Turmeric is part of the ginger family, is grown in south East Asia and has been used for decades in eastern cooking. It has a vivid, golden colour that will stain the food you’re adding it to and it has a peppery taste. Turmeric can be added to sweet or savoury dishes.
What are the benefits of turmeric?
- It prevents cancer: Cancer Research conducted a trail in which 25 patients with pre-cancerous changes to cells were given turmeric treatment. This showed that curcumin, an element found in turmeric, can stop pre-cancerous cells becoming cancerous.
- It treats cancer: There have been several studies on cancer cells that show turmeric does have anticancer effects. It stops cancer cells, tumours, from growing and kills cancer cells! Even if you don’t read any further into this article, that’s some pretty good information to have!
- It eases symptoms of arthritis: turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory and therefore eases the swelling symptoms of arthritis.
- It eases symptoms of IBS and Crohn’s disease: a study conducted by the University of Reading assessed the effects of turmeric on 207 IBS sufferers. After 8 weeks it was found that symptoms had reduced by 60%. Again, due to its anti-inflammatory effects turmeric has been shown to offer benefits to those suffering from pro-inflammatory diseases like Crohn’s.
- Preventing Alzheimer’s: As Alzheimer’s is an inflammatory brain disease adding turmeric to your diet can help prevent this disease by stopping inflammation in the body.
- Depression: Studies have shown turmeric to have a ‘Prozac’ like effect on the body that helps to relieve symptoms of depression. One interesting theory shows depression and mental disorders, like anxiety, can be connected to gut health or an imbalance of gut flora. By improving the gut and increasing serotonin levels turmeric has helped treat people with depression.
It is so simple to begin to incorporate turmeric into your daily diet, just add it to your juices, soups, stews and curries. You can even add it to hot chocolate and lattes. It gives foods a warming kick and has a huge effect on your overall health.
You’ll be able to pick up root turmeric from your local health food store, or dried powders turmeric from your local supermarket. It’s can also be taken as a supplement with turmeric pills now being sold in most drugstores and health food shops.
Disclaimer: All benefits mentioned in this article have been collated through my own research. This research has been taken from medical studies but it’s always best to check with your personal medical adviser before adding or switching medication to fully understand the impacts on your own body.