In its bright yellow powder form, turmeric transfers that vibrant yellow tone to the foods it flavors. With an earthy taste (but not super spicy), turmeric adds a tang to curries and bean and rice dishes. But besides dinnertime, it can also be used as a natural dye for Easter eggs or baked goods. Pair it with black pepper to pump up curcumin’s antioxidant benefitsPiperine as an adjuvant increases the efficacy of curcumin in mitigating benzo(a)pyrene toxicity. Sehgal, A., Kumar, M., Jain, M., et. al. Penjab University, Chandigarh, India. Journal of Human and Experimental Toxicology, 2011.. If the plain yellow stuff is nowhere to be found, try curry powder — a blend of turmeric and other Indian spices like coriander, fenugreek (we’d never heard of it either), and cumin — as a stand-in. And heat doesn’t break curcumin down, which means it retains its beneficial effects after it hits the skillet. Even better news, heating curcumin actually increases its bioavailability (or the body’s ability to absorb it)Improving the solubility and pharmacological efficacy of curcumin by heat treatment. Kurien, B.T., Singh, A., Matsumoto, H., et al. Arthritis and immunology Program, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Assay and Drug Development Technologies, 2007; 5(4): 567-76.. Though it can take the heat, turmeric can be used out of the kitchen. Apply a pinch to minor cuts to help stop the bleeding and to help disinfect. Or make a mask out of the powder, some lemon juice, and honey for clear skin. Turmeric paste, a mixture of powder and water, can also take care of pesky pimplesFormulation and comparative evaluation of poly herbal anti-acne face wash gels. Rasheed, A., Avinash Kumar Reddy, G., Mohanalakshmi, S., et. al. Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Sree Vidyanikethan College of Pharmacy, Andhra Pradesh, India. Journal of Pharmaceutical Biology, 2011; 49(8); 771-4.. See Also: Greatist’s Full Collection of Superfoods!
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