Priyanka Chopra is Obsessed With Turmeric Because, Well, Who Isn’t?

Priyanka Chopra is Obsessed With Turmeric Because, Well, Who Isn't?
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Actress Priyanka Chopra is the latest star to indulge in the turmeric trend that has taken Hollywood by storm.

The “Baywatch” beauty recently posted a video of Harper Bazaar’s #LittleBlackBook in which she mixed turmeric into a DIY beauty mask and applied it, a recipe she attributes to her mother.

Of course, a beauty mask is just one of the many methods in which you can use the Indian spice. Although it’s traditionally found in savory dishes and curries, its natural anti-inflammatory properties also make it a trendy latte, tonic, and juice, as well as a popular skincare ingredient.

Why Is It So Good?

Rich in bioflavonoids, beta-carotene, and vitamins C and A, as well as a host of other nutrients, its main claim to fame is the active compound curcumin, which may be responsible for many of the spices noted health benefits, including anticarcinogenic properties.

Although research from last year found that the spice’s superpowers may have been exaggerated, a new study seemed to reaffirm the turmeric’s reputation as an anti-cancer fighter, in addition to being beneficial in the prevention of chronic disease and inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, IBD and asthma.

The Beauty Factor

As Chopra proves turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties are just as good for the outside of your body as it is for the inside. The little ingredient is mighty powerful when it comes to treating an array of skin problems, including everything from acne to premature aging.

And it turns out that curcumin is pretty powerful when it comes to combatting inflammation caused by cystic acne, rosacea, and hyperpigmentation, which all can be difficult and frustrating to treat.

OA Turmeric Recipes

We’ve covered a host of delicious recipes with turmeric as the star of the dish. It’s really easy to incorporate this healthy spice into all types of dishes. Here are some of our favorites.

Turmeric-Roasted Chicken Breasts

Spice up your chicken breasts with this yummy meal. Along with turmeric, these chicken breasts are covered in cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, sea salt, and cayenne, and are complemented with the sweet taste of cinnamon, and ground ginger.

Cozy Vegan Red Lentil Dal with Coconut Milk and All the Turmeric

A delicious and quick plant-based meal that’s made with pantry staples, this is perfect for a busy night. Red lentils are cooked with creamy coconut milk, turmeric, curry spice, curcumin, and either vegetable broth or water.

Warming Turmeric Tonic with Carrots, Ginger, and Adaptogen Mushrooms

Wellness tonics are filled with nourishing whole food ingredients, and this one, made from cashew milk, raw honey, freshly juiced carrots, ginger, turmeric, and adaptogenic ingredients like maca, reishi, and chaga, is not only delicious but also great for anti-inflammation.

Restorative Turmeric and Ginger Juice Recipe

This tasty juice is perfect for boosting your immune system thanks to its antioxidant and vitamin-rich ingredients, like beets, carrots, apples, and, of course, turmeric.

Vegan Turmeric Latte

Looking for a vegan alternative to the trendy turmeric latte? Then you’ll love this one. Turmeric is mixed with creamy almond and coconut milk, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla, and ginger. Yum!

The Takeaway

Whether you’re using turmeric as a beauty ingredient like Chopra, or as a yummy addition to your next meal, you can’t go wrong with including this small but powerful ingredient in your skincare or dinnertime routine — or both!

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