Here’s why you’ll want to make this lentil soup recipe more often.
Turmeric has been used for over 4000 years and has been the subject of over 3000 studies in the last 25 years alone. The golden spice contains over 100 active compounds, the most well-known of which is curcumin (2).
As a potent anti-inflammatory, turmeric improves gastrointestinal discomfort associated with irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive disorders as well as inflammatory conditions like arthritis. Other benefits include boosting energy, relieving gas, dispelling worms, improving digestion, regulating menstruation, dissolving gallstones, preventing infection, and healing cuts, burns, and bruises.
One study even found that curcumin lowered the risk of heart attack in post opt patients who received coronary bypass surgery by as much as 65% (4).
Turmeric is most bioavailable when combined with a fat (such as coconut oil or milk) and black pepper.
Coconut milk is made by drying and soaking coconut meat in hot water. The mixture is filtered through a cheesecloth. This process can be done at home, but most coconut milk is sold canned (5).
Coconut milk contains iron, magnesium, phosphorous potassium, copper manganese, selenium, and essential fats (6).
Lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid found in coconut oil and milk, induces death in colon cancer cells by inducing oxidative stress (8). It also has antiinflammatory, antimicrobial, and wound-healing properties. It can even prevent scars when used on acne patients (9). Better yet, one study found that “phenolic compounds and hormones (cytokinins) found in coconut may assist in preventing the aggregation of amyloid-β peptide, potentially inhibiting a key step in the pathogenesis of AD [Alzheimer’s Disease].”(10)