This juice recipe has ingredients that provide wide-ranging benefits, however I want to focus on one specific ingredient that’s a potent anti-inflammatory agent, metabolic syndrome fix, and cancer prevention nutrient.
Turmeric (curcumin*) is now widely being marketed as a superfood supplement in the health and wellness industry. The health benefits of turmeric include weight loss, pain relief, and anti-inflammatory properties.
*Curcumin is the most active constituent of turmeric.
Why It’s Healthy
When taken long-term, turmeric has been shown to reduce inflammation and decrease post-operative pain and arthritis.
According to a 2013 medical study published in the “Journal of Pain Research,” 400 mg of turmeric was comparable to taking 2,000 grams of Tylenol.
Not only is this nutrient a powerful antioxidant, it also helps the human body fight diseases, especially ones that attack and corrupt our DNA.
Although more research is required to move forward, curcumin has been linked to anti-cancer benefits, both in preventing cancer and making chemotherapy more effective.
Most studies have revolved around colon, pancreatic, colorectal, and cervical cancer thus far. Since curcumin is a natural mediator of chemo-resistance and radio-resistance, it can help protect healthy cells from being destroyed during chemo and radiation therapy.
- Post-surgery pain
- Soreness and muscle strain
- Disease prevention
- Weight loss
If you’re a fan of Indian food, you’re already a little familiar with curcumin supplements. This is the yellow pigment that gives turmeric and curry spices their vibrant color, and it’s also found in ginger.
The recommended daily dose of turmeric is 500 mg, but it is poorly absorbed on its own. To reap the full benefits of this nutrient, you’ll need to take a supplement with black pepper extract, phytosomes with soy lecithin, or a curcumin nanoparticle product.
The actual spice, turmeric, is the best natural source of this nutrient.
What to Keep in Mind
Curcumin is fat-soluble, so be sure to take the supplement with a meal so that it absorbs into the body. The most common side effect of curcumin is minor gastrointestinal discomfort. Some users have reported minor flatulence and a temporary yellowing of the stool.
Cancer-Preventing, Fat Loss Juice Recipe
- 2 organic green apples
- 2 organic cucumbers
- 4 stalks of organic celery
- 2 handfuls of organic spinach
- 1 organic lemon
- 1 Tbsp. of organic ginger
- 1 Tbsp. of organic turmeric*
*Add fresh black pepper for absorption.