Forget everything you know about turmeric being a spice meant just for cooking. Okay, it's great for that, too, but getting a concentrated dose is hard to do when you’re adding just a little to your food. Studies are showing that daily intake of turmeric has major health benefits. The vibrantly hued spice is highly anti-inflammatory, which means it keeps chronic diseases at bay, provides an instant health boost, as well as treats sore muscles and even headaches.
JÙS by Julie's new Citrus Tur-eamsicle smoothie is your new way to get that daily dose of turmeric, plus lots more beneficial superfoods and produce. The best part? It tastes like those Creamsicle pops from your childhood! Let’s take a closer look at the ingredients to uncover all of those major health benefits (and flavors!):
CITRUS TUR-EAMSICLE SMOOTHIE
Turmeric is a spice that's often a key ingredient of Asian dishes. The herb, which is part of the ginger family, has been used as a natural remedy for thousands of years. Curcumin is the main healing compound found in turmeric. It has been known to manage a long list of ailments such as digestive issues, arthritis and diabetes. It's also been suggested that turmeric can work just as well as anti-inflammatory drugs, like Ibuprophen, without the negative side effects.
We all know oranges are great for your daily free-radical fighting vitamin C, but they're also loaded with potassium, an electrolyte mineral that helps healthy heart function. And if it's beautiful skin you're after, the citrus fruit, which is full of beta-carotene, protects skin cells from damage, preventing the signs of aging.
Most of us experience indigestion here and there, depending on our diets. Ginger is a great natural way to ease an upset stomach, acid reflux and nausea. It's also got a common cold-killing agent in it called gingerol that has the power to lower blood sugar levels and the risk of heart disease.
The filling meat from raw coconuts is packed with electrolytes and nutrients. It's got manganese, which helps you metabolize both fat and protein while vitamins A and E, polyphenols and phytosterols all work together to decrease the levels of LDL cholesterol. What's LDL cholesterol? Fats that stay in the blood and in skin tissues—high levels can put you at risk for cardiovascular diseases. Go, coconut meat, go!
We added vanilla to the smoothie because it truly makes the drink taste like a Creamsicle. But let's not ignore that vanilla has been shown to be an anti-inflammatory, is full of antioxidants that fight toxins (vanillic acid and vanillin), and may even lower cholesterol.
What's life without a little sweetness here and there? Especially when it comes straight from nature. Maple syrup comes from the sap of maple trees, and unlike refined cane sugar, which goes through a complex process in order to be condensed into crystalized sugar, the maple syrup we use is a natural, unrefined product.
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