5 Reasons Why You Should Say "Hello!" to this Popular Eastern Spice
Nearly doubling its value since 2007 due to increased demand, Turmeric is now available at your local grocery store, juice bar and tea shop. Associated with the natural and whole food craze, it’s celebrated for containing the cancer-fighting antioxidant curcumin. A longstanding staple in eastern cuisine, this deep golden spice has been utilized for ages because of its healing capabilities. Therefore, it’s time for all of us to jump on the bandwagon! Below are a few health benefits turmeric brings to the table.
More than “Just a Spice”
Every day we come into contact with a plethora of toxins. Scary thought, right? These toxins can cause inflammation, which has the potential to lead to a variety of illnesses and disease. Turmeric contains two dozen anti-inflammatory compounds, much like those in ibuprofen. When comparing the two, research has shown that turmeric relieves pain and improved function about as well as the over-the-counter medication. Upside? NO toxicity and NO stomach ulcers.
Combat those blues! Studies have shown that turmeric can alleviate depression. With all the unpleasant side effects associated with anti-depressants, such as anxiety and suicidal thoughts, turmeric makes a great alternative.
Curcumin has the potential to stop a liver enzyme that activates environmental toxins into carcinogenic forms. Research has also shown that it combats negative side effects related to chemotherapy and radiation – such as radiation-induced cancer caused by prolonged treatments.
+ Anti-Alzheimer’s Disease
Caused by plaques forming in the brain, Alzheimer’s disease affects more than 5 million Americans alone. This number is considered high, with the U.S. ranking third out of all nations. Interestingly enough India has the lowest among the developing world. Many attribute this to their large turmeric consumption. The “healing spice” has been shown to prevent the formation of plaques, which may slow the progression of the disease.
+ Anti-Heart Disease
Unfortunately, heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the U.S. and our diet is partly to blame. Fortunately for us, Turmeric contains compounds that prevent the oxidation of cholesterol. Thus leading to a happier, healthier heart.
How to Use Turmeric
- Use as a facial scrub – turmeric is known to reduce the appearance of inflammation caused by pimples!
- The QUEEN BEE: Check out this amazing Turmeric Milk Recipe by Nutrition Stripped. Warm almond milk, honey and turmeric are great if you are having trouble getting a good night snooze.
- Turmeric tonic: Have a pesky cold or the flu? A turmeric tonic will fix ya up in no time! Also great for a cleanse, general wellness shot or an energy boost. Try this simple recipe by Bon Appétit!
- Want to cook with turmeric but either you don’t have it readily available or don’t know how? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered.
Turmeric + Spicemode = BFF
You can find turmeric in all of our cooking sauces and seasonings. Begin experimenting with these in your kitchen today! Tandoori BBQ Seasoning, Masala Cooking Sauce, Madras Cooking Sauce and Vindaloo Sauce.
Hand selected and of highest quality, Spicemode’s deep golden turmeric has a significantly higher concentration of curcumin in comparison to other brands. We pride ourselves in providing only the best for both you and your family to enjoy!
Check out the recipes on our Recipe Blog for a little kitchen inspiration!
Spicemode's Pantry features ingredients and spices that are either featured in or are complementary to Spicemode's signature cooking sauces + seasonings.