Turmeric which is part of the ginger family, is an ancient spice native to South Asia. It is used in both Asian and Indian Fare in abundance and is what gives curry its divine yellow color. Because of this staining color it has also been used to dye cloth. However don’t let this magnificent spice fool you into only thinking it’s for food or a natural way to dye something. Turmeric has also been used in both Indian and Chinese medicine for quite sometime. Known for its anti- inflammatory effects it has been used for various ailments such as toothaches, jaundice, menstrual pain and difficulties to name a few.
Over the past few years there have been over 9,000 studies done on this fine spice to better understand and put to use it’s many benefits. But first let’s take a look at what it is about Turmeric that aides in our wellness. The comprising pytochemicals found in Turmeric are curcuminiods. Curcuminiods are made up of three diffrent phytochemicals including curcumin, demethoxycurcumin, and bisdemethoxycurcumin. Together these form curcuminiods which have been proven in many studies to have a wide variety of health benefits. Thus being said many scientists are beginning to believe that Turmeric may be able to help with more than just acting as an anti-inflammatory. Recent studies have found that Turmeric has an incredible amount of antioxidant capabilities that will also promote cellular health!
Those curcuminiods have been found to help balance your mood. In studies done they found that it helps to ease anxiety and depression, and is linked closely to Vitamin B12! We all know that B complex is a great mood stabilizer and a natural way to help treat depression and anxiety. But let’s not stop there, it has been shown to also help wounds heal faster by strengthening the surrounding tissue as well as reducing swelling and redness. It helps to balance your blood sugar, relieve stiff joints, control cholesterol, and treat ulcers. The benefits seem to go on and on. If you can cure a multitude of symptoms from something as natural as a spice why not give it a try? Turmeric can be added to a number of different foods to give them a delicious flavor.
A few of the things I like to add it to are:
- Roasted Veggies
- Poultry/Beef Rub
- Make a Tea
If any of you out there have an original recipe or idea involving Turmeric please feel free to leave them in the comments. I always look forward to trying a new recipe with this great spice. However if some of you out there don’t seem to have an acquired taste for it you may also find liquid forms as well. Check your local Farmer’s Market or health food store and I’m sure you will uncover a vast variety of supplement alternatives!