Diet and Nutrition

Turmeric: What is it, and why is everyone putting it in their tea?

If you’re tuned in to the online world of wellness or culinary publications you’ve probably seen turmeric pop up as a main ingredient more frequently.

As someone who loves to cook, I’ve only used turmeric in recipes that aim to pack a spicy punch or in Indian dishes, but I’ve never explored the other uses of this spice.

I’m a big believer in transforming your food with spices and believe they play a huge role in making healthy and whole foods transform from sometimes bland, to exciting. However, spices can also be used to boost wellness and treat ailments*.

Here’s why you might want to sprinkle some turmeric in your tea:

What is Turmeric?

Turmeric comes from the rhizome (or root-looking section) of the Curcuma long plant, which is native to India.

The rhizomes are boiled, dried and then ground in to the rich mustard-colored powder that you find in the spice aisle of your grocery store.

Turmeric has an earthy flavor with a slight bitterness, but it also has distinct peppery flavor and leaves an aftertaste of heat.

 

Potential Health Benefits

Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric and is said to have powerful anti-inflammatory effects (specifically for the stomach and live) and it is a strong antioxidant.

According to the World’s Healthiest Foods website, turmeric:

– is a potent, yet safe anti-inflammatory

– is an effective treatment for inflammatory bowel disease

– can provide relief for rheumatoid arthiritis

– may help prevent colon cancer

– improve liver function

– lower cholesterol

– protect against cardiovascular disease

You can read all the details on these health benefits on World’s Healthiest Foods Turmeric page.

 

Ways to Use Turmeric

Coconut Ginger Tea with Lime, Honey, and Turmeric 

10 Amazing Turmeric Recipes – Includes a smoothie, egg scramble and face mask for youthful skin recipe.

7 Ways to Eat (& Drink) Turmeric – Soups, roasted vegetables and rice recipes.

 

Have you used turmeric in any home remedies or unique recipes? Share with us in the comments below!

 

* WomensHealth.com aims to provide information for traditional medicine practices as well as alternative practices. We do not endorse specific ideologies, but always encourage our readers to consult a medical professional before embarking on a change in their lifestyle.

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Elle Michels

Elle Michels

Based in Washington, D.C., Elle Michels is a contributing writer to Womenshealth.com.

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