Turmeric has been used by cooks for thousands of years, but its broad health benefits are still coming to light. Attention is now shifting from the spice’s better-known anti-inflammation, anti-cancer, and detoxifying effects to its promising potential to improve brain and kidney function as well as to mollify arthritic and digestive ailments. An additional benefit is that turmeric helps to retain the beta-carotene in foods like carrots and pumpkins when those vegetables are used in turmeric-containing recipes.

Key Takeaways:

  • For thousands of years, turmeric has been used as a spice.
  • Researchers continue to be surprised by new health benefits of turmeric.
  • Cooking pumpkin and carrots with turmeric can help better retain their beta-carotene retention.

“While once focused on anti-inflammatory benefits, decreased cancer risk, and support of detoxification, studies on turmeric intake now include its potential for improving cognitive function, blood sugar balance, and kidney function, as well as lessening the degree of severity associated with certain forms of arthritis and certain digestive disorders.”

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