Tumeric, it turns out, is a root. But not just any root. Tumeric, in addition to powerfully staining your fingers and clothes orange, has incredible anti-inflammatory (think anti-aging, anti-cancer, anti-arthritis) powers as well.
Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has been shown in scientific studies to have all sorts of health benefits, (just search “Tumeric” on Pubmed, the National Institute of Health’s online library). I like this one where turmeric did as well as Advil for arthritis – it’s also moderately comprehensible for a science journal article.
A couple of years ago my friend Dan Sullivan, affectionately known as Yoga Dan, started a turmeric juice company. When he first told me this I pictured him splattered with orange grit in a basement somewhere, pulverizing turmeric by hand and pouring it into unmarked bottles and I thought “yeahhhh… ok.” Two years later Dan’s Tumeric elixir is in every Whole Foods and is slowly taking over the world. When it first showed up at Kula, my yoga studio, I enthusiastically tasted it but at first kind of thought it tasted like watered down Koolaid. Maybe my palate changed, but now I am addicted to it and since they added more spices (try the anti-oxidant variety!) I am even more in love.
Dan, if I have even one 1/18th of your hippied-out, ion-mat sleeping, abhyagna-oiled, nutty health-guru self in me, I may live to be 150. From now on I will do whatever you say.
Love, Health Uncensoredby
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