Turmeric may be 2017’s trendiest spice: Here’s what you need to know

Every year, experts come out with a new “superfood” they swear is supposed to cure all ailments, revitalize our bodies, and change our life. (I know it sounds dramatic, but we’ve all seen the claims.)

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So what is 2017’s trendiest superfood? Turns out it’s not something brand-new, but rather, a spice seeped in tradition: turmeric.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with the spice, buckle up. You’re about to be hit with a boatload of health information.

Turmeric is best known for its use in traditional Indian cuisine, but these days, it can be found far beyond the dish.

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Tumeric is said to contain the following properties: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, as well as research stating that it may prevent Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis. The root is also said to rival the effectiveness of pharmaceuticals in treating cancers, specifically colon, breast, esophagus, oral cavity, prostate and liver.

Turmeric does its best work while fresh. For best results, freeze a root and grate when needed. Photo: Osha Key/Unsplash

Not only is turmeric increasingly popular in the wellness world, it’s also gaining traction among outdoor enthusiasts.

Most notably, pro surfer and self-professed health nut Laird Hamilton has touted the positive effects of turmeric root in multiple interviews. Talking to Men’s Journal, Hamilton chatted about his daily habit of juicing the root and having a full glass after lunch, calling it “a miracle drink.”

With any food and supplement, there are certainly a set of “best practices” that come with ingesting them.

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According to an article on The Chalkboard, it’s vital with turmeric that to reap the amazing health benefits the root promises, there are three ways to best consume it: add black pepper, freeze it, or drink “golden milk.”

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Whichever way you choose, make sure you do one last thing: have fun with it. Health is a lifelong journey, and while it should be taken seriously, it should also be enjoyed. Experiment with recipes, and find what works best for you.