5 Reasons You Should Add Turmeric To Your Diet

Turmeric (also known as curcuma longa) dates back thousands of years and was used in Ayurvedic medicine for its therapeutic and medicinal properties. Now, even through today, turmeric continues to yield numerous health benefits – which is why it deserves to be a part of your healthy diet.

In its raw root form, turmeric looks a bit like raw ginger – all knobby and gnarly – but when cut, it’s the color of a sweet potato: bright orange. It’s also this bright yellow-orange-y hue in its powder form. And most often, turmeric is used as an ingredient in curry powder for Indian cuisine.

Aside from all its kitchen uses – in savory curries, juices, and smoothies – the spice also has some powerful health benefits. So take a second and discover why you should add a little turmeric to your healthy eating habits!

1. Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory

Turmeric’s bright orange hue comes from its main component: curcumin, which is also what gives turmeric its anti-inflammatory properties. The result: it can help curb arthritis or joint pain.

2. Turmeric contains powerful antioxidants

Antioxidants work to prevent cell damage from free radicals, which are unstable and can damage living cells – and we definitely don’t want damaged cells!

3. Turmeric is a cancer fighter

Curcumin packs a powerful punch! The chemical in it also has cancer fighting abilities. Lab studies have shown it can even kill cancer cells.

4. Turmeric is a stomach soother

Turmeric stimulates the production of bile, which aids in digestion. It can also help with bloating and easing bowl movements.

5. Turmeric promotes healthy skin

Did you know that free radicals increase the aging process? Turmeric’s antioxidant properties can help slow down that process. Apply a mask of turmeric to help with acne and dry/oily skin.

So, eat up! Sprinkle turmeric powder on yogurt, eggs, and potatoes, or add to soups and smoothies.

Delicious Turmeric Recipe

You can even make turmeric milk by gently boiling milk (cow’s, almond, or coconut), a sprinkle of turmeric, honey, cinnamo, and sea salt. Drink up, and enjoy!

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Erin Klegstad is passionate about health, wellness and fitness, and spends her free time chasing iron{wo}man finish lines. Next up: Ironman Wisconsin 2014. She believes bike rides make every day better and that kindness can change the world. Find her on her yoga mat or drinking espresso when she’s not swimbikerunning. Erin is also the public relations manager at Anytime Fitness.