February is American Heart Month, Nutrition Tip: With the increased risk of severe cardiovascular illness from the inflammatory response of COVID-19, heart health has never been more important! Did you Know: Your spice rack can be your secret weapon in fighting inflammation by giving your foods a concentrated boost of antioxidants, and flavor! One of those spices is Turmeric and its powerful component, curcumin. Considered a ‘superfood, one of the most powerful characteristics of curcumin is its ability to control inflammation. A member of the ginger family, Turmeric is the main spice in the Indian dish curry, but can also be used in a variety of ways:
- Blend it into smoothies
- Add 1-2 teaspoons to any soup recipes, rice dishes or curry
- When brewing regular tea, add X teaspoon to mug before pouring in the hot water
- Toss it with roasted vegetables
- Add it to scrambles and frittatas Because curcumin is fat-soluble, to get the most benefits, use good fats such as olive oil. Also, because curcumin is poorly absorbed by the body, adding black pepper can enhance absorption.
To learn more about the health benefits of Turmeric and other spices, Contact Us to work with our team of Registered Dietitians.