When my eczema was really bad I was bathing in turmeric in addition to drinking it. I was a walking human orange. Turmeric has significant anti-inflammatory effects in the body. Curcumin which is found in turmeric is a powerful antioxidant and has amazing health benefits. Curcumin is great for reducing inflammation, helping regulate blood sugar levels, and reducing pain.
In China turmeric is used to treat abdominal pain. Research has found that turmeric increases mucin secretion and may act as a protective layer in the stomach against irritants. Because of the anti-inflammatory properties patients who received turmeric/curcumin showed significant improvement in their symptoms (1).
In one double-blind, placebo-controlled study with patients who had ulcerative colitis. The patients who received a turmeric/curcumin supplements had a relapse rate much lower than those who took the placebo (2).
Turmeric/curcumin supplementation in clinical studies has also shown improvment in lipid profiles.
There are currently many studies investigating the possible beneficial effects of turmeric/curcumin in a wide variety of illnesses. Turmeric has been used in Asia for many remedies and it may prove to be a great preventative tool for illnesses including cancer, obesity, type-2 diabetes, ulcerative colitis, bacterial infections, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, chronic kidney disease, and end-stage renal disease (2–3).
So why not make a turmeric latte part of your routine? It is simple to make and you can drink it during any part of your day. You do not have to be a walking human orange like I was to reap the benefits of turmeric. Below is one of my favorite recipes for a turmeric latte
- 2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon turmeric
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup (optional)
Add ingredients, heat over the stove until melted and warm. Sprinkle cinnamon on top and enjoy!
📷 credit: Dr. Axe