Get more Turmeric in your diet. That yellow spice you probably have sitting in your spice rack or cabinet may be much more than meets the eye. It comes from the Turmeric plant, which is part of the ginger family. While it’s most commonly known as part of what gives South Asian dishes their distinctive flavor, it’s also long been used for its medicinal qualities. That’s due to curcumin, an active ingredient in turmeric. Curcumin is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and has also been shown, according to Mayo Clinic dietician Anya Guy, to positively impact “Type 2 diabetes, obesity and inflammatory bowel disease.” A study published last year in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that curcumin could also play a role in the prevention or treatment of some types of cancers. It’s also known for its benefits for thinking and memory. Because of this, I try to get Turmeric into my diet as much as possible. It is available as a supplement, but I’d always rather incorporate it into what I’m eating or drinking if that’s an option.
If you’re looking for a place to start, check out this Turmeric Tea recipe from Meghan Telpner.