It’s been warming up these days so that means my mornings call for some icy cold smoothies. I get excited each morning to try a different kind of smoothie and lately I’ve been getting a dose of matcha and turmeric in this Matcha Turmeric Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie.
What makes this smoothie anti-inflammatory? Curcumin is the natural active compound in turmeric. It’s such a powerful compound that I actually also take curcumin supplements each morning as a part of my morning routine.
One thing to note about products that have curcumin or turmeric though is that you want to make sure you’re really getting the proper effects of it, so make sure you read the ingredients. I’ve lately been seeing so many products that say “turmeric” on the label but if the other ingredients in the product are sugar/syrup, and other inflammatory ingredients and additives, it essentially negates the healing benefits of turmeric. In addition to the turmeric in the smoothie being anti-inflammatory, I use a blend of turmeric that also contains collagen and pepper. I get mine through Live24K.
Why pepper? The compound in pepper that works together with turmeric is piperine. With piperine and curcumin together, the absorption in the body increases by up to 2000%.
In addition to this, there are studies that show that collagen can also improve anti-inflammatory effects. The research is mixed on this but test this out and see if you notice a difference with how your body feels. Collagen can also help with skin elasticity and the growth of hair and nails.
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup of milk of your choice (I usually use almond milk)
- 1 tsp matcha
- 1 tsp turmeric collagen blend (from Live24K)
- 6 ice cubes
- Add ice cubes, banana, matcha, turmeric, and milk into a blender
This super easy smoothie is ideal to getting a boost of anti-inflammation and energy from the matcha. Let me know if you try it out!