By Jeni Tackett, Let’s Move Quad Cities Nutrition Blogger
The spice turmeric is making the rounds as the latest diet craze. Could adding turmeric to your diet be the secret to longevity?
Turmeric is from the ginger family and adds a beautiful yellow color to curries and soups. Okinawans in Japan drink a curry tea and are known for living very long lives (100+).
Turmeric may reduce pain and disease risk.
The science: Turmeric contains curcumin which gives the spice a yellow color and has been associated with the following age related diseases:
- Reduced risk of cancer
- Reduced development of Alzheimer’s disease
- Reduced rates of arthritis and osteoarthritis
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties which reduce the risk of joint pain.
The spice is also anti-microbial and may improve stomach and intestine health.
Turmeric contains antioxidants which protect cells from damage and can reduce the risk of heart disease.
Other possible benefits of turmeric:
- Reduced hangover symptoms
- Reduction in post-operative pain
- Protects stomach lining from NSAIDS
Let’s face it, sprinkling some turmeric on your dinner is not going to cure you of all pain and diseases.
However, relying less on salt and more on spices for flavor is good for you.
Turmeric as a supplement is still being studied, but as a spice has been shown to be a part of a healthy diet. So turn your next dinner yellow and enjoy the bright color and health benefits of turmeric!
Here are some recipes incorporating turmeric from the Pritikin Institute which promotes a plant based diet:
|Meet Jeni Tackett, Let’s Move Quad Cities Nutrition Blogger. Jeni is a registered and licensed dietitian for Unity Point-Trinity. Jeni counsels her clients on weight loss and nutrition. You can read Jeni’s bio and other blog posts by clicking here.|