Superfood: Turmeric and Its Health Benefits
Many people nowadays are more conscious of what goes into the foods they eat. Although fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are obvious nutritious options, one largely overlooked source of superfoods is spices.
Of all of the spices, one reigns as the ultimate nutritious powerhouse: turmeric. Turmeric is a spicy, intensely flavorful ingredient that is similar to ginger and is often used in Indian and Middle Eastern cooking. Its bright orange color and distinct taste add not only flavor to dishes, but also a powerful nutritional kick.
Here are 4 of the top health benefits that turmeric offers:
Inflammation is a condition that can lead to several different diseases. When the body feels like it is under threat, it becomes inflamed in hopes of resolving the issue. However, this reaction is sometimes more harmful than helpful and can put your system into overdrive.
An anti-inflammatory treatment is the best option to calm inflammation. Turmeric has shown extremely positive results in treating inflammation, and some studies say it may even work better than medications such as ibuprofen and aspirin.
Full of Antioxidants
Another risk factor for diseases is what’s known as oxidative damage or stress. This phenomenon is caused by free radicals in the body, as well as the absence of antioxidants. Luckily, by incorporating turmeric into your diet, you’ll be adding a significant amount of antioxidants to help fight free radicals and keep your metabolism working as it should.
Improved Brain Function
Turmeric contains active ingredients called curcuminoids. The curcuminoids are powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredients that can have impressive effects on the brain. Improved memory, calmness, and even protection against Alzheimer’s disease are linked to the consumption of curcuminoids in turmeric.
Depression is one of the most common ailments in America, with roughly 7% of the population suffering from it. Thankfully, a diet rich with nutrient-dense foods (including turmeric) can help improve these symptoms.
Researchers consider oxidative stress and inflammation to be contributing factors to depression. Turmeric tackles both of these issues while also encouraging the brain to produce more dopamine, the “feel-good” chemical.
At India Bistro in Seattle, Washington, we incorporate turmeric into many of our favorite dishes on the menu. One of our best-sellers is our chicken tikka, which has tender pieces of white meat chicken marinated in a special sauce with turmeric and other Indian spices. Or, try our goa curry, which is rich with turmeric and can be served with vegetables, chicken, lamb, or fish.
Come and try our healthy and authentic Indian food today! We look forward to seeing you.