WHAT IS TURMERIC?
Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant and has a tough brown skin and a deep orange flesh.
Having a peppery, warm and bitter flavor and a mild fragrance slightly reminiscent of orange and ginger, you’re probably most familiar with it as one of the ingredients used to make curry (which before researching was one of my least favorite spices).
Turmeric also gives mustard its bright yellow color.
Turmeric has long been used as a powerful anti-inflammatory in both Chinese and Indian medicine. It’s key ingredient, curcumin, has long been heralded as a chemical to combat autoimmune diseases since it can regulate inflammatory cytokines (small proteins important in cell signaling). Inflammation is a common symptom in patients with Multiple Sclerosis, leading to joint and muscle pain.
HOW MUCH SHOULD BE USED?
Turmeric used in diets at low levels and for long periods does not seem to cause any side effects. However, scientists and medical practitioners do not recommend large doses of turmeric supplements used for therapeutic purposes. In many cases, this could actually increase side effects.
WHERE TO BUY IT?
I prefer to select organically grown turmeric. However, it can be found in most grocery stores as well.
For the most flavor and health benefits, opt for turmeric rather curry powder.
My Favorite Smoothie Ingredients:
So, will you be adding Turmeric to your spice cabinet?
Tweet me at MSBlogDiva and let me know how you prepared it. I would love some new recipes.
LaQuita Davis, MS Blog D.I.V.A.
- Benefits of Turmeric, TurmericForHealth