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What foods offer the best turmeric benefits?

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Turmeric itself comes from a plant and does not occur naturally in foods, but it can be added to dishes for flavor and health benefits. Turmeric is the main spice in curry and many other Indian dishes. It can also be added to pasta dishes, soups and grilled cheese sandwiches.

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There really are no limits concerning what type of food turmeric may be added to, it's just a matter of personal taste. Some people sprinkle turmeric on eggs, tofu or leafy-green dishes. Turmeric gives food a golden color and has a very distinct, earthy flavor. Some recipes for dishes containing turmeric may be found on the Vegetarian Times website and Allrecipes.com. Turmeric may also be added to smoothies or blended, green drinks, potatoes and baked vegetable dishes.

Turmeric contains curcuminoids, which are thought to be an effective treatment for digestive disorders and osteoarthritis. Turmeric is also used in holistic medicine as a preventative measure against colorectal cancer, Chron's disease and gingivitis. As of 2015, early research shows that turmeric may also be effective as a tool against diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome and kidney inflammation, according to WebMD. Research in the fields of cancer recovery, rheumatoid arthritis and tuberculosis also show promising results concerning turmeric use.

The effective dose of turmeric varies for different conditions, but in scientific studies people with osteoarthritis take 500 milligrams two to four times per day, and patients with gastrointestinal issues take 500 milligrams four times per day.

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