Turmeric root powder is one of the healthiest spices around, and it has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. In fact, it was prominently used in Ayurvedic healing as far back as 500 B.C. 1
Today, turmeric -- a close relative of ginger -- is used as a spice to favor a variety of foods, and it’s a major ingredient in curry powder. It is also commonly used as an alternative medicine. Ancient societies also commonly used it to treat many conditions, including diarrhea, epilepsy, skin conditions, and wounds. 2
What Is Turmeric Root Powder Good For?
The list of amazing health benefits of turmeric root powder is much too long to discuss in this article. But here are just a few science-backed benefits of this ancient superfood.
Supports the immune system. Without a strong immune system, you are vulnerable to many types of infections and diseases. Curcumin, the chemical that gives turmeric powder its unique orange-yellow color, has been shown to have a significantly positive effect on the immune system in clinical research studies. Specifically, it has been shown to modulate certain aspects of the immune system -- such as activation of T cells, B cells, and natural killer cells -- that help boost immunity. And even at low doses, curcumin has been observed to improve antibody responses. 3
Anti-inflammatory properties: Move over ibuprofen and aspirin...seems turmeric may be better at soothing inflammation than either of them. The anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric again comes from its curcumin content. Many cell cultures and animal research studies indicate that curcumin may relieve the inflammation in inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis, pancreatitis, and other conditions. 4
Helps manage diabetes. The curcumin in turmeric has also been observed in multiple research studies to have a beneficial effect on many of the main components of diabetes. For instance, curcumin has been found to increase glucose tolerance, decrease insulin resistance, and decrease fat accumulation in adipose cells. 5, 6, 7
May protect the heart. The curcumin content in turmeric has also been shown to have a cardiovascular protective effect due to its antithrombotic, anti-proliferative, and anti-inflammatory properties. Curcumin has also been observed to help decrease serum cholesterol levels. All of these factors may defend against atherosclerosis which in turn may protect the heart. 8
How Do You Use Turmeric Root Powder?
There are many great ways to use turmeric root powder.
- Mix it into your favorite smoothie
- Stir it into soup or stew. This is especially soothing on a cold winter day. Plus, the turmeric adds a warm flavor to soups and stews.
- Add a nice orange-yellow color and nutrition to rice and potato dishes.
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1- Satpathy-Singh S. Beyond The Trend: A Brief History of Turmeric in Ayurvedic Practice. Aug 9, 2016. Accessed Feb 9, 2021. https://www.india.com/food/beyond-the-trend-a-brief-history-of-turmeric-in-ayurvedic-practice-1364258/
2- Satpathy-Singh S. Beyond The Trend: A Brief History of Turmeric in Ayurvedic Practice. Aug 9, 2016. Accessed Feb 9, 2021. https://www.india.com/food/beyond-the-trend-a-brief-history-of-turmeric-in-ayurvedic-practice-1364258/
3- Jagetia GC, Aggarwal BB. "Spicing up" of the immune system by curcumin. J Clin Immunol. 2007 Jan;27(1):19-35. doi: 10.1007/s10875-006-9066-7. Epub 2007 Jan 9. PMID: 17211725.
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5- Kato M, Nishikawa S, Ikehata A, Dochi K, Tani T, Takahashi T, Imaizumi A, Tsuda T.
Curcumin improves glucose tolerance via stimulation of glucagon-like peptide-1 secretion
Mol. Nutr. Food Res., 61 (2017), p. 1600471, 10.1002/mnfr.201600471. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/mnfr.201600471
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Can. J. Physiol. Pharmacol., 95 (2017), pp. 140-150, 10.1139/cjpp-2016-0152
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