Let Food Be Thy Medicine: Turmeric

“Let food be thy medicine.” Turmeric is just that. This spice and medicinal herb from India that gives curry its coloring contains curcuminoids that make it a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Chronic inflammation causes many diseases and if you’re an athlete, you can help reduce the inflammation from aches and pains naturally by consuming turmeric instead of reaching for ibuprofen.

Curcumin stimulates the body’s antioxidant production, improves brain function while fending off degenerative brain disease, and may lower risk of heart disease. Curcumin may also prevent and treat cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. By reducing inflammation, curcumin can help alleviate arthritis.

Incredibly, curcumin has been shown to be as effective as Prozac for battling depression and it’s useful as an anti-aging agent. Sprinkle some into your food and let it be your medicine!

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