Turmeric, which is made from the root of the curcuma longa plant, gets its super powers from an antioxidant called curcumin (no relation to cumin). Traditional Indian medicine Ayurveda — has used the spice for its medicinal powers for thousands of years to cure inflammation-based conditions ranging from irritable bowel syndrome and autoimmune disorders to arthritis and tendonitis. Chronic inflammation is responsible for many serious illnesses, including heart disease and some cancers, so adding anti-inflammatory foods like turmeric can help relieve pain, swelling, and redness that may come with inflammation. Plus, it may help fight infections and help treat digestive problems.
Even more modern studies have found this magical compound can prevent the growth of cancer cells by decreasing swelling and inflammation. Some research suggests turmeric’s antioxidant powers may also help slow cancer growth and for those already suffering, make chemotherapy more effective and help protect the body’s healthy cells from radiation therapy damage. Aside from its antioxidants, turmeric anti-estrogen compounds can help fight the growth of breast tissue tumors thought to be caused by estrogenic compounds found in food, pesticides, and other chemicals. While turmeric has been studied and proved to help relieve inflammation symptoms from the body more research is still desired and needed to fully understand the complete health benefits of this superfood. To get your turmeric love affair underway try this delicious healing elixir…
Yellow-Orange ‘Heal Me’ Smoothie
1 cup frozen pineapple
1 cup coconut water
1 inch fresh ginger
1 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp cinnamon
A pinch of pink Himalayan salt
Top with a squeeze of lime, to taste
A drizzle of raw honey, optional
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Turmeric Info Source: Greatists