Here at Cooked we love spices. A dash of cinnamon, a sprinkle of cumin or a pinch of saffron can make a dish come alive by adding depth and flavor. In addition to flavor enhancing qualities, many spices have been used throughout history for medicinal purposes.
Turmeric in particular has been used for centuries as part of Ayurvedic healing practices in southeast Asia to help with issues such as pain, fatigue, rheumatism and breathing issues. In recent years scientists have begun testing some of these health claims in the lab and in human research studies.
While not all of turmeric's claims have been backed up by modern day science there are a few amazing ways in which turmeric can contribute to health and wellness. The active ingredient in turmeric which contributes its medicinal qualities is curcumin. This is an anti-inflammatory agent which can assist the body in healing. Turmeric has been scientifically proven to reduce pain from osteoarthritis, to reduce skin irritation that can occur after radiation treatments, and to help to lower high LDL cholesterol. This article has 10 more evidence based ways in which turmeric may increase your health.
The good news is that turmeric has tons of potential health benefits, and is safe for almost everyone to consume without worry of side effects or medication interactions. But just in case... check out this list for a few health conditions that may be worsened by large doses of turmeric.
The best news is that turmeric is healthy AND it tastes good, plus it adds a beautiful golden hue to any foods you add it too (but also your hands, blender, and kitchen counter... use caution).
Check out a few turmeric recipes that we have been eyeing here at Cooked- let us know in the comments what your favorite way to use turmeric is!