Turmeric Vega Smoothie - Why Turmeric?
This is my latest go to “Post Insane Workout Vega Recovery Smoothie” - All About Anti-Inflammatory Goodness!
So WHY is this smoothie yellow? Because of the Turmeric… and you probably though Turmeric could only work in curries right? Wrong!!
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a powerful medicine that has long been used in the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine as an anti-inflammatory agent to treat a wide variety of conditions, including flatulence, jaundice, menstrual difficulties, bloody urine, hemorrhage, toothache, bruises, chest pain, and colic.
“It may not share cinnamon’s universal applicability to consumables, but turmeric is another spice with some powerful culinary and medicinal qualities that deserves our attention. Turmeric, known officially as Curcuma longa and historically as Indian saffron, is a rhizome of the ginger family. Its horizontal root system is dug up, baked, and ground into a fine orange powder, which then goes into any number of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and Southeast Asian dishes. Pretty much every curry you come across anywhere, for example, includes a generous portion of turmeric. Common yellow mustard also includes turmeric, mostly as a food colorant.” (http://www.marksdailyapple.com)
Turmeric is a spice you want to include in your diet because of its ability to fight free radicals. This excellent anti-oxidant is one way to help prevent disease and signs of aging that occur as a result of inflammation and the subsequent degeneration of cellular composition. In fact, turmeric is one of the best-known remedies used to reduce the recovery time of various skin afflictions that are caused by chicken pox etc. Turmeric helps in reducing skin rashes as well.
A Potent, Yet Safe Anti-Inflammatory
The volatile oil fraction of turmeric has demonstrated significant anti-inflammatory activity in a variety of experimental models. Even more potent than its volatile oil is the yellow or orange pigment of turmeric, which is called curcumin. Curcumin is thought to be the primary pharmacological agent in turmeric. In numerous studies, curcumin’s anti-inflammatory effects have been shown to be comparable to the potent drugs hydrocortisone and phenylbutazone as well as over-the-counter anti-inflammatory agents such as Motrin. Unlike the drugs, which are associated with significant toxic effects (ulcer formation, decreased white blood cell count, intestinal bleeding), curcumin produces no toxicity.
This is why I make sure to include Turmeric powder in the foods I put into my body at least a few times a week. This smoothie is one way – but as an addition to stews, rice or quinoa dishes it works equally well!
So What ELSE is in here?
1 Scoop Vega Vanilla Sport Recovery Protein
1/2 Frozen Banana
1 Heaping Tsp Turmeric
A little Home Made Almond Milk
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