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The #1 Best Spice to Reduce Inflammation, Says Science

If you take a peek into your spice cabinet, you'll likely find cinnamon , dried oregano, and maybe even crushed cayenne pepper. But is turmeric in your cabinet? If not, it might be time to make a trip to the grocery store or a specialty spice store to pick some up. Here's why: Turmeric holds a wealth of anti-inflammatory properties. The spice, which has an integral part of Ayurvedic medicine , may help improve cognitive function and may even delay the onset of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's. RELATED:  The #1 Vitamin to Take to Reduce Your Alzheimer's Risk, New Study Says The main active ingredient in turmeric called curcumin is what gives the spice its inflammation-fighting capabilities. The authors of a 2018 study published in the journal Advances in Nutrition   suggest that adding curcumin to your diet can help "prevent accelerated cognitive decline" by staving off chronic inflammation . However, in order to properly activate these anti