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Turmeric is the Natural Spice You Need in 2019

Turmeric is the Natural Spice You Need in 2019

Turmeric is an ancient spice with science-back anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, pain-relieving, and other health benefits. It is not surprising that turmeric benefits have been increasingly popular around the world, and is one of the most frequently used superfoods in 2019. Let’s dig in and learn more about turmeric, its benefits, uses, and some recipes with turmeric benefits.

What Is Turmeric?

Turmeric is one of my favorite anti-inflammatory superfoods. Turmeric has been used in traditional Indian and Chinese medicine for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. Its benefits were first documented in 250 when Susrute’s Ayurvedic Compendium recommended it to treat food poisoning. It’s absolutely delicious with a unique, warm, and slightly bitter taste. It’s a staple in Indian cuisine, curry dishes, and turmeric golden milk in Asia, and more recently, all over the world.

Over the past 30 years, turmeric has gained popularity in the United States and other parts of the Western World. Sales and demand have experienced sharp growth over the past years. Turmeric recipes are flooding the internet. Turmeric is part of many superfood mixes and supplements. It’s one of the key ingredients in some of my Organifi products, including Organifi Gold. In 2017, turmeric was ranked as the 5th top-selling herbal supplement, which is a huge jump from its 10th place in 2016. Sales and popularity have been growing steadily since.

Turmeric is way more than just a trend though. This superspice is truly abundant in powerful benefits. Turmeric is actually one of the most researched spices with over 6,000 studies available at the library of the US National Center for Biotechnology.

Turmeric can thank its health benefits to its active compound, curcumin. Curcumin is a potent antioxidant that’s abundant in health benefits.

Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Benefits

One of the most important turmeric benefits is its ability to improve inflammation. Research has shown that curcumin in turmeric may be able to reduce inflammation and pain just as effectively as ibuprofen without toxic overload and harmful side-effects.

According to a small systematic review and meta-analysis, the anti-inflammatory turmeric benefits are comparable to ibuprofen’s inflammation-fighting benefits. The research examined the benefits of standardized turmeric extract with 1000 mg of curcumin per day on the treatment of arthritis symptoms, such as inflammation-related pain over 8 - 12 weeks. They have found that turmeric extracts and curcumin may be an effective treatment option for arthritis with similar benefits to ibuprofen. Other research has also found that turmeric comparable to other NSAIDs, such as aspirin, as well as other medication, such as corticosteroids for chronic anterior uveitis.

Research has found that turmeric benefits inflammation because curcumin may be able to block NF-kB, a molecule that contributes to chronic diseases. Curcumin may be able to turn off inflammation in the genes. It may also fight inflammation at a molecular level and fight oxidative damage through its antioxidant turmeric benefits.

Other Powerful Turmeric Benefits

Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory herb with antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal benefits. Turmeric benefits may offer an array of good news when it comes to your health.

Turmeric May Reduce Pain

As an anti-inflammatory spice, turmeric benefits pain levels in your body. Research found that pain and postoperative fatigue after laparoscopic cholecystectomy. It may also reduce pain in those with arthritis.

Turmeric Benefits Your Overall Health and May Prevent Disease

It seems like that turmeric benefits health conditions, including cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, autoimmune, neurodegenerative and neoplastic diseases because of its anti-inflammatory benefits.

Turmeric Benefits Digestion

Research has shown that turmeric may reduce inflammation in your digestive system, therefore may reduce the risk and improve the symptoms of digestive problems. One study has found that turmeric may help to safely maintain remission in ulcerative colitis. Other studies have found that turmeric may be beneficial for colorectal neoplasia, gastritis, peptic ulcer, and gastric cancer.

Turmeric Is Rich in Antioxidants

Due to its abundance in antioxidants, turmeric may reduce oxidative stress and DNA damage in your body. Research has found that turmeric may be beneficial for pancreatitis because of its antioxidant content.

Turmeric Benefits for Diabetes and Insulin Sensitivity

Turmeric may be good news for the prevention of diabetes and insulin sensitivity and may benefit those with these conditions. Research has found that turmeric may be beneficial for those with type 2 diabetes and insulin sensitivity.

