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Frontiers in Herbs and Spices
by admin July 7, 2016

By Ellie Wilson, MS, RDN, CDN Senior Nutritionist, Price Chopper/Market 32

There are many myths and facts circulating the internet and other information channels regarding the practice of adding herbs, spices and supplements to the daily regime to help manage arthritis and other chronic health issues. Before you add them to your diet, however:

  • share information about taking the supplements and your other health practices with your health-care provider
  • discuss it with a pharmacist or registered dietitian
  • learn more about whether the products you are using are high quality, as there are relatively few regulations ensuring the product you are taking is real or safe.

Research has presented a promising option: turmeric, a culinary spice found in diverse cuisines. Turmeric is a plant that contains a bright orange substance called curcumin, termed a “hot” spice in the medical traditions of some Asian countries. It is the primary ingredient in curry, and can be identified partly by its bright, orange-yellow color.  A more familiar food source would be yellow American mustard.

Turmeric is related to ginger and is easily found in most grocery stores in the spice section. Recent research has shown it is a multifaceted anti-inflammatory, so it may be useful for those adding herbs and spices to more traditional care for an inflammatory condition. The research hints at other potential prevention and treatment opportunities, but there are some potential challenges:

  • Too much turmeric or curcumin may have an impact on blood thinning and clotting.
  • Supplements should not be taken within two hours of taking prescription medicine, once it has been determined there is no food/herb/medications interaction.

So, how do you access its benefits? Start by enjoying some curry! A new twist on old favorites includes adding curry to egg salad, or to sour cream or yogurt for a veggie dip, or dusting it on grilled vegetables. Check out this easy EatingWell curry recipe from our website:  www.pricechopper.com/recipes/9961/Asparagus-with-Curry-Butter

Start reaping the benefits of this powerful spice, one delicious bite at a time!

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