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The Benefits of Turmeric

Research has shown that many herbs and spices have beneficial health properties. Turmeric has been around over 4,000 years and has been shown to fight infects, some cancers, reduce inflammation, and calm digestive problems.

Typically used in Indian cooking, this bright yellow spice contains the antioxidant curcumin. Preliminary research suggests turmeric could help lower cholesterol, reduce osteoarthritis pain, help with Crohn’s disease, diabetes and more.

While the health benefits are preliminary, the taste benefits abound as turmeric will wake up bland dishes with a spicy mustard flavor and a bright yellow color.



About Karen Blakeslee

The Rapid Response Center was formed in 1995 as a resource for Kansas State University Research & Extension Agents. Resource topics included Food Science, Human Nutrition, Food Service, Textiles, Home Care and other consumer topics. Since that time, the Center has grown to be of valuable assistance to Kansas State University Extension Specialists in those areas.

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