This article was published more than 5 years ago. Some information in it may no longer be current. The question: I’ve heard turmeric is a healthy spice to add to foods. How much should I take each day? Should I take a supplement instead? The answer: Turmeric root, which gives Indian curry and ballpark mustard their signature yellow colour, has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine to treat a variety of conditions. Only recently, though, has the spice received the attention of scientists for its potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Research suggests extracts of turmeric can relieve symptoms of indigestion, prevent irritable bowel syndrome and alleviate knee pain caused by osteoarthritis.
One of the best-researched benefits of turmeric is its anti-inflammatory properties, thanks largely to an active compound called curcumin. Functional Food. Try the ideas above, or create your own! To brew your own cup, whisk one cup of your favorite dairy or plant-based milk with one teaspoon of turmeric, a half teaspoon of cinnamon, a half teaspoon of ginger, and a pinch of ground black pepper in a small saucepan, then bring it to a low boil. See All. Without further ado, here are some ideas for working turmeric into your diet. You can buy turmeric as a fresh root in natural food stores it looks like ginger root, in capsules containing powder and in tincture form. Speak to your health-care provider to determine which supplement — and how much — is right for you. Read most recent letters to the editor. Pop A Supplement. Log in Subscribe to comment Why do I need to subscribe?
Trust me on this one, guys, because I am one of the pickiest eaters you will ever meet. Here are a few recipes that’ll help you sneak turmeric into your diet so you can stay healthy, but still enjoy your food. Are you one of those people who genuinely enjoys sipping on a mocktail of water and apple cider vinegar before breakfast? First of all, I am in awe of you. Second of all, why not spice things up just a hair by adding a dash of turmeric? The combination of ACV and the zesty seasoning will act as a dynamic, anti-inflammatory duo to kick your digestion into gear first thing in the morning. Instead of dousing your oats in dashes on dashes of the stuff, add a tiny sprinkle along with some cinnamon for a pleasant taste. One of my favorite ways to incorporate turmeric into my diet is by generously sprinkling the powder over eggs or into a tofu scramble. The spice really complements the natural flavor of eggs, which I guess is why when you add it to tofu, it actually mimics the real thing. Top the finished product with salt and pepper, and I guarantee your taste buds will be pleased. My latest discovery is that turmeric is a tasty addition to dips, like hummus.