Why the hell are we putting turmeric in an almond mylk? August 29 2015

Turmeric has been used for over 4000 years to treat a variety of ailments in Ayurvedic medicine.

It's the active ingredient in this spice curcumin that makes it so good for our health. It appears that this ancient spice has had a bit of a 're-birth' and has become one of the most sought-after ingredients, on the lips of every healthy foodie.

You might traditionally have used turmeric in a curry, but little did you know that this innocent looking root could pack a lot more than just a flavour-punch! There are lots of claims out there that the anti-inflammatory benefits of curcumin could help prevent memory deterioration, cardiovascular disease and control blood sugar levels.

We aren't claiming that if you start sprinkling turmeric all over your dinner you will never get sick, that's just not possible. Most of these health 'claims' need to be taken with a hefty pinch of salt. However, there are a lot of every day ailments that can be relived by adding a little turmeric into your diet. And its beautiful golden sunny hue is enough to make anyone smile!

Fresh, like most things, is always best.

So buying turmeric root is always preferable. Turmeric powder can often cause tummy upset, or be overly processed. Not to mention the gritty texture that can come with adding a little too much!

Due to its inflammation fighting properties, turmeric has been proven to be an indigestion fighting wonder-spice!

Many people find that it can reduce symptoms of bloating and gas.

This may be due to the curcumin, which stimulates the production of bile in the gallbladder. It can help settle the stomach after a hefty meal, or indulgent weekend. One of my favourite digestive aids is a mug of hot water, knob of turmeric and ginger root with a slice of fresh lemon. Leave this to infuse like a tea for 3-4 minutes and then drink, add a little raw honey if you need it sweeter.  It's particularly effective before a meal or in the evening if you want to settle your stomach before bed. For those a little more hardcore, add a drop of apple cider vinegar to really get your gastric juices moving.

These anti-inflammatory properties aren't only helpful for tummy troubles.

Turmeric supplementation has been shown to be just as affective in the relief of joint pain as popping a couple of ibuprofen. You can buy turmeric tablets which provide a much higher dose of the spice than by consuming it in its natural source. However, as with all dietary supplements always consult a health professional before taking. 

Everyone should be able to get as much out of the food that they consume as possible, that's why this new almond mylk, 'Sovereign' is perfect. As the name suggests, this mylk is a luscious golden colour. The subtle kick from cayenne compliments that earthy flavour of the turmeric, and it’s sweetened very subtly and naturally by coconut nectar. Fresh turmeric root as opposed to powder has been used to avoid any unpleasant gritty residue, and to make sure that you are getting all the goodness from raw produce.

This mylk is a perfect tonic when you are feeling a bit over-indulged but feels like such a treat at the same time!

It's a great replacement for your morning or afternoon coffee- you will feel the re-energising benefits without the slump.  Consuming it after dinner is a particular treat for those sugar monsters amongst us always looking for something sweet to 'finish' off a meal. 

However, if you just aren't sold, and can't imagine using a curry spice in your almond mylk then why not get creative in the kitchen? Adding turmeric to eggs, homemade hummus and grains whilst cooking is a great way to get some of the healing benefits into your diet, and not to mention it makes everything look delightfully sunny!