The Magical Yellow Spice

Wednesday 25 January 2017 by

Turmeric, Spice, Healthy

Turmeric seems to be the hottest new thing amongst health bloggers. They are adding it to tea and lattes and all sorts to improve their health. But what’s so great about this? Its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties mean it has several bonuses – from relieving arthritis to aiding digestion.

This humble yellow spice has been used in foods and medicines for at least 2,500 years, and is prized for its high proportion of curcumin – which helps relieve pain from tendonitis and arthritis. It’s even believed to have cancer-preventing properties, including inhibiting the size and number of precancerous polyps in the colon, and suppressing cell proliferation in breast and lung cancer. However, this has not been proven, so that’s under discussion. Plus, with things like iron, manganese, potassium, and copper, so that means it improves blood health and bone strength too.

The best way to eat it? Add a pinch of ground turmeric to scrambled egg with some green and red peppers, or make a latte by steeping fresh turmeric in hot water or milk. If you only have ground turmeric, strain it through before drinking. Add honey to make it sweeter if you need.

So maybe the health bloggers are right – perhaps turmeric really is the hot new thing (for the past 2,500 years).

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