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)
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.