The “Happy Spice” and What It Can Do For Your Body

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The "Happy Spice" and What It Can Do For Your Body

Turmeric is among the most researched spices on the market today. It’s commonly found in Eastern cuisine, but is becoming more popular as both a staple and health supplement in kitchens around the world.

Turmeric has been found to have positive effects on those struggling with arthritis, IBS, high cholesterol, diabetes, and a laundry list of other disorders. This spice might truly be amazing with how many conditions can be improved with its use.

Turmeric and The Happy Brain

Also notable is the effect turmeric has on an individual’s mood. Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin, which is known to have neuroprotective properties. This soothing benefit to the nervous system can lead to an overall happier mood after prolonged use.

The physical benefits of using turmeric may lead to an overall happier mindset by default. A reduction in inflammation for many means a major reduction in everyday soreness. One study even showed that people struggling with depression tend to have more persistent levels of inflammation. So, this fantastic spice may be helping on more than one level when it comes to mood!

How To Start Using Turmeric Now

Adding turmeric to your diet is simple. You can purchase it in capsule form and take it as a supplement, after talking to your doctor about adding a new supplement, of course; or you can add it to your standard spice rack for your next meat seasoning. You can even add it to your soups and stews. There are some great recipes for warm turmeric milk and turmeric paste made with honey online as well.

Just be careful. The curcumin that gives turmeric its amazing benefits is also what gives it that gorgeous golden hue — and it stains. Try not to get too much on your hands!

6 COMMENTS

  1. I love this spice! I add it as a seasoning to all of my dishes and yes it does give everything a golden hue and it does stain.

    My favorite way to use it is as a morning and before bedtime tea. I add turmeric, lemon, and honey to warm water and I savor the soothing drink. It really seems to help my symptoms and I seem to rest better at night too.

  2. I suffer from depression and would like to give turmeric another chance if it could possibly make me feel happier. I will cut way down on how much I use and see what happens. Thanks for the suggestion!

  3. I tried using turmeric in my soups and stews for dinner each night and after about a week i developed explosive diareah warning not to use too much of it,well thats what happened to me anyway.Now i am afraid to use it.

    • I had the same thing happen. So I cut way back and gradually upped the amounts. I might have been taking capsule form as well. Now I just make golden milk with Almond milk a couple of times a day. I haven’t had any problems since.

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