Spice up your life with Turmeric
Never heard of Turmeric? Well it’s time you make room for this flavorful spice in your spice rack! This spice has been a staple in Indian kitchens for thousands of years and has been used to treat many ailments in the east for centuries. Today, this spice is gaining popularity by researchers and scientists for its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties due to the active ingredient known as curcumin. Curcumin comes from the root of the plant “curcuma longa” and is a member of the ginger family and gives Indian food that bright yellow color.
Interestingly, the largest producer of turmeric in the world is India and over 80% of consumption of this spice also occurs in this country. When analyzing some of the more common inflammatory diseases in North America, such as Alzheimer’s, and cancer including colon, breast, and prostate, India’s prevalence of these diseases are much much less. Researchers now believe that following a traditional Indian diet containing turmeric can play a large role in disease prevention.
How is it used in India?
Ayurvedic medicine incorporates curcumin as it cleanses and detoxifies the body. Furthermore, it is used to relieve pain and inflammation both within the body and topically on the skin and for joints.
Treating conditions in North America
Researchers and scientists suggest that curcumin can prevent and treat a vast array of conditions including cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, IBS, psoriasis, and arthritis. Due to its detoxifying properties, curcumin is able to protect the liver from damaging effects of toxic chemicals and stimulate the production of bile which helps to digest fat.
Add Turmeric to your Spice Rack
With so many health benefits, start adding this age old spice to your foods! It’s great in many curries, stir-fry’s, soups, or look to adding it as a supplement for a more potent dose. Look for curcumin supplements at your local health food store as a capsule or in liquid extract form and start enjoying the savory benefits of this spice!