10 Culinary Herbs And Spices With Remarkable Health Benefits

6. Culinary herbs and spices with health benefits – Turmeric

If you walk into an Indian restaurant and see a bright yellow curry, chances are you are looking at turmeric. Curcumin, an active ingredient in turmeric, has powerful anti-inflammatory and pain management properties equal to, or possibly even better than, medicines like ibuprofen. Antioxidants are also abundant with curcumin because it stimulates the body to produce its own enzymes. Turmeric could also be a new revelation for degenerative diseases, since curcumin increases the levels of certain hormones that promote the generation of new neurons. Curcumin can also combat the world’s number one killer: heart disease. So, if you find yourself repelled by the bright yellow color, try to get over it because just a pinch of turmeric can go a long way.

How to Use: If you aren’t used to eating Indian food, give it a try, because most will have at least a little turmeric. Add a little to any soup or curry, or even just ¼ a teaspoon to rice while you cook it for flavor and color. You can use it while sautéing vegetables, cooking fish, or making chicken soup for a little extra flavor and lot of extra health benefits.

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