Why We Love Turmeric in Smoothies


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Are you looking for some out-of-the-ordinary, exotic smoothie ingredients? Well, your search ends here! This article will provide an insight into a unique smoothie ingredient, its history, traditional uses, benefits, as well as some smoothie recipes, so be sure to read till the end!

With the weather changing, having a great tasting smoothie recipe that makes you feel amazing is a must. An anti-inflammatory turmeric smoothie in the morning holds the essence to refresh your mood without any guilt - that's our goal for this summer season. Turmeric is one such ingredient that comes loaded with nutrients and goes oh-so-good with all your smoothies!

So let's have a deep insight into the star of today's show; turmeric!

fresh turmeric root ground turmeric in a bowl for turmeric tea

What Is Turmeric?

Turmeric is a flowering plant, Curcuma Longa, belonging to the ginger family. Its rhizomes are cultivated and consumed widely. It is native to SouthEast Asia and the Indian subcontinent, where it requires a considerable amount of rainfall. The rhizomes are used in fresh turmeric as well as dried in an aromatic powder form, which is a key ingredient of Indian cuisine. It is added to curries and rice, vegetables and meat, and almost all of the famous Indian dishes.

ground turmeeric and ground ginger plus fresh ginger for a turmeric smoothie

History of Turmeric

The utilization of turmeric dates back about 4000 a long time to the Vedic culture in India, where it was utilized as a culinary zest and had a few devout noteworthiness. It holds great significance in the Indian Ayurveda and is now popular all over the world for its amazingly earthy and aromatic turmeric flavor and a frequent showcase of healthy food.

Investigations of pots found close to New Delhi revealed buildup from fresh turmeric root, ginger, and garlic that dates back as early as 2500 BCE. It was around 500 BCE that turmeric developed as an imperative portion of Ayurvedic pharmaceuticals. Ayurveda is an old Indian framework of common recuperating that's still practiced nowadays. Ayurveda deciphers to "science of life"– ayur meaning; "life" and veda meaning; "science or knowledge." Breathing in vapor from burning turmeric was said to lighten blockage, turmeric juice helped with the recuperating of wounds and bruises, and turmeric glue was connected to all sorts of skin conditions; from smallpox and chickenpox to acne and shingles. Ayurvedic writing contains over 100 distinctive terms for turmeric, counting Jayanti, meaning "one who is triumphant over diseases," and matrimanika, meaning "as wonderful as moonlight."

fresh turmeric smoothie with coconut milk, fresh ginger and frozen fruit

Traditional Uses of Turmeric

The traditional uses of turmeric include medicinal, religious as well as cosmetic applications. Turmeric has been used since old times for the treatment of various diseases such as arthritis and healing wounds. It is a staple of Ayurveda and has been known to cure diseases for years. It was also used (and is being) widely used as a skincare ingredient to even out skin texture and reduce blemishes, thanks to its antioxidant properties.

Fresh or ground turmeric root can be used to incorporate turmeric into a variety of medicines and foods. Fresh turmeric root looks very similar to ginger, which is a close relative. Fresh turmeric is often turned into a turmeric powder, turmeric paste or dried turmeric to incorporate turmeric in a variety of products, like a creamy turmeric smoothie! You can find fresh turmeric at most large markets in and around the produce section- ask for turmeric root. Powdered turmeric, or ground turmeric, can typically be found in the spice section.

ground turmeric powder to mix with coconut milk, coconut oil and lemon juice

Turmeric Benefits

Turmeric, the brilliant colored unequivocally flavored zest, is having a "moment." This antiquated zest, celebrated for centuries as both nourishment and pharmaceutical, has reemerged inside the wellbeing and nourishment communities much obliged to curcumin, the mending substance which supplies its dynamic color. Curcumin has noteworthy anti-inflammatory properties that are said to match those found in ibuprofen. Not at all like over-the-counter drugs, turmeric has no harmful impacts on the body. Curcumin's capable antioxidant focal points have appeared to ensure sound cells, especially those found within the colon, from cancer-causing operators. It helps the body in pulverizing transformed cancer cells; sometime recently, they have a chance to spread to other zones. Turmeric, too, makes a difference to lower cholesterol and avoid heart illness. All that, and it's delicious as well! Other benefits of turmeric:

1. Helps Control Diabetes

Turmeric boosts glucose control and increases the impact of medicines that treat diabetes. This herb can supplement standard diabetes medications by making a difference directly to front levels. It, too, brings down resistance to affront, which can offer assistance to avoid the advancement of type 2 diabetes. In any case, it is still best to consult a doctor sometime recently supplementing diabetes medications with normal alternatives.

