Turmeric. Add it to your diet. Add it to your health.

Turmeric (aka curcumin) is a powerful spice found in curries and mustard, known for its vibrant yellow color. This spice is made from a root in the ginger family--it looks like skinny ginger on the outside but is BRIGHT orange yellow inside.  It is widely used in the tradition of Ayurveda for its medicinal properties.  

Why consume it?

Turmeric is a multifaceted anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and has immune supporting properties.  Studies are being done to prove its claimed benefits of fighting different types of cancer, psoriasis and Alzheimer's.  

Now we aren't here to claim that turmeric is a magical cure all.  BUT from personal experience, eating turmeric on a regular basis decreases inflammation.  You can feel it in your joints!  Anything that can decrease inflammation without overtaxing the kidneys and liver and upsetting the stomach (like over-the-counter pain medication) is definitely worth a try.

How to consume it?

Here are several recipes for utilizing turmeric in your own kitchen, from least complicated to more involved.  Check them out!

Turmeric and Ginger Tea 

Mango Turmeric Tart

Turmeric Tonic (You need a juicer for this recipe.) 

Not into the taste?

Pick up a concentrated shot of Turmeric tonic at a health food store or juice spot near you and shoot it rather than sip it. OR you can get it in pill form here .  

At The Swan we are all about preventative self care for the physical body.  Think of this like preventative medicine for your insides to take care of inflammation that we all have.  Give it a try, adding it to your other self care activities and see if it works for you!