Turmeric, the vibrant spice so prominent in Indian cuisine, has been gaining in popularity and not because of a rise in curry cravings. Twist Teas’ infatuation with this knobby root is thanks in part to how inviting it makes the idea of a Turmeric Matcha, but mostly because of its many reputed health benefits.
What is it?
Turmeric is a spice found within the Turmeric plant, farmed in parts of Asia and is traditionally the main spice in curry, giving it that golden-yellow colour. Not only does it encompass a flavourful taste, it also contains compounds associated with various health benefits.
It contains Curcumin
Curcumin is a key ingredient found in Turmeric and has great anti-inflammatory effects, that are said to rival the effectiveness of some over the counter drugs. It does this by preventing the NF-kB molecule from entering into your cells, which commonly sparks significant amounts of inflammation.
Increased brain function
Curcumin increases a growth hormone found in the brain associated with heightened awareness. This allows people to obtain better levels of focus and may even help with diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
Again, the nifty curcumin plays a role in increasing the effectiveness of the heart, specifically by improving the function of the blood vessels through the endothelium. An improvement in the Endothelium’s role in regulating blood pressure can see heart health increase as a result.
Curcumin has been found to destroy free radicals in the body, which can be extremely harmful and even cancer causing. It does this by boosting the production of antioxidative enzymes. For more information on antioxidants, read my blog Matcha Ado About … Pure Matcha
Now that you know about the amazing potential turmeric has, you won’t be surprised that we have added it to our Matcha! The combination of these two super foods can see them both heightening the effectiveness of each other’s antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds.
Smoothie: Simply add a teaspoon to a smoothie of your choice. It works particularly well if you’ve got a fairly bland, unsweetened, smoothie that needs something with a distinctive flavour to turn it into to a really delicious, mega-healthy treat.
Matcha latte: Now this is a really delicious, fiery drink that is great to wake yourself up on a Monday morning. Simply add one teaspoon of Turmeric Matcha to a cup, add enough hot (not boiling, 80 degrees centigrade) water, milk or milk substitute to turn it into a paste. Then add the rest of the liquid, stirring vigorously until fully combined and frothy. Now you’ve made yourself a lovely healthy pick me up!
Savoury dishes: Sprinkle a teaspoon of turmeric matcha onto a dish that could use a bit of spice. Some of my favourites include immune-boosting carrot and ginger turmeric soup or using it to spruce up plain old chicken and rice.