Turmeric is an Indian spice that comes from the root of the curcuma longa, a relation of the ginger family. Nicknamed ‘Indian Solid Gold’ for all its incredible health benefits. Here are five reasons why you should add a little turmeric into your diet.
- Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory – the curcumin in turmeric has been show to inhibit various molecules that play a role in inflammation. Inflammation has been shown to have a major role in various diseases such as cardiovascular disease, metabolic diseases – such as obesity and diabetes, pulmonary disease, arthritis and inflammatory bowel diseases.
- Turmeric can help sore muscles after exercise – turmeric’s anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties have been shown to ease the pain of delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) that you may have experienced 12-24 hours post exercise.
- Turmeric improves your blood lipid profile – turmeric has been shown to lower cholesterol levels, in particular LDLs (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides. This is good news as LDLs and triglycerides increase your risk of heart disease.
- Turmeric can help with IBS – the curcumin in turmeric has been show to reduce bloating, abdominal pain, reduce bowel movements – all the nasty things that come with irritable bowel syndrome.
- Turmeric can help protect against cancer – the curcumin as well as the phytochemicals (super important nutrients for the body) in turmeric have been shown to have chemopreventive and anti-tumour properties.
Turmeric is such a vibrant, wonderful colour and can be added to all sorts of recipes either in powdered form or the fresh root. Add it to smoothies, soups, curries, scrambled eggs and rice!
See my mango, ginger and turmeric smoothie recipe here. Enjoy!