There is a real buzz around Turmeric lately, the bright spice that usually flavors Asian foods and Indian curry. Not only it can enhance the taste of a dish, but it appears it can make you healthier. Turmeric has been used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine for hundreds of years and finally modern medicine and research has proven that indeed, the orange spice is a real aid in healing.
Pukka is my favorite brand when it comes to natural, herbal teas. And im not just saying this, but their Three Mint tea saved me when i was pregnant easing the painful heartburn and the Night Time helps me to unwind after a day full of baby tantrums.
The Pukka range has expanded and is now joined by a Pukka Turmeric Gold tea and capsules, that promises to clear the skin, fight inflammation and cleanse, whilst having a great warming taste.
This might sound like an add, i swear its not. True that i was sent the tea to review, but i have been consuming turmeric in the morning for quite a while (if you follow me on snapchat you might have noticed that – @yourbeauty.ie).
My recipe involves hot water + half squeezed lemon + a tea spoon of turmeric powder, drank on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. Its nothing wrong with this concoction and if you don’t like tea or taking capsules its a good alternative. There’s just one thing i disliked – the turmeric powder doesn’t seem to dissolve entirely and it deposits itself on the bottom of the mug, so just stir it and drink it quickly. Turmeric contains curcumin and over 200 chemicals and volatile oils that help decrease swelling and inflammation in the body. Modern medicine research has discovered that the turmeric biological activity includes being an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, anti growth, anti-depressant, anti-aging, antimicrobial, anti-diabetic, would heal wounds and help to enhance the memory.
- Antioxidant and Anti Aging. The high concentration of curcumin and antioxidants helps fighting free radicals that are responsible with skin’s aging and wrinkles. This doesn’t mean of course, that it will smooth out your existing fine lines, more it will help preserve what you have and make your skin more resilient to damage.
- Anti-Inflammatory. If you suffer with eczema, psoriasis and just susceptible to skin rashes, it would be a good idea to incorporate Turmeric in your daily diet. Research studies have shown that the main property of Turmeric is to reduce inflammation and calm down our system.
- Liver Support and Blood Cleansing. Our liver is doing a pretty damn good job on cleaning and detoxing our bodies, but sometimes is a good idea to give it a helping hand. Obviously by reducing fatty foods, alcohol and stress you are already helping your body and adding Turmeric is proven to help speed up the clear out of toxins in our blood.
- Boosting Circulation. The Turmeric root is part of the Ginger family, known for the body warming and comforting properties. Ginger tea is actually my favorite thing to drink during winter times. Turmeric is proven to help the blood flow more easily, increasing circulation which in return translates in skin cells being oxygenated and fed the proper nutrients.
- Increasing Collagen Production. Curcumin is so potent in healing wounds by increasing the collagen production in the skin, meaning that Turmeric can help repair and recover the skin from different unpleasant skin conditions.
Bottom line is, no matter which way you choose to consume Turmeric – being in delicious dishes (more excuses to order curry), teas or capsules, it would be a good idea to start incorporating it in your daily diet. Would love to hear your thoughts on this.