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Turmeric: A “Super Herb”

Have you been feeling achy or experienced swelling around your joints?

If so, it might be time to consider adding turmeric to your diet. Turmeric is considered a “super herb” because of the many medicinal benefits it provides, but its most abundant use is decreasing joint inflammation.

Turmeric is commonly used in Asian cuisine and its seemingly magical properties come from its active ingredient called curcumin. To get the full healing properties of curcumin it is best to add black pepper to aids in curcumin’s absorption when cooking with turmeric. If using curcumin supplements, make sure that piperine is one of the listed ingredients. Adding more turmeric to your diet (while staying below 8 grams per day) may help relieve pain associated with arthritis or general joint pain, and there may even be benefits for people with Crohn's disease, diabetes, or certain types of cancer.

In addition to the curcumin that contains anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric also contains a variety of B vitamins as well as vitamin C, zinc, potassium and other nutrients. Turmeric can be incorporated into your diet easily by adding the spice in powder form to many dishes, or by taking turmeric supplements, which can be purchased on GLIM’s website for a discounted rate! Look to the list below for simple ideas of how to include turmeric in your diet! Despite the many benefits, you should be careful when cooking with turmeric because its bright yellow color can stain!

Ways To Include Turmeric In Your Diet:

  • Add turmeric powder into a smoothie or tea

  • Top eggs, meat, or roasted vegetables with turmeric powder

  • Make homemade curry with turmeric paste

  • Add to soup

  • Sprinkle over hummus

  • Turmeric tea (also available through our online apothecary)

For more information on if you’re one of the many people who would benefit from adding turmeric to their diet, book a free intro call with GLIM today!

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