Why you need more Turmeric
With loads of health benefits and an earthy flavour, turmeric is nature’s gold you need to start investing in. Here are six reasons why you need to work more turmeric into your diet this winter.
Turmeric has medicinal properties
Turmeric contains the active compound curcumin which has proven to have a range of health benefits and can help with the prevention and treatment of several conditions. It’s also an antioxidant with detoxifying properties with zero side-effects that can easily be added to your diet.
Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory
Chronic low-level inflammation has been linked to many of the most prevalent illnesses connected to a Western diet, like heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and some cancers. Curcumin is a natural anti-inflammatory. Talk to your doctor about possibly taking a supplement to help absorb larger amounts of curcumin if you struggle with inflammation-related health issues.
Turmeric is versatile
Turmeric has been used in Asia for hundreds of years to spice aromatic curries and these days golden milk and turmeric lattes have made it a fan favourite at hipster coffee worldwide. To start reaping the benefits of extra turmeric in your diets today, add a teaspoon of the golden spice to a glass of plant-based or regular milk and add a sprinkle of black pepper, a dash of honey and some nutmeg. Black pepper helps with the absorption of nature’s gold so it’s always a healthy and interesting taste pairing to make.
Turmeric is tasty & adds colour
Nature’s gold adds an earthy taste to a range of dishes and drinks. Use it to spice up scrambled eggs or an omelette, add colour to rice, toss it with roasted veggies, use it to add flavour to soups or make a warm cup of spicy tea.
It’s great for the skin
Glowing skin is one of the most noticeable benefits of a healthy diet and turmeric has been shown to aid with glowing skin as well as helping with speeding up the healing of wounds and scarring. It can also be used in a face mask when combined with other natural ingredients like raw honey and/or yoghurt. Be sure to test a patch of skin before applying to your face to be sure it doesn’t stain your skin or cause an allergic reaction, every skin type is unique after all.
Turmeric could help improve memory function
Scientists have linked better cognitive performance to people who ate more curries containing turmeric in a study focusing on elderly Asian people. A more recent study also found that people who took a 90-milligram curcumin supplement twice a day for a year and a half saw better memory performance than their fellow study participants taking the placebo. Further studies still need to be done, but curcumin’s anti-inflammatory properties have a range of undeniable health benefits.