Turmeric is a common kitchen spice that contains compounds with clinically-proven health benefits.
Turmeric is an Ayurvedic spice that has its roots traced back to India. For the past 5000 years, it has been revered as a healing spice – and for good reason. This ancient Indian spice is packed with a compound known as curcumin – which is what gives it its ridiculously bright golden color.
Research trials have discovered that curcumin has strong anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties. (1) In today’s world, it’s not a bad idea to protect ourselves. We are pretty much surrounded by toxins that promote disease and/or cancer. They can range from chemicals in our beauty products, to plastics, or even our food. Thankfully, our bodies have a wonderful way of protecting themselves (thank you liver), but giving them a nutrient boost is never a bad idea.
Turmeric is also a powerhouse of antioxidants. Cooking with it not only adds a savory flavor, but the curcumin protects our bodies against inflammation. Inflammation plays a role in many chronic diseases, including those that are age-related. (2) Turmeric has building evidence indicating it can even help lower LDL cholesterol levels. (3)
Homemade Turmeric Tonic
Adding turmeric to your diet is easy!
I’m not going to lie, is insanely good. It’s a combination of fresh and dried spices that create a powerhouse paste that’s packed with antioxidants. Definitely worth a try!
Other easy ways to use turmeric is to add it to stir fries or smoothies. Curry powder typically has a base of turmeric, which is why it’s yellow.