Is Tumeric a Super Spice or Health Food?

Paper Bowl of Turmeric

Turmeric comes from the cumin plant and is harvested as a root or tuber. It has a long history as both a medicinal herb and as a spice for cooking. Plants have a long history of providing medical benefit and turmeric is no exception. The herb is a current staple in many Indian dishes, including curry. It is also growing in popularity in the American diet. Here, we explore some of the benefits of turmeric on health. Let’s get started.

Several medical studies point to benefits of turmeric as an anti-inflammatory and digestive aid. It is also thought to help people decrease their risk of certain cancers by helping the body to detox. In terms of digestion, turmeric helps the liver to produce more and release more bile – a substance our body needs to help lipids absorb fats. When turmeric is eaten with fiber-rich foods, it can help that fiber to absorb fats before they are digested.

Inflammation — It is the antioxidant properties of Turmeric that helps to relieve joint pain. It can be a great choice for people who have sensitive livers as turmeric is thought to relieve joint pain in the same way that aspirin or Tylenol do but without the negative impact on the liver.

Anti-Cancer — Studies have shown that turmeric helps boost the immune system in much the same way vitamin C does. This is a powerful antioxidant, but the maximum benefits may require a high consumption rate. On a cellular level, the super spice helps cells control the chemical absorption by causing the cell walls to become less chaotic and more structured. What that means to our health is that the cells and immune system are better able to fight off potential threats that cause disease.

At the Metabolic Research Center, we focus on the healthy ways foods positively impact our lives. Turmeric is an easy additive to most foods, especially if you like curry and Asian foods. If you are looking for ways to increase your health status, drop fat, and find more energy without all of the fuss, then turmeric might be part of that recipe. Stop by the Metabolic Research Center and discover all of our trick for gaining health.


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