Health Benefits of Turmeric: Is it the New Kale?

Turmeric, an culinary spice relative to ginger, is most often used in curries and the source of the yellow color in mustard. Lately turmeric is getting the latest health buzz, being called “the new “kale”. Turmeric is a great source of vitamin B6, essential for maintaining your blood vessels and preventing heart disease. This spice is also a great source of iron, manganese, potassium and fiber. Turmeric has been called a “magical healing substance”.  It contains curcumin which is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Because inflammation is a contributor to so many diseases, including Alzheimer’s and arthritis, the curcumin in turmeric is a precious find. Here are a few of my favorite health benefits of turmeric.

1. Turmeric and Cancer: Doctors have found that curcumin, the main component in turmeric, can block an enzyme that promotes the growth of head and neck cancer.
2. Turmeric and Arthritis-Recent studies show sufferers should consider turmeric for arthritis as it is a powerful anti-oxidant. Like other antioxidants, turmeric works to destroy free radicals in your body which are responsible for damaging body cells.

3. Turmeric and Alzheimer’a-Studies with turmeric have shown that one of the major turmeric health benefits is helpings to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Turmeric antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties might help to prevent or delay the onset  because it’s believed that turmeric blocks the production of IL-2 protein, which is known to destroy the protective sheath found around the nerves.

Carrot, Orange and Turmeric Juice from Yummy Mummy

Spiced Oatmeal Smoothie from Kitchen Konfidence

Creamy Turmeric Tea from Mark’s Daily Apple
Tandoori Shrimp Rolls via My Recipes

26 thoughts on “Health Benefits of Turmeric: Is it the New Kale?”

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  5. I’ve heard that turmeric is also very good for skin conditions. If you have mild acne you can try to use a paste made from turmeric and apply it on your face. There are a lot of recipes for this paste online. The smoothie option seems very interesting and I might give it a try.

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