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Gold & Glowing Turmeric Smoothie

I’m sure at this point you have heard all the hype going around about turmeric and how it is a "go to" for health food fanatics all over the web.
After reading up on it and checking my sources I thought it was about time for me to jump on the turmeric wagon and see what all the commotion was really about.

Here are a few things that you need to know for starters:

The key ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. Curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream hence the reason black pepper comes into play when creating some tasty turmeric recipes. 
Black pepper contains piperine which boosts the absorption of curcumin by 2000%

As mentioned by good ol'  Dr. Axe, there are many benefits to incorporating turmeric into your diet.
He states “When examining the research, turmeric benefits go beyond that of these 12 kinds of conditions and treatments:”

Anti-inflammatory drugs
Antidepressants (Prozac)
Anticoagulants (Aspirin)
Pain killers
Diabetes drugs (Metformin)
Arthritis medications
Inflammatory bowel disease drugs
Cholesterol drugs (Lipitor)
Skin Care

 After reading the full list of turmeric benefits it was time to concoct a smoothie reciepe perfect for post early morning workouts that tasted just as good as it is for you.  

 What you need:

1 frozen banana
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 teaspoon almond butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon turmeric (you can do a full teaspoon but I think it tastes smooth and has better flavor with a 1/2 teaspoon)

1 scoop protein powder
dash of black pepper

What you do:

Blend all ingredients together in your blender and enjoy!