Turmeric: one of the staple spices that lays around the house, sits on the spice rack, is thrown into dishes, but do we really know what we’re using it for? Other than for that signature bright orange colour; I find that there isn’t much else to turmeric particularly in terms of flavour. But don’t be fooled by its subtlety. This spice has been discovered to be a largely beneficial super food; who would have thought?! Keep reading to find out more.
I’m personally not the biggest fan of turmeric; fresh or in the powder form. I occasionally add it to my rice or potatoes to make my food look a bit fancy but apart from that I leave it on the shelf. But according to Dr Michael Gregor MD, leaving this new super food on the shelf would be a waste of its cancer cell and other disease fighting potential.
Turmeric may prevent and treat (possibly by reprogramming cancer cell death) certain types of cancer including cancers of the colon, pancreas, skin, mouth and vulva, as well as ulcerating breast cancer. It may also prevent type 2 diabetes, possibly by decreasing fats in the blood. (Nutrition facts.org)
Research has shown that the orange pigment in turmeric, cucurmin, gives the spice its potent anti-inflammatory properties. For this reason, the beauty and supplement industry have jumped on the turmeric bandwagon creating turmeric capsules and turmeric based face masks. The supplements are supposed to help decrease inflammation with muscle pains after exercising and also reduce menstrual cramping. (So there is an all natural pain remedy for that time of the month if you’re looking for one. I definitely am) Find out more here.
Turmeric is also said to help with detoxification within the body. Organic facts tells readers that this is due to the organic compounds found within the spice. This is done by stimulating the lymphatic system so the spice is ideal for liver toxicity. Find out more here.
Other health benefits of turmeric include:
- Fighting infection
- Anti-aging properties
- Blood sugar reduction
- Anti-depressant effects
- Heart health
You can also read more here.
So that’s all great information to know. I mean, it is pretty easy to incorporate a sprinkling of turmeric into our diets everyday. How will you incorporate this magic spice dust? Comment below.