Fight Inflammation with This Turmeric and Lemon Morning Elixir

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Starting the day with your morning routine may suit your needs just fine. A bit of yoga, maybe meditation, a shower, a healthy breakfast with organic coffee, and then out the door. Does this sound familiar? If so, your morning routine is already exceptional. But we have a mighty elixir that can compliment your regimen wonderfully.



You may have heard that warm lemon water will get those pipes working in the morning and optimize your health. You may even drink warm lemon water with Himalayan salt, or warm lemon water with honey in the morning. However, have you heard of warm lemon water combined with honey, cinnamon, and the most essential ingredient to this morning elixir, turmeric? If you have yet to try this one, you may be missing out on an excellent way to begin your day. All-natural lemon and turmeric are especially powerful ingredients that boast a wealth of beneficial properties. 

Lemons offer a tasty, tart flavor with many health-promoting properties. According to a study published in the Chemistry Central Journal (2015), lemons possess a treasure trove of natural metabolites. The study authors state, “Citrus fruits exhibit plentiful bioactivities including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, antimicrobial and anti-allergy activities, as well as cardiovascular effect, neuroprotective effect, hepatoprotective effect, obesity control, etc.” Lemons are indeed a healthy ingredient to enjoy at the beginning of the day. However, when you couple lemon with turmeric, your health and wellness benefits increase significantly. 

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a yellow-orange spice that is part of the ginger family. Native to tropical South Asia, turmeric is well known in traditional Asian medicine and cuisine. More recently, its health benefits have been recognized in Western medicine. According to a study published in the Journal of Nephropathology (2012), “Turmeric, a neglected Asian traditional drug might reemerge as remedy and/or preventive tool for various illnesses including different type of cancers, obesity, type-2 diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, CKD [chronic kidney disease] and ESRD [end stage renal disease], which are steadily increasing globally, claiming many lives and tremendous amount of resources worldwide.”

One active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, has been the focus of several academic studies. 

Curcumin may alleviate inflammation: According to research from the Department of Stomatology at the University of California, San Francisco, curcumin possesses anti-inflammatory properties. The research, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (2004), found that curcumin, “may exert its anti-inflammatory activity by inhibition of a number of different molecules that play a role in inflammation.”

fightinflammationturmericlemon_640x359Curcumin’s anticancer potential: Curcumin may play a vital role in cancer prevention, according to a study published in BioMed Research International (2014). Previous research has highlighted curcumin’s antioxidant, antibacterial and antitumor properties, according to the study, which concluded, “Curcumin, a vital constituent of the spice turmeric, is an alternative approach in the prevention of cancer.” 

Therapeutic applications of curcumin: According to a review study published in the AAPS Journal (2013), “curcumin has shown therapeutic potential against a number of human diseases,” including multiple types of cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, peptic ulcers, psoriasis, H. pylori infection, Alzheimer’s disease, acute coronary syndrome, atherosclerosis, diabetes, and respiratory tract infections. 

The Turmeric and Lemon Morning Elixir
What you’ll need…

  • ½ a lemon, squeezed for juice
  • ¼ – ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp honey
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 cup warm water, or milk

How to make it…
Mix the lemon juice, turmeric and honey into your cup of warm water or milk. You will want to stir these ingredients well. Add cinnamon on top and continue to stir your morning elixir as you drink it — this will ensure that the turmeric does not settle at the bottom of your cup.

Turmeric with its main active ingredient, curcumin, may be that one healthy addition to your morning routine you’ve been looking for. I enjoy this elixir nearly every morning with fruit, which adds a sweet, delicious twist. 

What healthy alternatives get your morning off to a perfect start?

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Sources:
http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/107555303321223035
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3886164
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4176907
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3535097
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4690266

 

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  • Jurgy

    you need to add ground pepper to increase the absorption of the curcumin …

  • 0ShiftingParadigms0

    Why black pepper? How much? Can grains of paradise be used as an alternative to adding black pepper?

  • Jurgy

    I don’t know the chemistry, but I have learned that you need piperine, which comes from pepper, to help your body absorb the curcumin …

  • 0ShiftingParadigms0

    Thank you

  • Jake Carney

    Hi Karen, it would be best to use ground black pepper.

  • Theresa Corbett

    Best form of Tumeric? Juiced, fresh ground, powdered? I heard that juiced is best, I don’t own a juicer yet. But I can shred mine. Thank you!

  • Rene

    WHAT THE HELL IS WITH THE PEPPER, MY MOTHER AND I BEEN DOING THIS FOR SOME YEARS, SHE HAD ALL KINDS OF TROUBLE WITH HER JOINTS, KNEES AND LEGS, SHE MADE THIS MIXTURE BEFORE YOU WERE AN ITCH IN YOUR MOMMA’S PANTS, SHE HAS NEVER ADDED PEPPER, AND ALL HER PAIN IS GONE, MY KNEES STOPPED HURTING ALSO. YOU DO NOT NEED PEPPER. ALWAYS A DUMB BUNNY ON HERE TRYING TO GIVE ADVICE. THIS EMAIL THAT WAS SENT DOESN’T EVEN SAY USE PEPPER. GET OFF HERE WITH THIS PEPPER CRAP!!!!

  • Jake Carney

    I can’t hear you. Can you speak up? 🙂

  • TerryW

    If it’s to sweeten, use stevia

  • BelieverinGod

    I will drink hot oolong/green tea with adding apple cider vinegar, fresh lemon juice, turmeric and cinnamon. I’ve become accustomed to not adding any sweetener, unless I’ve got a cold starting, and then I add some buckwheat honey or raw honey.

  • Rene

    Just as I thought no pepper needed so unless you are an expert shut the hell up! And even if you are shut the he’ll up. No pepper needed.

  • Rene

    Anytime a person answers a question with a question is a dumb ass fraud.

  • Ellen

    What will it hurt to add a little pepper if it makes this work more efficiently? Glad to read your post telling how it helped your Mom even without the pepper. Did she drink it before she had anything else in her system or after her breakfast and morning coffee ( if she drinks coffee)?

  • Jayebird58

    Rene, Chill The Fuck Out! You can drink anything you want anytime you want! Caps Off Bitch! lol

  • trmlogan

    I appreciate your advice, but there is no need to shout or degrade others. Simply share the effect drinking this has had on your mom! I’m glad because I am allergic to black pepper, so it’s good to know that it’s not really needed. Civil discourse is a great attribut that we should all cultivate!

  • Phyllis

    I’ve been making this lemon/tumeric drink for a few weeks now. I do add a dash of black pepper as well a trace of cayenne. But I’ve been icing it since the weather has gotten hot. Does that make it less effective? Does it really need to be warm? I also wait about a half hour or so before I eat breakfast once I’ve finished it. I haven’t noticed any significant difference in how I feel, by the way. Still have chronic pain in shoulders/neck and hips/legs/feet.

  • Margaret Treis

    Pepper helps absorption.

  • Becky Sunderman

    Any natural sweetener should work – agave syrup, molasses, blackstrap, maple syrup, coconut sugar, brown rice syrup. You’d probably want to experiment to find a sweetener that compliments the taste of tumeric and lemon, and also vary the amount to your taste, too. I don’t know how other sweeteners interact with cinnamon like honey does, but I do know that cinnamon and honey together are a very healthy duo to add to one’s daily diet. Sorry that you are allergic. Is it all honeys, or just ones made from pollen of certain plants/flowers?My preferences are sourwood and lavender honey.

  • nnchin1

    Adding ground black pepper increases the absorption rate of circumin by 400 per cent. This is a fact

  • I have been drinking lemon and cayenne every morning for a few months, but I think I will give this a try now. As I age, I have noticed my joints being more sore. However, I am aging gracefully. 🙂

    I have heard you do need pepper included in order for the body to absorb the curcumin from the turmeric. I will add some pepper as well.

    I think if you take this drink without the pepper it will still provide you with many benefits however. 😉

  • Donna Rhodes

    The pepper you are talking about is regular black pepper? Or would the cayenne pepper be best? Or both? Also…how much do you use? Thanks!

  • Donna Rhodes

    Please let us know if it is working for you! I hope so!

  • Donna Rhodes

    Thank you for the quick response! I’m starting this tomorrow morning and will let everyone know how well it works on my arthritis!

  • Donna Rhodes

    Thanks Chris!