Turmeric? Should you be eating more
News of the health benefits of this spice are spreading its appeal.
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