Beat Inflammation with Delicious Turmeric Pudding

By: Michael Lam, MD, MPH; Justin Lam, ABAAHP, FMNM


Turmeric Pudding is a delightDue to its powerful therapeutic properties, turmeric, the bright yellow spice, holds a significant niche in the ancient Ayurvedic, Chinese, and other Asian medicines. Studies suggest that curcumin, a compound largely found in turmeric exhibits extensive health benefits including enhanced immunity, decreased inflammatory response, enhanced liver function, reduced stress, and better sleep. This spice has amazing restorative properties that are immensely beneficial to health. But it can be a challenge to find ways to eat it. One easy and delicious way of reaping the health benefits of turmeric is to make turmeric pudding.

Turmeric is an integral part of Indian cuisine and culture. This potent ingredient is capable of alleviating various conditions. Turmeric is a versatile ingredient, providing relief from several health issues including adrenal fatigue. Realizing the profound health benefits of turmeric, holistic health experts now recommend including turmeric in your daily diet. In fact, in some ways, turmeric is more effective than modern conventional medicines. Researchers have conducted several studies on turmeric.

Natural Healing Properties of Turmeric

Turmeric is cultivated in several Asian and African countries. Its bright golden color and healing properties can be attributed to the presence of a compound known as curcumin. Ancient Indians realized the profound therapeutic properties of turmeric and have used the spice to provide relief from colds, indigestion, and throat pain, as well as to heal minor cuts and wounds on the skin. Also known as Indian saffron, turmeric also finds significance in various religious ceremonies.

Adding turmeric to your food not only enhances flavor and color but also takes your dish to a healthier level. Including turmeric in your everyday diet helps boost immunity, improve liver function, prevent disease, reduce inflammation, detox your system, fight stress, and avoid obesity. Due to all these health benefits, this ancient spice has been extensively studied by researchers and is present in many medicines.

Here are some of the healing properties of turmeric:

The healing powers of turmeric puddingAnti-inflammatory: Curcumin in turmeric is known to have anti-inflammatory properties which are extremely helpful in providing relief from inflammation without causing any side effects thus surpassing the western medicines such as steroids. Inflammation is the major cause of diseases including arthritis, cancer, and chronic pain. This anti-inflammatory property of curcumin also makes it helpful for Alzheimer’s disease.

Antidepressant: Laboratory studies suggest that curcumin can effectively correct depression symptoms in animals. In another study, it was revealed that curcumin helped to manage depression in people with depressive disorder issues. Turmeric is a rich source of curcumin which can help manage mild depression and stress-related issues.

Antibacterial: The antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and antiseptic properties of turmeric can help to provide relief from various skin problems. Adding turmeric to your everyday diet and beauty regime helps to get healthy, flawless, glowing skin from the inside out.

Kills Cancer Cells: Several studies suggest that the curcumin in turmeric may have anticancer effects, either killing the cancer cells or preventing them from growing. Curcumin may also help reverse various types of cancer.

Treating your taste buds with delicious turmeric pudding provides your body with a healthy dose of curcumin.

A Delicious Anti-Inflammatory Recipe

Including turmeric in your everyday diet can greatly reduce inflammation and various health disorders related to it. There are numerous ways of including turmeric in your diet. One of the great things about this spice is that it goes well with almost any dish. You can add turmeric to your curries, soups, salads, bread, smoothies and almost anything. Want to infuse a dish with rich golden color? Then ditch the food color and go for turmeric. Adding turmeric to your dish not only enhances its flavor but also adds tons of valuable health benefits.

This healthy chia turmeric pudding, garnished with coconut cream tastes amazing and is easy to make. This super healthy, refreshing, and filling recipe contains nut milk, making it a healthy option for vegans, along with a blend of aromatic spices and superfood chia seeds. The touch of orange zest adds a refreshing flavor.

Chia seeds and turmeric pudding

Turmeric, nut milk, and ground spices are boiled to make a golden yellow aromatic concoction. Warming the milk before adding in your chia seeds helps the seeds to absorb milk faster. Make sure to stir right away to distribute them evenly in the liquid.

You can enjoy the pudding at room temperature or just chill it in the refrigerator for a thicker consistency and to make the chia seeds more hydrated. Feel free to add fruits, slivered nuts, and toppings of your choice.

