Turmeric – the underrated super-spice we should all be consuming daily

Everyone knows that you add turmeric to curries and it can be bought cheaply in pretty much any supermarket. But, consuming at least a spoonful is considered a daily essential for any ‘respectable’ healthy-eater and the Curcuma longa plant, (known as nature’s ‘Golden Goddess’ in India where 94% of the world’s supply originates) has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. Research shows it has a long list of health-boosting properties that make it worthy of serious superfood status. As well as containing iron and manganese, it’s thought that Curcumin (turmeric’s active ingredient):

compliments the work of your liver and helps to detoxify the body
lowers cholesterol and reduces blood sugar
is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and antimicrobial
fights free radicals and both prevents and destroys cancerous cells
works as an anti-depressant
helps alleviate season allergies
suppresses the growth of fat tissue
benefits brain health

Illustration of Curcuma longa by Franz Eugen Kohler, from Kohler's Medicinal Plants, 1887. Via Kew.org

(Illustration of Curcuma longa by Franz Eugen Kohler, from Kohler’s Medicinal Plants, 1887 – via Kew Gardens)

Bake foods in it with oils and other spices or add it to eggs, soups, salads, pulses, nut milks, latte, juices…Or, Hemsley and Hemsley-style, add it to a teapot full of hot water, with grated ginger, cayenne pepper and raw honey and ice it for the summer months.
It also makes a great cleansing/calming face mask when mixed with raw honey, lemon juice and coconut oil.

Buy organic and fairly-traded versions and you’ll be helping to both reduce the use of nasty chemicals and alleviate poverty, sustainably. Good for your health AND your soul. Turmeric