Healing Turmeric-Ginger Broth

Ali Segersten Jan 19, 2017 23 comments
Healing Turmeric-Ginger Broth

Learn how to make the most delicious, anti-inflammatory turmeric-ginger broth! I love adding chopped fresh turmeric to chicken soup, but this recipe takes the turmeric content and bioavailability to a whole new level. I've created a broth that uses both fresh turmeric and dried, powdered turmeric in combination with other ingredients to get the maximum amount of nutrients into the broth.

Curcuminoids are beneficial polyphenol chemicals found in turmeric. They shut down, or dampen, the primary inflammatory switch in the body, which is a very important step in healing many health issues including cancers, osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, autoimmune diseases, heart disease, and food allergies & sensitivities.

Disease is caused by getting too many things that you don't need (inflammation, stress, toxins, infections, allergens), and too little of the things that you do need (antioxidants, relaxation, exercise, healthy foods, proper nutrients).

The magic of curcumin is that it is a master-balancer (an adaptogen). Cancer research has shown that curcumin can shut off the master switch of inflammation called nuclear factor kappa beta (NFκB) better than almost anything else, making it one of the most potent natural anti-inflammatory substances. At the same time, research has also demonstrated that curucmin can help to combat various infections (yeast, bacterial, and viral) that can lead to the inflammation in the first place. Curucmin also activates our genes (via a gene transcription factor call Nrf2) to signal our cells to make more antioxidants, which lowers inflammatory damage. But there is more! When this Nrf2 is activated, we also start to make hundreds of beneficial detoxification proteins to remove harmful toxins from our cells.

Turmeric is amazing, isn't it?

The polyphenols (which include the curcuminoids) in turmeric are lipophilic, which means turmeric is best mixed or cooked with fat so you can get the full benefit of this food! This is one of the ways turmeric has been traditionally used in India. Spices are always sautéed first in fat (often ghee) before being used in recipes. This not only allows for the absorption of the beneficial polyphenols, but it also brings out the flavors in the spices.

Warning: This soup will temporarily stain your your children's faces yellow (around their mouths and chin if they are slurping their soup), and it will permanently stain clothes, tablecloths and light colored cloth napkins, and everything it comes into contact with! It is that potent. :)


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Ali Segersten

Alissa Segersten holds a Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University and a Master’s of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States. She is a Functional Nutritionist, the mother of five children, a whole foods cooking instructor, professional recipe developer, and cookbook author. She is passionate about helping others find a diet that will truly nourish them. Alissa is the author of two very popular gluten-free, whole foods cookbooks and guidebooks: The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook and Nourishing Meals. She is also the co-author of The Elimination Diet book. Alissa is the founder and owner of Nourishing Meals®.

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Thanks for this Ali - you are great!

I can't wait to brew up a batch - I love Tumeric - except when it spills onto my wifre's tablecloth - I can't get it out.

Thank you for sharing the recipe for Turmeric soup. Can’t wait to share some with sick friends. I know it works well for arthritis pain.

WOW! This is amazing ... haven't tried it yet, but just reading about it makes me feel healthy! Looking forward to trying this soon.

You can get turmeric out if your clothes by putting it out in the sun for a while. Truly amazing! Not a permanent stain.

This soup is so awesome! I am newly grain-free and this recipe helped me get through the tough first week; then it was just so darn good I made it again! I just toss that tasty chicken meat back in with a couple handfuls of power greens, simmer a few minutes and it's good to go. My family and friends call it SuperPower Soup!

Hi Ashley,

The broth should last a week in your quart jars in the fridge. Yes you can also freeze it! :) Follow the directions for freezing broth that I have in this post: http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2015/12/how-to-make-nourishing-beef-bone-broth.html

It says that the broth can be refrigerated for later use. Can it also be frozen? How long can it be refrigerated (or frozen) and still be good to use? Thank you so much for this recipe... it's extremely delicious but there's so much broth that I don't know what to do with it all!

Hi there, thanks for your comment. It really depends on where you are sourcing your turmeric from. Make sure to buy organic! I usually assume most folks here already do that. There has been lead found in a number of cheap non-organic sources of turmeric. Some of the major organic brands have tested out ok w/o lead contamination. As for the olive oil, you are just sautéing at a low heat here...not heating high enough to reach smoke point. If you are really concerned you could just try another oil like coconut oil or avocado oil.

Turmeric and bones both have significant amounts of lead. Is this a concern? Also olive oil smoke point is really low, it creates carcinogens when sautéed is there another oil that would be just as good?

You can either add some cooked fish to the soup when it is hot, or cut up the raw fish (minus the skin) into cubes and gently simmer it into the soup for about 10 minutes before serving. :)

I there,

I would suggest some kind of firm or semi-firm, low mercury, white fish such as black cod. You can learn more about safe fish through EWG's website: http://www.ewg.org/research/ewgs-good-seafood-guide

And then I compost everything in our city composting bin. I actually don't ever throw away any food stuff. :)

Hi there,

I usually will use the bones and veggies and make ANOTHER batch of broth, using less water the second time. After the second batch the veggies are usually totally broken down and all of their goodness is in the broth. :)

I was wondering what type of fish you would suggest? I am thinking frozen fish at Trader Joe's to keep the price down. What would you recommend?

What do I do with all the wonderful diced and cut stuff. I don't want to just throw it away, it still has lots of flavor

Hi Wendy,

Thanks for the feedback! It is the perfect recipe to help stay warm and nourishing through winter. :)

Thank you for the feedback Charlene! Your chicken-noodle-vegetable soup combo sounds great. :)

I made the broth as suggested and WOW, it is phenomenal! So delicious and nourishing. Made the noodle soup as suggested. My husband and I were even drinking it plain out of mugs at lunch! Perfect for this bitter winter weather. Thanks Alissa!

Turmeric broth is tasty! Thank you for the recipe. I was skeptical at first with that much turmeric but I found that the flavor to be very pleasant. We used it to make noodle soup. I could not find the thai noodles but I did find Lundberg brown rice spaghetti noodles and it was very tasty. I added zucchini, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, a sweet onion, spinach, and the chicken.

Hi Rainy,

Yes, you could omit the fresh turmeric and replace it with 2-4 tablespoons of dried (powdered), in addition to the 2 tablespoons already called for. Start with the lesser amount if you are unaccustomed to the flavor of turmeric. :)

Hi Alison,

I don't have a vegetarian version. But....you could probably create one quite easily by adding 1-2 more tablespoons of oil when sautéing the spices. Add another onion, extra celery and carrots, along with some kombu seaweed (4-inch piece), and just omit the chicken. Bring to a boil, then simmer on low for a about 2 hours. Let me know how it turns out! :)

I'm going to try this soup tomorrow. Sometimes our store's turmeric is old and rotten looking. Can powder be used instead of fresh?

Looks amazing! Is there a vegetarian version?

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