5 Ways To Eat More Turmeric

From Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS

Even if you’ve never heard of turmeric — though I’m sure you have — it’s more than likely that you’ve consumed it. The earthy, pungent spice is one of the most common flavors in Indian cuisine, and it’s also added to mustard to give the condiment its signature yellow hue.

But beyond its culinary prowess, turmeric has benefits beyond what most even realize and is one of the most well-studied, scientifically proven medicinal herbs on the planet, thanks to its active ingredient curcumin.

Research shows that turmeric can help with chronic inflammation and pain, rheumatoid arthritis, depression, diabetes, cancer, skin and aging, brain health and memory, obesity, cholesterol, pain, digestive issues, and more. In fact, turmeric benefits are so abundant that you absolutely must find more ways to get turmeric in your body.

And luckily for you, we have five easy ways to get more turmeric in your diet.

Turmeric for Breakfast:

There’s no better way to start your day than with a healthy, hearty breakfast. That’s why I love to make turmeric eggs in the morning, giving an added flavor punch to my morning protein. Turmeric is a great way to spice up your typical egg dish, and the spice only boosts the already extensive health benefits of eggs.

For this recipe, all you need are eggs (organic, and cage-free), raw cheese, ghee, onions, peppers, garlic, thyme, oregano, basil, and turmeric — or, of course, you can add, subtract or replace the vegetables and herbs to fit your taste buds. Just don’t skip the turmeric!

Then, once you have your ingredients, simply sauté the onions and garlic with the ghee for 10 minutes. Then add the eggs, cheese, and spices, and cook for 10 minutes more, stirring in the turmeric as you go.

Turmeric for Lunch:

After breakfast, I love to use turmeric on one of my favorite lunch dishes: soba noodles with turmeric Thai sauce.

This one takes a bit of prep time due to all the chopping, so make it the night before or when you’re prepping your meals for the week. You’ll need a pack of soba noodles, shredded carrots, thinly sliced peppers, red cabbage, green onions, cucumber, and cilantro for the noodle main dish. Then, to get your kick of turmeric, gather coconut aminos (a great allergy-friendly alternative to soy sauce that’s available in most health food stores), maple syrup, sesame oil, nut butter of your choice, hot water, ginger, garlic, black pepper, and turmeric.

For the dressing, mix all ingredients and set aside. Then cook the soba noodles, place them in a bowl, and add the chopped veggies. Finally, mix in the dressing and top with onions, and you have a filling, delicious, healthy lunch that provides all the power of turmeric.

Turmeric for Dinner:

There is no shortage of ways to use turmeric for dinner. It is, of course, the main spice in any curry dish, so if you’re going the curry route, it’s absolutely essential. But curry isn’t your only main course option when it comes to this versatile spice.

Personally, I like to add it to my cauliflower steak recipe. It’s a wonderful vegetarian dish and easy to make. You just need a large head of cauliflower, sliced, along with avocado oil, garlic, sea salt, Italian herb seasoning, thyme, lemon, and turmeric.

After preheating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, drizzle the avocado oil on the cauliflower and top with the herbs, spices, and lemon juice. Then bake for 30–45 minutes. The end result is a surprisingly hearty, turmeric-enhanced cauliflower steak that you’re sure to love.

Turmeric Beverages:

One of the great things about turmeric is that it not only comes in ground form, but it can be found as turmeric essential oil. Now, in order to use it internally, you must make sure it’s only very high-quality, 100 percent turmeric oil, with no added fillers or preservatives.

I like adding one drop of turmeric essential oil to a glass of water before drinking, or adding one drop to a teaspoon of honey and then swallowing. Even better, you can add a drop to a smoothie to give your shake an added medicinal punch.

But if you prefer to make your drinks with the powdered form of turmeric, you can always turn to classic superfood recipes (that have been around for thousands of years!), like turmeric tea or turmeric latte.

Turmeric Supplements:

So what happens if you’ve gone the entire day and haven’t had one turmeric infused meal or drink? That’s where supplements come in.

Turmeric supplements typically come in capsule form, and you can take up to three grams of turmeric root daily, divided into several doses (say, right before breakfast, lunch, and dinner). It’s important to note, though, that the best turmeric supplements include black pepper, as the piperine in black pepper helps improve the absorption of turmeric and curcumin.

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