SUPERFOOD SPOTLIGHT SERIES: TURMERIC
Turmeric, also known as Curcuma longa root, is a flowering plant of the ginger family with a rich, orange hue due to its active agent, curcumin. Curcumin, also found in curry powder, is responsible for turmeric’s healing abilities, giving it “superfood” strength. This golden spice has been a staple in Asian and Caribbean cuisine as well as Ayurvedic medicine and cosmetology for thousands of years. Now, you can find “golden milk” and other turmeric-infused beverages as well as turmeric-infused skincare products everywhere—and for good reason.
Consuming 2-3 teaspoons of this immunity-boosting antioxidant daily may help alleviate chronic pain and inflammation. Some people even replace ibuprofen with turmeric capsules, which you can get wherever supplements are sold. In addition, this earthy spice may help relieve stomach and liver ailments, lower cholesterol levels, and normalize blood pressure. This superfood contains vital minerals and nutrients like manganese, iron, potassium, and vitamin C as well as amino acids, natural oils, and fatty acids essential for the body.
Keep in mind, consuming turmeric in large amounts can be dangerous. It’s always a good idea to consult with your doctor before adding anything new to your diet. Also, it’s important to note that not all turmeric powders found on the market are pure. Some contain additives and fillers such as cassava starch or barley, which could be problematic for people with a gluten intolerance. Look for powders that are certified organic to guarantee quality.
Our favorite way to incorporate turmeric is in deviled eggs. For a superfood boost, add a few teaspoons of this golden spice to your oatmeal, tea, smoothies, soups, and even stews.