Bored of the old salt and pepper? Looking to spice up your life? Need some anti-inflammatory and immune boosting power? Then it might be time to give turmeric a try! Turmeric is spice that is often found in Indian dishes. Known for its mustard-yellow hue, this spice has a slightly bitter and spicy taste. However, it has loads of health benefits!
1. It’s Anti-Inflammatory
Studies show that turmeric may help your body fight off foreign invaders. It’s strong anti-inflammatory properties could even match the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs.
2. It Increases the Antioxidant Capacity of Your Body
Curcumin, an active compound found in turmeric, serves as an antioxidant that protects your body from free radicals.
3. Pain Relief
Some studies show that turmeric can be used as a pain reliever. In fact, it’s sometimes used to relieve the symptoms of arthritis.
4. Digestive Properties
Not only does turmeric add intense flavor food, but it also can help your digestive system. This is due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
5. Skin Brightener
Is your skin feeling dull and tired? Turmeric has been used externally for many years as a natural skin brightener and scar lightener. Try mixing 1/3 Cup of full fat yogurt with 1 TBSP of turmeric and 1 TBSP of honey as a DIY face mask!
The uses of turmeric in cooking are endless! Try adding it to your roasted vegetables for a nice kick of flavor. Alternatively, you could throw it into a homemade salad dressing with oil, vinegar, and other seasonings. Still need some ideas? Check out these healthy recipe ideas!
Written by GUADS staff member Angelina with contributions from healthline.com, medicalnewstoday.com