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Turmeric: The Spice You Need to Know About

By Stepy Kamei

Having spices on hand in the kitchen is always a good idea. Sometimes, just a few dashes of your favorite spice can make all the difference in the aroma and flavor of whatever you're cooking. However, did you know that your favorite spices may actually be improving your health as well? It turns out that even ancient cultures were aware of the health benefits of all kinds of spices. Turmeric, in particular, was a spice revered by many civilizations for thousands of years. Unfortunately, it seems that turmeric is currently relatively unheard of, let alone known to be a highly beneficial ingredient in a person's diet. Keep on reading to learn more about the benefits of turmeric, and why you should make sure to add it into as many dishes as possible!

The Surprising Power of Turmeric

As previously mentioned, the powers of turmeric have been known about and celebrated even in ancient times. In fact, there are over 15,000 known manuscripts about the health benefits of turmeric -- so it's not exactly a secret. Still, many of us modern day Americans might only come into contact with turmeric once in a while out and about at an Indian restaurant.

Turmeric is a very popular spice in many parts of the world, even if it isn't used much in American cooking. It's a bright yellow spice that's also known as "Indian saffron." Perhaps its biggest claim to fame in the health and wellness world is its known capability to reduce inflammation in the joints and soft tissues of the body. Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory, meaning it can help reduce stiffness and pain in all areas of the body. The benefits don't end here. In fact, turmeric is so highly revered that it's used as a property in Ayurveda medicine in order to treat pain, fatigue, and respiratory issues. While there are no scientific studies backing up claims of Ayurveda, the fact that it's been practiced for thousands of years as a natural system of medicine should tell you something.

What's in Turmeric?

Scientists agree that turmeric's key power component lies in the presence of curcumin. This is a compound found in many spices, and is present in turmeric. Curcumin has been used in scientific studies and found to have a positive benefit in treating glaucoma and diabetes.

So, how can you get more turmeric into your diet? The spice is easy to find in many grocery stores, so feel free to start looking up recipes you can add it into. And, while it's important to stress that it's never good to have too much of one thing, you can certainly talk with your doctor about possibly taking a turmeric supplement.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Las Vegas, Nev. 

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