The spice responsible for curry powder’s golden color, turmeric is an ancient Ayurvedic treatment for digestive disorders and arthritis. Several antioxidant-rich compounds, collectively known as curcuminoids, provide the ochre-colored root’s health benefits. Although curcumin accounts for only 3 percent of turmeric’s makeup, it boasts extraordinarily potent anti-inflammatory properties. Because inflammation runs amok in virtually every disease process, including arthritis, cancer, and heart disease, curcumin is the subject of extensive cutting-edge research. The strongest evidence supports turmeric’s effectiveness against dyspepsia (stomach upset) and ulcerative colitis, but it also appears to help age-related cognitive impairment, irritable bowel syndrome, psoriasis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
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Turmeric’s earthy taste tempers the stronger spices in curry powder; it also enhances pastas and grains, soups, stews, and leafy green sautés. Sprinkle turmeric over open-faced cheese sandwiches before broiling, add a pinch to an egg-white omelet or tofu scramble, and increase the curcumin quotient in each teaspoon of curry powder by adding an extra 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric. This golden, earthy-flavored Indian spice delivers strong anti-inflammatory effects along with enhanced digestive health.
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Thai Curried Noodles with Broccoli and Tofu
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Curried Potatoes with Cauliflower and Peas
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Southwestern Tofu Scramble
Ground turmeric gives this egg-free scramble a golden hue. Leftovers (if any) make a great sandwich filling.more