You probably know turmeric as the main ingredient in curry or as the star of trendy golden milk. Depending on how closely you read labels, you might also know it’s frequently used as a natural food dye (check out the back of your yellow mustard bottle) because it’s so vibrant. But turmeric isn’t just there to make food look pretty, even if that’s the real reason you’ve been ordering all those golden lattes. Turmeric actually has some great health benefits that elevate it to superfood status!
1. Turmeric is anti-inflammatory.
Turmeric contains curcumin, a natural anti-inflammatory compound that’s also a powerful antioxidant. In fact, some studies have found that curcumin supplements can match the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory medications. Without curcumin, turmeric wouldn’t make the superfood shortlist.
2. Turmeric helps protect you from free radicals.
Turmeric’s antioxidant prowess means it can help guard your body against free radicals, which are linked to signs of aging and many diseases. The curcumin in turmeric can neutralize free radicals and can also help stimulate your body’s defensive antioxidant enzymes.
3. Turmeric may help keep your heart healthy.
Thanks to its anti-inflammatory compounds and antioxidants, cucurmin may help reverse heart problems that can lead to heart disease according to a 2017 review of the existing research.
4. Turmeric may help arthritis and joint pain.
Inflammation is typically behind arthritis and other types of joint pain. And you know what’s filled with anti-inflammatory compounds? That’s right, turmeric. Some studies have shown curcurmin can help reduce joint inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis patients, though more research is needed.
5. Turmeric makes your food taste even better.
There’s one thing we don’t need scientific research to tell us: Turmeric makes food taste more delicious! It has a unique earthy flavor that gives curry its signature taste. It also lends a brilliant yellow hue and slight savory flavor to our new Golden Turmeric Tortillas, which are a great way to get a little more turmeric and all its great benefits into your weekly diet!
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