Turmeric is a root from India and Southeast Asia primarily dried and ground into a spice. It has a warm, peppery taste to it. The root is bright orange, and the dried spice is a bright yellow.

Health Benefits of turmeric

  • Antioxidants in turmeric have anti-inflammatory properties that can help to lower blood pressure, regulate blood glucose and fat levels, prevent premature aging, and stimulate levels of omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Turmeric can help to prevent cancer risks due to anti-inflammatory properties, as well as support the immune system, and maintain cell health.
  • Curcumin, a chemical compound found in turmeric, helps to activate production of DHA and ALA (omega-3 fatty acids) that maintain nervous system health.
  • Adding turmeric to vegetables containing beta-carotene (sweet potatoes, carrots, dark leafy greens, etc.) may decrease the loss of beta-carotene after cooking.
  • Turmeric can help to treat arthritis, colds, coughs, headaches and even depression in some individuals.

SELECTing & STORing Turmeric

  • Buy organic powdered and dried turmeric, preferably at a specialty store where the selection will be fresher than those at big box stores. Store dried turmeric in a cool, dark place.
  • Turmeric root can also be found fresh in the produce department, and should be stored in the refrigerator.

How to Use Turmeric

  • Add to sauces, like curry or to pasta dishes
  • Make “golden milk” or tonics
  • In smoothies, along with carrot and ginger
  • Add to rice, soups, and salad dressings
  • Use to season vegetables (cauliflower, carrots, squash), meat (chicken, lamb, pork), scrambled eggs, deviled eggs, and slaws

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