Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a culinary spice related to the ginger root that can be ground fresh or used in powdered form. As previously mentioned, turmeric has documented anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties and is associated with the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. The elderly in India who consume turmeric in their curries daily have the world’s lowest rate of Alzheimer’s. Since eating curry every day is unrealistic for most of us, below are some ways to incorporate turmeric into your regular routine.
According to Dr. Andrew Weil, turmeric contains more than two dozen anti-inflammatory compounds, including six different COX-2-inhibitors (the COX-2 enzyme promotes pain, swelling and inflammation). Studies at the University of California found that in 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 reduced inflammation related to Alzheimer’s disease in neural tissue and the rats fed curcumin performed better on memory tests than rats on normal diets. Turmeric tea is consumed in copious quantities in Okinawa, the island nation with the world’s longest average life span of 81.2 years.
Fresh Turmeric Tea
Boil 4 cups of water and add 1 teaspoon of turmeric, either powdered or freshly ground. Strain through a sieve and add fresh grated ginger, lemon, and/or honey to taste.
Rishi Organic Herbal Tea With Ginger
Perfect for keeping in your desk at work or when you’re on the go. This tea is certified USDA organic and caffeine free. Available on Amazon.com for $16.15 for a package of 2 cans.
Tumeric – The Elixir of Life
Our new favorite beverage! We consume this raw turmeric and ginger juice daily and can’t get enough. It is organic, tasty and free of sugar and other harmful ingredients. Check out the many flavors, including cocunut nectar and vanilla bean. Available in New York City at Whole Foods and LifeThyme Natural Market. Click here to find a store near you and click here for mail orders.