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Posted: September 14, 2022

Turmeric: What are the True benefits?

A very popular “buzz” word in the health and diet community is “anti-inflammatory.” We often hear of foods and products that reduce inflammation in the body. But what does that really mean? 

Inflammation – what is it?

According to WebMD, inflammation is a process in which your body’s white blood cells and the things they make protect you from infection from outside invaders, such as bacteria and viruses.

Inflammation Types

Inflammation can be either short-lived (acute) or long-lasting (chronic). Acute inflammation goes away within hours or days. Chronic inflammation can last months or years, even after the first trigger is gone. Conditions linked to chronic inflammation include cancer, heart disease, diabetes, asthma and Alzheimer’s disease. Some types of arthritis are the result of inflammation, such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and gouty arthritis. 

Symptoms of inflammation include:

  • Redness
  • A swollen joint that may be warm to the touch
  • Joint pain
  • Joint stiffness
  • A joint that doesn’t work as well as it should

Diet and Inflammation

A healthy, balanced diet can play an important role in reducing inflammation in the body. Foods such as dark leafy vegetables, almonds, walnuts, salmon, tuna, sardines, berries, pomegranate, tomatoes and olive oil are just a few of the many foods that have key nutrients that can help naturally reduce inflammation in the body. On the contrary, fried foods, sugary beverages, processed meats and sweets are a few of the foods that can trigger inflammation and should be eaten in moderation. 

Herbs and spices may also impact inflammation in a positive way. One of these particular spices is turmeric, also known as Indian saffron. Turmeric is used as a culinary spice as well as traditional medicine. Turmeric is also promoted as a dietary supplement for a variety of conditions including arthritis, digestive disorders, respiratory infections, allergies, liver disease and depression. Turmeric is a major ingredient in curry powder. The golden yellow color of turmeric comes from curcumin. 

Turmeric has recently been promoted as a dietary supplement for a variety of conditions such as:

Indigestion or dyspepsia
Ulcerative colitis
Stomach ulcers
Osteoarthritis
Heart disease
Cancer
Bacterial and viral infections

Along with a healthy, balanced diet, you may need to consider adding specific vitamins and mineral supplements such as a turmeric supplement into your day to help fill any nutrient gaps. Find out which supplements you should add to your cart by taking the Vitamine Wellness quiz and then add these recommended supplements into your subscription bundle with an easy click.

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How does a refreshing drink with extra antioxidant power sound to you? Check out this healthy slushie recipe for your next snack:

Pineapple-Turmeric Slushies
Serves 4

All you need:
1½ cups Hy-Vee frozen pineapple chunks
1 cup ice cubes
1 cup Hy-Vee coconut water
½ cup Hy-Vee no-sugar-added pineapple juice
2 tbsp Hy-Vee honey
1 (½-inch piece) fresh ginger, peeled, about 1½ tsp chopped
½ tsp ground turmeric

All you do:

1. Combine pineapple chunks, ice cubes, coconut water, pineapple juice, honey, ginger and turmeric in a blender. Cover and blend until slushy. Pour into glasses. Garnish with fresh pineapple wedges and leaves, if desired.

Sources: webmd.com; nccih.nih.gov

*The blog articles, recipes and recommendations found on this site are not intended as medical advice and should not replace consulting with your medical provider. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.