A spicy root long featured in Indian and Thai curries, turmeric started trending in the healthy beverage aisle thanks to its high levels of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. In addition to bottled turmeric tonics, the bright orange superfood now turns up in juices as well as teas and even coffee. According to Whole Foods’s global grocery purchasing coordinator Dwight Richmond, “Turmeric drinks are very bioavailable.” Adding why he likes it in beverages: “They get into your body a lot more quickly as a liquid than as a capsule or food source.”
Of course, the trick is to make such drinks taste good, too. Here are the most delicious ways to sip turmeric this season.
1. Mixed with juices. Turmeric is a strong flavor and needs a little something sweet to make it palatable. Bottled and sold around the country, Purity Organic makes a turmeric superjuice with orange, carrot, mango and ginger. Also stocked in national markets, Suja’s Fuel offers a flavor with carrot, orange, apple, pineapple, lemon and turmeric.