Healthy Chia Turmeric Pudding Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 and ? cup nut milk, divided
  • ¾ tsp turmeric
  • ¼ tsp ground green cardamom
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 large pinch ground pepper
  • 2 – 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • Whipped coconut cream for garnishing

Method

  1. In a saucepan combine 1 cup of the nut milk, turmeric, cardamom, ginger, and pepper and heat until milk just starts to boil.
  2. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in the additional 1/3rd cup of nut milk, maple syrup, orange zest, and chia seeds. You can add more maple syrup to adjust sweetness according to your tastes.
  3. Allow the pudding to cool at room temperature for about 15 – 20 min. Whisk your pudding to evenly distribute chia seeds. Garnish with coconut cream.
  4. You can serve healthy turmeric pudding straight away or refrigerate until chilled for a thicker pudding.

How Curcumin Can Help In Adrenal Fatigue

Curcumin in turmeric is known to have anti-stress properties which can prove helpful in normalizing adrenal fatigue. Stress and fatigue are interrelated. Everyone experiences stress in the modern busy world which can lead to fatigue. However, if you frequently experience extreme fatigue with symptoms of insomnia, brain fog, difficulty in waking up, low energy levels, and anxiety then chances are high that you might have Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome (AFS). AFS is caused by a dysfunction in how your body responds to stress.

Your body is equipped with a NeuroEndoMetabolic (NEM) Stress Response which is a complicated network of several organs and six circuits. When you are stressed, the NEM Stress Response sends signals to your adrenal glands to secrete the anti-stress hormones, cortisol.

However, consistent stress can overburden your adrenals. As a result, your body’s stress-fighting ability starts to diminish, leaving you feeling fatigued. In the process, the various systems of your body are also affected.

The natural restorative properties of turmeric help to heal and revive your systems thus reducing symptoms of adrenal fatigue. Having turmeric pudding for your breakfast or enjoying it for dessert can help to add curcumin to your diet, the source of these properties.

Here is how curcumin can help adrenal fatigue:

It helps fight stress. Curcumin helps to support the HPA axis by regulating the various activities of neurotransmitters. This axis is composed of the hypothalamus, pituitary gland, and adrenal gland, which work in coordination to regulate stress, digestion, and various hormone secretions.

It boosts your immune system. Those with AFS have a weaker immune system. Turmeric is a powerhouse of natural antioxidants that gives your immune system a great boost. Studies suggest that curcumin can function as an immunomodulatory agent which can help enhance the immune system and provide relief from various immune-related disorders such as arthritis, allergies, and asthma.

Inflammation and turmeric puddingIt can reduce inflammation. Being rich in antioxidants and high in anti-inflammatory properties, curcumin helps to reduce inflammation. This can lower the incidence of various disorders related to excess inflammation such as inflammatory bowel syndrome, heart disease, autoimmune disease, and cancer.

It is a gentle detoxer. In adrenal fatigue, the load of excess toxins released from intense detoxification can further aggravate symptoms. In such cases, when the body is weak, a gentle detox with turmeric can clean the system without causing an imbalance. It helps to cleanse the liver, detox blood, enhance circulation, reduce inflammation, and prevent internal blood clotting.

It improves your ability to produce hormones. Turmeric can provide relief from adrenal fatigue by enhancing the secretion of various hormones for the healthy functioning of vital organs. Curcumin can support healthy secretion of bile acids and strengthen the liver, reduce stress, induce better sleep, boost memory, and enhance metabolism.

Conclusion

Turmeric contains curcumin which exhibits profound health benefits. The bright yellow spice is rich in therapeutic properties. It is a natural antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-carcinogenic, anticoagulant, and antidepressant. The versatile restorative properties of turmeric make it a healthier way to address many health issues.

Adding turmeric to your diet along with regular exercise can help accelerate your adrenal fatigue recovery process. Having turmeric pudding is a delicious way of reaping the profound benefits of this healing spice. Turmeric powder can also be easily added to your food to make it both tastier and healthier. However, it is advisable to seek professional guidance if considering turmeric supplements or consuming in large quantities. Especially if you have advanced AFS, always consult with a health professional before making major changes.

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Dr. Lam’s Key Question

Turmeric pudding is loaded with the therapeutic benefits of curcumin that strengthens your immune system and promote great health. The recipe also contains a blend of spices, nut milk, and chia seeds which are high in vitamins, minerals, fiber, and gives you a feeling of fullness.


Turmeric Pudding