We have all seen the news about the studies done on curcumin. Curcumin is the component in the spice Turmeric and Curries that give it the yellowish colour. It is a spice mainly used in India, Asia and the Middle East.
Spanning the centuries, this common spice has been used for pain relieve, anti-inflammatory in the skin and muscles, a treatment for jaundice, menstrual difficulties, colic and flatulence, to name a few. In recent times, research has found that curcumin is a powerful anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic and anti-microbial when used for cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal disorders, treatment for the liver, cancer and for neuro-degenerative diseases.
As it turns out, curcumin has shown promise for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease; the ability to reverse impaired cognition and the ability of nerve cells to change to the environment when subjected to chronic stress. Turmeric’s polyphenols, and powerful anti-oxidative actions, are showing the ability to counteract the cognitive impairment caused by traumatic brain injury (TBI) or neurodegenerative disorders.
Accordingly, as part of a dietary anti-oxidative therapy, turmeric could help promote protective processes in an injured brain, whether it be a TBI or an acute neurodegenerative condition.
The following recipe is an easy to make soup that utilizes many health promoting foods, along with turmeric to help give your brain a boost.
Vegetable Lentil Soup
1 cup orange lentils
1 onion, coarsely chopped
2 large carrots, coarsely chopped
1.5 cups cauliflower (including stem) coarsely chopped
1.5 cup broccoli (including stem) coarsely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp turmeric
2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cracked black peppercorns
approx 5 cups water or vegetable stock
add at end:
1 can coconut milk
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 long red chili pepper (optional)
In a slow cooker add everything and cook on low for 6 hours. Add in the coconut milk, lemon juice and chili pepper (if using). In batches puree the vegetables and stock keeping as much of the lentils whole as possible.