Turmeric Is a Top Anti-Inflammatory

Turmeric is a root, like ginger, that has anti-inflammatory properties. Growing up in southeast Asia, I became very familiar with turmeric root. I love its bright yellow-orange color and its zingy flavor. In India, turmeric is used to give curry its yellow color. In America, it’s mostly seen as a dried powder and added to chicken-flavored soups or sauces. Turmeric is so good for us, I think it’s time we expanded our diets to include spicing fish and other foods with it.
Jonny Bowden’s, Ph.D., C.N.S., practice of using food as medicine is similar to mine. He believes turmeric may be a potential cure-all for a number of health issues. He writes about the benefits of turmeric in his book, The Most Effective Natural Cures on Earth: “It has anticancer activity, it helps support liver health, and it’s a powerful antioxidant. But the one property of turmeric that stands out—and that may even help support its other healthful activities—is its enormous power as an anti-inflammatory.”

Anti-inflammatories help keep our arteries young and less likely to clog, our skin from turning red or scaly, and our nasal passages from getting blocked. There are plenty of pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories like aspirin, acetaminophen, and steroids. But turmeric is a powerful, natural anti-inflammatory without the adverse side effects of its medicinal counterparts.

Dr. Nicholas Perricone, M.D. says in his book Forever Young, “Ingesting turmeric root on a daily basis can help prevent the loss of cognitive function that we face as we age.” That’s due mostly to the curcuminoids found in fresh and dried turmeric. People who live in India eat turmeric in their curries almost every day and reports show a reduced incidence of Alzheimer’s disease on a nationwide level there. I taught my husband how to extract juice from the turmeric root and mix it into his orange juice every morning so he too can benefit from its healthy properties.

I live in Southern California where fresh turmeric roots can be found easily in our Indian and Asian markets. If you don’t have easy access to these types of markets, I recommend going to melissas.com. Melissa’s Produce carries exotic fruits and vegetables that aren’t easily found and can ship them to anywhere in the world.

Dried, powdered turmeric is carried in most grocery stores. Health-wise, it’s a good substitute for the fresh roots, which only about one week in the refrigerator. Fresh turmeric is sharper and zestier than dried, but they both impart a gingery, almost mustard-like flavor to food. Turmeric works well in recipes with garlic, lentils, chicken, and lamb. Potatoes and cauliflower also work well with turmeric. Try chopping potatoes and cauliflower, toss them with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and about a tablespoon of dried turmeric, then roast in the oven at 400 degrees for 30-45 minutes. This makes a tasty side dish for grilled chicken or roasted lamb.

In my cookbook, FoodTrients: Age-defying Recipes for a Sustainable Body, I have many recipes that use bright yellow turmeric powder and even fresh turmeric juice. I use it in a whitefish scaloppine. I also create a coconut-milk curry with either fresh or dried turmeric and turkey pieces. My Turkey in Turmeric Sauce recipe is posted on this website. It’s delicious and it will help you age with Grace.


About Grace O

Grace O has been cooking and baking professionally and recreationally all of her adult life. As a child in Southeast Asia, she learned the culinary arts by her mother’s side in her family’s cooking school. She became so well versed in hospitality and the culinary arts, she eventually took over the cooking school and opened three restaurants. She is widely credited with popularizing shrimp on sugar-cane skewers and being one of the first culinarians to make tapas a global trend. She has cooked for ruling families and royalty. Grace O’s move to America precipitated a career in healthcare, inspired by her father, who was a physician. Twenty years and much hard work later, she operates skilled nursing facilities in California. Grace O strives to create flavorful food using the finest ingredients that ultimately lead to good health. Her recipes, although low in saturated fat, salt, and sugar, are high in flavor. Grace employs spices from all over the world to enliven her dishes, creating food that is different and delicious. She believes that food can be just as effective at fighting aging as the most expensive skin creams. And since she’s over 50 herself, she’s living proof of that. foodtrients.com
What Do FoodTrients Do?
anti-inflamatory Anti-Inflammatory

Reduces inflammation process in cells, tissues, and blood vessels, helping to slow aging and reduce risk of long-term disease.

anti-oxidant Anti- oxidant

Prevents and repairs oxidative damage to cells caused by free radicals.

immunity-booster Immunity Boosters

Support the body’s resistance to infection and strengthen immune vigilance and response.

mind Mind

Enhancers encourage vibrant skin and hair and improve mood and mental agility.

disease-preventing Disease Prevention

Reduces risk factors for common degenerative and age-related diseases.