I am sure at this point you have heard of Turmeric and its endless healing benefits. Not only is Turmeric a superfood, 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. Turmeric 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 Turmeric. 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
|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 turmeric 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.
I also add it to my smoothies and even soups. We prefer the raw Turmeric version sold at whole foods (root) but when it isn’t available we get the powder organic turmeric from Tropical Traditions a reputable company. I have actually used Turmeric in some of my meals/recipes that I will share in the future.
Have you ever used Turmeric? I’d love to hear how you use it and how have you benefited from it.