You've likely heard of ginger, the knobby, gnarled root with a pungent flavor and tons of health benefits. But are you acquainted with ginger's cousin, turmeric? Most commonly known in its dehydrated form as a component in curry spice blends, fresh turmeric and its powdered counterpart boast a myriad of awesome health benefits.
Fresh turmeric can be found in many Indian and Asian groceries, and it's starting to pop up in more mainstream shops like Whole Foods. It might not look like much from the outside, with papery brown skin and shallow wrinkles, but just below the surface is vibrant and beautiful orange flesh with an earthy, spicy aroma.
Though the FDA rarely regulates or approves health claims from dietary supplements, there does exist a wealth of research to support that curcumin - the antioxidant compound that lends turmeric its golden hue - may, among other things, reduce inflammation, soothe the stomach, and protect the brain from diseases like Alzheimer's. Check out this cool infographic on Information is Beautiful, which examines the scientific evidence behind popular health supplements. Note that turmeric is listed in the "good" category (coffee is in the "strong" category for helping to prevent heart disease, but that's a topic for another blog post).
FJ AKA the Juice Dr. tells us: "Oxidative stress and inflammation are linked to almost every chronic degenerative disease, and turmeric has been shown to help in some way or another with almost all of them."
We're certainly not medical doctors, and as with any vitamin, herb or holistic remedy, it may not be the wisest idea to begin dosing yourself without doing research. But we can say that if you're looking to incorporate more turmeric into your diet and you're all curried out, we've got a delicious way to do it - through our newest JuiceHub blend: Turmeric, Pineapple, Carrot, and Lime!
One frequent complaint about turmeric is that it's quite bitter - generally not something you'd enjoy eating on its own. Most recipes that call for turmeric require just a scant amount. Lucky for us, the Juice Dr. is a whiz at flavor combos, and he's really got this one dialed in. The sweetness of the pineapple and carrot (which also carry their own health benefits) helps tame the turmeric's sharpness, and the lime juice adds zest and freshness for balance. It's sweet, tart, spicy, and downright delightful. Move over, OJ - If the color orange had a flavor, this would be it. So try a bottle, and enjoy turmeric's golden glow!