The ochre shock of turmeric makes this spice instantly recogniseable. For those tuned into the health and nutrition world you will know that it is touted as a superfood, with a host of health and healing properties. Curry lovers among you will love the flavour and loathe the stain it leaves on your white top. But really, why all the fuss about turmeric? We look at some of the health benefits and if you’re in the market for good quality turmeric, we have a few suggestions.
Curcumin, the active compound in turmeric has scientifically proven health benefits. It has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer as well as being anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant proven to help with autoimmune conditions like arthritis, as well as depression. Consuming curcuim in the levels required to reap turmeric’s full benefits may require taking supplements. You also want to make sure that your turmeric supplement is laced with perperine (the active component in black pepper) to assist in the absorption of the curcumin. Choose a supplement that is certified as organic and GMP certified, a certification that ensures that it is a safe pharmaceutical product.
Turmeric has long been a staple in Indian cooking and is an important element of Ayurvedic medicine. You can always add a pinch to your tofu scramble, pot of plain rice or bowl of soup. As with everything, it is important to ensure that you are buying high quality turmeric, as the colour and flavour are unmatched by the standard jars from supermarket.
Whether you are looking for a supplement or something to cook with here are a few that we recommend trying.
Just remember, wearing white whilst handling turmeric is not advised.