That said, it’s no secret that many people love to add additional flavor (not to mention health perks) to H2O. What’s not to love? One of our favorite ways to make a glass of water extra delicious is to make turmeric water, a simple recipe that features one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory spices. We spoke with a registered dietitian and spice expert who shared how to make turmeric water at home. Are you ready to stay hydrated all summer long?
Health benefits of turmeric water
Turmeric juice is a simple combination of water with turmeric, a plant in the ginger family that is native to Southeast Asia and widely grown in that region, mainly India. Notably, the bright orange tree contains curcumin, the main compound in turmeric with potent anti-inflammatory properties.
Based on Ujjwala Baxi, RD, a registered dietitian and VAHDAM India ambassador, turmeric water has a delicious taste and health benefits. “Turmeric juice contains many antioxidants, which help to release the body’s ability to reduce inflammation and prevent chronic disease. When accumulated toxins are removed, we can release pain and open up the body’s cellular realm to receive new nutrients and boost immunity,” says Baxi.
To unleash the health potential of turmeric water, try adding some black pepper to a glass — this makes the spice 2,000 times more anti-inflammatory. Baxi points out that turmeric and fat can also work together in the body: “When turmeric is combined with fats like ghee or oil, it can release flavonoids, an antioxidant compound that can help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease,” she says. When making a cup of turmeric juice at home, Baxi usually adds a few drops of ghee and a pinch of black pepper.
In addition, Baxi says turmeric water can be drunk at any time of the day. “Its healthiness can be beneficial in the morning, on an empty stomach, or simply before, with or after a meal,” she says.
Why is turmeric considered a divine spice in India?
People have used turmeric for its impressive healing properties for centuries. And in some places, it also has special cultural significance. For example, in India, turmeric is used for cooking, but it is also considered a sacred spice. “Turmeric is considered a divine spice and possesses its place in all Indian auspicious rituals and ceremonies. The golden spice is known to bring prosperity, happiness, luck and harmony in relationships — all virtues necessary for a stable family life,” says Baxi.
“Turmeric is considered a divine spice and occupies its place in all Indian auspicious rituals and ceremonies. The golden spice is known to bring prosperity, happiness, luck and harmony in relationships — all virtues necessary for a stable family life,” says Baxi.
This spice is also used in a number of different savory Indian dishes or as a substitute for expensive saffron in sweet dishes, thanks to its vibrant and distinct yellow color. “Golden turmeric is not only used in curries, biryanis and a variety of regional dishes, but also used in making golden milk lattes to boost immunity,” says Baxi. And in addition to cooking, you can find turmeric in many skin care products to help brighten and smooth the skin.
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Turmeric water recipe
Bring 1 serving
A few drops of ghee
1/4 Tsp turmeric powder
A pinch of black pepper
1 glass of water
A squeeze of lemon juice
- In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, add a few drops of ghee. Heat the fat and turn off the heat.
- Add turmeric powder and black pepper powder. Stir well and add a cup of water.
- Bring the water and seasoning mixture to a boil. Once done, add lemon juice just before drinking the water. Stir well before drinking.
A registered dietitian shares the benefits of consuming turmeric: