Turmeric health

Turmeric Shots

Bright yellow shots of goodness, these turmeric shots are said to:

  • Reduce inflammation and assist with joint pain
  • Increase antioxidant capacity of the body
  • Lower the risk of heart disease
  • Increase your cancer fighting capability
  • Increase your levels of Brain Derived Neurotropic Factor (BDNF) which protects against Alzheimer’s and dementia
  • Assist with digestion and liver function

You can get ready made shots in many foodie delis, but if you do not fancy spending upwards of £3.00 per tiny bottle (and adding to the plastic mountain every time), then try this homemade recipe with a whole lot more goodness than in commercial versions.

For each shot you will need:

  • A wine glass and a half of water (so you can drink the shot!)
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric root powder (to give you all the benefits above)
  • 1 slice of ginger root about 2cm thick (for flavour and good for your stomach)
  • Squeeze of lemon juice (for flavour and balancing acid)
  • 1 teaspoon of Manuka honey (to boost immune system and assist flavour)
  • A twist of black pepper (to assist absorption of curcumin, the active ingredient of turmeric)
  • Half a teaspoon of coconut oil (curcumin needs fat to be absorbed)

To make your shot

  • Mix the turmeric and water in a small saucepan
  • Add the ginger root
  • Bring to a simmer and keep it bubbling for 5 minutes (not boiling – you will just evaporate your water)
  • Take off the heat and let it cool a little
  • Strain into your shot glass using a tea strainer (to take out some of the powder)
  • Squeeze in the lemon juice
  • Add the honey
  • Twist your pepper
  • Stir in the coconut oil

Drink it down. If you hate it at first, persevere. If the taste doesn’t improve your joints and health will and after a few days the yellow demon will be your friend.

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