Health & Nutrition

How to use turmeric

This golden, earthy-flavored Indian spice may provid anti-inflammatory effects along with enhanced digestive health.

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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.

Stronge 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.

Choose It & Use It 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.