Move aside kale, when it comes to weight loss, pain relief and skin calming, turmeric is the latest and greatest superfood. According to the National Institutes of Health PubMed database, which is considered one of the top directories for medical research, there's compelling evidence that the root of the turmeric offers more than just a pretty yellow hue to a chicken curry. As a medicine, it's been tested on everything from achy joints to blood sugar management and has come up trumps as an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant.
It's even showing promise treating inflammatory disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, eye and skin conditions, and even certain types of cancer. While's too soon to say if it can help with losing weight, it certainly speeds up a sluggish metabolism and gives you plenty more energy. Adding turmeric to your diet is pretty straightforward, in cooking or chopped and added to salads, or blended into your morning smoothie.
Here's five reasons to add it to your diet:
A powerful anti-inflammatory: It is used to relieve symptoms of arthritis and joint pain.
Helps to detoxify: Curcumin found in turmeric, stimulates the production of bile, which naturally eliminates toxins from the body.
Brilliant antioxidant: Turmeric has high antioxidant properties, so eating it during summer helps counteract any sun damage.
Lowers your risk of diabetes: One study suggested turmeric added to your daily diet, could reduce the danger of developing type two diabetes.
Bursting with goodness: Turmeric is a rich source of vitamins and minerals including magnesium, calcium, potassium and phosphorus. It also contains zinc, selenium, plus vitamin C and vitamin K.
The quickest way to get your daily dose of this antioxidant spicy turmeric and ginger smoothie - it's delicious.
Turmeric and ginger smoothie ingredients:
1 banana, frozen
1, one-inch piece fresh ginger,
1 cup fresh pineapple
1 cup coconut almond milk, unsweetened
1, 1-inch piece of fresh turmeric
1 tsp natural vanilla extract.
Blend with a handful of ice cubes and serve.