Turmeric is an ancient spice that has literally gone all modern on us.

This pungent spice that adds a slightly bitter complexity to savory dishes, and rounds out other spices, such as ginger and pepper has long been revered in Indian culture as a medicinal aid, culinary spice, beauty remedy and fabric dye for at least 6,000 years. The Chinese have been  integrating it into medicinal remedies for over a thousand years and it has also been utilized as an anti-venom anecdote of pit vipers by the Brazilians.

These days it has extended its reach beyond the spice rack and modern scientific studies have reported that turmeric may assist in the treatment of cancer, cardio-vascular disease, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and renal conditions, among many others.

You can find turmeric as a nutritional supplement in powdered, liquid and tablet form but caution should be taken by anyone taking blood thinners as turmeric amplifies the affect of the medication so it should be avoided.

Turmeric is derived from the root of the Curcuma Longa plant, a relative of ginger that grows in the tropical regions of Asia.  The roots are dug up, dried and powdered.

The spice is fairly easy to integrate into daily meals so benefiting from the potential healing properties can be relatively easy. From traditional curries, to jazzing up chicken or even mac and cheese, turmeric adds a spark in the form of flavor, color and vibrancy to many dishes. “Golden Milk” is trending on the internet at the moment which is turmeric added to milk.  Believe it or not it makes a soothing bedtime drink and can also be drank iced as a refreshing health drink during the day. In fact “Golden Milk” is starting to appear pre-mixed on store shelves. For vegans or those of you with a dairy intolerance, a soothing turmeric tea will do the job just as well.  If you pair the spice with black pepper it will increase the bioavailability of turmeric’s beneficial effect on the body systems.

So take it however you like, there are so many options that there really is no excuse not to benefit from this potent anti-inflammatory.