Turmeric, one of the primary spices used in Indian curry, has enough healing properties to make you want to use it everyday! Recent nutritional research has shown that turmeric has effects on cancer, memory, and even arthritis.
Why? One of the active polyphenols in the spice is curcumin, a powerful ingredient for your health. While curcumin is still under scientific scrutiny, clinical and other research evidence shows that it may have the power to do the following:
- Curcumin may be able to fight cancer and infections by working on the actual membranes of the cells. Researchers aren’t quite sure how this works yet, but the results of preliminary studies are quite intriguing.
- Turmeric has the power to improve memory and fight brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s. One rat-based study inThe Journal of Medicinal Foodfound that the spice helped keep the rats’ memories strong by protecting against oxidation. Another ongoing study is looking at curcumin’s ability to fight the plaque that builds up in the brain and causes Alzheimer’s.
- This spice may help fight the pain that comes with arthritis. Like similar spices, it helps ease blood flow and reduce inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis, especially.
Even though there are still plenty of studies centered on turmeric in the works, it’s clear that this spice has plenty of potential health benefits. Luckily, it pairs well with other spices that also have excellent health properties. Try pairing it with cayenne and cumin for a delicious combination.