Whole turmeric is likely to provide you with a different set of benefits than its best-studied constituent—namely, curcumin. That’s because turmeric includes three different curcuminoids: curcumin, bisdemethoxycurcumin, and demethoxycurcumin. It also contains volatile oils which are all associated with their own unique health benefits: anti-cancer, anti-allergic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antifungal, anti-parasitic, antiviral and anti-worm.
Inclusion of turmeric as a spice in a recipe can help regulate blood fat levels after a meal…It has also been shown to improve chronic digestive health problems including Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and inflammatory bowel disease. Most of the proposed mechanisms of actions in these studies involve changes in cell signaling and decreased production of pro-inflammatory cytokines…which plays into the health benefit that turmeric’s is best known for : overall anti-inflammatory effects on the body!
Throw some fresh turmeric into your juice or smoothie, grate some into a stir-fry, add to a marinade for meat or veggies, or cut some up and steep in hot water for a spicy immune boosting turmeric tea. Goodbye pristinely white cutting boards, hello health!