I buy fresh turmeric roots at the local asian grocery store to use in smoothies for the health benefits. It is a good anti-inflammatory and has also been shown to have positive effects lowering cholesterol and some other health benefits. I put a small piece of ginger and a small piece of turmeric in my smoothies almost every day. When I buy it, I generally put what I think I’ll use quickly in the fridge and then just freeze the rest of the roots. I have a ruptured disk in my lower back and since I’ve started adding these two things to my smoothies, the discomfort is almost completely gone and only bothers me if I really overdo it or lift something heavy in an awkward way, etc. While there is no guarantee it is actually the turmeric/ginger doing what I think it is, I have suggested it to someone else I know with a back issue and, while they were pretty dubious, they’ve seen a similar improvement, so for now I’m convinced to keep it up.
I wasn’t entirely in love with the added taste when I first added the turmeric and ginger, but have really grown to like the taste and when I make it without the smoothies just taste too sweet now.
Looks like I’ll have to start growing it!