7 Health Benefits of Turmeric

You'll want to dust it on everything!

Turmeric is more than a flavorful cooking spice. It's also a powerful nutritional supplement, containing bioactive compounds with effective medicinal benefits. For starters, Curcumin, the most desirable extract of turmeric, has major anti-inflammatory benefits.  Here are seven health benefits of tumeric.  Get ready to sprinkle.


1. Metabolism and Digestion 

Recent studies have shown that spices such as turmeric, aid in speeding up metabolism and energizing the body. It's a great combat for digestive issues, food borne bacteria and for soothing an upset stomach. According to Kansas State University research, adding turmeric can reduce the levels of heterocyclic amines (carcinogenic compounds that are formed when meats are barbecued, boiled or fried) by up to 40 percent.

2. Skin Conditions

The skincare benefits of turmeric range, but it's known for decreasing acne and scarring and controlling psoriasis flares. However, turmeric has the ability to stain the skin so it is suggested to do a patch test on a small area of your forearm before using on a larger area of your body and adding to your skincare regimen.   Here's more, plus a face mask recipe.

3. Boosts Immunity 

Curcumin is the active compound found within turmeric’s rhizomatous root that is at the core of boosting immunity. It's responsible for promoting your body’s internal defenses with its active neuro-protective, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.

4. Scalp Savior

Combine olive oil and turmeric to banish dandruff and improve the overall condition of your scalp. Mix of turmeric and oil (jojoba or coconut suggested), massage it into your scalp and let it set for 15 minutes. Shampoo and condition as normal following the treatment. 

5. Delays Diabetes

Curcumin capsules were found to delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes in a 2012 study.  Researchers accredit these results to the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant powers of the compound. 

6. Post-Operative Recovery 

Going hand in hand with boosting immunity, turmeric is a strong force in quickening wound healing. It also combats post-operative fatigue and pain, as well.

7. Ease Arthritis 

For osteoarthritis, a 2010 study showed that the turmeric extract of Meriva or Indena can relieve joint pain.