If you blinked, you may have missed it! Yes, we're talking about Turmeric's rise to healthy fame. Turmeric has gone from an uncommon spice to a must-have superfood, and now enjoys a premium spot in the cabinet of just about every wellness guru and in-the-know restaurant alike. But aside from giving every food it touches an illustrious golden glow, does this special spice really live up to the hype? A quick look at its nutrition and you may find yourself on the Turmeric train, too.
Turmeric is a truly ancient food. With its use reported for thousands of years in India and Southeast Asia – and still among the most popular spices today – Turmeric is used frequently in both cooking and Ayurvedic Medicine. Although most people consider it a root, the edible portion of Turmeric is actually considered a rhizome, which is a root-like part of a plant that grows above ground. The papery skin on the exterior of the Turmeric rhizome is mostly comprised of tasteless fiber, but peeling it away reveals a vibrant orange interior. The distinctive color inside is primarily due to the presence of a phytochemical called Curcumin, which is at the core of Turmeric's health benefits.
Curcumin is a strong anti-inflammatory nutrient, which has increasingly gained attention for its healing potential in arthritic conditions and movement-related stress (whether from lifestyle or exercise). Traditionally, Turmeric and its Curcumin concentration have been used to support liver health, aid circulation, lower cholesterol and build the blood. As a powerful antioxidant, Turmeric also fights free radicals, and has impressive antibiotic and anticancer properties, too. Some Turmeric is better than others, with the value really found within the Curcumin concentration. Navitas Organics specially sources a Turmeric Powder with an immensely high saturation of the antioxidant to amplify the superfood's benefits naturally. And lest we forget that Turmeric is a whole food and not a supplement, the beautiful superfood contains many other “bonus” micronutrients as well, such as beta carotene, caffeic acid, Vitamin C and potassium.
Although the definitive studies exploring Turmeric's potential are still progressing, one look at Turmeric's incredible nutrient cocktail and it's hard to deny that golden glow is as powerful as it looks.
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