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Answering the 5 biggest Questions on Turmeric in 2020

Simone Austin
Written by Simone Austin | Dietitian
Five ways with Turmeric for joint pain

What is turmeric?

Known to be traditionally used in Indian cuisine, turmeric is a golden yellow spice that gives food and drinks that vibrant earthy-taste. It contains an active ingredient called curcumin which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Traditionally, in Western herbal medicine turmeric has been used for many years to help relieve and support joint health …no wonder it’s on everyone’s radar!

Are there different types of turmeric?

Yes! There are 2 main types of turmeric:(1) Madras and Alleppy. Madras is lighter in color and commonly used in food and drinks. It has a mild flavour and is used for its golden yellow color. Alleppy on the other hand has a much deeper and darker yellow color and taste the most similar to a fresh turmeric root. According to herbies.com.au, the Alleppy variety typically has a higher curcumin (1) content and has a rich flavour.

How does turmeric work?

There’s a lot of complicated science behind how turmeric works, but in general, it has the potential to modulate certain enzymes (2) in the body that can lead to inflammation. By balancing these enzymes, turmeric can influence inflammation which is a contributing factor to pain. As an antioxidant, turmeric can help battle “free radicals” that bounce around your body harming cells and damaging DNA to help you look and feel your best!

How much turmeric should I have?

Having a turmeric latte every morning or sprinkling some turmeric onto your lunch and dinner meals may brighten up your day with a splash of vibrant orange tones. But if you feel like that little bit extra consider other ways to incorporate…

How to include turmeric in your day?

If you’re just looking to include turmeric into your day, you can buy turmeric fresh, in powdered or capsule form, or made into a concentrated liquid that can be blended up in a smoothie, added to your morning latte, or used in a curry dish, the possibilities are endless! There’s also the option of including turmeric supplements into your daily routine!


References:

1. http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/inpho/docs/Post_Harvest_Compendium_-_Turmeric.pdf

2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2234255/