If you’ve tried putting turmeric, the burnt orange colored spice ground from a root, then you’re seriously missing out. And that’s not just because turmeric has a rich flavor; although that’s significant, turmeric also offers significant medicinal qualities that could help you deal with a wide range of medical conditions in a natural way.
If you’re not familiar with it, turmeric has been used in Asia for centuries. Its bright hue makes it an ideal dye, but it’s mainly used in cooking, particularly in some of the subcontinent’s most flavorful curry dishes. It comes to us from the same general family as ginger root, which helps to explain some of its sweeter undertones. But how can turmeric do more than just boost the flavor of your next curry?
Turmeric’s most valuable contribution, in a medical sense, is that it has proven anti-inflammatory properties. This means turmeric has the potential to help with a wide variety of medical issues, from arthritis to diabetes, cancer, even heart disease.
In fact, studies have shown that the active compound in turmeric, curcumin, had such anti-inflammatory capabilities that it could actually match the impact of many over-the-counter or prescription anti-inflammatory medications.