For a good number of years now the health benefits of the compound cucurmin, found in turmeric, have been well-documented.
Most of us are aware that the yellow spice contains a number of healing properties.
Just to reiterate the gist, Turmeric has natural anti-inflammatory compounds called curcuminoids, and these curcuminoids have been associated with having a positive effect on many diseases.
Not only that, but in a more general sense, most social-media-savvy people will have heard of the ever-popular turmeric latte that is now a standard option in any decent coffee shop.
Not only that, but major consumer health brands, such as Lucy Bee, for instance, who produce organic goodies in line with the ethos of using only natural and unprocessed ingredients, make an amazing organic ground turmeric powder that can be combined with any milk, a blob of coconut oil and some freshly ground pepper, to create a tasty latte drink.
More recently, Pukka – who are in our opinion, makers of some of the best turmeric infused teabags and products out there – have launched their own turmeric latte blend.
So, now it seems the golden elixir drink is even more accessible than it was when such specially prepared mixes where only available at niche health shops or online stores, such Planet Organic.
Aside from the warming taste, more of us than ever before are becoming interested in harnessing the superfood elements of turmeric and are looking at creative ways to make it a part of our lifestyle.
Which is why now many of the products listed above can be found at any local supermarket.
What we at amamasmind.com are keen to explore, aside from the fact that most of these turmeric drinks are super-easy to prepare (after all, as mothers, we are all pushed for time, so nutritious food and drink that can be created in the blink of an eye, and preferably with only one hand, is always a win in our eyes) is the suggestion that turmeric can have wonderful benefits for the wellness of mothers.
That’s why it deserves some attention.
Let’s start by considering our head-health.
Simply because there is no health without mental health.
Well, last year a study found that those who consumed turmeric were often happier and had better memory.
Although it’s not certain exactly why, it is likely because of the anti-inflammatory effects taking hold in the brain; Inflammation of the brain tissues being something associated with both Alzheimer’s and major depression.
A gentle but regular incorporation of turmeric into the diet (as with anything: moderation is the key) has been shown to boost immunity to various viruses. Thanks to the lipopolysaccharide that it contains. The other antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties within turmeric can help to protect mothers from the common viruses of cold and flu, too.
If breastfeeding, it can also arguably offer some mild protection to your child.
Though it must be pointed out the turmeric supplements are best avoided while pregnant or breastfeeding.
As with any diet changes, please speak to your doctor or midwife first.
Let’s face it, mum’s aren’t allowed to be ill.
We have to carry on regardless, so it’s seriously worth nothing for this point alone.
Cucurmin has also been found to offer pain relief. Which, according to a current and well-written article/advertorial for the supplement Curamin, in USA Today, Turmeric is something of a god-send when talking about the exhausting age of being in your 30s and 40s.
They suggest, and we agree, that this is when the human body really starts to ache.
Our bodies begin to hurt because we are pushed to the limit day and night, balancing young families with demanding lifestyles.
It is suggested in this piece that taking something containing the key active-ingredient curcurmin can help reduce the pain associated with inflammation, especially in relation to osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
The issue of achy joints is likely relevant to for many mothers reading this; up half the night – possibly breastfeeding, sleeping at funny angles, and carrying children on ageing bodies.
You get the picture, right!?!
It makes total sense.
Aside from the internal health benefits, it could also help to improve our self-esteem about our outsides; feeling just a tiny bit better about the way we look.
This is because curcurmin has also been linked to collagen production and the shrinking of fat cells.
Therefore, although it’s an under-researched aspect, turmeric just might just help to make us look less tired and bloated. Which isn’t going to hurt either.
Though we want to point out that we do NOT like to place any emphasis on appearance. It’s is not important as in the bee-all-and-end-all. And mothers are under enough pressure.
But, if we felt a little brighter and lighter, just more ourselves, then it’s not a bad thing.
So, there you have it. Turmeric is well worth exploring as part of a healthy and balanced lifestyle. There are so many great products out there.
But if, like us, you’d like to try a more creative and natural take on a turmeric brew. Then may we suggest trying the following tonic.
- Fresh root turmeric
- Fresh root ginger
- Unwaxed lemon
- Cinnamon Stick
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Manuka honey
- Cut and slice the hard ingredients to suit your taste.
- Infuse them all in some boiled water.
- Sprinkle the pepper and stir in the honey.
What are your thoughts on turmeric?
We’d love to hear from you.