2. Helps Lower Cholesterol

High cholesterol has numerous destitute wellbeing results. Considerations appear utilizing turmeric to season your nourishment can essentially lower blood cholesterol levels and stifle plaque buildup within the courses, which are basic to anticipating cardiovascular issues and other genuine wellbeing illnesses.

3. Helps Relieve Arthritis

Individuals enduring both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis can benefit from utilizing turmeric. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties offer assistance dispense with free radicals dependable for harming cells. Recounted proof from individuals with joint pain who routinely expend turmeric notes help from gentle to direct joint torments, as well as a diminishment of joint irritation.

4. Helps Fight Depression:

Numerous research and studies offer promising results with respect to turmeric and the treatment of depression. Studies have connected depression to low levels of brain-derived neurotrophic components and neuron loss within the hippocampus, the range of the brain dependable for learning and memory. Curcumin can possibly turn around these impacts, much obliged to its capacity to enhance BDNF levels. There's moreover a little proof that curcumin can increase the brain neurotransmitters that create dopamine and serotonin.

fresh turmeric root with black pepper for superfood smoothie blender cuisine

What's With Turmeric and Black Pepper?

Curcumin is the key active ingredient in turmeric, however, it's typically not absorbed by the body especially well. However, black pepper contains a compound called piperine (same in chili powder and cayenne pepper) that enables black pepper to help the body absorb turmeric. Anytime you consume turmeric, it's ideal to also ingest black pepper at the same time to improve your body's absorption of the ground turmeric and the curcumin. So, don't forget to add a pinch of black pepper when building your next turmeric smoothie recipe!

anti inflammatory turmeric smoothie with fresh turmeric root for a creamy smoothie

Why Is Turmeric In Smoothies so Great?

Turmeric has a subtle aroma of earthy tones that bombs up every ingredient it is coupled with, especially fresh fruit and frozen fruit. So, adding turmeric to your smoothie recipes might be the best trick for THAT rich flavor you have been looking for. So here are some anti inflammatory turmeric smoothie recipe inspos that you should definitely try out:

  1. Pineapple turmeric smoothie bliss - double-up on your anti-inflammatory turmeric smoothie by combining pineapple chunks and dried turmeric in smoothies. Tropical fruits combine will with the sweet and spicy flavor of turmeric to create a delicious smoothie.

  2. Date, banana, and Turmeric smoothie - Try blending these together with almond milk or coconut milk, the earthy flavors make a great turmeric smoothie recipe. Throw in a half to a whole frozen banana plus ice cubes for a great recipe.

  3. Almond, honey turmeric smoothie treat - another option for an anti-inflammatory turmeric smoothie recipe, these ingredients mix well together and deliver significant anti-inflammatory properties

  4. Mango turmeric smoothie divine - the bright orange color of this mango turmeric smoothie is off-the-charts, not to mention the flavor. I prefer using frozen mango, it helps give that creamy texture we all love. Chia seeds and some creamy coconut milk or almond milk top this turmeric smoothie recipe off perfectly.

  5. Turmeric smoothie spinach heaven - this is a favorite to bring in more leafy greens to your diet, I like to use around a 2 cups of baby spinach, though insert your own green preference. I like adding frozen pineapple or fresh pineapple to this smoothie recipe for the sweet pineapple tang, along with a pinch of black pepper for absorption and even some fresh ginger.  Coconut milk or unsweetened almond milk are ideal liquids.  

Note:  consider reading our article, The Best Milk for Smoothies to determine which liquid works best for your turmeric smoothie.  Our favorites are unsweetened almond milk, oat milk and coconut water for flavor, nutrients and consistency.  

Blendtopia Turmeric Smoothies

We know that custom smoothie blending isn’t for everyone, especially with unique ingredients such as turmeric. Rest assured, though that at Blendtopia, we’ve got you covered! We are happy to provide a ready-to-blend smoothie kit featuring turmeric to help you take out the guesswork. Check out our Glow Smoothie Kit! This dairy free smoothie kit provides a bounty of nutrient-rich ingredients like turmeric for healthier-looking skin, hair, and nails, ground flax seeds, frozen berries, and frozen spinach. It’s loaded with vitamin C, healthy fats, and powerful antioxidants to help protect your body from the inside out.

turmeric smoothie mix with frozen pineapple chunks and flax seeds

Smoothies are the favorite breakfast of many and an addictive guilty pleasure for others. A glass full of your favorite smoothie that comes with heaps of nutrients and health benefits is a fire combination. Turmeric and ginger smoothies are just one such couple that will light up your diet plan this upcoming spring and summer seasons. With its rich and wholesome flavor coupled with other fruity ingredients, turmeric will make your taste buds dwell on its appeal. So make sure to try out the heavenly goodness of turmeric smoothies!

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turmeric smoothie with chia seeds, fresh ginger, ground ginger for health benefits