Turmeric is a spice derived from turmeric plant roots. Looking similar to ginger root, its roots are knotty and oblong. For centuries, people have been using the root for a variety of purposes, from food flavoring to medicinal use. To use as a food ingredient, the root is often ground into a dry powder with colors that widely range from bright yellow to rich yellow-orange depending on its variety. Turmeric is typically used in curries.

The Many Uses of Turmeric

There is more to Turmeric than just simple food flavoring and coloring. According to the in-house nutritionist of Boundless, Yasmin Muswell, turmeric has many medicinal properties. The most notable is its ability to minimize swelling of the joints because of its anti-inflammatory properties.

Muswell noted that turmeric, aside from using it in its powder form, can be made into a tablet or capsule or as tea. In fact, it is being used in the treatment of various digestive and skin conditions in India. Turmeric also plays an essential role in Ayurvedic medicine.

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Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Another benefit that turmeric is starting to be known for is its ability to reduced inflammation, particularly in swollen joints. Research shows that a substance called curcumin, which the turmeric roots are abundant with, provides a positive impact on the body’s inflammatory pathways. Curcumin gives turmeric its potent anti-inflammatory properties.

Researchers revealed the many benefits of turmeric supplements like minimizing inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease or IBS. It has also been proven very effective in the treatment of abdominal pain for those who are suffering from IBS.

Other Turmeric Benefits

While the study on turmeric has been focused on its ability to reduce inflammation, researchers say it is also a good source of strong antioxidants and minerals. Turmeric root extracts have been observed to protect the cells in the body and counter the damage caused by free radicals.

Turmeric has also been found to be rich in phosphorus, potassium, and manganese. These minerals play a vital role in the health of the heart, muscles, and bones. Muswell recommends adding turmeric to a regular diet to help increase the intake of minerals and antioxidants that the body needs.