What’s the story with… Turmeric

There are heaps of claims made about so called ‘superfoods’ and the amazing health benefits to be found by including them in your diet. But how do you know if such claims are valid – can some foods really benefit you as much as enthusiasts allege?

Studies certainly seem to stand up for turmeric as one of the most powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatories on the plant.

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Turmeric is a plant native to South India and Indonesia and is part of the ginger family.You’ll know it well if you like curry and be familiar with its distinctive yellow colour. What you might not know is that because of its primary active ingredient, curcumin, it is one of the most powerful anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories available.

Many of the foods that we eat encourages arterial inflammation and leads to cholesterol-clogged arteries, which is a leading cause of heart disease. And in terms of working out, exercise induces physical stress which also causes inflammation and this in turn impedes muscular repair. The more quickly the inflammation subsides then the quicker the recovery from training.

Foods like turmeric that can reduce inflammation will therefore support recovery as well as circulatory health. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric can be taken in capsule form or just dissolve 1/2 spoonful in hot water for a super boosting tea!

Where to learn more

NutritonFacts.org

Harvard Health Publications 

Some tasty vegan recipes with Turmeric can be found here

You can buy you Turmeric here 

What foods do you eat for their health benefits- send pictures to faldaeats@gmail.com or share using hashtag #faldaeats

 

 

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