By now you’ve probably heard of this spice and it’s health benefits related to treating inflammation, aiding in digestion and even as a measure of cancer prevention and treatment. Let’s go a little deeper, because while the Western world has recently caught wind of this little wonder root, the East has known about it for thousands of years. Turmeric has long been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine as well as Middle Eastern and South Asian cuisine. The active compound, curcumin is responsible for giving turmeric the bright sunny yellow/orange color and its long list of health benefits. The list of benefits goes far beyond relieving inflammation. in vitro and in vivo studies show its efficacy in moderating insulin levels, lowering cholesterol, inhibiting replication of HSV1 and HSV2, protecting against Alzheimer’s Disease, and preventing against organ toxicity. Is there anything this sexy little beast can’t conquer? There are several ways to include turmeric, and by far the best in its whole food form. So, grab a Life Foods Superfood Burger and be stoked :) Or, you can add the fresh root to a salad dressing by blending with oil and vinegar (add black pepper to increase absorption of the curcumin), blend into a green smoothie with bananas, kale, coconut water and ginger (yum. trust me.), or make a delicious turmeric/ginger tea by boiling the roots in fresh water. If you can’t get the fresh stuff, powdered is your next best option. You can add turmeric powder to curries,sauces, dressings, and more.