What is turmeric and why is it being referred to as The Spice of Life?
The current super food spotlight is shining brightly on turmeric! But why?
We are living in an era where having 1-3 risk factors (obesity, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, low HDL’s & high blood sugar levels) is becoming the norm. We are also in the middle of a full-blown diabetic epidemic and cancer is at an all-time high. As a majority, we live extremely sedentary lifestyles and consume excessive processed foods. We are stressed to the max and are experiencing sky rocketing medical costs. This combination is exceedingly expensive, depressing and down-right deadly.
This goes back to one of my previous articles where I talked about being a PRO-active consumer as opposed to a RE-active consumer when it comes to our health and the lifestyles we live. Life would be a whole lot easier and cheaper if we focused more on PREVENTION!!!
Ok, that’s great and all, but what the heck is turmeric?!
According to the American Heart Association, super-foods can really have tangible health benefits. The “super-food” era, in the US, started in the early 2000’s (it’s been a way of life for many living in India, Southeast Asia and Okinawa for thousands of years, which is one of the reasons why they live into their 90’s & 100’s) – for those of us in the US, we are a little behind on embracing the medicinal benefits of super-foods. But, it’s never too late to start, lifestyle changes can be made no matter where you fall on the health continuum.
Merriam-Webster says, super-foods are foods such as salmon, broccoli, or blueberries, that are rich in compounds (such as antioxidants, fiber, or fatty acids) considered beneficial to a person's health. Super-foods increase energy and vitality, regulate cholesterol and blood pressure and may help to prevent or fight cancer and other diseases.
Turmeric is a spice that comes from the turmeric plant, it contains a chemical called curcurmin which has anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric is a cousin to ginger, it’s orange in color and has a bitter taste. There are numerous studies proving the benefits of turmeric. We all have inflammation in our bodies, that’s a fact, but some of us more than others. Individuals with higher inflammation levels tend to have more cases of illness, pain and medical conditions.
I encourage you to read more about turmeric and other vitamins and supplements at WebMD. We can never be too educated and informed. Make your health a priority by assessing your current lifestyle, visiting your primary care physician on a regular basis, partaking in preventive screenings, resorting to a more natural and healthy way of eating, becoming more physically active and living life with a little more spice by sprinkling in some turmeric!