What Is Turmeric And Why Should You Care?

This bright orange powder works wonders on your body


Turmeric can be taken as a supplement, or used to flavor your food.

When it comes to inflammation in the body, there are certain foods that trigger an immune response to injury and infection. Some forms of inflammation take place in the stomach and the intestines, and some are more severe than others.

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The good news is that there are foods that can help fight inflammation and heal the body. Turmeric happens to have that superpower. Turmeric root has been used in Asian and Indian cuisines for centuries and finally more cultures have caught on. Turmeric gets its inflammation-reducing powers through the antioxidant, curcumin. Curcumin happens to reduce inflammation and lower the risk of chronic diseases.

Whether or not these symptoms affect you now, flavoring your vegetables with a dash of turmeric or taking a turmeric supplement could be beneficial. Turmeric can also benefit your body while you eat. Studies show that consuming turmeric can reduce the negative effects of high-fat meals by lowering the insulin response of the body by 20 percent.

The accompanying slideshow is provided by fellow Daily Meal editorial staff member Emily Jacobs.

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