Turmeric is a super spice with a deep pretty orange color. A few of its nicknames include ‘The Golden Spice’, ‘The Golden Goddess’ and ‘The Spice of Life’. This little root (it grows under the ground and is relatively small) has been used as a medicine for more than 4,000 years and it is an essential spice in Indian and other Asian cultures. It’s the prime ingredient and spice in curries. Today, we can find it pretty much anywhere and in many forms of consumption.
Top Health Benefits Turmeric Can Bring Us:
- Anti inflammatory: research already found that turmeric is as powerful treating inflammation in the body as some pharmaceuticals. Because many diseases affect us through different inflamed body parts, turmeric is a great choice to both prevent and treat these.
- Aids heart disease: improves blood vessel lining function, decreasing the chances of heart attacks and other cardiovascular diseases.
- Antioxidant: decreases likelihood of cell damage, including cell degeneration related diseases such as Alzheimer’s, cancer and Parkinson’s.
- Helps fight cancer: some studies indicate it reduces cancer cell growth, and others show how it can prevent colon cancer.
- Increases neurotrophic factor in brain: this hormone is responsible for neuron regeneration and growth, meaning turmeric is great for your brain, again, preventing Alzheimer’s, depression, memory loss, and other conditions related to loss of brain cells.
- Reduces inflammation in arthritis: being such a strong anti inflammatory, it can help with joint and bone pain as people that suffer rheumatoid arthritis experience.
- Can treat depression: researchers compared Curcumin to Prozac in a depressive group of patients and found that it can potentially be as effective as this pharmaceutical. It seems like it ups dopamine and serotonin levels in the brain.
The component curcuminoid is where the magic happens. For the anti inflammatory benefits and others, it is suggested tha 500 to 1,000 mg of curcuminoids are consumed on a daily basis. There are 200 mg in a teaspoon of both fresh or ground turmeric. Tip: pair it with black pepper for better absorption! A few ideas of how we can incorporate turmeric into our diet:
Want to know how to use Turmeric in your wellness routine? Here’s a great salad dressing recipe that will give your everyday salad and veggies an extra health boost!
¼ cup of olive oil
½ a lemon
2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar or other vinegar of choice
1 teaspoon of Turmeric
Salt and Pepper to taste