You may or may not have noticed a lot of orange colour pop in your feeds. And turmeric in smoothies?? Say what! First it was a gush of green smoothies and now orange?? What colour of the rainbow will they think of next? However all this talk of turmeric makes me want to explain why it’s the perfect shade especially in winter time.
Curcumin, the active component of the yellow spice turmeric, has a long history of traditional use as a potent anti-inflammatory. The anti-inflammatory effect of curcumin has been shown to benefit chronic inflammatory diseases such as arthritis as well as cardiovascular disease, obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, endometriosis and asthma. It is very warming to the circulatory system and stimulates the gallbladder to produce bile. Because bile helps digest fat, experts believe this improves digestion and may help control weight. It too also helps repair the mucosal lining of the gastrointestinal tract and we see amazing results with using it in clinic to repair leaky gut and other compromising digestive conditions.
The anti-inflammatory action of curcumin has been shown in more than 4000 scientific articles. However, a key challenge scientists have faced in the past is how to ensure curcumin is absorbed into the body to provide therapeutic benefit. Studies have shown that ordinary curcumin has very poor bioavailability, due to characteristics such as its poor water solubility.
To actually absorb a high therapeutic amount of curcumin in the case of chronic pain and severe inflammation it is best to see a health practitioner who can prescribe a high dose bioavailable supplement, however by incorporating the use of turmeric root and powder in your every day diet does show beneficial effects on preventing inflammation and reducing “recovery” time as it is a natural antioxidant preventing accumulative oxidative stress and damage on the body.
My go to sweet turmeric smoothie really hits the spot in the afternoon (or for breakfast on the go or post run recovery) and is the easiest way I incorporate turmeric, other warming spices and anti-inflammatories into my daily intake. I also overdose on it by using it in winter curries or a grounding fresh ginger, turmeric and apple cider vinegar elixir at night.
TURMERIC SMOOTHIE RECIPE
200-250mls almond milk (or other diary free milk of choice)
2 x coconut milk ice cubes (pre-frozen coconut milk in ice cube trays)
1/2 frozen banana (pineapple works too for some added bromelain – also anti-inflammatory)
2 tbsp Bare Blends Protein Powder (contact me for many other options if WPI/Dairy is not tolerated)
1 tsp chia seeds
1 1/2 tsp turmeric powder (or 1 tsp fresh grated turmeric)
1 tsp cinnamon (or sprinkled on top)
1/2 tsp vanilla powder or extract if you need more sweetness
and sometimes I am tempted to throw in a small handful of baby spinach for added fibre and alkalising.