The Health Benefits of Turmeric

Posted by Jennifer (the student) on February 17, 2013

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Turmeric has long been used by Chinese and Indian medicine for its medicinal properties. And research is starting to reveal many of the benefits of this spice. Turmeric is bright yellow powder that gives a peppery, warm and bitter flavor to dishes.

This natural anti-inflammatory spice was first used as a dye and then a spice. Shortly, after it was discovered as a treatment for inflammatory and digestive disorders.

Benefits:

  • Boosts appetite and metabolism.
  • Promotes healthier skin and helps to alleviate skin problems like acne and dark circles.
  • Supports eye health.
  • Helps to maintain normal cholesterol and may be helpful in heart disease prevention.
  • Decreases inflammation associated with arthritis and other inflammatory diseases.
  • May be helpful in lowering blood sugar and decreasing insulin sensitivity.
  • Reduces symptoms of inflammatory bowel diseases.
  • Has shown promising benefits for the treatment of depression.
  • Is a natural pain reliever and is helpful to headache suffers.

Much research is being done on Turmeric and its benefits. But for now I think there are plenty of reasons to work turmeric into your cooking. Turmeric is one of the main spices in curry dishes and it is a great way to spice up a bland dishes.

Turmeric is poorly absorbed in the G.I. tract but absorption can be enhanced when paired with black pepper. So go ahead and experiment with turmeric and black pepper, they truly compliment each other.

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