SuperFood: Turmeric

SuperFood: Turmeric

Health benefits

Curcumin, the pigment in turmeric, is what gives turmeric its powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant qualities. It reduces the incidence of certain cancers (including colon, prostate and breast cancer as well as leukemia), even preventing tumors from forming; neutralizes free radicals, reducing joint inflammation associated with arthritis; helps treat cystic fibrosis; lowers cholesterol; and improves liver function. This root native to south India and Indonesia is a readily available and incredibly affordable all-natural wonder medicine.

Fresh roots have a mild, delicate flavour. Select fresh turmeric roots that are firm and smooth. They should not be mouldy. Store them in the refrigerator. Wash and peel them with a vegetable peeler before using them, but do take careful note that they stain easily. Wash your utensils immediately to prevent permanent stains. Turmeric powder is a common alternative. Try to get it as fresh as possible and choose powder that is made from organic turmeric so that you're certain that it hasn't been irradiated.

Turmeric powder can be added to scrambled eggs, curries, rice (add it before the rice is cooked), salad dressings and sautéed vegetables (cauliflower florets are an Indian classic). In addition, fresh turmeric can be chopped and tossed into egg or potato salad, sliced and added to soups, or used in recipes where you would otherwise use powdered turmeric.

Organic turmeric is available at SuperNature Forum.