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Turmeric is said to be one of the world’s healthiest spices.  Best known as an essential, mildly-flavored ingredient in curries and middle eastern foods, you can add the health benefits of turmeric to a large variety of foods.

I’ve seen recipes for turmeric latte, smoothies, tonics, dressings, teas and meats. I will be cooking and posting more turmeric recipes soon, but meanwhile, I suggest you add it to your meals whenever you can.  I’ve also found I can add either turmeric root or powder to smoothies as a great nutrition booster.

turmeric rootRecently, science has started to back up what the Indians have known for a long time… it contains compounds with medicinal properties called curcuminoids, the most important of which is curcumin.

Curcumin has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.  It is said it works better when consumed with black pepper, and you can also buy Curcumin Supplements with Black Pepper Extract supplements.

Inflammation is now thought to be behind most any adverse condition of the body so it is no surprise that turmeric has been found beneficial in improving brain function, preventing or even reducing brain diseases, prevent or treating Alzheimer’s, and helping to prevent and treat cancers, arthritis and depression.

As a note, I am first a believer in using natural solutions for my health.  But I have also come to feel there are too many foods claiming health benefits.  That said, there is enough evidence about turmeric that it is certainly worth sprinkling some on your foods with a bit of black pepper.

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