The Benefits of Turmeric


fresh turmeric root

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My first experience using turmeric was in scrambled tofu. I noticed that turmeric gave the scramble a cool yellow color similar to what you would see in scrambled eggs.

Whenever I cook tofu scramble, I always use turmeric. I love the flavor it adds to the scramble as well as the color.

 Note: Turmeric gives mustard its yellow color.

I now use turmeric when I cook other dishes, like lentils, beans, macaroni salad, quinoa, and brown rice.

If you have not tried turmeric, you should, because it has some great benefits.

What is Turmeric?

Turmeric is an ancient spice that has a yellow-orange color. This spice is used in foods, medicine, and textiles.

 Note: It is one of the ingredients in curry spice.

Turmeric comes from the Curcuma longa plant and has a brown skin. The flesh of turmeric is a deep orange. Turmeric has a bitter, peppery taste and the smell is a cross between orange and ginger. The ginger smell is not surprising because turmeric is a member of the ginger family.


Turmeric has been harvested for more than 5,000 years and is native to Indonesia and southern India. The leading commercial producers of turmeric include, India, Indonesia, China, the Philippines, Taiwan, Haiti and Jamaica.

Health Benefits of Turmeric

You can buy turmeric (curcumin) in its original form (market), powder, or capsule.  What ever way you choose to use turmeric, do know that turmeric is an added benefit for your health.

Note: I discovered during my research for this post that turmeric is also good for the skin. Consider making a homemade masque for your skin care routine.

Here are some benefits that turmeric provides:

1. Anti-inflammatory

2. Effective treatment for inflammatory bowel syndrome

3. Helps relieve rheumatoid arthritis

4. May help those who suffer from cystic fibrosis

5. Aids in cancer prevention

6. Inhibits the growth of cancer cells

7. Helps reduce the risk of childhood leukemia

8. Helps improve liver function

9. Lower’s cholesterol

10. May help protect against Alzheimer’s (Source).

Ways to Use Turmeric in Food

  • Add turmeric to tofu scramble, macaroni salad, potato salad and other foods for a bolder yellow.
  • Add turmeric to warm milk with a sweetener (optional) of your choice.
  • Add to an soups and bean (lentils) dishes.
  • Add turmeric to any of your favorite fruits and vegetables or any dish for something different.

Discussion: Have you used turmeric? If you have used turmeric, please share with us in the comment section below, how you use it.

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Evelyn Parham started this site in 2010. She enjoys writing, reading, and dabbling in photography and video editing. Learn more about her here.

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  1. Misty says:

    I have always love turmeric. It’s best used in cooking curries, and other dishes that needs a spice. But has anyone tried making it a skin moisturizer? 😛

  2. Jee says:

    em.. love it.

    turmeric powder fried rice… i really love this one..

  3. Edille says:

    I thought they were ginger??

    Anyways, thanks for sharing the health benefits of it.

  4. Laila says:

    I used tumeric in my Walnut meat for spice and color.
    I also just bought a box of organic tumeric tea.

    This is a very powerful spice- used for Alzheimer’s and blood cancers

  5. msfullroller says:

    For me, if it goes on the stove with the exception of my tea, it gets some tumeric. lol I love this spice.

  6. Bill M. says:

    Good article pointing the benefits of this tasty spice!

    I like to slice Sweet Potatoes about 1/4″ thick, drizzle a little EVOO, top them generously with Turmeric and bake in the oven. Great as a healthy side dish!


  7. Evelyn, I love turmeric and I also juice it. Great article, thank you. 🙂

  8. I have always loved mustard and curry and now I know why – the turmeric! I had not known it was key ingredient for these foods.

  9. Ronald says:

    I guess since turmeric is part of the “ginger family” then it gets most of its health benefits. One of the best parts of the turmeric is it being a good source of curry powder. I love using this when cooking. It gives a different spicy flavor to your food when added with coconut milk. As for its health benefits, I could attest to its effectiveness on relieving some pain brought about by arthritis.

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