The active compound in turmeric, curcumin, has multiple health benefits including anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.  This bright yellow pigment, produced by the turmeric plant protects against neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.  Curcumin decreases the risk of all-cancer development and has been shown to significantly stunt and even stop the growth of multi-myeloma cells in a Petri dish.  Eating turmeric protects the liver, prevents and improves metabolic syndrome, arthritis, hyperlipidemia, and symptoms of anxiety.  For athletes, consumption of turmeric improves muscle soreness and recovery time.

The best part?  Including turmeric in your diet has absolutely zero negative side effects.  Bet you can’t name one medication that has no side effects.

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I’ve been able to get fresh turmeric lately and although there appears to be equal benefits to consuming fresh and ground, the least amount of processing is always better.  Turmeric is actually a rhizome and if you score a few extra pieces from the market, you can plant them and grow your own!   Watch this video to see how.

After peeling, I use Munching the actual food as opposed to a supplement is best since food compounds and antioxidants work synergistically within foods.  

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