Recently, Turmeric has been making headlines as a new Superfood. It has been used for centuries as a holistic way to treat medical conditions and other illnesses. Turmeric is one of the most researched supplements and has very few side effects which makes it a natural and safe way to keep your child happy and healthy.
What is Turmeric
Turmeric is derived from the root of the Curcuma Longa plant, which grows in Southeast Asian countries, as well as India. The root naturally contains a compound called “Curcumin”, which gives Turmeric all of it’s disease fighting, immune boosting, superfood qualities. You have probably eaten, or seen Turmeric at some point, as it is often used in Indian dishes and has a very distinct orange color.
- Anti-inflammatory. When your body is dealing with an infection it can sometimes cause inflammation that will make you feel even worse. Turmeric works to turn inflammation off, control a fever, and even get rid of pain.
- Powerful Antioxidant. Antioxidants help prevent cold, flus, diseases and other ailments.
- Skin Issues. A holy grail for teenagers struggling with acne. Turmeric is an antimicrobial which means it can help destroy bacteria while removing excess oil. Here are some great DIY masks to try.
- Digestive disorders. Turmeric may help treat gastrointestinal disorders by increasing bile to aid in digestion and protect liver enzymes.
- Allergies. As a natural antihistamine, Turmeric may help limit allergic reactions and even act as a decongestant.
- Flu. Because children’s immune systems are often not fully exposed, or developed, they are more at risk of catching the flu. Turmeric helps to boost the immune system and fight off illnesses.
Recipes Kids Will Love
Because Turmeric has such a bitter taste, it’s important to find recipes that compliment the taste and make it more kid-friendly. Here are a few of our favorites.
- Golden milk. A great before-bedtime option. This tea maximizes Turmeric’s benefits by pairing it with fat and black pepper. It can also be made a little sweeter by adding more honey or maple syrup. Bonus points if you use Manuka Honey!
- Turmeric Rice. Great for gluten-free families. This rice recipe is easy to prepare and makes a boring side dish more fun and nutritious.
- Honey Turmeric Chicken. Savory, sticky and sweet. This recipe makes a moist chicken that has great aroma and a beautiful color.
- Coconut Tumeric Pie. Ok, so it isn’t the most healthy option, but who can say no to this!
When to Avoid
- Before Surgery. It may prevent your body from clotting blood.
- When taking blood-thinning drugs.
- If your child has Gallbladder issues.
- If your child is a diabetic. There are some studies that show that Turmeric may have a negative impact on diabetes.
As always, it is important to discuss any new diet supplements with your Doctor.