As it has become one of the, -if not the most renowned herb on the planet thanks to its infinite health properties, perhaps you have heard of turmeric root before. If not, you've most likely encountered this spice traditionally used in Asian cuisine in the form of curry powder, cheese and classic yellow mustard. You know the bright yellow sauce you put on your burgers and hot dogs? Yes! That mustard owes its beautiful rich yellow color to turmeric.

Turmeric grows in India and other South East Asian countries and is cultivated for its flavor, color and activated chemical compound called curcumin. Curcumin has so many beneficial properties and the best thing about turmeric is that it has been researched and studied extensively and the findings are consistent. Turmeric has been found to have very few and only mild side effects (if consumed incorrectly) and you can find over 1,000 peer-reviewed journal articles on its health properties that back up all of its benefits .

So now you know that the scientific community unanimously agrees that turmeric is great, but what is it really great for?

When digested internally turmeric helps with the following :
• Arthritis
• Heartburn
• Slowing and preventing blood clots
• Intestinal gas/bloating/diarrhea/IBS
• Stomach ulcers
• Inflammation*one study looked at the impact of turmeric as a means to treat Alzheimer's disease
• High cholesterol
• Reduces symptoms of depression
• Skin health: psoriasis, jaundice, acne, rosacea and redness
• Cancer prevention and treatment

If these benefits alone aren't enough to convince you that turmeric should be a diet staple, rest assured that what I mentioned above is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to its noteworthy properties. If you would like to read more extensive research on turmeric, its use, dosages and side effects follow the links referenced below. Note that turmeric powder can also be applied topically when diluted with water in skin care regimens including but not excluding: face masks, cleansers and spot treatments AND its diluted powder can also be use as a teeth whitener! So really, it’s great for everything!