Turmeric: Love It or Leave It?

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Turmeric (the orange spice in curry) has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. It is believed to help fight infections, prevent certain types of cancer, aid memory, reduce inflammation, relieve stomach pain, and help indigestion. Although it has been used for many years, there are relatively few human trials proving its efficacy. Recently, turmeric supplement sales have been booming in the states. I have even heard turmeric is the new Tyenol (thanks Sara). Let’s examine the facts and see if it really works.

Curcumin is the main active component of turmeric. It has anti-inflammatory properties and it is an antioxidant. In one study it was found to be just as effective as ibuprofen at relieving pain from osteoarthritis. According to the National Institutes of health, curcumin may also be effective for preventing colon cancer, stomach upset, and diabetes, however, more human research is needed. Early research shows that it is not beneficial for Alzhemiers disease.

Turmeric is on the GRAS list (generally recognized as safe) and has few side effects. The effective dose is anywhere from 500 mg 2-4 times per day. If you are not interested in taking a supplement but would still like to enjoy the health benefits of curcumin try cooking with the spice. Here are some fabulous dishes to get you started!

The final verdict on turmeric: Love it!

Dishes with Eggsturmeric egg salad sandwichTurmeric Egg Salad Sandwich by Season With Spice

Summer Sunshine Bowls by Pantry Doctor

Shakshuka by Nutritiolicious

Mini Breakfast Quiches by RDN Mommy

Vegan and Vegetariancauliflowr riceMorrocan Tomato Sauce over Cauliflower Rice by Dishing Out Health

Roasted Cauliflower, Tomatoes, and Chickpeas by MJ and HungryMan

Easy Cauli Mac N Cheese by No Nonsense Nutritionist

Farro Salad with Roasted Turmeric Beets by Abby Langer Nutrition

Indian Chili Tofu by Carrots & Cake

Savory Spiced Pumpkin Hummus by E.A. Stewart

Snacks and Smoothiesginger pear turmeric muffin

Ginger Pear and Turmeric Muffins by May I Have That Recipe?

Mango Cardamom Kefir Lassi by Food Pleasure and Health

Mango Turmeric Smoothie by Dietitian Debbie

Crunchy Turmeric Banana Chips by Spright.com

Turmeric is most commonly used in curry, but if you are not a curry lover, try some of these unique recipes! What is your favorite way to use turmeric?



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