If you didn’t grow up already with turmeric as a restorative ingredient in your household, chances are you only know it as the spice that gives curries its golden hues. But all that’s been changing in the past few years, with wellness enthusiasts embracing the yellow spice as the new celebrity ‘superfood’ with its considerable medicinal and health benefits.
Fresh turmeric in its natural state looks similar to ginger root, with its active ingredient curcumin providing all the goodness for your immune system: claiming to be a powerful anti-inflammatory cure as well as a very strong antioxidant — think high quality matcha without the caffeine.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, curcumin also promotes the bile production process in the gallbladder, which is essential for your liver to get rid of toxins (also helping to reset your liver after breaking down all of those toxins). Due to turmeric’s antioxidant properties, there have been studies suggesting the spice can be used to treat cancer, and even help remove plaque from clogged arteries.
Given all of this, it certainly can’t hurt to incorporate more of the yellow super-spice into your daily routine (and if nothing else, it’ll brighten up your Instagram feed). Here are seven turmeric-centric tonics and treats to take for a spin.