“I’m a HUGE fan of turmeric.”
-Jennifer Brand, MPH, MS, CNS
Turmeric is a spice used in curry.
Curcumin, the active component in turmeric that provides health benefits, REALLY provides health benefits.
Curcumin, therefore turmeric, is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory spice. It has been scientifically studied for a variety of health conditions:
Its anti-inflammatory properties match that of some anti-inflammatory drugs!
It boosts your body’s antioxidant capacity, and this can be protective against a number of conditions, including cancer.
Turmeric is linked to improved brain function, increased memory, and a lower risk of brain diseases (possibly even Alzheimer’s).
This super spice may reduce your risk for heart disease.
Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it can be helpful with arthritis and joint aches and pains.
There is early evidence from scientific studies that turmeric/curcumin products and supplements, both oral and topical, may provide therapeutic benefits for skin health.
It’s great for gut health and helps repair leaky gut.
I make sure to include turmeric in my diet DAILY. I have achy joints, and it seriously helps. Because I use it daily, I’ve gotten creative when it comes to getting it in. Here are my current 3 favorite strategies:
Add it to my coffee, along with cinnamon (also antioxidant and anti-inflammatory)
Put it in my smoothies
Make my turmeric ‘fried’ chicken!
Turmeric ‘Fried’ Chicken Recipe
Grass fed butter or ghee
Pepper (black pepper is important because its active component piperine activates curcumin)
Heat up a fry pan and add about 1 Tbsp of grass fed butter or ghee
Add in chicken thighs
Sprinkle with turmeric, pepper and salt
Cover and cook until browned on bottom
Flip, cover and brown on the other side (I usually don’t add more turmeric, pepper and salt but you can to taste)
When browned to your liking, it’s done
Jennifer Brand, MPH, MS, CNS is a clinical nutritionist specializing in childhood skin rashes like eczema, food allergies and sensitivities, and gut problems. Jennifer helps her clients resolve imbalances, nourish their bodies, restore their health, and beat chronic symptoms and health problems.