Turmeric is the golden spice.
Turmeric really is the golden spice, thanks to its anti-inflammatory benefits. It’s a beautiful rich golden yellow color, fragrant, and has been used for centuries in flavoring food but also medicinally.
How to Use:
Use as a seasoning in curries, on roasted vegetables, sweet potatoes, dash in hummus, use in broth/soups, sneak it into your Stripped Green Smoothies, juices, Turmeric Milk, Curry Cashew Cauliflower Soup, or even as a natural food dye.
Health Benefits of Turmeric:
Turmeric has powerful medicinal properties due to its:
- high amounts of nutrients
- anti-inflammatory compounds
- phytonutrients that have been studied in depth especially for cancer prevention
The attention should be on curcumin. Curcumin in the main component found in turmeric that responsible for the medicinal benefits//properties. Turmeric and curcumin have been studied for their link in improving IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease), Crohn’s disease, immune health, rheumatoid arthritis, cystic fibrosis, cancer prevention.
Curcumin also inhibits cancer cell growth and prevents of colon cancer, pancreatic cancer/tumor growth, prevention of prostate cancer (when teamed up with our friend the cauliflower), reduced risk of childhood leukemia, improved liver function, diabetes, along with cardiovascular benefits and protection, cholesterol, wound healing, and Alzhiemer’s.
As with most studies, active compounds and components of food are studied in large doses, so how do we make this applicable to daily life? Most of the research studies use anywhere from 2-7g of curcumin to test, this would be a lot of turmeric to eat (especially when pure turmeric is comprised of about 3.14% by weight of curcumin).
Where to Purchase:
Health food stores, grocery stores, farmers markets, or online retailers
Tips and Tricks:
Be careful when using turmeric; it will stain your clothes, hands, and countertops.