The benefits of turmeric are well documented. It is one of the best ways of fighting inflammation and preventing disease and illness that have been linked to inflammation. But there is evidence now that it even has the power to prevent Type-2 diabetes in people who are severely at risk of developing this disease.
Before I jump into that, I want to give you a little bit of background as to why I am a huge advocate of using turmeric in your everyday diet.
My Time With Turmeric
Since I was younger, I always enjoyed playing soccer. I grew up in a family that really enjoyed watching it and playing it, and during the summer whenever we had family gatherings the kids and parents would always kick the ball around.
But around the time I turned 17, I started to experience a pain in my right knee that I had never experienced before. At first I thought it was because of a bad tackle that took me down hard. I played through the pain and as soon as the game was done, I was icing my knee and eventually the pain and swelling went down.
This happened a few more weeks, every time it was during a game and I thought that it was just a flare up of the old injury. So I kept playing and I kept icing my knee, but after each game I would have to ice it for longer and longer until the pain and swelling went away.
After the season ended, I forgot about my knee pain – I guess you can say ignorance is bliss. But it didn’t last long and the pain returned and I couldn’t figure out why. I went to the doctor and after a series of tests, he determined that I had developed tendonitis in my knee. I couldn’t believe it, but I couldn’t deny the pain I was feeling.
He prescribed me some medication, but it only mitigated the pain and it never solved the problem. So I began to do research and look for other alternatives. My mother suggested I see a naturopath and see if there was a way for me to solve my problem naturally.
I was apprehensive at first – I had never tried any alternative medicine and I was doubtful about its effectiveness. But after meeting the doctor, she told me that she has had much success with naturopathy and my fears were dashed right away. She began to explain to me how certain foods have the power to heal the body and how our ancestors relied on these foods before medicine was even invented.
She turned me on to turmeric and suggested that I incorporate it into my diet as much as I could. She told me of it’s ability to heal, and especially about its anti-inflammatory abilities. So I immediately picked some up at the supermarket and began incorporating it into my diet anywhere I could.
Now here I am, years later and I haven’t had even the slightest twinge of pain in my knee. I still take turmeric almost everyday, and I have since found so many different uses for it and ways to incorporate it into my meals that I never get bored or treat it like a chore. One of my most favorite methods though, is using it in tea!
Turmeric Tea Recipe
This turmeric tea recipe only contains 5 ingredients and is packed with superfoods that work to heal your body from infection and other day-to-day illnesses.
- 1/3 cup / 80 ml good, raw honey
- 2 1/2 teaspoons dried turmeric
- big pinch of freshly ground black pepper
The ground pepper is important as that is what makes the turmeric so powerful. The active component in turmeric is curcumin (that’s what heals our bodies), and black pepper allows our bodies to absorb it more efficiently so we don’t miss out on any of its properties.
Begin by working the turmeric into the honey until it forms a paste. You can store this mixture in a jar and keep it on hand whenever you want to make a mug of this tea. For each cup of tea, place a heaping teaspoon of the turmeric paste in the bottom of a mug. Pour hot water into the mug but make sure it isn’t boiling hot. Stir well to dissolve the turmeric paste. Add a big squeeze of juice from a lemon, and a good amount of black pepper. Stir again to incorporate everything and drink right away, making sure nothing settles at the bottom of the mug. Enjoy!
Turmeric For Diabetes
In a recent study on just what turmeric can do for your body, researchers have discovered that it can actually work to prevent type-2 diabetes in people who are in a state of pre-diabetes. In other words, people who are severely at risk of type-2 diabetes can now avoid this disease using turmeric.
The study took two groups of people who were in a state of pre-diabetes. Over a 9 month period, one group was given a placebo, while the other group was given curcumin supplements – curcumin being the active component of turmeric.
After the 9 months, 16.4% of the subjects in the placebo group were diagnosed type-2 diabetes, while no one in the curcumin group was diagnosed with the disease.
Be using turmeric in your diet and ensuring that your overall diet is healthy, you can avoid a disease affecting millions of Americans today.
So go out and get your hands on some turmeric today and just watch what it can do for you!