It seems like every day we hear about some new ground-breaking vitamin or superfood that’s going to make us feel younger, smarter, healthier, cure cancer, prevent heart disease…all these claims can seem too good to be true! Can adding just one food or vitamin truly make a difference in your health? Some say that the “magic bullet” is a flavorful spice called turmeric. It’s a spice that’s been gaining a lot of attention lately for it’s almost miraculous health benefits, but it’s nothing new. Turmeric has been used as a food and herbal remedy for centuries, and it’s just now gaining the attention of doctors and the medical community in the U.S.
The Spice of India
Many have heard that Indian food contains the spice curry, but have you heard of turmeric? Turmeric is the peppery spice that gives Indian food its vibrant yellow color. The possible health benefits of a diet including turmeric are almost too numerous to list, but many of the touted benefits have been proven in clinical studies, so the evidence is more than anecdotal. Turmeric is also very well tolerated by most and can be added to recipes, taken as a supplement or added to drinks or teas.
Here are some of the potential benefits of turmeric:
– Lowers cholesterol
– Cancer preventative
– Help prevent heart disease
– Blood thinning properties (can prevent blood clots)
– Improves skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne
– Eases symptoms of depression (studies show it can be more effective than Prozac)
– Speeds wound healing
– Prevents sinus infections
– Increases immune system
How Much is Enough?
To gain health benefits, it is best take turmeric on a regular basis. Studies recommend at least 300 mg twice per day, which is likely more than most would ingest as a spice added to meals. Turmeric supplements are generally well tolerated and have very few side effects, but it is important to be cautious about possible drug interactions and speak with your doctor before taking any new supplements. That being said, this spice has been used in recipes for centuries with surprisingly few side effects, so it might be worth a try just to see if you experience any of the possible wonderful benefits!
Just like your daily skin care routine, the small steps you take every day can help you recapture your youth and add up to a lifetime of beauty and good health!