Turmeric Shots

Many a smoothie place has touted the inflammation-fighting properties of turmeric—and they're not wrong.  "I grew up eating Turmeric," says Maya Feller, MS, RD, CDN of Brooklyn-based Maya Feller Nutrition. "It's used throughout the Caribbean, India, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East and has been used as a medicinal herb for centuries." That's thanks to a little component called curcumin, found in turmeric. "Curcumin is known to serve as an anti-oxidative and has anti-inflammatory properties," Feller explains. "Curcumin may suppress pro-inflammatory pathways related to most chronic diseases."

As Vandana Sheth, RDN, CDCES, FAND, a Los Angeles-based Registered Dietitian and author of My Indian Table: Quick & Tasty Vegetarian Recipes notes, "Interestingly, adding some black pepper to the mix can significantly enhance the activation and absorption of the curcumin." So look for a turmeric shot with black pepper—like this one.



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