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6 health benefits of turmeric and how to add it to your diet

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Krisanapong Detraphiphat/Getty Images Turmeric is an orange spice that can be sprinkled on top of your food. The health benefits of turmeric include reducing inflammation, acting as an antioxidant, and possibly helping to treat some types of cancer.

Research suggests that turmeric may also improve the appearance of skin and help alleviate depression.

Turmeric’s health benefits come from its active ingredient curcumin, which is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

This article was medically reviewed by Samantha Cassetty , MS, RD, nutrition and wellness expert with a private practice based in New York City.

Turmeric has been a staple in traditional medicine for thousands of years. Now, modern science has confirmed some of the spice’s health benefits, from its anti-inflammatory properties to its role as an antioxidant.

Curcumin — an active chemical that gives turmeric its yellow color — is responsible for most of these benefits, but it is difficult for the body to absorb. Therefore, turmeric’s health perks are difficult to measure. So far, neither turmeric, nor its active component curcumin, have been approved as a treatment for any disease.Here are some of the health benefits of turmeric and tips to incorporate more of […]

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