I am sure at this point you have heard of Turmeric and its endless healing benefits. Not only is Turmeric a superfood, but it is also one if not– the most potent Anti-inflammatory food that nature has to offer.
How do I know that?
Well, since I am fascinated with this spice which Indians have been using for centuries– I went on to do a little research to share with you.
Here is what I found:
Turmeric is an excellent source of both iron and manganese. It is also a good source of vitamin B6, dietary fiber, and potassium. Best of it all is that Turmeric has a whopping 1523 inflammation factor. (source)
Let’s learn some more about this amazing super spice and what it can do for you.
What is Turmeric and Why Is it Considered a Superfood?
Turmeric is a rhizomatously herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. It is native to tropical South Asia who has used it for centuries. It is a very powerful antioxidant that aids in clearing infections.
It is one of the best anti-inflammatory foods to prevent and reverse cardiovascular disease, balance cholesterol levels, treat serious states of depression — and even helps reverse the course of Type II Diabetes in pre-diabetic patients as a recent study conducted a the University of Ta.
Not convinced? In this article by the World Healthiest Foods the author describes in detail the unending benefits of this amazing spice. Here they are:
- Curcumin is a triple-negative breast cancer killer
- Turmeric Produces remarkable recovery in Alzheimer’s patients
- Curcumin Crosses the Blood-Brain Barrier, May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease
- Lowers cholesterol and protect the cardiovascular system
- Improves Liver Function
- Reduce Risk of Childhood Leukemia
- Inhibits Cancer Cell Growth and Metastases
Top Vitamin and Mineral Benefits of Turmeric
|Amount per |
|Vitamin B6||.1 mg 6%||Manganese||.5 mg 26 %|
|Vitamin C||1.7 mg 3%||Iron||2.8 mg 16%|
|Niacin||.3 mg 2%||Potassium||170 mg 5%|
|Folate||2.6 mcg 1%||Magnesium||13.0 mg 3%|
|Choline||3.3 mg||Phosphorus||18.1mg 2%|
|Zin||.3 mg 2%|
I use this lovely spice in many of the meals I cook at the very end of the cooking process. That way I don’t destroy the benefits by cooking it too much. Also, one of my all-time favorites is my redeveloped Ancient Golden Paste.
I also add it to my smoothies and even soups. We prefer the raw version sold at whole foods (root) but when it isn’t available we get the powder organic turmeric. I have actually used it in some of my meals/recipes here.