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Turn Up The Turmeric!
Elina Fuhrman

The warm, centuries-old spice turmeric—known to many as the star ingredient in curries—is buzzing in the United States. Here, we break down the super spice with help from Carolyn O’Neil, a local dietitian and author, and Marisa Moore, a local dietitian and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The RX.

Published by Springer Science+Business Media indicates that turmeric is a powerful antioxidant that can help fight cancer. It’s also a home remedy for sunburns and may help cure hangovers.

Spice It Up

Rub turmeric on salmon; add it to rice; or sprinkle it on omelets, scrambles or even salads to add fragrance and a mild, earthy flavor. “It’s more easily absorbed paired with food,” explains Moore.

Breaking rank

Turmeric powder ranks in the top 10 foods for antioxidant content— higher than walnuts, dark chocolate and blueberries,” says O’Neil.

Curcumin

That’s the buzz word and the star component in turmeric, which is part of the ginger family.

In the Raw

Buy turmeric in its raw root form at health-food stores, or in powder form at regular grocery stores.

2,500 That’s how many years turmeric has been used in India to support healthy digestive and cardiovascular systems, and to boost brain function and joint health.

8 That's the number of calories in one teaspoon.

B6 Curcumin The RX Spice It Up In the Raw “Turmeric powder ranks in the top 10 foods for antioxidant content— higher than walnuts, dark chocolate and blueberries,” says O’Neil.

2 The number of times daily you should incorporate turmeric in your diet, such as brewing the root into tea, as the long-lived ladies of Okinawa, Japan, do. Experts recommend consuming three grams per day.
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