Turmeric is a spice that has been used not only in cooking, but as a medicine as well. It offers a broad spectrum of health benefits, among which preventing cancer according to some researches. Curcumin, which is the main ingredient in turmeric is the most researched nutrient and has the most scientific back-up of its usefulness.
Why These Ingredients?
The following recipe will help you prevent cancer and other health problems. This tea also contains coconut oil, almond milk, turmeric, caraway seeds and cumin, all of which have anti-cancer properties. This warm drink will also help you fall asleep, so it’s advisable to drink it before going to bed.
Curcumin has potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Since inflammation and toxins are one of the main causes that lead to cancer, curcumin is the perfect fit for your body as it can reduce inflammation and eliminate the toxins.
There are plenty of studies that show that curcumin can indeed kill cancer cells and prevent more from growing. It can impact about 700 of our genes, and have a positive effect on more than 160 different processes that happen in our body. It makes our cells work better too.
Other benefits that you will get from curcumin are:
- Managing cholesterol levels
- Help with type two diabetes
- Help with chronic inflammation in obese individuals
- Help with symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis
- Help the body if experiencing lung and liver diseases
- Help with neurological diseases
- Help with autoimmune disorders
- Help with cardiovascular diseases
Since black pepper helps the body to absorb curcumin better, it is also added as an ingredient.
The caraway seeds are also high in antioxidants and can fight infections. They are filled with healthful essential oils which can also work as antioxidants. Furthermore, they are an excellent source of fiber which will help prevent colon cancer, are rich in vitamin A, Vitamin C, as well as B-complex vitamins, and minerals like zinc, magnesium, manganese, selenium, calcium, potassium, iron and copper.
Note that pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid caraway seed, because it can be harmful for the baby. Moreover, diabetics should be very careful with consuming it since it can cause blood sugar levels to drop. It is safe for most people take in small medicinal amounts for up to eight weeks.
Cumin is very similar to caraway seed. It contains essential minerals that are a genuine source of magnesium and iron. The latin translation for cumin is “panacea”, which means “cure all”, while in Arabic, this is called “habbah sawda” or “habbat el baraka” which means “seeds of blessings”.
The main ingredient in cumin is thymoquinone, which is a powerful antioxidant that is also anti-cancerous and helps preventing mutations in the body. Even though it can’t beat cancer on it own, it sure does helps the fight among other anti-cancer weapons. It also inspires the glands in our bodies to release more of their own anti-cancerous and detoxifying enzymes.
There was a study conducted in Iran that tracked weight loss efforts of two groups of women who were overweight or obese. They were divided in two groups and both had their daily calorie intake cut back by 500. The difference between the two groups was that one group had 5 grams yogurt with less than a teaspoon of cumin powder every day, while the other group just had yoghurt without cumin. The group that consumed the cumin powder showed dramatically different levels in weight loss amounts, body fat amounts, and cholesterol level decreased than the other group. For example, the women who did eat cumin, they lost 14.64% of their initial body fat level, whereas the other women lost only about 4.91.
Because many people can’t tolerate regular milk, the recipe includes almond milk, which by the way is a great anti-inflammatory factor.
So, the ingredients you need for this drink are (for one person):
- ¼ teaspoon caraway seeds
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- ½ teaspoon coconut oil (organic cold-press unrefined)
- 1 cup of almond milk (you can also use regular milk or coconut milk)
- ¼ teaspoon cumin
- 4 Black peppercorns
Way of preparation:
You can either sauté together the coconut oil, cumin, caraway seeds, turmeric and bell pepper corns in a pot for one minute (until you start to smell the aroma), or put all the ingredients together to bring to a boil. Also be careful with the turmeric as it can easily stain any surface. Then, add in the milk, and bring to boil. When it begins to boil, cook for 3 – 4 more minutes.Turn off the heat and let the pot sit for 5 minutes, covered with the lid. Strain, and the drink is ready.
You shouldn’t consume it every single day, but if you decide to drink it for the long term, take enough breaks in between. For example, if you drink it for a week, then take some time off for a week or 2.
As for diabetics, either avoid the drink or drink it with great caution because the ingredients in it can decrease blood sugar levels.