Turmeric May Fight Cancer

Turmeric has shown promise in the prevention and treatment for cancer, particularly, breast, bowel, stomach, and skin cancer. According to a study, the administration of turmeric was able to increase body weight and the expression of p53 in colorectal patients. Another study has shown turmeric benefits for colorectal neoplasia.

Turmeric Benefits Arthritis

Several studies have found that curcumin may be clinically effective in the management and treatment of osteoarthritis. Due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits, turmeric may be able to reduce pain and symptoms of arthritis.

Turmeric Benefits Mental Health

Turmeric benefits may include a positive impact on your mental health. Multiple research studies have found that turmeric may be effective to prevent and reduce the symptoms of depression. One study has also found that turmeric benefits the mental health of those with obesity by reducing both depression and anxiety.

Turmeric Benefits Cognition

Curcumin may actually increase brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). Since neurons create new connections all the time, BDNF is key to help to make these connections. Through an increase of BDNF, turmeric may help to increase focus, memory, cognitive skills, and mental sharpness.

Turmeric Benefits Those with Autoimmunity

Due to its anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing properties, turmeric may benefit those with autoimmune conditions in reducing pain. Research has found that turmeric may beneficial for lupus patients in decreasing systolic blood pressure, hematuria, and proteinuria.

How Black Pepper Maximized Turmeric Benefits

If you want to experience full turmeric benefits, you cannot forget about black pepper. Black pepper and turmeric are both powerful anti-inflammatory superfoods. Together, they are an unbeatable pair.

There is no doubt why some call black pepper the ‘king of spices’. It’s a potent anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial spice that’s abundant in minerals, such as magnesium, copper, iron, calcium, manganese, zinc, and phosphorus. Yet, the true superpowers of black pepper lie in its bioactive compound, piperine. Piperine is a beneficial alkaloid that is similar to the active compound called capsaicin in cayenne pepper and chili powder.

Black pepper is a powerful spice by itself. Research has shown that it may reduce inflammation and reduce inflammation-related health issues, including headaches, nausea, poor digestion, arthritis pain, and blood sugar issues. It may also fight fat and obesity effectively and decrease inflammation related to meals high in unhealthy fats.

When combined with turmeric, the piperine in black pepper can significantly increase the absorption of curcumin in turmeric. Research has found that piperine may increase the bioavailability of curcumin by 154%. When taking 20 mg of piperine with curcumin, the bioavailability of turmeric benefits may increase by 2000% in humans. Moreover, black pepper and turmeric benefits combine can help the prevention and treatment of some cancers, including breast cancer.

Knowing the powers of black pepper, we have added a necessary dose to and Daily Turmeric. This way, you can maximize turmeric benefits every single time you use these Organifi superfood products.

Forms of Turmeric

There are a variety of forms of turmeric that can help you experience turmeric benefits

  • Whole turmeric root: Fresh turmeric root is perfect for making teas or adding it into dishes. It is increasingly available at health food stores, ethnic supermarkets, and health food stores. However, it can be still tricky to find, especially if you are not living in a big city with a variety of grocery stores. In this case, turmeric powder is the perfect solution, as it is available at almost any supermarket.
  • Turmeric powder: Turmeric powder is an easily available form. You can find it in any spice aisle or online. It is perfect for cooking, baking, and making teas.
  • Turmeric extract: Turmeric extracts contain the highest amounts of curcumin. You can find turmeric extract in high-quality supplements, such as Daily Turmeric, turmeric superfood powders, and superfood mixes, such as Organifi Gold.

How to Experience Turmeric Benefits

There are so many ways that you can experience turmeric benefits in your daily life. Let’s learn some of my favorite ways.

Add Turmeric to Your Meals

Turmeric has been used in the kitchen for thousands of years. It is the key ingredient of curries, Indian dishes, and many Asian-inspired recipes.

