Have you ever wondered what gives Nanoosh’s basmati turmeric rice that strong yellow flavor? Turmeric, a yellow-colored spice used widely in Mediterranean and Southeast Asian cuisine. Not only has it been used in foods for hundreds, or even thousands, of years, it has also been used as medicine in traditional health systems for just as long.

It’s not just an “Old Wives Tale” anymore. Research has demonstrated the potent health benefits of turmeric, confirming the effectiveness of many of the traditional uses.

For Nanoosh, your enjoyment of our food is just as important as how it contributes to your health. Turmeric is just one of the elements that does just that. In order to make the most of turmeric it has to be taken with a bit of fat as it is fat soluble which is why we are mixing it with our extra virgin olive oil when preparing our rice!

What are the health benefits of turmeric?

It is an Anti-Inflammatory

Inflammation is the body’s natural response to fighting foreign invaders (bacteria and viruses), and helps to repair damage already done. However, when your body experiences inflammation beyond just a short while, it leads to many long-term detrimental conditions, including heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s and various other degenerative conditions.

The anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin, one of turmeric’s compounds,  are so strong that it may be even as strong as some anti-inflammatory drugs.

Boosts Antioxidant Activity in the Body

Why are antioxidants so important? They are a category of compounds that help fight off free radicals, which, when uncontrolled, cause cell damage and promote cancer. Curcumin is also the component responsible for this health benefit. In addition to bringing along its own antioxidants,   it also boosts the activity of antioxidant enzymes found naturally in the body.

Lowers the Risk of Brain Diseases

The cells found in the brain, neurons, make new connections over your lifetime, and increase in number in certain parts of the brain. A growth hormone regulates this process naturally, but it appears that curcumin in turmeric can increase the amount of this growth hormone in the body.

This may help to stave off brain-related diseases, potentially even Alzheimer’s, and degeneration of brain function due to age.

Turmeric is not only delicious, it is great for your health. However, outside of Southeast Asian and Mediterranean cuisine, it is rarely consumed. With its one-of-a-kind taste and amazing health benefits, it is about time to integrate it into our regular diet.

Just a few more another reason to love Nanoosh’s turmeric rice!

p.s another great alternative we tasted is golden milk – a warm combination of turmeric and coconut milk or oil. Highly recommended in the morning or before you go to sleep!