Turmeric is becoming somewhat of a superhero these days. The bright orange spice has been a
staple of Indian cooking for thousands of years. Now the peppery root is getting its day under
the microscope — not to mention in news headlines. (It shows up as a beauty mask, a must-
have heart herb, and turmeric milk is even touted as the new green juice!).
I have fond memories of turmeric going back to my childhood. Growing up, my family ate the
pungent spice on vegetables, rice and all kinds of enticing curries. It permeated our food fabric
— and held a powerful place in the family first aid kit. I remember my father getting a really
bad cut one day, so deep we thought he needed stitches. Turmeric to the rescue! Instead of
going to the hospital, dad made a turmeric paste. Within a week, his cut was gone! Now,
scientific studies prove turmeric’s ability to heal wounds.
There are other reasons I think of turmeric as a superhero in a saffron-colored cape. It’s main
compound, curcumin, is proven to lower cholesterol in heart patients, and blood sugar in
people with diabetes. It’s “anti” in all the right ways: anti-septic, anti-inflammatory and anti-
cancer. Turmeric is so effective at lowering inflammation, it relieves arthritis and other joint
pain. It’s even been shown to stop cancer from growing, and in some cases kill malignant cells.
Researchers are realizing this highly prized spice lowers the risk of Alzheimer’s too. Not
surprisingly, turmeric is still part of daily cooking in India, where the incidence of Alzheimer’s
is extremely low.
My family also used turmeric as a tonic to relieve the common cold and the flu’s fury. Here’s
an sweet and easy recipe you can start at the first sign of a scratchy throat or runny nose:
Mix equal parts turmeric and honey until they form a paste. Eat one teaspoon two or three
times a day, until symptoms subside. Even kids love this natural cough syrup substitute! Use
with any viral infection to ease symptoms and speed recovery.
Turmeric has seemingly endless uses — including a beauty serum that clears acne and reverses
the effects of time. Who doesn’t want that? In the Prime Club, I’ll teach you my other home
remedies with turmeric, including a simple, cheap, do-it-yourself beauty paste that rivals the
most popular and pricey anti-aging serums. And this is only one single spice in my favorite
curry blend. In The Prime, we make our savory curry with six super spices. The synergy of the
spices and herbs is vastly greater than the sum of their individual parts. I hope you join me –
and my crew of superhero spices – in the next Prime Club!