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To be honest, I hadn’t even tried Turmeric until I started the superfood series! Now that I’ve seen the benefits, this should honestly be something every girl has in her kitchen. This is the first superfood in our series and let me tell you, you’ll be rushing to the supermarket to grab some when you’ve read this. Here’s an overview of why turmeric deserves to be in the superfood category!
The most widely known benefit of turmeric (Curcuma longa) is its anti-inflammatory properties. Unlike many “healthy” foods that get talked up but can’t deliver when it comes to the research, there is abundant data to support this claim. Tumeric contains something called curcumin which is a chemical that gives it its vibrant colour and is responsible for its anti-inflammatory abilities. Some studies claim that it has potential to be just as useful as anti-inflammatory medications (source). This means taking an inexpensive turmeric capsule has potential to be as effective as your prescription medications. With more research, this could be a wonderful thing in the medical industry and I’m looking forward to reading more about it in the future. There is also support that curcumin can have a significant impact in preventing heart disease and diabetes (source). Talk to your doctor if you think ingesting turmeric could benefit your health.
Turmeric can be used in many ways, but the most common use is in Indian food. It goes great with ginger and cumin so adding to a soup or stir-fry is one of my favourite uses. For some reason, I find it tastes especially good with cauliflower.
In recent years, turmeric’s popularity in the wellness community has skyrocketed so it isn’t hard to find a good recipe that is dairy-free, vegan…or whatever your dietary needs are. One of the more creative uses is called Golden Milk (recipe from epicurious.com). Give it a try and let me know if you liked it as much as I did.
Where to Find Turmeric
Turmeric is very accessible and can be found in most supermarket spice aisles or vitamin aisles. If you’re after clean, organic turmeric, you can find it some health food stores or try Organic Turmeric Root Powder by Organic Wise from Amazon.
Though turmeric has amazing benefits, don’t forget to check with your doctor before using it as treatment. This article should be used for informational purposes only and not in place of professional medical advice. I may be a science-nerd but I’m definitely not a doctor.
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