Turmeric is a powerful herb that although used in middle eastern cultures for thousands of years, has only recently become popularized in the modern American culture. It's recent fame has been due to the herbs incredible ability to reduce inflammation and to provide overall health protective benefits. Curcumin is the active compound in turmeric that works to reduce inflammation, and it has been shown to be safer and as effective as ibuprofen when it comes to pain relief.
How to take turmeric:
The most common way to take turmeric is by mouth in a capsule. When looking for a turmeric supplement, it is best to select a product that is USDA certified organic, wild-crafted, contains 95% curcuminoids, and also contains added black pepper which helps in absorption.
Another way to reap the benefits of turmeric is to use it as a spice when cooking. Rice and cooked organic chicken breast taste great with added turmeric seasoning, especially when garlic seasoning, black pepper, sea salt, and cayenne pepper is added to the dish. A traditional Indian drink called "golden milk" is also a great way to consume turmeric. Simply blend any kind of warmed milk with a generous amount of turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and a touch of raw honey, and you will be able to enjoy an anti-inflammatory drink that is especially tasty before bed.
In addition to reducing inflammation, turmeric also helps increase the benefits of other anti-oxidants in the body, increases the brains BDNF (brain derived neurotrophic factor) and lowers heart disease and cancer risks. All of these reasons make turmeric one of the most beneficial herbs to take, and provides benefits that traditional OTC anti-inflammatory drugs do not.