Turmeric has an impressive list of benefits which are fundamental to the health of any human, largely due to its active ingredient, curcumin. When it comes to anti inflammatory and antioxidant support, curcumin is very powerful.
Acute (short term) inflammation is helpful and is our body’s way of keeping us alive. However, chronic inflammation is problematic, as the body attacks its own tissue. This can happen within any system in the body and results in some of the most damaging diseases and disorders. Curcumin’s anti inflammatory effects are extremely protective.
Free radicals have damaging effects to literally every cell in our body and we are exposed to them constantly, antioxidants work by neutralizing free radicals and minimize oxidative damage. Boosting your body’s ability to protect itself by increasing your antioxidant levels will result in graceful aging, youthful/radiant skin and overall health and longevity, for starters. Curcumin is also known to increase the levels of neurotrophic factor within your brain. These proteins are a group of biomolecules that support the survival and growth of developing and mature neurons, which ultimately results in the formation of new connections between neurons. This means better moods, sharper cognitive function and improved memory.
Mucuna, both a tonic and an adaptogen, mucuna works in a number of ways to benefit the body. As a neural tonic, it works to support the function of the brain/nervous system because of its high levels of l-dopa. In fact, it is one of the best known sources of l-dopa (an amino acid and the precursor to dopamine, epinephrine and norepinephrine) and thus, increases dopamine levels substantially. This results in reduced stress levels and elevates mood. Because dopamine facilitates communication between nerve cells, its presence, in abundance, keeps the flow of communication strong and thus improves focus, the retention of new information, alertness, motor function and stamina. It is also a reproductive tonic and works to support/harmonize all aspects of the reproductive systems in both females and males; including the balancing of hormones and increasing libido.
1 cup of unsweetened oat milk
2 small to medium sized turmeric roots (grated or whole) or 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
1 tsp of mucuna powder
1 tsp – 1 tbsp of raw honey (to taste) or 1 tsp of monk fruit (option for lower spike in blood sugar)
1 tbsp of MCT oil
pinch of cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of clove powder
In a small pot, heat up 1 cup of oat milk. Do not boil. Pour heated milk into a blender. Add remaining ingredients. Blend on medium to high power for 30-45 sec. Pour into your favourite mug and enjoy.
Garnish with nutmeg.
When possible, opt for fresh turmeric rather than in powder form. Nutrients is, more often than not, lost in food production processes.
If you are new to MCT oil, you’ll want to start off with ½ tsp and work your way up gradually. Otherwise, it can be hard on your stomach and will feel uncomfortable
Add collagen if you like. For the most part, I add it to all my lattés
Regarding the honey. Please support a brad that employs sustainable sourcing practices. Honey Bees are increasingly declining as a result of mass production. These pollinators are extremely important to the earth and our eco system at large.
If you use turmeric roots, wash them thoroughly. I lightly skin and pop them in my blender whole.
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