Liz Robins is a wellness writer and content strategist with a B. Beyond flavoring Indian curries and turning your wooden spoons a golden yellow, this close relative of ginger has shown promise in protecting us against heart disease, cancer, and other serious health conditions. Turmeric is also inexpensive, safe, and pleasantly mild-flavored, making it an easy spice to work into your life. Not sure how to add this superfood to your diet? We’ve outlined 10 simple ways to eat and drink turmeric. But first, let’s talk about the benefits. Turmeric has been used for centuries as a medicinal herb in traditional Chinese medicine and ayurveda traditional Indian medicine but only in the last decade or so has it gained popularity in the West.
This article was published more than 5 years ago. Some information in it may no longer be current. The question: I’ve heard turmeric is a healthy spice to add to foods. How much should I take each day? Should I take a supplement instead? The answer: Turmeric root, which gives Indian curry and ballpark mustard their signature yellow colour, has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine to treat a variety of conditions. Only recently, though, has the spice received the attention of scientists for its potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Research suggests extracts of turmeric can relieve symptoms of indigestion, prevent irritable bowel syndrome and alleviate knee pain caused by osteoarthritis. Turmeric’s health benefits are attributed to an active ingredient called curcumin. The majority of studies have been focused on curcuma rather than turmeric. Experiments in test tubes have demonstrated the ability of curcumin to kill colon-cancer cells. In people, preliminary evidence suggests taking curcumin may reduce symptoms of inflammatory bowel diseases Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and rheumatoid arthritis.
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