Bright yellow in colour – turmeric is the latest condiment that can be found popping up EVERYWHERE. Packed with vitamins and nutrients, this super spice is an all around body healer that needs to be added to your life. Just be carefully where you get it – it stains everything!
Turmeric originates from India and has the scientific name curcuma longa. With high levels of curcumin, turmeric is produced through a plant’s rhizomes and dried before becoming its powerful powder form. Also responsible for giving curry its authentic color, the spice has been used in Chinese and Indian medicines for centuries and with popular demand, is now exported around the world.
Turmeric is best known for its powerful antioxidants. With the ability to neutralize free radicals and elevate our own antioxidant enzymes, the body can effectively fight oxidative damage, a main contributor behind aging and many diseases.
This spice is traditionally used for digestive issues, including IBS, stomach ulcers, cramping and constipation. The combination of both dietary fiber and the anti-inflammatory activity helps sooth your digestive tract and even eliminate any irritation.
Due to its high levels of curcumin and antioxidant properties, many studies have reported turmeric may prevent various kinds of cancers by decreasing tumor growth and helping to slow the spread of cancerous cells. There is even evidence to suggest the prevention of cancer from beginning altogether, particularly those of the digestive system.
Turmeric is a superstar anti-inflammatory agent. With chronic inflammation contributing to so many diseases in today’s society, consuming turmeric can help fight and even treat this problem. With its ability to block the molecule that is key in chronic diseases, turmeric even matches the efficiency of some anti-inflammatory drugs on the market.
Research has indicated that turmeric can help lower blood cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of stroke or heart attack. Helping to metabolize excess cholesterol in the blood, Turmeric may prevent the risk of blood clots while keeping bad cholesterol in line.
With the liver being our main organ for detoxification, it is vital to keep it healthy by eliminating toxins from the body. Turmeric assists in this process by helping to produce bile – which is KEY to getting rid of those unwanted toxins and dangerous organisms in the body.
HOW TO ENJOY :
Turmeric is most commonly used as a cooking spice but here are several ways you can add it into your daily diet:
- Blend it into your morning smoothie or juice
- Brew a turmeric tea or make a ‘golden mylk’
- Season your roasted veggies or blend up a simple curry powder
- Top it on your salad or mix it into any dressing
- Purchase capsules or as a liquid extract
WHERE CAN I GET IT?
With its increasing popularity, turmeric can be found on the shelves of almost any local supermarket. It comes in various quantities but if are new to the turmeric game and want to purchase a small amount, head to your nearest Whole Foods where you can find it in bulk. Even easier – locate a health conscious eatery where you are bound to find a turmeric infused dish on the menu!