Tumeric and Matcha Make for A Super Delicious and Healthy Drink!
A close cousin of ginger, turmeric is a colorful and hearty plant that abundantly grows in India and Southeast Asia. Even if it’s not (yet) a staple in your spice-rack, you’ve undoubtedly encountered turmeric before—as an all-natural clothing dye, a tint for moisturizers and cosmetics, or as a classic ingredient in Indian cuisine. Its uses are as diverse as its health benefits!
Adding Flavor and Vibrancy to any Dish
Once boiled and dried in scorching hot ovens, turmeric adopts its rich yellow-orange coloring. With a mustardy aroma, the spice offers a warm yet slightly bitter and earthy flavor.
This ancient spice has been integral to food in the Indian subcontinent for over two millennia. It’s been an essential ingredient in curry and has historically been sprinkled over roasted vegetables. Recently in western cuisine, turmeric has been used to add a delicious zest to dishes ranging from pan-fried pork chops to quinoa. It’s famous for providing the distinctive color and spicy zing to American mustard. Further, its peppery quality makes it a perfect companion for classic brunch dishes including omelets, quiches and roasted potatoes.
Curcumin: The Root of Turmeric’s Health Benefits
The reason for its popularity— and the magic behind turmeric— lies in its active compound curcumin.
Curcumin has been utilized in Ayurvedic medicine for over 3000 years. Historically used a panacea for a wide variety of ailments, only recently has clinical research confirmed what traditional Indian medicine has known for countless generations—turmeric is chocked full of health benefits.
Recently, the Arthritis Foundation identified curcumin as a major anti-inflammatory force and suggested incorporating turmeric into your daily diet. The compound has also been shown to fight against free radicals and bolster the body’s natural antioxidant defenses. It eases joint pain and much like it’s cousin ginger, turmeric has stomach-soothing capabilities, making it ideal for those with colitis, irritable bowel disease and gastric inflammation.
Modern research has also shown that curcumin possesses pain-relieving benefits analogous to Advil and Motrin. In one study, the compound worked as well as ibuprofen in reducing pain and improved function in people suffering from osteoarthritis. Another study linked orally taking turmeric extract with lower cholesterol levels after only three months.
Turmeric Tea: The Chosen Pathway for Ingestion
Turmeric has low bioavailability. This means that the body’s absorption and access to the health compounds in turmeric is often challenging. The good news is that many experts believe that adding this golden spice to tea may be the most effective way to consume turmeric. It’s already a wildly popular custom in India and Japan—whether in grated or pure powder form, turmeric is a perfect addition to your favorite tea blend. Adding just a dash of black pepper will also improve turmeric’s bioavailability—ensuring you are the receiving all the great health perks of curcumin.
If you were wondering, turmeric and matcha are the perfect pair! Not only does turmeric add an amazing twist to the already earthy-sweetness of matcha, but both are packed with antioxidants and vitamins. The meditative ritual of preparing matcha compliments the memory and mood-boosting properties already found in curcumin.
And with the all-natural energy found in matcha, pairing it with turmeric is the perfect way to start your day, protect your health and escape those caffeine jitters.
Team Matcha Kari