You may know that turmeric is extremely beneficial to your health, but do you know how to use it to get the most out of it? In fact, do you use it often or you usually forget about this healthy ingredient? Well, it’s time to go to the grocery store and get yourself a few fresh turmeric roots.
Though there are many ways to use it, today we’ll focus on one in particular – how to make turmeric tonic.
It may not have the best taste, as it requires few other not so delicious ingredients, but it does provide immense health benefits.
For example, it helps boost the immune system, control blood sugar levels, kill bad bacteria, prevent free radical damage, and fight the common cold.
What makes turmeric so healthy is its active ingredient called curcumin. This compound has one of the most potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which help treat and prevent many conditions.
In fact, curcumin has anti-inflammatory effects as strong as some anti-inflammatory drugs.
And, this is important as inflammation is the culprit of many serious health problems and diseases like diabetes, obesity, cancer, heart disease, depression, arthritis, and Alzheimer’s.
What’s more, besides neutralizing free radicals, thus preventing free radical damage that could lead to cancer, it also improves the body’s natural antioxidant enzymes.
Moreover, curcumin helps cleanse the blood and enhance the function of the blood vessel lining. This, in turn, helps lower the risk of heart disease.
It also helps reduce and control blood sugar levels, as well as prevent many diabetes-related complications.
This vinegar contains acetic acid which has strong antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. Besides destroying bacteria, it can also prevent them from growing. People are using it to treat ear infections, nail fungus, lice, etc.
It can also help manage diabetes by reducing and stabilizing blood glucose levels. What’s more, since having diabetes and getting sick can wreak havoc on your blood sugar levels, it can be of great help for the cold and flu season.
The compound gingerol is responsible for most of the ginger’s therapeutic properties. It provides potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Studies show it can help reduce fasting blood glucose levels in people with type 2 diabetes by 12 percent. What’s more, it can also improve HbA1c and markers for oxidized lipoproteins, thus lowering the risk of heart disease.
Here’s how to combine these ingredients with few others to prepare a robust natural tonic that will help you avoid and treat the common cold and flu.
Mix equal amounts of turmeric, garlic, ginger, onion, chili, and horseradish into a food processor until finely chopped. Pour the mixture into a Mason jar and top with apple cider vinegar.
Put the lid on and store it in a dark place for two to four weeks. Don’t forget to shake the jar once a day.
You’ll know the tonic is ready when it looks like liquid gold. Then, strain it and compost the vegetables. You don’t have to refrigerate the tonic, however, make sure you keep it in a cool and dark area.
As you can imagine, the taste of the tonic is a bit unpleasant. So, after taking one tablespoon of the tonic, make sure you eat something delicious. You can also drink it diluted in some warm water and honey.
A lot of people do this throughout the year to boost their immune system and prevent colds and flues.
Try this natural remedy as you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. You should only avoid it if you’re allergic to some of the ingredients.