I have recently learned some really amazing facts about some well used spices you probably have around your kitchen… don’t worry, it’s all good stuff… actually, REALLY good stuff. After hearing about this you might just start putting these spices in just about everything (I’ve started to!)
Today’s highlighted spice is Turmeric.
Turmeric is known for its bright yellow color and is the main ingredient in a lot of Indian foods like curry. I found this information on a wonderful website about the world’s healthiest foods… check it out! But if you are pressed for time, here’s the quick version…
It is a strong and completely safe anti-inflammatory (it has been tested to be just as good as Motrin and Hydrocordisone- yes, amazing! And with no toxic side effects, this is a winner!) So try some turmeric first the next time you have a head ache… it might just work.
It’s a powerful anti-oxidant, which not only helps with a multitude of great things listed below, but it does wonders for your immune system and brain.
The health benefits of this little wonder is incredible… it helps with/cures Crones disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Cystic Fibrosis, cancer prevention, inhibits cancer cell growth, prevents Colon Cancer and Prostate Cancer, reduces risk of childhood Leukemia, improved liver function, cardiovascular protection, lowers cholesterol, and protection against Alzheimer’s disease. Does that make you go “wow,” or what!?
So you want to incorporate this into your diet? Here’s some suggestions: You can buy turmeric in capsules and take them daily, or add the spice to your foods. This spice is usually used in curries, like I said earlier, but I’ve never made curry and I use this spice in almost everything. I add it to soups, chicken dishes, pasta dishes, potato dishes… you name it… I just pour a little bit in and if the dish still tastes fine, than I’ll add a little bit more. Just so you know, it does make everything a bright yellow… so if you’re having company over and the presentation of the food is an issue, maybe lay off the turmeric… but any other time, just put it in! The health benefits are worth it.