The first time I truly came across turmeric was in India.
I learnt that it was a key ingredient in curry powder. In fact, it’s the turmeric powder that makes curries so bright yellow in color.
But what’s amazing about turmeric is that it’s not only used to make your Paleo food taste good, it also has medicinal purposes.
Health Benefits of Turmeric
The benefits of turmeric come mostly from one compound it in…curcumin (a type of curcuminoid).
Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant and also has great anti-inflammatory effects. So it’s not surprising that it’s good for you to get more of it into your Paleo diet. One of way doing that is to make some of the Paleo turmeric recipes we have below.
But before I get to those Paleo turmeric recipes…
Let me quickly run through why turmeric (and in particular curcumin) is so healthy for you. Scientific studies suggest that:
But what exactly is turmeric…
What is Turmeric?
You probably know turmeric as a yellow powder that comes in a spice bottle. But this healing Paleo spice is actually a root (similar to ginger).
Take a look at the photos below – there’s the turmeric powder I have in my pantry and the fresh turmeric root it comes from.
In some supermarkets and Asian markets, you can buy fresh turmeric root and use that instead of the dried powder to flavor dishes. I love using the fresh root to make turmeric tea (you can get my recipe for that below).
How to get more turmeric into your Paleo diet?
As I explained above, curcumin is one of the great compounds in turmeric, but only around 3% of turmeric powder is curcumin. This means that you need to eat a lot of turmeric to start experiencing all the benefits.
So there are 2 ways you can get more turmeric into your Paleo diet:
- >Enjoying more Paleo turmeric recipes. That’s why we put together this list of healing Paleo turmeric recipes, so you can start enjoying more turmeric in your daily dishes.
- Add a turmeric supplement to your daily routine. You can boost your turmeric intake even more and make sure you’re able to absorb the curcumin into your body (because otherwise you wouldn’t get all the benefits) by adding this turmeric supplement into your daily routine. And eat a few peppercorns when you’re taking the curcumin supplement to increase its bioavailability.
Paleo Turmeric Recipes
We’ve put together a ton of healing Paleo turmeric recipes for you to try. From teas to curries, you’ll find lots of uses for your turmeric powder and for your fresh turmeric roots.
Click the green button below to download this entire list so you can refer back to it whenever you want to try a new recipe.
Table Of Contents – Paleo Turmeric Recipes