Turmeric is a root belonging to the ginger family and is commonly found dried and ground as a spice. It has been used in East India and the Middle East for thousands of years, and is now one of the most highly-prized spices in the world. It has amazing anti-inflammatory properties and had been used for centuries as a medicine for a variety of diseases.
Curcumin is the pigment in turmeric that gives it that bright yellow colour. "We have seen how curcumin may play a role in preventing or treating lung disease, brain disease and pancreatic cancer. It has also been shown to help speed recovery after surgery and effectively treat rheumatoid arthritis better than the leading drug of choice. It also may be effective in treating osteoarthritis and other inflammatory conditions, such as lupys and inflammatory bowel disease" ~Dr. Michael Greger from How Not To Die. Those are more than enough reasons for me to want to eat it every day...how about you?
Turmeric is really powerfull. Research has shown that simply 1/4 of a teaspoon daily is enough to get all the healthy benefits - simple right?
-use it in soups, chili and tomato sauce - you might not even notice its there
-sprinkle it on avocado toast, in hummus or on your baked potato
-no time? add a dash to your herbal tea
The anti-inflammatory compounds in turmeric are more bio-available if it's eaten with freshly grated black pepper and some type of healthy fat or oil.
You can buy it two ways. If you buy it fresh it will be in the produce section. It looks a little bit like an old, dried out baby carrot (sounds gross) but when you cut it open it is a gorgeous orange colour - more proof you can't judge a book by its cover! If you but it fresh you can grate it up or slice it to use it. You can also buy turmeric ground in the spice section. This is usually what I buy as it is easy and quick to use. I buy organic when buying it ground.