Superfood Uncovered - Turmeric

Posted by Ben Simpkins on June 6, 2016

There has been a lot of coverage over turmeric recently and it has made it into the superfood bracket due to all its health benefits but what exactly is it good for? Turmeric has an active ingredient called curcumin which you may also have heard of which has had multiple medical research pieces written on it. It has been shown to promote health and combat a wide variety of illnesses along with being a very potent anti-inflammatory and holds anti-cancer properties.

Now with inflammatory illnesses on the rise, it is vital to look at integrating as many foods with anti-inflammatory purposes into your diet. High inflammation levels can lead to obesity, arthritis, ADD/ADHD, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, migraines, thyroid issues, dental issues, or cancer. It has been shown to help also with weight control and the quality of your skin along with much other health too!

Finding yourself a high-quality turmeric product is essential to ensure that you are gaining as much benefit from the product as possible and there are many ways you can introduce this to your diet and meals.

Juicing – adding a small piece of turmeric into the mix or your juices or smoothies.

Ground Turmeric – using this in normal recipes that you would cook at home or look at finding new recipes that already incorporate its flavour

Golden milk – I found this on Food Matters, it is a bit of a tough one to get used to but it is obviously worth its weight in gold (no pun intended!)

Supplements – Capsules can be used but I am not the biggest fan, but that is just a personal preference as I prefer adding it to food, it could work for you though.

When buying a ground turmeric, keep it as close to natural! Try to avoid additives and look at the label to make sure it is as close to 100% ground turmeric as possible as this is one superfood that truly lives up to its name. Where possible also look at combining turmeric with black pepper as it may help boost the absorbing of the curcumin

Use it, embrace it and learn to love it as it will love you and your body back!

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