6 Health Boosting Reasons to Love Turmeric


I love herbs and spices, not only for their flavors but also for their medicinal effects. And if I had to pick one health all-star, it would have to be turmeric, the spice born of the curcuma longa plant that gives curries their rich golden yellow color. It’s more than just a tasty flavor-enhancer though. The chief polyphenol in turmeric, curcumin, has healing and protective powers that make it a nutritional force to be reckoned with. Here’s my in-a-nutshell guide to this miraculous gift of nature – and how to put it to work for you:

1. Turmeric Is the Superman of Spices

Turmeric and, it’s MVP active ingredient curcumin, is one of the cornerstones of South Asian cuisine and it’s also been used medicinally for hundreds of years. More recently in the West, turmeric has been embraced as an anti-inflammatory agent with brain-boosting, anti-aging and heart-supporting effects. It’s also shown to be helpful in reducing pain and fatigue, improving mood by boosting serotonin and dopamine levels, as well as cognitive function by stimulating the production of brain growth hormones. An added bonus: it seems to also inhibit tumor growth. While perhaps not a ‘cure-all’ per se, it is an amazingly powerful antioxidant well worth getting to know better.

2. It’s Also an Instant Nutrition Booster

Interested in packing in as many nutrients as possible into your meals? One no-brainer solution – do it with turmeric! Each sprinkle of this golden powder adds vitamins C, E and K, plus key minerals such as iron, magnesium and zinc and even a little protein and fiber to boot. Turmeric also supports the health of your mitochondria (the power plants inside your cells), so adding it to diet can help your body access more of the energy it needs to function well and keep you feeling powered up.

3. It Tastes Great and Blends Well, While It Cools Inflammation

Add turmeric to your smoothie (don’t worry, it won’t make it taste like curry), scrambled eggs or soups, stews and, of course, curried veggies or grass-fed meats at dinnertime to boost your intake. Doing so can help cut the risk for metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, blood pressure problems and obesity – all of which are driven by systemic inflammation. And remember to top your turmeric with a few shakes of black pepper to significantly boost curcumin absorption.

4. It’s a Fighter of Bacteria, Viruses, Free Radicals and More

In addition to it’s anti-inflammatory effects, turmeric has antiseptic, antifungal, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-tumor properties, so it’s fighting for you on every level. Moreover, it gives free radicals a beat-down by boosting mitochondrial health, reducing the amount of free radicals produced by aging or dying mitochondria. While I encourage patients to add tumeric to their food, for patients over 40, I often also recommend a curcumin supplement, especially if they’ve had a run-in with cancer.

5. It Fights For Your Brain Health

Curcumin has been shown to have positive effects on brain function, memory included, by increasing levels of the brain hormone that boosts neuron growth and fights decay. The curcumin rich diet favored in South Asia may also be a key factor in the region’s relatively low rates of Alzheimer’s compared to the high rate of the disease found in the U.S. Need another reason to dig into a dish of veggie curry? Research indicates that curcumin helps break up the amyloid plaques that form over the course of Alzheimer’s and can prevent them from re-forming, making it a potential game changer in the treatment of the disease.

6. It Loves Your Heart

As with the brain, curcumin’s anti-inflammatory effects are good news for your cardiovascular system as well, helping improve how well the endothelium, the lining of the blood vessels, functions. With the help of curcumin, the endothelium is better able to regulate blood pressure and support healthy vascular function and circulation, while relieving strain on the heart and reducing stroke risk.


To work more turmeric into your diet in delicious ways, try Chef Michael Stroots Thai Vegetable Medley or this wonderful Curried Carrot Soup recipe – just perfect for a cold winter’s night! Or try our Curcumin formula containing three of the most bioactive, highly researched and strongest forms of curcuminoids.

  • linda

    i so appreciate this article. wondering what daily dosage you recommend in powder to start receiving tumeric’s great spectrum of health benefits? thank you.

  • Courtney Blatt

    We recommend taking 1g a day, here is a link to the Be Well Supplement:


  • KT

    I order fresh organic turmeric root via Amazon every month and add a finger size piece to my shake every morning!
    I don’t really taste it at a ll any more and it’s so worth the health benefits!
    I wash, dry and cut the fresh turmeric into portion sizes and freeze them In a storage container
    I pop one of them into my shake every morning along with 3 organic Brazil nuts- also kept frozen in container and 1/2 frozen (peeled) banana.,
    I use Raw Fit protein powder and organic unsweetened vanilla almond milk and a couple of ice cubes
    I’ve been drinking this mixture every morning for several years and my once “high inflammation” has subsided tremendously!

  • Hi Linda, the recommended serving when taking our Curcumin supplement is one capsule a day, which is 1 gram.
    You can also use the spice in cooking and add fresh turmeric root to soups, stews and smoothies.

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