Health Benefits of Turmeric: Hype or Totally Terrific?

by | Mar 21, 2018 | Podcasts | 2 comments

Podcast Episode 40

Get the health benefits of turmeric: the bulb, the spice, the miracle worker! This incredible food can protect against cancer and inflammation all while it supports your brain, heart and liver. Listen to this week’s show to learn about how turmeric can help you and how to get more of it in your diet through cooking and supplements and a little something called “Golden Milk“.

PLUS: The Weekly Nutrition Challenge!


What Is Turmeric?

  • Where does turmeric come from?
  • What does it look like in the whole form?
  • What is curcumin and why is it important?

The Benefits Of Turmeric

  • How does curcumin protect against cancer?
  • Is it anti-inflammatory?
  • What does it do for your brain, heart and liver?

Turmeric Uses

  • How can you cook with turmeric?
  • What about other ways to get your daily dose?
  • What is the trick to make turmeric more effective?
  • Mary’s recipe for Golden Milk
  • Recipe for Golden Roasted Cauliflower from my friend and colleague Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN

Turmeric Side Effects

  • When should you avoid turmeric?

Mary’s Favorite Curcumin Supplements

  • The below supplements mentioned in the show may not all have piperine in them (with the exception of Gaia Herbs), but have been shown to be extremely well absorbed.  In fact this study just came out on Theracurmin.
  • Gaia – Golden Milk * It’s best heated and mixed with coconut/almond milk beverages to get the fat needed for maximum benefit.
  • Bioclinic Naturals – Theracurmin
  • Jarrow – Curcumin 95

And, The Weekly Nutrition Challenge!


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Mary Purdy is a Registered Dietitian with a Masters in Clinical Nutrition from Bastyr University.

Past experience:

  • Private practice (8 yrs)
  • Adjunct professor at Bastyr University
  • Clinical Supervisor at Bastyr Center for Natural Health.

Mary currently works as a Registered Dietitian Coach at the Scientific Wellness company, Arivale. Mary takes an integrative/holistic approach to diet, health & wellness and believes that food is medicine!

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  1. Chanti

    Thank you so much for this beautiful post about turmeric. I love the way you write and it’s very througout. I hope to see further blog post about the benefits of turmeric.

    Me, myself and I, have rheumatoid arthritis and want to buy cheap, but high quality turmeric supplements.

    Now I did come up with a few websites, but one with a very cheap discount package.

    But Im sceptical too these days. Will you as a professional take a look at the website to see if it’s legit?

    Is this something i can buy? Or walk away from it?

    Your help is appreciated! Keep up the good work!

    With love,



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