Turmeric is a wonder spice that not only helps food taste good. It can also help the health of your body. So today, I want to talk a little bit more about everything fabulous about it.
If you’re not familiar, turmeric is a spice often used in curries known for its bright yellow color. And curcumin is the main, healing component found in the spice. Be careful when cooking with it though because it does stain. I know from experience.
Years ago I moved into a small 1 bedroom apartment with spotless white carpet. To preserve my new carpet, I started a new habit of taking off my shoes at the door.
One day I cooked up a curry with turmeric. As I was carrying it to the table, I tripped over a shoe, dropped the plate, and stained a large section of my carpet. And that’s irony my friends. But nothing a little throw rug couldn’t hide.
But don’t let my clumsiness stop you from exploring this spice. Because It’s great to eat daily. And here are some of it’s fabulous, healing benefits.
It can fight inflammation
Modern lifestyles can leave your body in a state of inflammation. Either from too much processed foods, too much stress, or too many environmental toxins. And an inflamed body is an unhappy body.
Inflammation can lead to a state of disease. It can also promote weight gain. The curcurmin in turmeric is fabulously anti-inflammatory.
It can be a powerful antioxidant
Oxidative damage is behind many aging related problems. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals before they have the chance to damage the body. So a powerful antioxidant can play a part in aging without pain or disease.
Curcumin isn’t just beneficial in the fight against free radicals. It helps boost the body’s natural anti-oxidant abilities. And this will help the body fight keep fighting oxidative damage long you’ve eaten the spice.
It can boost brain health
There have been many studies on turmeric/curcumin and brain health. And findings show that this spice can help preserve the brain. It has even been shown to potentially play a part in preventing alzheimer’s. How amazing is that?
This most likely has to do with curcumin’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant capabilities. Memory is something that’s important to everyone, not just those suffering from alzheimer’s. When your brain isn’t at it’s best, quite obviously neither are you.
It can help fight the pain of osteoarthritis
If you’re not concerned with arthritis, chances are that you will be someday. Arthritis in some form or another affects most of us as we age. And there are tons of medications that offer the promise of pain reduction. But what if we could help arthritis naturally?
The anti-inflammatory benefits of curcumin work wonders for arthritis. In fact, everyone who suffers from osteoarthritis should at least consider turmeric supplementation. Because, why live in pain?
Curcumin may be toxic to cancer cells
There’s no way to 100% avoid getting cancer. But there are supplements that help strengthen the body against cancer cells. And turmeric is one of those supplements.
For instance, one study with breast cancer showed that curcumin supplementation improved breast cancer treatment. In another trial, curcumin proved effective in fighting prostate cancer cells. There are too many positive studies on turmeric cancer to talk about them all here.
It can help your heart
Curcumin may help protect you against heart disease. Inflammation is something that usually precedes heart disease. It sets the stage for heart disease to progress. So the anti-inflammatory benefits are already healing.
But the spice can also prevent the buildup of plaque. This is the same plaque that can eventually clog your arteries and lead to a heart attack. So eating turmeric can play a part in your heart health in multiple ways!
There’s so much else turmeric/curcumin can do!
This just a partial list of the health benefits of turmeric. The list goes on and on. You can add turmeric to some of your favorite recipes. Or you can choose a turmeric supplement.
But first a word of warning. Any natural supplement can have side effects. Please talk to your doctor before added high quantities of anything to your diet. You need to be especially careful if you’re currently on medication, pregnant, or trying to get pregnant.
Fun ways to add turmeric to your diet
- Add a teaspoon or two to your smoothie
- Throw it into a curry
- Make a turmeric root tea (turmeric root can be purchased at most natural food stores)
- Mix it into vegetables
- Add a sprinkle to your rice before cooking
A note about black pepper
There something to be said about consuming turmeric and black pepper together. The pepper helps support the bioavailability of the curcumin. So when adding turmeric to recipes, try to add some black pepper too. And when looking for a turmeric supplement, look for one that includes black pepper.
If you haven’t been including turmeric in your diet, consider trying some today. It can be a delicious spice. This is a healthy habit that can come easy. In fact, the health promoting properties are just an added bonus!
So, how do you enjoy turmeric?
Maria Tabush says
Wow! So many benefits! Now I will love it even more. It’s hard for me to find a recipe to integrate it, besides curry, but great idea to sprinkle to vegetables or rice! Yum!
I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this spice and I really appreciate your tips on how to use it…
Jill Conyers says
The benefits of turmeric have shown up every where in the past 10-12 months. It’s time for me to try it and see for myself.
How cool! I never knew that turmeric had so many health benefits!
I’ve added a turmeric capsule to my dietary supplements as of a few months ago. My best friend gave me a bottle to get me started. I’d not thought about adding to smoothies, but that would work too.
Jeri, glad your friend gave you a bottle. Seems like a good thing for you to take.
AnnMarie John says
This sounds amazing! There are so many benefits to look forward to and I thought I’ve learned enough about Turmeric as it is. Thanks for all the awesome information that you shared!
Melissa Chapman says
I don’t know if I have ever had tumuric and I think i am missing out. The benefits seem so great from cardiac to arthritis improvement it does so much good I need to get it into my diet.
Krystal Butherus says
I’ve recently heard the amazing benefits of turmeric. I’ve been thinking about starting a supplement regimen of turmeric.
HilLesha O'Nan says
Turmeric is one of my favorite spices, especially during the cold and flu seasons because of its immune system-boosting benefits. It also has a wealth of other benefits that I love.
With this horrible flu going around, every little bit helps!
I love how the coffee shops are jumping on board the tumeric trend! I’ve been ordering tumeric lattes!
Terri Steffes says
I was taking a combination of black pepper and tumeric in a liquid form. It was delicious, but I am not sure what benefit I was getting, so I stopped. Now I want to look into this some more!
Kimberly Lewis says
I have been hearing a lot about turmeric lately. I guess I need to start taking it.
I have heard so many wonderful things about using Turmeric, but I just never used it! I really should give it a try since it could not hurt!
RoseMary Griffith says
Happy to get the scoop on turmeric from you. My sister and cousin take supplements because of arthritis issues and tell me they feel a difference. I’ve wondered about it from a general health point of view. I’ll be taking that more seriously now and check out the supplements and for cooking. We do use curry, but haven’t tried turmeric.
Liz Cleland says
I always see it advertised in grocery displays but never knew what it was. I mean a spice but what to use it for. I love all these qualities!!
I’ve read about this but have never used it myself. There are so many great reasons to add this to our daily diet. My husband and I both had congenital heart defects and heart surgery so we should definitely be using this!
Melissa Balgobin says
I had no idea Turmeric had so many amazing health benefits. I use it with DIY face masks because it works wonders for the skin too.
Krystle Cook says
I have used this for a while now and I can definitely tell the difference. There are so many beenfits it’s unreal!