Turmeric has been gaining tons of popularity in the U.S. over the past few years. There are quite a few reasons for it, too! It has been used in tons of countries and thousands of dishes for years and years, but just recently became an admiration in the states. Fun fact, did you know that turmeric is actually the main spice in the well-known dish – Indian curry. But giving great flavor to a meal isn’t its only superpower. Let’s dive right in and you can see for yourself!
There are sooo many studies that have been accomplished on turmeric. It seems as though it could very well be the most commanding herb on Earth, and many people will debate you on that very subject because of their belief in it. One of the biggest and best benefits of turmeric is its powerful disease fighting and even reversing characteristics. It has been proven to reduce inflammation, depression, and even avoid or at least slow blood clots.
Another amazing positive aspect of turmeric is its potential to treat various forms of cancer. Yes, that’s right, it has been proven to have anti-cancer properties. In fact, according to the Cancer Research UK, “It has been able to kill cancer cells, and prevent more from growing.” Although they don’t explain how effective this really is, even the slightest bit of natural aid is a major bonus when in a sticky situation.
So, what is this magic herb they call Turmeric? Well, it is a plant that grows in Southern Asia and India, and the root is what we are really after. Once you grind up the root, you are left with an idiosyncratic, yellow powder substance with earthy, yet pleasant flavor tones and remarkable health benefits. Those health benefits actually come from curcumin, which is the active ingredient in turmeric.
Well, there you have it folks, another healthy food that you should start implementing into your diet. How much? Well, that depends on many factors. Consult your doctor or me directly to find out how much you can specifically take. Also, look up some recipes so you can try it out for yourself. Thanks for reading, leave any questions in the comments section below, and I hope you have a great day!
Kim Shapira MS, RD