Turmeric? Should you be eat­ing more

News of the health ben­e­fits of this spice are spread­ing its ap­peal.

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Turmeric in herbal teas and pro­tein balls — re­ally? This bright yel­low spice is gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity not just for its flavour and colour (yes, — it stains hands and table­cloths badly), but also for its anti-in­flam­ma­tory and an­tiox­i­dant ben­e­fits.

It’s the bright yel­low pig­ment in turmeric, called cur­cumin, that’s thought to bring about so many health ben­e­fits. Re­search shows that these in­clude help­ing with Alzheimer’s dis­ease, rheuma­toid arthri­tis, in­flam­ma­tory bowel dis­ease — and it may also help to lower choles­terol. An easy way to use turmeric is to mix it into salad dress­ings These re­sults are based on re­al­is­tic in­takes of be­tween a sixth of a tea­spoon and two ta­ble­spoons per day. What’s more, adding just a touch of black pep­per boosts ab­sorp­tion of cur­cumin. “Even the small­est pinch [of pep­per] can boost cur­cumin lev­els in blood,” says Greger.

DID YOU KNOW?

Turmeric has anti-in­flam­ma­tory prop­er­ties that can help arthri­tis

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