You’ve probably heard all about the importance of incorporating berries and leafy greens into your diet to stay in the best possible shape. These products belong to a very exclusive group known as superfoods – items that can actively enhance our bodies so we can thrive during our day to day lives, rather than simply function. But there’s another member of this group which is generating attention – a spice you probably have stored in your cupboard right now. It’s easy to fit into your meal plan and it has a dazzling range of health benefits. Say hello to turmeric: the superfood you probably never knew was quite so good for you.
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Some health benefits of turmeric
The curcumin present in turmeric actively combats inflammation, easing indigestion and preventing general aches and pains.
Turmeric also helps to defuse the damaging behaviour of free radicals (which can harm perfectly healthy cells), rendering it a powerful antioxidant.
The curcumin in turmeric contains properties that can help prevent the onset of brain related problems in the future and can help with concentration in the short-term.
Getting your daily dose of turmeric
There are a number of interesting ways you can add turmeric to your diet. These include:
- Adding it to stir fries and curries (for many curries, it is an essential ingredient)
- Sprinkling it on salads
- Rolling it among roasted veggies
- Throwing a dash into soup
- Stirring it into your rice
- For a heart-warming brew – warming a teaspoon of tumeric with milk and honey over the stove or adding it to hot water, ginger, lemon and black pepper (as it is understood the black pepper activates the power of curcumin)
As with all things in life, it’s best not to overdo it with turmeric – large amounts, taken for long periods, may cause digestive upsets. But don’t let that put you off. Explore the wide range of research and sensibly used, it’s a natural, tasty and healthy addition to your diet.