Anti-aging Turmeric Elixir. SWEET, DELICIOUS & HEALING! TRY IT AT HOME!

by Brian P. Ramos

If you have read “The Art of Stress-Free Living,” you would know how I constantly advocate getting your nutrition from live, raw, and whole sources rather than processed or powdered forms, which increase oxidation and diminishes efficacy. Furthermore, capsule or supplement forms decrease bioavailability and synergistic effects of other compounds found in the intact, raw version. Therefore, adding fresh turmeric or any other root, fruit, or vegetable to your smoothie and juice recipes, or meals will go a long way towards enhancing your health.

Do not be fooled by canned, processed, or frozen products advertised as providing a certain amount of fruit or vegetable servings. They provided zero servings and little to no nutrition. Seek to consume more whole, raw superfoods low in calorie but high in nutrition. These power-packed foods are holistic medicines possessing healing, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumorigenic phytochemicals with little to no side effects, unlike our current pharmaceutical industry with a narrow-minded approach to health that emphasizes disease and promotes side effects.

It is not surprising then that this anti-aging, turmeric & ginger elixir is so powerful and healing. To minimize the effects of aging, you want to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress and promote detoxification and healthy gene expression. Yes, the food you eat can change your gene expression in positive ways, but it requires consuming the right foods, herbs, and spices (see my previous detox 101 blog.

INGREDIENTS:

A two-inch piece of turmeric root (I usually add twice this amount)

A two-inch piece of ginger root

Two apples cut into small pieces

Two oranges, peeled and cut into small pieces

One lemon, freshly squeezed

Juice all the ingredients with a cold-press, masticating juicer (preferably to minimize oxidation)

Stir, pour, and ENJOY! Delicious and Healthy!

BENEFITS:

Turmeric may be one of the most powerful spices in the world. Like I mentioned in my Detox 101 blog post, Turmeric, or its main active ingredient, curcumin, has powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects and is a strong antioxidant. Curcumin, however, is not easily absorbed, but adding black pepper (contains piperine) enhances absorption by 2,000%. Adding some fat-soluble substance can help as well. Since we do not want to add black pepper to this juice, adding something coconut oil can help, though I normally drink as shown above.

In addition to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, curcumin enhances the levels of a brain growth factor important for memory and cognition, Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). Curcumin can also reverse some of the symptoms of cardiovascular disease. If this were not enough, curcumin is as effective as antidepressants, which may be due to its effects on BDNF expression. Finally, due to all of these effects, curcumin may help to prevent or treat neurodegeneration and arthritis, and delay the aging process.

Ginger also contains phytochemicals like gingerol that has powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and antioxidant effects. In addition, ginger has been shown to reduce exercise-induced soreness and pain, and decrease blood sugar levels and risk factors for cardiovascular disease (Apob/ApoA-1 ratio and cholesterol levels). Lastly, ginger also aids in digestion.

Apples are very nutritious and contain polyphenols, which are most concentrated on its peel. This includes epicatechin, known to lower blood pressure and risk for stroke. The famous axiom, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” holds true for type-2 diabetes as an apple a day lowers your risk of this disease state. With its many anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory substances, apples may have anti-cancer effects as well. Lastly, phytochemicals in apples reduce oxidative damage and help to preserve brain function and bone density as we age.

Oranges are a low glycemic index fruit despite being mainly water and carbohydrates. Like many fruits and vegetables, oranges possess plenty of fiber that improves digestion and bacterial health. Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and thiamin. More importantly, oranges contain powerful antioxidants like the flavonoids, anthocyanins and hesperidin, and carotenoids, beta-cryptoxanthin and lycopene.

Lemons are a rich source of vitamin C providing 51% of your daily intake. Research has shown that a diet rich in vitamin C and other plant compounds can lower the risk of heart disease. Two compounds, in particular, hesperidin and diosmin, found in lemons may help to lower cholesterol. Interestingly, some plant compounds found in the lemon peel, in particular, polyphenols, may reduce weight gain and body fat. Other benefits of lemons supported by data include: (1) Reduced cancer risk, (2) Protection against anemia by enhancing the absorption of iron, which would be of particular benefit to vegetarians or vegans.

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