Turmeric powder is pretty easy to get your hands on. This form of the bright yellow peppery spice is commonly found in curry powder blends. The really good news is that in addition to adding a golden color to almost any dish, the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant powers of turmeric have been found to play a role in cancer prevention, cardiovascular health, and relief from inflammatory bowel disease and rheumatoid arthritis.
This afternoon I picked up some fresh turmeric at the farmers market. If you’ve never bought fresh turmeric you ought to give it a try. My thought is in it’s original, less-processed form it has even more power to naturally reduce inflammation, pain, and swelling than it does in the powdered form. Although if powdered is what you have, by all means, use it!
The fresh turmeric root resembles ginger but more petite. When sliced it reveals a beautiful deep golden orange-yellow colored flesh. Use it within a few days to benefit from the maximum hormone-balancing effects.
My plan was to juice it. I would add the antioxidants from my turmeric to all of the other phytonutrients from whatever other healthy fruits and vegetables I’d choose. I usually dig through the refrigerator and toss random produce into the chute of the juicer tasting for a balance of flavor as I go.
A beautiful scarlet liquid trickled from the juicer. The apple and lemon kept the earthiness of the beet from dominating. Although I couldn’t really detect the turmeric, I knew it was in there bathing my insides with all kinds of defensive powers. The rest of the ingredients are hormone health powerhouses too. The list of benefits include blood sugar and blood pressure control, hydration to control appetite, and phytonutrients to reduce breast cancer risk.
If you can’t find fresh turmeric just stir in 1 teaspoon powdered turmeric with the coconut water.
- ½ apple
- 1 medium beet
- 2 leaves kale
- ½ meyer lemon (or regular lemon) peeled
- ½-inch fresh turmeric root
- ½ cup coconut water
- Add all ingredients to juicer except coconut water.
- After juicing stir in coconut water to blend.