Turmeric: Small spice with a powerful punch

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Background:

Full disclosure, I am an Indian American, so I am biased towards this Indian spice. Recently, when someone told me that I should add a little turmeric to my daily routine, I will admit I gave an eye roll. The thoughts that proceeded were something like this: “Oh great, another non-Indian telling me why Indian food is good for you because of ayurvedic reasons, that they would know because they practice yoga daily and that they have an understanding of Indian culture in general because of the aforementioned daily practice.”

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When I decided to dismount my really high horse, I realized that I needed to do a little more research on this golden spice. Turmeric is a spice that I am quite familiar with in my own Indian cooking, but it is a spice that has health benefits that I have long taken for granted.

As a staple in Indian cuisine, this golden spice is often found in many of our foods. Because of this, I felt like I had enough tumeric in my diet. However, I do not eat Indian food daily or even weekly. Once I did more research on turmeric, I decided that I do want to incorporate it more into my healthy living routines.

The Benefits of this Super Spice:

Anti-inflammatory: Curcumin is found in tumeric and this is what gives tumeric it’s anti-inflammatory super spice ability. Inflammation is linked to arthritis, cancer, heart disease, early aging and much more. So a dash of turmeric goes a long way!

Antioxidant: The curcumin compound in turmeric is an antioxidant and helps eliminate free radicals in the body.

Brain Health, Mood and Depression: As we grow older, fears of age related diseases might increase. Studies show that turmeric may be one good source to help us maintain our brain health due to it's anti-inflammatory and antioxidant abilities. It may also aid in helping with one's mood and depression.  

Digestion: Curcumin is known to produce bile in the gallblader, which aids in digestion.  

Skin Care: Due to it's anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, turmeric can help reduce redness caused by acne, scarring and possibly aid in reducing blemishes too. It has also been linked to reviving your skin's natural glow!

It also aids in asthma alleviation, immunity support, liver function, heart health and the list goes on and on.

 I buy my turmeric at my local grocery store in this handy packet.

I buy my turmeric at my local grocery store in this handy packet.

How I Turmeric:

For me, I add about 1/8 tsp in my lemon water these days. It’s nice because it balances out the sourness of the lemon with a little flavorful spice. It's not a hot spice, just a different flavor. AlsoYou can also make a DIY face mask or buy face masks with turmeric if you really want to try to get the skin results. 

Word of Caution: If you are not allergic to turmeric (obviously don't try any if you are allergic) or taking medications that might have a reaction (talk to an actual doctor, not a blogger), only try a small amount and see how you feel. For additional information, check out this guide