Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anticancer agent. It aids digestion, especially that of fats, through increased bile production in the liver. It is also known to have anti-viral properties, increase energy levels, reduce high blood pressure, and promote healthy cholesterol levels. In fact, a review of over 700 studies, showed that turmeric appears to outperform many pharmaceuticals in its effects against several chronic, debilitating diseases, and does so without adverse side effects [1, 2]. All of this with a color that could brighten the dreariest of mornings. And I’m from Seattle. I’ve seen my share of those.
I found the golden wonder root at my local Fairway. I glanced past the ginger bin to its neighbor and realized I had probably never seen turmeric root in its natural form. Intrigue ensued as I scooped up a 1/2 pound from the bin. I brought it home with no idea what I was going to do with it. But, the most obvious solution was to juice it. And so I juiced with the small, gnarly root as the star ingredient again and again. I found myself hooked on the energetic buzz each morning. Until I ran out.