The bright golden-orange spice in curry and mustard comes from turmeric, a tasty herb with numerous health benefits. Turmeric is an excellent source of iron, manganese and vitamin B6. Additionally, curcumin, an active component in turmeric, is known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. In traditional Indian and Chinese medicine, turmeric has been used to treat allergies, heartburn, digestive ailments, and arthritis.
Today, it’s gaining research attention for prevention and treatment of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. According to a recent study, a daily intake of turmeric helps blood vessels dilate fully. It also helps protect the arteries from inflammation – a primary cause of atherosclerosis (clogged arteries) and a risk factor for heart attack and stroke.
Including turmeric in your diet is easy to do: Sprinkle turmeric into soups, dressings, over meats, roasted veggies, scrambled eggs, or smoothies. To help your body maximize absorption of turmeric’s key compounds, add it to healthy fats (e.g., olive oil) while they are warming.
If heart disease runs in your family, or you have other risk factors, ask Dr. Myra about taking a curcumin supplement. Ideally, look for one with high bioavailability, meaning it’s easy for your body to process and absorb from the digestive tract.
We carry some of the most potent, most clinically studied forms of turmeric on the market.
Zesty Heart Healthy Salad Dressing
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons organic sunflower oil
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 t. raw honey
- 2 t. turmeric
- 1/2 t. stone ground mustard
- 1/8 t. black pepper
- 1/4 salt