Over the past 10 years, study after study has demonstrated the overwhelming benefits of curcumin (curcuma longa), a substance found in one of our favorite Indian spices, turmeric. This golden yellow root has not only proven itself to be an essential spice for making a superb curry, but has been used as a treatment for a range of ailments ranging from colic to cancer. For over 6,000 years it's been extensively utilized in both the Chinese and Ayurvedic systems of medicine, and has finally now made its way west,
giving us the opportunity to reap its healing capabilities.
Our understanding of the benefits of turmeric's powerful polyphenol curcumin is ever increasing, with evidence to suggest that it can improve health in almost every organ and cell of the body system. With new research coming out every year, there is not much that this beautiful yellow spice cannot do!
Curcumin is known to have wide-reaching anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It can protect cells from damage, promote detoxification and block the formation of various viruses. It has also shown to prevent Alzheimer's disease, to alleviate symptoms of arthritis, and to expedite wound healing. Evidence is also mounting that turmeric may be an effective treatment against certain eye diseases, like cataracts, diabetes, and cancers, specifically of the colon, breast, esophagus, oral cavity, prostate and liver.
As if that was not enough to convince you to stock this miracle spice, scientists believe it can lower cholesterol levels, inhibit blood clots, and reduce blood pressure, while also protecting the liver and digestive tract. Phew! It's no wonder we are so eager to get it into our daily wellness routines!
So how can you reap these benefits? Start adding turmeric to your meals. A few teaspoons may seem frivolous, but they all count. So start exploring with turmeric's very identifiable and savory taste, by starting with your morning smoothies. I find it to be the perfect addition to the Golden Glow or Mango Lime Lassi smoothies, providing that extra health boost we are all seeking. Turmeric also adds great dimension to grain and veggie bowls like this Goldenberry Pilaf, or Indian curries. Not a big fan of cooking? Then grab a bag of Turmeric Tamari Almonds instead. No one said eating healthy had to be hard!