A commonly used throughout the world, turmeric (Curcuma Longa) is used as a spice with a unique pungent taste as well as a food coloring agent. Curcumin is the major active ingredient which responsible for the bright orange color and demonstrated anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-oxidative, and potentially anti-cancer properties.
For many hundreds years, turmeric widely has been used in Asian and North African cuisines. Being a versatile spice that allows you to create delicious meals, nowadays, turmeric is very popular everywhere.
There is a number of ways you can add turmeric to your food. You can always cook authentic dishes which include turmeric or experiment with it in your own cooking. For example, you can add turmeric to your barbecue marinade or rub it with salt and pepper into your steak or fish.
Fresh or ground spice can be used to make turmeric beverages including turmeric water, tea, smoothies, shakes and golden milk. You can sprinkle it on your soup, pasta, or vegetables.
A glass of turmeric tea or turmeric water every day is a good idea to utilize the benefits which this unique plant offers.
How many cups of turmeric tea drinks a day?
Ground turmeric contains between 2 and 3 percents of curcumin. One teaspoon (3 g) of powder contains about 0.09 grams of curcumin. According to Joint United Nations and World Health Organization and European Food Safety Authority, the daily recommendation for curcumin is 1/2-2 teaspoons of powder.
One teaspoon of powder is equal to three spoons of fresh grated turmeric (15-20 g).
If you do not have any health issues that can trigger side effects or interact with your medicines, and if you do not take any other turmeric supplements, then up to 2-3 cups turmeric tea or turmeric water daily will be beneficial. Talk to your health provider if you take blood-thinning medicines, drugs that reduce stomach acid, or drugs for diabetes that lower blood sugar.
Read more about Turmeric Side Effects & Interactions with Medicines.
Turmeric Water with Ginger
Yield - 1 glass (240-300 g)
- Peel and grate 10-15 grams of fresh turmeric root
- Peel and grate 5-10 grams of fresh ginger root
- Steep turmeric and ginger in a glass of water for at least 3-4 hours
- Strain the water and add lemon, honey, or mint, or sweetener if needed
- You can use the grated roots again but steep it in water for next 5-7 hours.
Note. Add a few black pepper corns for better absorption.
Turmeric Tea (from raw turmeric & ginger)
Yield - 3 cups of tea (750 g)
- Peel and grate 20 grams of fresh turmeric
- Peel and grate 10 grams of fresh ginger
- Add a pinch of black peppercorn
- Add 3 cups of filtered water
- Bring water to a boil
- Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 5-10 minutes
- Remove from heat and let steep for 10 minutes
- Strain out the tea
- Add lemon, honey or fresh mint, or fresh rosemary, or sweetener to your taste.
If this tea is too strong, you can dilute it with more water.
Turmeric Tea (from turmeric powder & cinnamon)
- Bring 1 cup of water to boil
- Stir in 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder and 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- Add 5 black peppercorns
- Allow it to simmer for 5-10 minutes
- Add honey, lemon or sweetener to taste.
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