Turmeric is a spice used around the world for it’s vibrant color, spicy-earthy flavor, and health benefits. I started using it in juices and teas because I knew turmeric was one of the main ingredients in curry, but little did I know that this humble root is a nutrient power-house. Dr. Michael Greger M.D. of NutritionFacts.org is a strong advocate for a plant based whole foods diet, and has a lot to say about turmeric, and has the clinical studies to prove it. In a recent video Dr. Greger talks about how supplement manufacturers often fall into the same reductionist trap as prescription drug companies – alluding to the thought that herbs are assumed to only have one active ingredient and if you can isolate and purify it into a pill you can boost the effects. Curcumin is described as the active ingredient in turmeric, but is it the active ingredient or merely a active ingredient. After all it's just one of many different components that make up the whole-food spice. There are components such as cyclocurcumen, and curcumenes, and termerines, termerones, tumerinol.
What an epic fail.
My favorite way to have turmeric is to slice it, steep in hot water, and add a spoonful of local honey. It’s a soothing treat with immunity boosting goodness! Pick up some turmeric today!