Turmeric is widely praised as the ‘curative superfood’ and has been showing up in various medications since a while, but is now the start ingredient of cocktails and is seen shining on Instagram.
If you recently witnessed a cocktail looking golden, you’re right – the color was not because of the sun, it’s turmeric. Turmeric is the long-used spice in South Asian and Middle Eastern cooking. In fact, this bright yellow-orange spice is the latest most-loved ingredient for making a leap from kitchen to the glasses. Every upscale bar menu these days seems to have at least one drink containing the spice.
And there is not just a single reason for this – numerous studies have proven the health benefits of Turmeric. The four most significant reasons of turmeric use in cocktails, drinks, tea, milk as the ‘golden drink’, and its major health benefits are as follows:
Proven Health Benefits of Turmeric
Turmeric Has Bio-active Compounds
The long-used Indian spice was believed to be a medicinal herb – science is now backing up the Indian belief for turmeric containing medicinal properties.
Turmeric contains compounds known as curcuminoids, main of which is curcumin. This substance has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Curcumin is the standard nowadays – the most wanted ingredient in supplements and drinks: turmeric tea for instance. And even in ketosis, the fluids that are essential include teas and drinks that are high on antioxidants such as ginger and turmeric tea.
Turmeric is a Natural Anti-Inflammatory Compound
Turmeric is strongly riding its reputation for being a superfood with anti-inflammatory powers — a huge selling point for bars to prove that cocktails can be healthful.
We know how important inflammation can be…
Without inflammation pathogens such as bacteria could easily take over the body and kill. And this applies to only short-term inflammations, chronic conditions are a different case. Chronic inflammations are the reason for major western diseases; cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, metabolic syndrome, and some other degenerative conditions.
For this anti-inflammatory reason and other health benefits of turmeric, and the presence of curcumin, it is strongly known to be a miracle spice.
Turmeric Increases the Antioxidant Capacity of the Body – Delay’s Aging Process
The oxidative damage to the body is the main cause for aging and other such skin diseases. Curcumin in turmeric has a very strong antioxidant effect. It neutralizes the free radicals and at the same time stimulates the antioxidant enzymes of the body. Thus, turmeric benefits for the skin are mainly in delaying the aging process.
And along with other tremendous health benefits of turmeric, such as; increased brain hormone BDNF and new hormones, improved function of endothelium and preventing heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer, curcumin and turmeric uses may also aid longevity.
Curcumin Has Shown Benefits Against Depression
A study on 60 different people with depression showed that curcumin was as effective as the medicine Prozac in alleviating symptoms of the condition. While, its well known that depression decreases the levels of BDNF (brain-derived neurotropic factor) and shrinks hippocampus (the ability to learn and memorize).
There has also been evidence that curcumin boosts the level of serotonin and dopamine.
The Popularity of Turmeric on Instagram
On the other hand, the yellowish golden color of turmeric is pretty. Every cocktail touched with a hint of turmeric turns into a “sunshiny glass of Instagram bait”.
Combine the health benefits of turmeric and the beautiful appeal of this spice, a mixological equivalent of a gorgeous Hollywood actor is created who with a degree in physics in hand is nothing less than a charm.
Ms. Vose uses turmeric in her drink Watch Tower, which contains Irish whiskey, brandy and yogurt, among other things. She says it keeps guests going back for another sip “to seek out what that underlying flavor is.”
American chefs have been charmed by the touch of turmeric in their cooking since years now. But cocktail bar menus tend to be the slowpokes of the food-and-drink world, seizing upon new ideas last.
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