Forget everything you think you may know about turmeric, these seven health benefits you are about to learn about may take your health to the next level. While turmeric is most commonly known for reducing inflammation, it does so much more. From digestive health support to pain relief and even blood sugar support, turmeric has you covered.
If you need more convincing as to why you need to add this superfood spice to your diet, read on because these seven health benefits are about to blow your mind.
Here are seven reasons why turmeric is good for you and why everyone should have this spice in their kitchen.
7 Reasons Why Turmeric is Good for You
Ok, so we already know this, right? So, let’s just throw this one out there right from the start by saying that turmeric is one of the best anti-inflammatory spices out there. It acts as such an incredibly anti-inflammatory agent that it’s worth talking about because inflammation is at the root of nearly all disease seen today. However, turmeric can also be super beneficial for those who need this superfood spice in their life to cool inflammation after an intense FitOn workout. Heck, it may even be able to help reduce some of the soreness you get after an intense sweat sesh. So, get to it, girl! If you don’t already enjoy this spice regularly, here is your reminder of just how great turmeric can be for reducing inflammation.
#2 Pain Relief
Turmeric is one of nature’s best all natural pain reducers. Get this, studies have found that turmeric acted just as strong, if not stronger than ibuprofen in managing pain. That’s pretty darn impressive considering turmeric is something we can all easily include in our diets without the side effects that often come along with the use of pain reducers.
#3 Boosts Digestion
Need a gut health boost? Let’s face it, most of us could use one. Whether we are dealing with stomach upset from everyday stress, or have frequent bouts of indigestion, and bloating, turmeric may be able to help. Due to the strong anti-inflammatory properties of this spice, turmeric may be able to help cool intestinal inflammation. Turmeric for the win, yet again.
#4 Slash Your Risk of Cancer
Undoubtedly one of the most impressive health benefits of turmeric has to do with the fact that this spice may hold some protective benefits against certain types of cancer. Studies have looked at curcumin, the active compound in turmeric and have found promising results when it comes to its ability to help protect the body from chronic disease, and cancer. Here’s just one more reason to sprinkle some turmeric in as many recipes as you can think of.
#5 Show Your Liver Some Love
One of the most traditional uses of turmeric is for its liver supporting benefits. Showing your liver some love with the addition of turmeric to your diet is a great way to help give your body a detox boost.
#6 Boost Your Body’s Antioxidant Capacity
If you could do one thing to support your overall health, boosting your body’s antioxidant capacity with turmeric can improve your health in more ways than we could count. This mighty spice not only helps protect the body from these little buggers called free radicals that lead to premature aging and disease, but turmeric can also help prevent them in the first place. This is just how amazing turmerics antioxidant capacity is. Do yourself a favor, and protect your body from disease and aging by adding turmeric to your diet.
#7 Reduce Symptoms of Depression
Another amazing thing about turmeric is its ability to potentially help reduce symptoms of depression. A study found that curcumin held antidepressant-like properties. Pretty impressive, huh?
The Takeaway + That Recipe we Promised
So there you have it, seven reasons why you should run, not walk to your local health food store and stock up on turmeric. Wondering how to include this super spice into your diet? Here are some creative ways to get started.
- Add to soups & stews
- Include in your favorite stir-fry
- Add a pinch to your smoothie
And, as promised, our deliciously creamy and mouthwatering turmeric milk latte recipe you will be sharing with all of your friends and family.
We invite you to whip up this latte anytime you’re feeling a bit rundown, feeling sore after an intense HITT workout with FitOn trainer Breann Mitchell, or just need a relaxing beverage to help wind down your day.
A Deliciously Creamy Turmeric Milk Latte (Dairy-free)
Here’s what you need
- ½ cup of full-fat unsweetened coconut milk
- ½ cup of unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tsp. ground turmeric
- 1 pinch of cracked black pepper
- ⅛ tsp. ground ginger
- ⅛ tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- Raw honey to taste
To make, simply add the coconut and almond milk to a stock pot over low to medium heat. Add the remaining ingredients minus the raw honey and whisk well.
Pour into your favorite mug, drizzle with raw honey. Sip and enjoy!