Turmeric, which according to Swanson Vitamins stems from the same botanical family as ginger, is native to southern Asia and is also grown in a few other warm, humid climates globally. Turmeric, most commonly known for its use in curries, is also known for giving curries that characteristic yellow colour and distinct flavour but is actually not spicy.
Over the last 25 years, the importance of turmeric, and in particular the benefits of curcumin, a well-known and frequently studied phytonutrient in turmeric has been brought to the fore. Curcumin, which is found in turmeric, is a powerful antioxidant and can help support heart, cardiovascular and joint health.
Health benefits of turmeric
As stated above, the main active ingredient in turmeric is called curcumin. Healthline reports that curcumin has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is also a very strong antioxidant. The reality is that curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream. Therefore, you can assist the consumption by adding black pepper. Black pepper contains piperine which enhances absorption by 2 000%.
Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory property, Turmeric for Health states, contributes to its painkiller property. Its inhibitory action on inflammatory chemicals like prostaglandins and interleukins helps in reducing pain.
The Global Healing Center reports that a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders reported noticeable and promising results with turmeric for supporting a balanced mood. Two groups were studied. The first group received curcumin daily, while the other received placebo. After eight weeks, the mood and anxiety score tests completed by all of the participants showed significant symptom improvements compared to placebo.
How to prepare turmeric
Using turmeric is easy, and quite yummy, to do. You can add it to scrambled eggs and frittatas, toss it with roasted vegetables, mix it with rice, add a dash to soups, blend it with a smoothie or make some tea. For some creative ideas, please head to The kitchn. Alternatively, go try our turmeric latte recipe – just click here.