Everything You Need to Know About Turmeric
Turmeric is everywhere right now. Traditionally, it has been used in Indian dishes, like curry, for a boost of flavor and color. Now you can find it in your cold- pressed juice, wellness shots, and tea. So what’s the deal with turmeric? This little spice is actually a root that’s a cousin of ginger. Researchers have been finding tons of health perks in this powerhouse ingredient. Find out everything you need to know about turmeric and why you should add it to your grocery list!
But first…meet curcumin
Curcumin is the boss lady active compound of turmeric that has been linked to tons of health benefits. It only makes up a small percentage of the root, but has some seriously powerful effects. Plus, a compound in ground black pepper called piperine helps increase absorption of curcumin in your bod by up to 2,000%!¹ Whenever you use the spice, make sure to add a dash of ground black pepper to maximize these amazing perks:
Inflammation has been linked to increased risk of diabetes and cancer. But studies have found that curcumin helps block those inflammatory pathways by inhibiting a molecule called NF-kB.² This compound promotes inflammation, so by blocking it, curcumin helps decrease inflammation and your disease risk.
Feeling overwhelmed? Grab a cup of turmeric tea! Studies show that curcumin decreases the effects of chronic stress, allowing you to deal with stressful situations more easily.³ And BONUS: it can even boost your happiness vibes!4
Give your brain a lil’ TLC with turmeric. Curcumin has been found to increase levels of BDNF, a type of brain “growth hormone.”5 Get ready to flex those mental muscles!
How to use it
You can get turmeric juices at many cold-pressed juice stores. We also love getting turmeric ginger shots for a quick and easy boost. Just make sure to sprinkle in some ground pepper! Not a fan? Try steeping some fresh turmeric root and sliced lemon in boiling water for 4 minutes for soothing turmeric tea. You can also try swapping the green curry paste for 2 Tbsp. ground curry powder (which contains turmeric) in THIS recipe!
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