Turmeric, Hot Ingredient of 2014

Spice with properties that heal physically and psychically

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By David Hammond

Last month, Colleen Sen, editor (along with Oak Parker Bruce Kraig) of last year's Encyclopedia of Street Food published Turmeric: The Wonder Spice.

I had mentioned Sen's research in a recent Sun-Times column. A company called TumericALIVE spotted the article and sent me a few bottles of their turmeric drink.

Advertised somewhat hyperbolically as "yoga in a bottle" (would that it were that easy!), this juice is a spicy, slightlyoff-center alternative to fruit juice (which, after over half-a-century of drinking every morning is, for me, losing its charm).

Containing ginger, cardamom, spearmint, honey, and other ingredients in addition to turmeric, the "original elixir" was a major eye-opener. In a good way.

"This is really wonderful," Carolyn said as she took a sip, and the beverage does have a lot of complex flavors. I seemed to feel an energy uptick after a few sips, and the flavor of this beverage is definitely more interesting than most of the Costco juices we've been drinking lately.

There are a number of physical and psychic benefits attributed to turmeric, including anti-inflammatory and anti-depressant properties.

Sen says, though, that "it doesn't take much turmeric to obtain the potential health benefits: Just 1/2 tsp a day added to your diet."

So, you could just add that half tsp to water and down it…but TumericALIVE is a tastier way to go.




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David Hammond from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: March 8th, 2014 5:27 PM

If you don't like the taste of turmeric, then I think a smoothie would be a very effective way to camouflage the flavor. In the $6/bottle beverage, the flavor of the spice is in the foreground (likely by intent).


Posted: March 6th, 2014 12:46 PM

Looks like its $6 a bottle, wonder how easy it is toe cover the taste of Turmeric in a homemade smoothie. I'll try it out this weekend

David Hammond from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: March 4th, 2014 4:26 PM

Prices are online at the link, but as Sen clarified, you don't need to eat a lot of turmeric to gain the benefits, and it's definitely cheaper to buy dry spice in bulk than to buy it in a product.


Posted: March 4th, 2014 11:23 AM

Whats the price like on a bottle of this? Raw Turmeric can be had for very little at the grocery store.

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