Best known as the spice behind curry, turmeric is native to South and Southeast Asia. It has been used for both medicinal and culinary purposes. Some have brewed it in a pot to cure headaches or a rocky tummy. Others even dab the yellow paste onto burns and scrapes or smear it on their face to tame a cold.
The compound in turmeric-curcumin-contains powerful antioxidants that can soothe your stomach and potentially fight arthritis, diabetes and I.B.S. No wonder it’s earned a gold star as an anti-inflammatory food. The university of Maryland recommends taking in 1 to 3 g of ground turmeric per day-about ½ to 1 ½ teaspoons. Don’t overdo it-too much turmeric can go from pleasant to almost muddy. A small spoonful is all you need.
There are health benefits to including turmeric in your diet. It’s important to review with your medical provider to determine if it’s something you need to try.