While many herbs and spices can lead to a hotter you, none beats turmeric (with its active ingredient, curcumin) in this department. Among its most powerful beauty and good-looks benefits is that turmeric is great for your skin, helping cuts to heal faster and its anti-inflammatory properties combat skin conditions such as psoriasis and promote a healthy-looking, glowing complexion.
Health wise, studies show much promise in the realm of cancer prevention and even treatment, especially in combating breast, skin, prostate and even pancreatic cancer.
Turmeric is a main ingredient in many curry powder mixes, so if you love to cook with curry, you are on the right track. The spice may also be used on its own or in combination with other spices, as in this easy and delicious shrimp recipe from my friend, Mary Ann Barnes.
Recipe: Shrimp Sautéed with Turmeric and Garlic
4 tablespoons olive oil
½ chopped onion
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 tablespoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon habenero pepper sauce
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice
1 14-ounce package precooked frozen cocktail shrimp, thawed
1 bunch broccoli, chopped
2 cups brown rice, cooked
Warm olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until softened. Add remaining spices, pepper sauce, juice, shrimp and broccoli and saute until broccoli is crisp-tender. Serve over brown rice.