6. Reduces Cholesterol Level
Studies show that small doses of turmeric have a positive effect on total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, and triglyceride in acute coronary syndrome patients (11).
Curcumin, in part, increases the production of mRNA to create more LDL-receptors, which allows liver cells to clear more LDL-cholesterol from the body (12).
Top Ways to Add Turmeric to Your Diet
Now that you know why you should eat more turmeric, here’s how to do it. Just make sure to combine the spice with some coconut oil and black pepper to improve absorption and bioavailability.
Smoothies: Incorporate ½ – 1 teaspoon of turmeric to your favorite fruit or veggie-based smoothies. Tumeric compliments kale, spinach, pineapple, mango, ginger, and coconut milk really well.
Tea: grating fresh turmeric or using a teaspoon or two the dried stuff makes for a healing and nutritious tea. Combine it with fresh lemon juice, raw honey, cinnamon or ginger to make it even better. You can also try making golden milk.
Season vegetables: turmeric brings out the flavors of sweet potatoes, greens, cauliflower, and broccoli.
Yellow Mustard: Turmeric is used in mustard to give it a bright yellow color, so use mustard more often to season meats, make salad dressing, and spread on sandwiches.
Eggs: Season scrambled, poached, hard-boiled, over-easy and omelets with this magical spice to make them pop. You can also add the spice to egg salad.
Soups: Brighten up a homemade chicken soup with turmeric to heal a cold and improve immune response.
Rice: Give your rice a bit of color by adding some turmeric to boiling water before placing in the rice.
Curry: turmeric is what’s gives curry its bright color and rich texture, so indulge in this warming food at least once a week.