• Tiina McDermott

What's ALL the Hype Around Turmeric?

Well to start it has been around for over centuries and been used in many medicinal traditions around the world. This bright orange/yellow root has some history that we should all appreciate.


The health benefits that this herbaceous root offers deserves more hype if you ask me!


 

The Indonesians and Javanese have been using this root as a main ingredient in one of their age old traditions and the President offers it as a toast to good health according to the Jakarta Post. Click this link to view this article.

Turmeric is used in Ayurvedic practices as well. You may have heard of "golden milk" this is a very nourishing beverage (alternative milks can be used). This can best be enjoyed before bed for calming and anti-inflammatory benefits. There are debates and studies working on debunking this idea on whether adding black pepper increases the compounds found in turmeric or not? Some reckon a pinch of black pepper will do the trick!


Mediterranean or Blue Zone Diets have also been using this very unique root/spice. A common dish served is the aromatic Mediterranean Yellow rice dish. This is a very lovely side dish to add to a meal as long as grain is within your meal plans.


 


In the meantime, I am providing a link to a study on turmeric if you would like to learn more.


 

The bullet points from the study are this root/spice has compounds known as polyphenol curcumin which is the powerful source that comes out in turmeric that is attracting all the hype:


  • Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory properties

  • Reduces the symptoms from arthritis & osteoarthritis (acute and chronic)

  • Metabolic syndrome

  • Helps blood sugar levels

  • Helps support healthy cholesterol

  • Anxiety

  • Hyperlipidemia


Turmeric is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant (Curcuma longa) has many benefits according to many studies here is one study ... Curcumin: A Review of Its’ Effects on Human Health I found particularly interesting ... tell me what you think?

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