Turmeric is the flavorful and colorful spice that gives curry its distinctive taste and flavor. It’s about as close as you can get to a miracle spice because it helps with so many ailments. For starters, a daily dose boosts brain health and helps to ward off Alzheimer’s disease by clearing away the beta-amyloid that plays a part in the formation of Alzheimer’s-related brain plaques.
Turmeric, with its active compound called curcumin, has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects on the body. Many people like it for joint and knee pain, mood elevation, and protection against heart disease and cancer. Turmeric pairs nicely with chicken and vegetable dishes. Pro tip: add a dash of black pepper to improve your body’s absorption of curcumin.