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This Golden Spice Packs a Powerful Punch

Colorful spicesGiven the head-spinning amount of supplements we’re encouraged to take to maximize well-being, one stands out from the pack for its powerful health-promoting properties-turmeric. Also known as Curcuma longa in Latin, this spice is in the ginger category and used mostly in Eastern cultures, especially India, for its distinct aroma, color and flavor.

Boasts Many Benefits

If turmeric has been hiding in your pantry, it’s time to take it out and make it center-stage of your diet. That’s because the active ingredient in this super spice is curcumin, which has remarkable antioxidant properties.

Here are some health benefits of this vividly hued, slightly bitter spice:

  • Reduces inflammation
  • Has anti-cancer properties
  • Improves heart health
  • May help prevent Alzheimer’s
  • Eases arthritis symptoms
  • Helps alleviate depression
  • Aids in liver function
  • Helps with weight loss

According to a study, turmeric is beneficial for issues such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, atherosclerosis, and even metabolic syndrome, especially type 2 diabetes mellitus.

How to Get It

Add it to meals

One of the best ways to consume this spice is in dishes such as vegetables, eggs, rice or soup. You can also add it to tea or a smoothie. To get optimal benefits, consider consuming half a teaspoon to one teaspoon of turmeric powder a day with food.

Take a supplement

If you choose to get your turmeric in tablet or capsule form, look for one that includes black pepper extract (BioPerine®) that increases the bioavailability or absorption of curcumin. According to research, consuming turmeric with a fat source (e.g. nut butter, olive oil, or avocados) can also increase absorption.

While there are many places to buy this spice, we recommend Standard Process brand, as the supplement is of high quality and affordable.

For more information about this super spice or to boost your nutrition, call our practice to schedule a consultation with our nutritionist Sarah Bridge!

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