I absolutely love a “two-fer”—and I don’t just mean a BOGO sale at the shoe store. I also love it when I can combine the power of two superfoods in a single recipe.
That’s why I’m excited about sharing one of my favorite recipes with you today—Golden Bone Broth, which gives you the benefits of bone broth (more on that here, if you’re new to it) and the spice turmeric. Golden Bone Broth is warm and satisfying, and a mug of it is pure bliss for your body and soul after a stressful day. What’s more, it’s serious medicine that can help you stay healthy for life.
Now, I know most of you are familiar with bone broth, and you’re already drinking it (and adding it to pot roasts, chili, and even cocktails) to get all of its benefits—benefits that include healing your gut, melting off belly fat, beautifying your skin and hair, and protecting your joints.
your gut, melting off belly fat, beautifying your skin and hair, and protecting your joints.
But did you know that adding turmeric to that broth can make it even better for you? Here’s the story.
The amazing benefits of turmeric
Turmeric contains curcumin, a beautiful yellow substance that’s one of nature’s most potent natural healers. Traditional cultures around the world revere curcumin for its healing properties, and Western scientists are now giving it the attention it deserves. Here are just some of the secrets they’re uncovering about curcumin’s anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and infection-fighting powers:
- It’s a strong pain-killer that doctors are now using to treat pain due to everything from Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis to osteoarthritis and dental procedures. In fact, research shows that curcumin can be even more effective than the prescription drug Voltaren in reducing arthritis pain.
- It helps prevent diabetes or reduce complications from the disease. Curcumin fights diabetes in a variety of ways—for instance, by reducing inflammation and oxidative stress, lowering blood glucose, and helping to prevent the formation of molecules called advanced glycation end products (AGEs) that do serious damage to the body.
- It fights cancer by inhibiting the proliferation of tumor cells. Studies show that curcumin, either alone or in combination with other substances, can help fight colorectal, pancreatic, breast, brain, and head and neck cancers.
- It’s thermogenic, which means that it encourages your body to “heat up” and burn more energy—and that translates into a slimmer belly.
- It lowers total cholesterol while raising levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol.
- It speeds the healing of wounds and protects against sun-related skin damage.
- It can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.
- It makes your gut healthier. Research shows that curcumin can increase bacterial richness (one key to a healthy microbiome) and foster the growth of beneficial bacteria.
- It protects neurons from damage and may help to prevent or slow Alzheimer’s disease.
- It helps prevent dangerous blood clots.
- It fights the germs that cause periodontal disease and can help stop the flu from infecting you. And if your kids are prone to ear infections, it may help to reduce this problem.
- It’s a detoxifier that can help protect your cells against damage due to heavy metals such as mercury.
That’s an awesome list of benefits—and one of the most remarkable things about curcumin is that it gives you all this disease-fighting power without any of the severe side effects that drugs can have. That means that it’s all upside, and no downside!
So seriously… if you aren’t adding turmeric and its gift of healing curcumin to your diet, it’s time to start. And here’s one of the easiest ways in the world to do it.
And note that your body’s ability to absorb and utilize turmeric’s active compounds is vastly improved when it’s paired with black pepper and/or fat.
Bone broth + turmeric = magic!
There are lots of wonderful ways to use turmeric—for instance, in smoothies, scrambled eggs, soups, or the turmeric tea recipe I have here. But nothing beats combining it with bone broth (and a little coconut milk to make it smooth and creamy). Here’s the recipe… easy, delicious, and loaded with healing power.
Yield: 1 serving
- 8 ounces Bone Broth or Slim Collagen Broth To Go
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup of coconut milk
- 1/2 tsp ground turmeric powder or 1 1/2 tsp fresh ground turmeric
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder or 1 clove of garlic
Add all ingredients to a small pot and heat on medium until the bone broth reaches and slight rolling boil.
Note: Try a sprinkle of cayenne pepper or cinnamon for added thermogenic properties