Since spring seems to be taking its sweet time getting here, I thought I’d share something that’s been keeping me warm this winter. It’s warming, it’s tasty, and it’s healing.
I’m sipping it as I type this.
Sometime mid-winter, Sarah from Holistic Habits posted a video (posted below) on how to make a turmeric-ginger elixir. At the time, I was ready to try anything that would get me through until spring, and it’s been a life-saver. The spicy sweetness of this drink makes my guts feel like they’re getting a warm hug (is that gross?).
In her video, she tells us that turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory and pain reliever, but honestly, I would drink this even if it had no health benefits because I love the taste of it (although it did cure one of my headaches).
After watching her video, I did some research into turmeric to learn more. I found one study that was done by James A. Duke that compared the effectiveness of turmeric to the effectiveness of various pharmaceuticals. The study concluded: “…safe and inexpensive turmeric is a viable contender with pharmaceutical drugs for preventing and/or treating Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, cancer, scabies, and a range of other ailments.”
That made me wonder some more about turmeric. Surely, if it could do all of that, it must be exceptionally powerful. Could it be safe in all forms, for all people, and in all doses?
So, I found another resource, from Dr. Greger, he runs a website called nutritionfacts.org. He made a video on turmeric (posted below). He starts off giving us fair warning that not all pill-form supplements that are labelled “turmeric” necessarily contain turmeric (nutritional supplements are not regulated). About three minutes in, he tells us exactly who should avoid turmeric, even though that, for the most part, he agrees that turmeric is generally safe and can be very healing.
I will issue my own warning, though, especially because this elixir also contains a lot of ginger: If you’re not used to eating raw ginger or raw turmeric, then start slow. These roots not only have a really potent flavor, but they can potentially upset your stomach at first. Our bodies often react negatively when we suddenly dump something new into them. Give yourself time to adjust (this is true for anything new).
James A. (Jim) Duke. Alternative and Complementary Therapies. October 2007, 13(5): 229-234. doi:10.1089/act.2007.13503.