Turmeric, the golden spice – why and how to use this anti-inflammatory ingredient

Updated: Jan 24

by Jenny Fernandez, Health and Wellness Coach


As a healing herb, Turmeric has been vastly rooted in medicinal practices of many cultures, including those of India, China, and several other in South-East Asia. It holds a great place of honor in the history of Ayurvedic medicine as a symbol of prosperity that was turned to as a cleanser for all systems in the body. In the world of Western herbal medicine, Turmeric has become renowned for its potent and safe anti-inflammatory properties to address a myriad of symptoms, ranging from those of digestion, heart, and mental health.


Key Health Benefits


Curcumin is the main active ingredient in Turmeric. In addition to the aforementioned potency of its anti-inflammatory benefits, it rates high on the level of antioxidant properties, which protect us from free radical damage. If this were not enough reason to add this diversely beneficial spice into your life, you might be interested to know Turmeric is chock full of nutrients as well; Calcium, Fiber, Iron, Magnesium, and Potassium just to name a few!


Turmeric has become so well known for its anti-inflammatory attributes and, as such, is now widely accessible in many different forms. Its use is highly effective to target chronic digestive issues, but if you’re looking to alleviate common inflammation what you many not know is that the combination of Turmeric with black pepper, or black pepper extract (usually found in supplement form) will allow for the body to properly absorb the spice, and for you to absorb the wonderfully natural remedies you are feeding your body.


Five easy ways to include Turmeric in your diet:


1. As a spice over roasted vegetables

2. Sprinkled on avocado toast

3. Morning elixir: fresh turmeric root, fresh ginger, cinnamon stick and peppercorn steeped in hot water

4. In sauce over pasta, veggies, or protein.

5. Added ingredient in soups, stews, chilis.