Turmeric has been used for its unique and potent health benefits for more than 4000 years. It is no surprise that this vibrant yellow root has gained a significant comeback in popularity over the last several years in modern society, as we come to recognize that turmeric does indeed have more going for it that its delicious flavor. From slow pressed juices to turmeric lattes to turmeric smoothies and vibrant curries and sauces, turmeric is versatile, highly medicinal and a delight for the taste buds.
We love sharing our passion for this ancient ingredient with you. One of our greatest aims with the Elixiba restaurants is to offer the best organic, plant-based cuisine, whilst sharing our knowledge for these medicinal ingredients, their unique flavours and the tremendous healing properties that are to be found and celebrated in nature. Each week we will highlight various ingredients that you can find meandering through our menu and why these nutritional powerhouses are a brilliant addition to your daily plate.
So, lets start with the humble turmeric. A bright yellow-orange wonder herb, turmeric is one of the oldest, most significant spices known to mankind. Turmeric plants thrive in hot climates with light soils. The climates of India as well as Central America suit the growth of the tropical turmeric plant.
Turmeric is used to treat a wide range of health ailments due to its high content of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, niacin and zinc. Most widely known for its potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, researchers believe that turmeric may be strong enough to break down the plaques in the brain that contribute to Alzheimer's disease. Turmeric is also often touted as having the power to inhibit the growth of tumors and therefore may be beneficial in the treatment and prevention of breast, skin and pancreatic cancer, childhood leukaemia and multiple myeloma.
Turmeric also has a positive effect on cholesterol in the body, helping to lower cholesterol levels and prevent the build-up of "bad" cholesterol that can block arteries and cause heart attacks and strokes. It may also be helpful in weight loss as turmeric stimulates the gallbladder and produces bile. Bile helps to digest fat which also results in improved digestion and a reduction in bloating and gas.
Turmeric's natural anti-inflammatory qualities mean that it can often be as effective as common anti-inflammatory medications, without the harmful side-effects. The anti-inflammatory properties have shown to be beneficial in treating both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, offering relief from joint pain and inflammation in the body. Even for less serious conditions, turmeric has been shown to have a positive effect on mild joint pain, back pain, and sports-related injuries.
Preliminary studies show that turmeric may help reduce the severity of bacterial and viral infections. Its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal agents help strengthen the immune system and lessen the chance of suffering from colds, flu and coughs. Turmeric contains curcumin, a flavonoid which supports a healthy inflammatory response, thereby promoting general well-being. Throughout winter months, turmeric is an excellent addition to the diet, a simple warming tea of turmeric, ginger, lemon and honey can assist with a variety of unease in the body from a sore throat to digestive imbalances.
Turmeric is also a natural antiseptic and can be helpful to treat cuts or burns. It can also help to repair damaged skin and may be used to treat psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.
It is no wonder this marvelous root has been used and celebrated for centuries. In Auyrveda, turmeric, or “haridra” in Sanskrit, has many positive side effects due to its bitter, astringent and pungent taste. It helps to balance Kapha and Vata doshas and due to its bitter taste, it helps to balance the Pitta dosha, thus making it tri-doshic. According to ayurveda, turmeric supports liver detoxification, supports healthy cholesterol levels, promotes the body’s healthy response to allergens, assists digestion, supports a healthy immune response and benefits the complexion. This antioxidant herb also helps to purify the blood and maintain a healthy cardiovascular system; supports a healthy stomach and colon; and promotes the health of the lungs, circulation and nervous system.
At the Elixiba we believe in eating for health, as well as taste! Our herbal-infused, plant-based cuisine is created with both flavor and wellbeing in mind. If you would like to experience the tremendous benefits of turmeric for yourself, try our Turmeric Tonic- a turmeric and ginger spritzer with ginko tincture and cayenne pepper- designed to offer you vitality, immunity and energy! If you’re looking for a creamy, decedent latte experience- try our gorgeous Golden Milk Latte- the perfect way to feel grounded and balanced whilst boosting your immune system with the additional benefits of ginger and cayenne. AND don’t forget about our Turmeric Ginger Beer! Custom brewed for Elixiba, our Turmeric Ginger Beer is infused with secret herbs, ginger and turmeric. This draught beer offers a spicy aftertaste to boost your vitality- so all that’s left for you is to relax and enjoy!