Turmeric is perfect to fortify your soup, spice up your baked potatoes and veggies, add color to your boring dishes, flavor sauteed or steamed vegetables, spice up your stir-fries, and create delicious dressings. Fresh turmeric is perfect in salads, however, you can also sprinkle turmeric powder on salads, side dishes, and in dips, such as guacamole or hummus.

Add Turmeric to Your Drinks

Turmeric is the key ingredient of a popular, ancient, Ayurvedic drink, golden milk. When you make a tea out of turmeric, it may be incredibly effective for reducing the risk of and exhilarating the recovery from colds and the flu. Tea from turmeric benefits your digestion as well. Turmeric can also be a perfect addition to any green juice, green smoothie, or shake.

Whiten Your Teeth with Turmeric

There is no need to buy expensive teeth whitener toothpaste when turmeric can help. It may sound odd, but even though turmeric is bright yellow, it doesn’t stain your teeth. Instead, it whitens it naturally. All you need to do is to your toothbrush in a pinch of turmeric and brush your teeth and rinse as normal. While this shouldn’t be a daily ritual, doing it occasionally can help turmeric benefit your beautiful smile long-term.

Use Turmeric on Your Skin

Turmeric may be the perfect ingredient of face masks. It may reduce inflammation, acne, blemishes, and scars on your skin and create a healthy glow.

  • Just mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric, 3 tablespoons of milk (plant milk or dairy) or yogurt, and a drop of honey.
  • Apply a thin layer on your face.
  • Let it dry for 15 - 20 minutes, then rinse.
  • Don’t worry, it won’t stain. In case it does, you can easily scrub it off with some sugar and water.

Use Turmeric to Boost Your Exercise Routine

One of the turmeric benefits includes reducing muscle damage and soreness. Many athletes use it to aid their recovery after workouts. If you workout regularly, you may benefit from adding turmeric to your post-workout shakes, smoothies, or meals, or taking turmeric supplements.

Take Turmeric Supplements

While it is important to add turmeric benefits to your life through food, you may benefit from some high-quality turmeric supplements to maximize turmeric benefits. Daily Turmeric is created with the highest-quality of turmeric and black pepper to increase absorption and utilize the combined benefits of these two superfoods.

Try Organifi Gold

Organifi Gold is a fantastic superfood mix we create to promote sleep, calm your mind, relax your body, soothe your muscle, and support your joints. Besides turmeric, it includes some other powerful superfoods, such as black pepper, ginger, Reishi mushroom, turkey tail mushroom, cinnamon, lemon balm, acacia fiber, and coconut milk.

Just mix a scoop with a glass of warm coconut or other plant milk for maximum turmeric benefits. You may mix it with cold milk, cold or warm water, smoothies, and shakes, or add it to your cooked and raw recipes instead of turmeric powder.

Recipes with Turmeric Benefits

To enjoy turmeric benefits regularly, try our delicious turmeric recipes.

Turmeric and Coconut Milk Bedtime Elixir

Golden Milk Latte

Turmeric Lemonade

Turmeric Cauliflower Rice Chickpea Buddha Bowl

Turmeric Cooler

Nootropic Orange Juice

Turmeric Fat Bomb

Golden Turmeric Ginger Dressing for Heart-Roasted Potato Salad

Turmeric Sweet Potato Fries

Turmeric Kefir


Turmeric is one of the most powerful superfoods with science-back anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, pain-relieving, and other health benefits. It is not surprising that it has been increasingly popular around the world, and is one of the most frequently used superfoods in 2019.

To experience full turmeric benefits, I recommend drinking Organifi Gold daily. Organifi Gold is an extraordinary superfood mix made with turmeric, black pepper, ginger, and other superfoods to promote sleep, ease your muscles, support your joints, and benefit your overall health.

Using turmeric and Organifi Gold regularly, you can notice health benefits quickly. Don’t miss the 2019 health train, start enjoying turmeric benefits today.

And remember, we are in this together.

About The Author

Kat Gál is a professional holistic health writer who helps health, wellness and nutrition businesses to market their products and services through quality online content. She is also a Certified Holistic Health & Life Coach. Kat is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. Reach out if you are looking for amazing blog content at or at

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