When you rid your diet of processed foods and focus on whole, real foods—the need for supplementation is often very limited. However, there are some added supplemental foods that are very beneficial to your health. Turmeric is one of those foods. In fact, if you aren’t currently using turmeric on a regular basis, I’m going to show you why you should!
What is Turmeric
Turmeric is a spice of which curcumin is an active ingredient. It is a major ingredient in curry powder and is known for its yellow color. In fact, be careful when you use it as it can stain dishes, especially plastic. Turmeric has traditionally been used for years in Chinese medicine to treat inflammatory diseases.
Benefits of Turmeric
There are numerous benefits and uses for turmeric, I want to look at a few of the primary benefits here.
Perhaps the primary use and benefit of turmeric is for reducing inflammation. Recently, while nursing a severely sprained ankle, turmeric was a major weapon in my arsenal against the inflammation caused by my injury. Many medical professionals use turmeric as a treatment against the inflammation caused by arthritis as well.
Similar to using turmeric for inflammation, it can be used for pain relief. This pain relief is primarily noticed in the joints.
Boost Immune System
Tired of that nasty winter cold or other annual illness that puts you down for a few days? Boost your immune system with turmeric and help your body fight off these illnesses before they ever start! With its powerful antioxidant powers, turmeric has been shown to ramp up the body’s immune system.
Possible Cancer Risk Reduction
Of course there is no way of saying, “do this and you will eliminate your risk of cancer.” However, there are certainly things you can do to reduce the risks and supplementing with turmeric is one of those things. According to Cancer Research UK, “There is some evidence that Curcumin, a substance in turmeric, can kill cancer cells in certain cancers.” They also pointed to reduced cancer rates in locales that consume more turmeric in their regular diets. There is certainly more research needed here, but it is certainly worth adding more turmeric into your diet.
Heal the Gut
A healthy gut is critical to overall health and wellness. Years of poor eating habits and nutrition cause innumerable problems in the gut that could take years to reverse. One study found that Curcumin’s reactions to the gut microbiome provides numerous benefits to improving conditions in the gut.
Boosts your Mood
Yes, turmeric is even being used as a natural treatment for depression. Though this use of turmeric is still being researched, it has been shown to help with depression through its effect in the release of serotonin and dopamine in the body. Regardless of whether you suffer from depression or just need the occasional mood boost, try some turmeric!
Side Effects of Turmeric
While turmeric is certainly safe, and natural, there are some side effects that should be noted. Mostly, you should gradually add turmeric into your diet to minimize the side effects. Start with small doses and then work your way up.
- Upset Stomach.
- Blood Thinning.
- Stimulating contractions in pregnant women.
When taking turmeric, you don’t need a lot to reap the benefits. In fact, one-half to one teaspoon daily will provide all of the health benefits of turmeric. Since turmeric is fat soluble, it is best to consume with a healthy fat in order to make it more absorbable by your body. Studies show that adding black pepper with your turmeric also makes it more absorbable.
How to User Turmeric
The simplest method to adding turmeric to your diet is to sprinkle over your food when cooking. For instance, I love adding it to my Keto Power Bowl while cooking. It is also great to add to bone broth with some ginger and cayenne before sipping.
You could always try a turmeric supplement as well if adding the spice to your foods is not something you are in to. Another option would be to use a turmeric essential oil. Make sure you find a quality essential oil if you opt for this route.
As you can see turmeric has numerous benefits for your body and health and should definitely be added to your diet. Again, you don’t need a lot in order to benefit from this super-spice, but the benefits are too great to pass up. Take control of inflammation and gut health by adding turmeric as a regular addition to your diet!
How are you going to add turmeric to your diet?