Why Turmeric is the New Superfood

Posted by Nicolle Mackinnon on

First it was coconut oil. Then argan oil. Then (as we talked about before) chlorophyll. So what's the latest superfood you should be adding into your foods and skincare? Turmeric. 

That deep yellow-orange powder that colors curries and golden-milk lattes is incredibly anti-inflammatory. And if you've been paying attention to the wellness world for a while, you know that inflammation is the bane of all things glowy and calm, from gut to skin.

Inflammation is the body's natural response to a trigger—it's the immune system's way of saying, "Something's not right here; defend!" So when you get a splinter or sprain your ankle, that inflammation is your body trying to heal itself. 

But low-grade, long-term inflammation seems to play a role in a host of diseases, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer's, cancer and even depression. Yikes. 

That kind of chronic inflammation can be caused by an overactive immune system (hello, auto-immune diseases), ongoing stress, lack of sleep or an unhealthy diet. You can obviously go after inflammation in the body by treating those stressors, but adding certain anti-inflammatory foods into your cooking can also give your body an added boost.

Enter turmeric, the centuries-old root that you've probably seen pop up all over the place, including on London's Starbucks menu. It's a natural anti-inflammatory that helps heal the gut, can reduce acne, fight stress and defend against cancer. No wonder they call it a superfood.

Our favorite way to add turmeric to our daily routine is with a Golden Milk Latte. It's a replacement for that second cup of coffee, and it gives a little jolt of energy with it.

Another way to reap turmeric's anti-inflammatory benefits? A DIY spot treatment to banish blemishes. Just beware: It kind of stains everything (except your teeth, apparently). 

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