With new research out on the harm that inflammation can cause our bodies, it only makes sense to turn our attention to turmeric, which has been used for centuries as a natural anti-inflammatory. Native to Southeast India, the bright orange root has long been touted for its health benefits, and it’s time to incorporate it into our own routines as winter approaches.
Curcumin is the active compound in turmeric that gives the root its bright hue. It’s an antioxidant, antibacterial, and antiviral that soothes inflammation, which can come about from usual wear and tear on the body.
As a member of the ginger family, turmeric is often used in its dried, powdered form as a spice; you might know it as an essential component of curry powder. You can easily add it into your diet by sprinkling the powder or blending a stub into your morning smoothie. Here’s a recipe to try: