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Posted on 01-21-2016
You have most likely eaten Curcumin and may not have even realized it. Curcumin is contained within Turmeric (much like vitamin C is in an orange). Turmeric is an herb most commonly seen in Indian cuisine such as curry.
Besides being delicious, the Curcumin in Turmeric has vast medicinal properties. It is packed with anti-oxidants and it has been proven to fight free radicals, rejuvenate cells, cleanse the liver, protect the heart, it is used as an anti-inflammatory and supports the brain.
And if that weren’t enough to make you run to your spice rack, Turmeric boosts levels of norepinephrine, dopamine and serotonin (mood elevating chemicals within our body). Turmeric helps with focus, cognition and memory. Regulates metabolism of fat, helps brighten skin and due to it’s anti-inflammatory properties, it can help reduce joint pain.
Turmeric is rich in vitamins and minerals and can help fight infections with it’s anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.
This spice is wonderful when used in cooking with oil because it is fat soluble. This means that you need to fat as a carrier to absorb and integrate the Curcumin for use. Conversely, this is also why the capsule version (Turmeric or Curcumin) isn’t necessarily absorbed into your system.
Surprising ways Turmeric can enhance your life:
Both delicious and vibrant, turmeric can add color and flavor to your favorite recipes. Turmeric is a main ingredient in curry, which can by bought premixed or mix up your own.
Sprinkle on avocado, salads or cook with cauliflower. You can even use turmeric to make a cake! Use your imagination and the internet for fun, inspired recipes using turmeric.
Note: Turmeric is strong. Consult a doctor to see if adding turmeric to your diet is right for you.
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