As Autumn draws in and the weather gets cooler, we're naturally more susceptible to illness and fatigue. Turmeric has been used for centuries to boost the immune system and help prevent disease; we caught up with turmeric brand Wunder Workshop to discover more about this amazing ingredient and ways we can all incorporate it into our diet for a happier, healthier you.
"The biggest benefit of turmeric, and specifically one of it’s most researched active compounds – curcumin, is that it helps prevent and reduce chronic inflammation. Inflammation itself is an important process because it helps the body fight against disease as well as helping in repairing damage. However where short term inflammation is useful for the body,chronic and long term inflammation are the leading cause of a host of diseases in the western world. These range from heart diseases, cancer, Alzheimer's and arthritis to mention a few. Another active ingredient in turmeric is turmerone, which can be obtained from ground turmeric. Some studies suggest turmerone can support cognitive performance due to its neuro-protective properties.
Also, the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric are found to help boost immunity. Our immune system is the Holy Grail of health, and especially during the change of season, when most people suffer from colds and flu, it is important to strengthen our immune system. Apart from enough sleep, an all-round healthy diet, we can also add more ingredients to our daily lives that are known to boost our immune system. This is what we at Wunder Workshop try to achieve, through creating products with turmeric, but making them as accessible and functional so you can get your daily dose.
Traditionally in India, turmeric is used as a spice in almost every meal. It is also used as a healthy remedy with hot milk to alleviate cough and colds. Turmeric can be added to a milk of your choice, into smoothies and juices, scrambled eggs, a stir-fry and salad dressings, you name it. It adds a wonderful golden hue to your meals and a golden boost to your health.
However, turmeric alone is not bio-available. Bio-availability refers to the extent to which nutrients are available for absorption and further utilization in the body. This is because the curcumin in turmeric does not readily get absorbed by the body and it also metabolizes very quickly and gets excreted out of the body. Studies have however proven that the addition of piperine from black pepper increases the bio-availability of curcumin by up to 2000%. Curcumin is also fat soluble and responds positively to heat, therefore it is absorbed by the body well when mixed with hot liquids or fats such as coconuts. Our products contain black pepper, coconut and or ginger for maximum absorption."
Ultimate Evening Autumn Booster (above)
1 tsp of Golden Turmeric Honey (containing immune-boosting all organic raw honey, turmeric, coconut oil and black pepper)
Juice from 1/2 lemon
2 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
Add all of the ingredients to a mug, fill with boiling water and blend well! Simple.