ teaspoon of cinnamon—effective at lowering blood sugar levels in people with diabetes
½ teaspoon of ginger—reduces premenstruation cramps, and pain caused by arthritis, also effective at reducing nausea and dizziness
1 teaspoon of chia seeds—good source of fiber, protein, calcium, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids
1 teaspoon of maca powder—commonly used to treat anemia, chronic fatigue and to boost energy levels
A pinch of freshly ground black pepper for optimal nutrient absorption of the turmeric’s healing properties (optional)
Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Serve over ice. Enjoy!