Turmeric is a golden spice that has been used to treat inflammation, bacterial infections and digestive issues for thousands of years.   It’s been getting a lot of press lately, so here’s some facts that will get you up to speed on learning about this herb.

1.  Turmeric Root vs. Curcumin:  Curcumin is an active compound found in turmeric that’s highly studied. Turmeric generally refers to the root portion of the plant.  There are over 200 active compounds in turmeric root that are beneficial.   Which is better to take?  Both treat different conditions, so put some time in researching the specific issue that you want to resolve.

2.  Eat with Fats:  Curcumin ls fat-soluble, so without some fat or oil you won’t absorb as much of it in your system.   You can also take it with black pepper, as it helps turmeric stay in your system longer so your body has more time to absorb it.

3.  Hold the Spice:  Turmeric has a somewhat bitter flavor on its own, but it isn’t spicy. This idea comes from turmeric being thought of as “the curry spice.” Turmeric lends its bright yellow-orange color to curry, but it’s dried chill peppers that make curry spicy.

4.  Boost it with Boswellia:  Boswellia serrata is an extract from gum resin found in Africa and Arabia. It’s commonly used in Ayurveda medicine and is used for osteo and rheumatoid arthritis as well as ulcerative colitis.  It can magnify the anti-inflammatory effects of turmeric and offer additional health properties for the system.  Boswellia can be taken in capsules and tablets and found online and in most health food stores.

5.  Don’t Be Stingy on Dosage:  If you want anti-inflammatory effects of turmeric, take at least 500- 1,000 milligrams of curcumin per day.  When using the powdered herb, there is around 200 milligrams per teaspoon.  

6.  Turmeric Won’t Stain Your Teeth: The bright yellow pigments in turmeric can stain many things, including clothing if you aren’t careful, but not your teeth. In fact, it may help remove stains from teeth over time with good oral health habits.