Turmeric Smoothie – Naturally anti-inflammatory and anti-depressant, this Turmeric Smoothie tastes good and is full of nutrients. I have known about the incredible health and whole body healing benefits of turmeric for a while now and this Turmeric Smoothie is a delicious daily go-to.
With a strong tropical flavor, you won’t even realize how healthy this smoothie really is.
What is Turmeric Root?
Turmeric root powder is a spice that has well-researched properties for cancer prevention. It imparts that characteristic yellow-orange color to Indian foods, and has a distinctive flavor. It is not highly pungent or “hot” like chili peppers, just very flavorful.
The spice is the ground powder from the under part of the plant, closely related to ginger. It has been cultivated and used in cooking for at least 4000 years of recorded history in India, so you can imagine how many recipes you could choose from after 4000 years!
Is Turmeric Good For You?
Yes!! A resounding yes! Turmeric is not only a a potent anti-inflammatory but an natural anti-depressant as well. In fact, it is this strong effect against inflammation explains its role in preventing cancer. But inflammation is involved in so many more unpleasant things in the body, notably arthritis, chronic pain, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
Health Benefits of this Turmeric Smoothie
There are literally countless incredible health benefits for drinking this Turmeric Smoothie, but these two are the most important.
#1: Turmeric is a Natural Anti-inflammatory
For years, I’ve known that turmeric is anti-inflammatory and use it in many recipes here. However, I only recently learned about the mood-boosting benefits of the Indian anti-inflammatory “super spice” recently.
But really, to imply sipping a turmeric smoothie could potentially lift your spirits might actually be an understatement. Apparently, the “super spice” has recently gone head to head with Prozac.
#2: A Natural Antidepressants Food – Can a Turmeric Smoothie REALLY Improve Your Mood?
Holistic psychiatrist and author of the NY Times Best-Selling book, “A Mind of Your Own”, Kelly Brogan, M.D., has not only been busy blowing the lid off prescription antidepressants, she’s also been shining the spotlight on some incredibly powerful natural remedies for mental health. And turmeric happens to be one of her favorite all-natural, organic mood-boosters.
Keep reading to learn more about this natural antidepressants food.
Turmeric as an Anti-depressant?
I was just blown away after reading the research and mechanism for how turmeric affects mood in Dr. Brogan’s blog post. Her article, “Move Over Prozac: How Turmeric Helps with Depression” is incredible and explanatory.
The use of prescription antidepressants has increased almost 400 percent from 1998 to 2008. You would think the turmeric research would be more widely publicized. I mean let’s face it: a LOT of people on are prescription anti-depressants these days.
Maybe the average person is not aware of how rampant antidepressants have become within the general public. Research from a randomized controlled trial (the gold standard of studies) using curcumin was published in 2014. The study shows that curcumin is one of the most active and most heavily researched phytonutrients found in turmeric. It has been shown to have serious benefits for major mood disorders.
Researchers of the 2014 study noted:
“This study provides first clinical evidence that curcumin may be used as an effective and safe modality for treatment in patients with MDD [major depressive disorder] without concurrent suicidal ideation or other psychotic disorders.”
No Terrible Side Effects Using Whole Turmeric Root Powder!
I always much prefer to get the “whole food” (or in this case, the “whole spice”) as opposed to isolating compounds. However, there is incredible information within the 2014 study on the mood-boosting benefits. The natural compound found in turmeric should make anyone in the field of psychiatry pause before nonchalantly penning yet another SSRI Rx.
The thing to keep in mind here is that unlike prescription antidepressants, natural foods and spices do not come with a laundry list of terrible side effects. Unless you are allergic to a specific ingredient in the turmeric smoothie, there should only be side “benefits”.
I’m certainly not a doctor, but if I were one, I think I might tell all of my patients to sip a Turmeric Smoothie once a day for a month.
With a warning, of course:
Potential Side Effects of Regular Turmeric Smoothie Consumption
In case you’re wondering, the potential side effects of drinking my Turmeric Smoothie may include a strengthened immune system. Plus a reduction in whole-body inflammation, liver detox and improved mood.
How Often Should You Drink a Turmeric Smoothie?
If you’re looking for a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-depressant approach to living, then I would suggest you drink this Turmeric Smoothie daily. Or, you can try out our Turmeric Ginger Shot if you have less time to enjoy a full smoothie.
It’s not a smoothie that I would suggest making ahead… but maybe the carrots yes!
Also, by the way – please just buy organic carrots for the rest of your life. You don’t need to peel them and the benefit is opening up your estrogen pathways. Don’t worry, lots more carrot recipes will be posted soon.
In Advance, Steam the Carrots:
In my recipe, I provide the instructions to use a small saucepan to steam your carrots – just don’t throw out the liquid. You want all of those delicious nutrients in your Turmeric Smoothie.
I love to steam my carrots and do so in batches. I’ll chop 5-6 large carrots, steam them and then store them in the fridge for a few days to make this Turmeric Smoothie super quick to make.
Bottoms Up! Cheers to All the Turmeric Recipes
We are always creating anti-inflammatory recipes to help boost our body’s natural ability to remove inflammation using the right ingredients. We have plenty of amazing turmeric-based recipes for you to consider adding to your menu. This way you’re truly getting the most out of that big bag of Navitas Naturals organic turmeric.
- Golden Latte
- Turmeric Salad Dressing
- Mood-Boosting Turmeric Smoothie
- Slow Cooker Turmeric Chicken
- Turmeric Detox Pops
- Pain-Reducing Turmeric Tea
Turmeric Smoothie not only tastes delicious (really!), but also has the potential to significantly improve your mood and overall well being.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 1 1x
- Category: Smoothie
- Method: Blender
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegan
- In a small saucepan, place the chopped carrots with 1/4 – 1/2 cup of filtered water along with the lemon juice and steam over medium heat. Cook the carrots for 4-5 minutes, or until carrots softened (TIP: Make sure a fork easily slides into the carrot.)
- Transfer carrots and any remaining liquid to a glass bowl and place in the freezer for 10 minutes to chill.
- To a high speed blender, add the frozen pineapple, frozen banana, flax seeds or hemp hearts along with the turmeric and vanilla. Process on high speed until smooth and creamy.
- Add the chilled carrot-lemon mixture to the blender and process again until smooth and creamy. If too watery, add in some ice cubes and process again. Drink chilled.
*Depending on how much liquid you used to steam the carrots will determine if ice cubes are needed.
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