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August 05, 2016 2 min read

If any reason was needed to go out for curry on Friday night – this is it! Turmeric, the deep golden spice which lends its distinctive color, aroma and taste to curries and other Indian dishes, is not just a delicious flavoring for favorite foods! It is, in fact, probably one of the most studied spices in the world.

In the last decades, studies have taken place in research hospitals and laboratories all over the world as modern science rediscovers what herbalists and Ayurvedic healers have long known: that turmeric has some truly astounding healing properties, more of which are being discovered daily as research on it continues. What’s even better is that turmeric is a spice which can be easily incorporated into any diet and added not only to curries, but to stir-fries, casseroles – even smoothies! Let’s take a look at all the different healing properties of this “superspice.”

It has natural antibiotic and antiviral properties

Consuming foods or beverages with turmeric is a good way to go if someone is suffering from the flu or an infection such as bronchitis. Turmeric has compounds that can naturally help kill off both bacteria and viruses and help the body recover more quickly from the microbial attack.

It fights cancer

Curcumin, one of the main active ingredients in turmeric, has been shown in several studies to help prevent and/or treat several different types of cancer, include melanoma as well as cancers of the breast or prostate gland.

It detoxifies the liver

The liver is one of the most important organs in the body, helping with digestion, blood sugar balance – and the removal of waste products before they can harm the body. Turmeric helps promote healthy liver function by detoxifying it before the liver itself can become compromised.

It reduces inflammation

Turmeric as a supplement is recommended by many herbalists and naturopaths for people suffering from conditions like rheumatoid arthritis or Crohn’s disease. This is because curcumin is also able to reduce inflammation throughout the body and treat these chronic conditions.

It aids in weight loss

While research on this topic is ongoing and more needs to be understood, it is believed that turmeric might play a role in weight loss through boosting the metabolism and making it easier for the body to burn stored fat – thus helping shed those unwanted pounds!

So go enjoy that curry tonight! And be sure to add this spice regularly to soups, smoothies, casseroles or rice dishes to reap its full benefits, which range from natural infection control to the reduction of cancer risk. Increasing curry in the diet is another small lifestyle change which can bring about some pretty big benefits.