Is Turmeric Good For You?
Turmeric might be packed full of flavour, but is it healthy?
Curcuma longa is the name of the flowering plant that produces the edible root we know as turmeric. In its root form, it’s small and vibrant orange under a yellowy skin. However, it’s just as commonly found in its powdered form in an equally vivid sunset tone.
Is turmeric good for you?
In a word, yes. Turmeric can help boost our brain and our body’s powers. It’s been used in traditional Indian medicine for thousands of years, so it’s not exactly a new kid on the block. It contains a compound called curcumin which is where it sources all its greatness from.
Why is turmeric good for you?
Turmeric’s curcumin is responsible for acting as a natural anti-inflammatory and has even been proven to enhance spatial and non-spatial memory, and promote brain neuron growth by boosting the hormone that promotes brain cell production. Not forgetting that curcumin also helps promote serotonin and dopamine, the happy hormones, acting as a highly effective antidepressant.
In case you wanted more reasons to up your turmeric intake, it also helps ease rheumatoid arthritis and boost our bodies’ antioxidant capacity!
How to eat turmeric
We love adding turmeric to curries, smoothies, roasted vegetables and, well, everything really! It’s a great earthy flavour that lends itself to many things.
Interested in getting your daily dose of turmeric by way of coffee? Read all about vegan turmeric lattes here – it tastes great. You don’t have to trust us though, try it for yourself and let us know what you think in the comments section below.
by Fabian Jackson
Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Interns who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.