Turmeric is often referred to as nature’s advil. Part of the ginger family, turmeric contains a wealth of healing properties led by the family of compounds known as curcuminoids. The most beneficial of these curcuminoids is curcumin. Curcumin is such a powerful healing compound that it is readily available in supplement form as well. 


Turmeric has significant anti-inflammatory properties and is frequently used in the treatment of arthritis. It is also useful to soothe muscle pain as well as joint inflammation and carpal tunnel syndrome.




Similar to ginger, look for turmeric that has taut and shiny skin without any soft spots. Fresh turmeric can be wrapped in a paper towel and stored in an airtight container. It will stay good for one to two weeks. If purchasing curcumin supplements, look for a reputable brand to ensure it is free from contaminants. It should contain at least 500mg of curcuminoids.




Fresh turmeric can be grated just like ginger. It makes a great addition to soups, smoothies, scrambled eggs, salads or any grain dishes. And if you’re looking for even more options for cooking with turmeric, check out some of our favorite recipes!


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