We love spices. We love the way they taste. We love the way they smell. And we love that they all have their own medicinal healing properties. And we’re all currently obsessed with Turmeric.
Turmeric (aka Indian Saffron) is a rhizome related to ginger. The golden powder you’re used to seeing is the result of tiny roots being dug up, baked, and then pulverized. For centuries, it’s been prized in Ayurvedic and Chinese cuisine as well as medicine, often the go-to prescription for pain and digestive issues. It’s the new gold standard in holistic, nutrition-based healing.
Now that we know more about this magical spice and research is confirming with natural medicine knew all along (it’s antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and anti-cancer qualities are off the charts).
Here are the top 5 reasons to make turmeric part of your world on a daily basis.
1. It’s THE Anti-Inflammatory
Along with over two dozen anti-inflammatory compounds, Turmeric is the most concentrated natural source of curcumin. It’s unique chemical makeup has made it a natural medicinal remedy for centuries and is now proven to be effective in treating inflammation-based conditions from arthritis to autoimmune disease.
2. It’s a Next Level Antioxidant
Curcuminoids are major players when it comes to fighting free radicals. Turmerics highly active combination of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds make it incredibly effective in helping cells protect and prevent damage and distress.
3. It’s a Cancer-Fighter
In the lab, curcumin has been found to prevent and treat certain types of cancer. In 2007, the International Journal of Cancer reported that curcumin compared favorably with chemotherapy agent oxaliplatin. Recently, a study at UCLA found that the compound blocks an cancer-causing enzyme altogether.
4. It’s a Blood Sugar-Balancer
Curcumin improves insulin function and protects insulin-producing beta cells to keep blood sugar levels in check. Blood sugar imbalances and low or irregular insulin production can lead to diabetes.
5. It’s a Detoxifying Do-Gooder
Nothing has been looking out for your liver until now. Shown to actually improve liver function and protect against stress and damage, Turmeric helps support all of the liver’s vital functions.