The Incredible Anti-Inflammatory Benefits of Turmeric

All hail nature’s vibrant little miracle worker: turmeric.

For something that’s been around for thousands of years, it’s really only very recently that this potent superfood has exploded in popularity. Perhaps in part due to its bright yellow hue, but mostly because of its major anti-inflammatory properties. Let’s explore this superfood craze a little more thoroughly.

History of Turmeric

Turmeric has been used medicinally for over 4,500 years. It is part of the ginger family (zingiberacaea) along with ginger and cardamom. It is native to India and Southeast Asia. It’s a staple in Ayurvedic medicine where it’s used to heal wounds, blemishes, smallpox, serious pain and even fatigue. Due to its vibrant color, it is also a traditional method dyeing clothing. (Hint: wear gloves if you cook with fresh turmeric root!)

Nutrition

The main nutrients that make turmeric valuable are iron, potassium, B6, Vitamin C and the most talked about benefit, curcumin. Curcumin is one of three curcuminoids found in turmeric. It is a potent anti-inflammatory agent that can reduce inflammation.  To ensure you get the nutritional benefits of curcumin, be sure to pair turmeric with black pepper. Black pepper has piperine, which gives black pepper its pungency and can increase the bioavailability of the curcumin by 2000 times!

Health and Beauty Benefits of Turmeric

The health benefits turmeric provides are plentiful. First, as we have noted, it is a great anti-inflammatory aid. It helps to lower blood sugar and supports brain health. Studies show it may even ease depression by relieving inflammation and oxidative stress in the brain.

Then, in terms of skin health, the anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties can help combat acne and reduce redness and irritation. People with oily skin or acne scars who use it regularly can expect a noticeable improvement in the quality of their skin.

Last but not least, it can help prevent dry skin and wrinkles. You can experience these many benefits yourself at home by applying a turmeric mask. Or, try a turmeric scrub with water and lemon juice to reduce excess oil secretion and help clear skin.

Ways to Increase Your Turmeric Consumption

Try incorporating more into your daily diet by seasoning proteins with turmeric and black pepper. Alternatively, you can toss it with roasted vegetables for a warm and peppery flavor. For a soothing treat, try our very own Golden Milk recipe. In a pinch for time? Get all the age-defying powers in a daily supplement like our Turn Back Time.

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