The primary phytochemical constituent of turmeric of note for humans is curcumin. It’s the pigment in this rhizome that makes it golden in color. Antioxidant curcumin is a known anti-inflammatory. Research into how curcumin works in the body has revealed its impact on the immune system.
Curcumin regulates specialized cells involved in the immune response: T-, B-, and NK cells, macrophages, neutrophils and dendritic cells. It’s been shown that even at low doses, curcumin activates antibodies that are part of our natural immunity. The combination of immune system stimulation and remarkable anti-inflammatory effects make this spice one of nature’s top immune system boosters, with implications for autoimmune and inflammatory diseases like arthritis, asthma, atherosclerosis, neurodegenerative disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer. (32)
Turmeric is a versatile spice that can be used in all of your cooking. Golden milk is a fantastic way to take it, as it’s a warm drink that is soothing to the body and soul. Please keep in mind when using turmeric:
- Turmeric’s bioavailability is limited. Enhance your body’s capacity to absorb its formidable nutrition by gently heating it, mixing it with black pepper, and taking it with a healthy fat (avocado, coconut oil, olive oil, and the like).
- Turmeric can negatively interact with certain medications. Find out more here.