The Incredible Anti-Inflammatory Benefits of Turmeric

by Carrie Gabriel, MS, RDN


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

For something that’s been around for thousands of years, it’s really only quite recently that this potent superfood has exploded in popularity. Perhaps it’s in part due to its bright yellow hue. Most important, however, is its major anti-inflammatory properties. Because of its numerous benefits, we’ll explore this superfood craze a little more thoroughly.

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The History of Turmeric

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


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’s 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. For the reason that black pepper has piperine (which gives black pepper its pungency), it can increase the bioavailability of curcumin by 2,000 times!

Health and Beauty Benefits of Turmeric

The health benefits turmeric provides are plentiful. First, as we’ve noted, it’s a great anti-inflammatory aid. Also, it helps to lower blood sugar and supports brain health. Furthermore, 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 antibacterial properties can help combat acne and reduce redness and irritation. For this reason, 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. Similarly, you can 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 it 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. Otherwise, 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 Turn Back Time.

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