The nutritional power of turmeric is well-established at this point, but it can be tricky to incorporate it into smoothies properly. That’s where dates comes in!
The rich flavor these fruits provide is an excellent counterbalance to the zest of turmeric, and they provide their own host of health benefits. In fact, this turmeric date smoothie is an antioxidant powerhouse!
Date and Turmeric Antioxidant Smoothie Recipe
- 1/2 cup almond or cashew milk (vanilla works the best)
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 3 medium-sized dates (pitted)
- 1 ripe banana
- pinch of salt
- handful of crushed ice
Mix all of the ingredients and enjoy. Makes 1 serving.
Power of Turmeric as an Antioxidant
Some of the nutrients found in this amazing spice include iron, fiber, magnesium and vitamin B6. It also contains trace amounts of copper and potassium that complete the package. It seems that compounds within curcumin (the active agent inside turmeric spice) work together to make it especially potent in combating free radicals.
This is what makes it especially potent for treating cancer. Turmeric has more evidence backing its effectiveness than perhaps any other herbal compound, because it’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powers are quite noticeable.
Studies discussing its cancer-fighting power have found that curcumin:
- Halts the transformation of normal cells into cancerous ones, and has the ability to stop the further growth of already corrupted cells.
- Assists in your body’s ability to destroy cancer cells on its own.
- Aids in the slowing of certain kinds of protein production, thought to be integral in how cancer cells grow.
- Strangles the blood supply to corrupted cells, a process known as anti-angiogenesis
Curcumin is such a dynamic compound that it affects dozens of different elements of the body chemistry once it begins to act on cells. Much like the phyto-nutrients of certain plants, curcumin simply has a formula of beneficial natural compounds that seem to give our bodies exactly what they need to keep cells functioning properly.
Dates, our Natural Dietary Staple?
Small, unassuming, and used traditionally for thousands of years in diets and religious customs all over the Middle and Near East. Dates are an interesting fruit. They are extremely tasty, and are full of optimal nutrition for humans. Which brings us to the conclusion: were dates on of the original dietary staples of our species?
It is extremely likely that these mineral-rich, easily plucked and consumable fruits were a mainstay in early human diets, if not a fruit very akin to them. Universally, their taste is considered extremely palatable. They are simply tasty. They are the perfect size for our mouths, and they have a large amount of the exact kinds of fiber we need to keep us regular.
Dates also are disproportionately full of some of the rarer vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamin K and Zinc. Dates, or a fruit much like them, were almost surely a common food for our ancestors.
What does that tell you? Our fruit-eating origins can help guide us to optimal nutrition today.
Dates are one of the healthiest foods for our species. Without processing or cooking, we can make extremely good use of everything dates have to offer, and the best part is, they don’t require extra work to eat, such as coconuts, pineapples, oranges, and other fruits we get a lot of nutrition from. They are quite simply an ideal food for our species, right up there with the banana. It’s no wonder our taste buds sing when we eat them!