Turmeric is a bright yellow spice commonly found in curry powder, and used in cooking. It's popular in Chinese medicine and the Indian culture, with turmeric being valued for it's medicinal properties. Turmeric is often referred to as the "Queen of Spices". It contains a medicinal ingredient called curcuminoids, the most important of which is curcumin.
If you are not already including turmeric in your daily diet start now, because here are some incredible health benefits of turmeric:
1. Enhances your complexion
Curcumin which is the active ingredient found in turmeric, is known to promote more youthful skin, promoting softer, smoother glowing skin. It also helps to fight off fine lines and wrinkles. Who wants glowing skin? Yes please!
2. Protects and heals the liver
The liver is your body's primary detox organ. Curcumin optimises the function of the liver as it's a known powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory. Your liver is key to your overall health so make sure you look after it! Sprinkle some turmeric on your veggies tonight!
Curcumin helps your body fight off foreign invaders and also has a role in repairing damage. . Curcumin fights off inflammation at a molecular level due to it's strong anti-inflammatory properties. Another great reason to include turmeric into your daily diet!
4. Boosts your mood
The curcumin in turmeric is thought to help fight depression because it increases your feel-good serotonin and dopamine levels. Turmeric is also high in antioxidants that can help fight depression. Curcumin has been proven to be a natural mood enhancer. Turmeric latte anyone?
5. Supports joint and muscle health
Turmeric is a potent natural anti-inflammatory which helps to ease aches and pains as curcumin promotes a healthy inflammatory response. Throw some turmeric into your smoothie after your workout!
Not all turmeric is the same quality. So if you are adding it to your shopping list ensure that you buy a good quality organic turmeric from your local organic store and start using it in your daily diet.
Here are some ways to include turmeric into your daily diet:
- Add it to your morning smoothie
- Use it in a fish or meat marinade
- Sprinkle it over your vegetables in your stir fry
- Add to your curry
- Mix it into your soup
- Scramble it into your eggs
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Author: Vanessa Geraghty McGann - Owner & Master Trainer - PTV Personal Training & Wellness Coaching. email@example.com.