The health benefits of turmeric


The health benefits of turmeric

 | By Steve Walker | @SteveWalkerWeb

In case you haven’t already heard, Starbucks are launching a turmeric latte this autumn… but what’s so great about this bright spice that everyone’s talking about? We’re here to give you the low down.

Turmeric is a huge reminder that healing substances can come from the kitchen, not just from the medical cupboard. But how?

The bright yellow spice has many scientifically proven health benefits. From its anti-inflammatory properties to its possible anti-cancer abilities1 , the spice is growing in popularity.

Since antioxidants are crucial for good health, we’re told to eat foods that are packed full of them. Although blueberries, walnuts and dark chocolate are great for getting that antioxidant punch, it turns out that turmeric is even better. Why? Because not only does the spice provide antioxidants, but it helps boost your body's pre-existing ones too!

Since turmeric is the main ingredient in curry powder, it’s been used in cooking for decades. But it can be used in so much more than just your curry… Whether you toss it in with some roasted vegetables or add a teaspoon to your homemade soup, turmeric should be a staple ingredient in your kitchen.

What else? Try adding it to your scrambled egg or oatmeal for a flavour kick at the breakfast table. If that’s not your thing, add it to your pancake batter alongside some cinnamon and nutmeg and you’re guaranteed a tasty, spicy treat. Alternatively, add a dash to your fruity smoothie and you'll soon be reaping the benefits. 

What about coffee?

We’ve taken some inspiration from Starbucks and created you a quick and easy guide to turmeric lattes.

NOTE: you can make this super-simple turmeric latte from any milk – whether you opt for soya, almond or cow milk in entirely up to you. So no matter if you’re lactose intolerant, vegan or you don’t enjoy dairy, this latte will still work perfectly for you.

First things first, warm your chosen milk until just before boiling point. Next, stir in a teaspoon of dried turmeric, a dash of cinnamon, a dash of nutmeg and a teaspoon of honey (add more or less to taste). Now, using a whisk, mix until smooth and slightly frothy. All that’s left to do is pour into a mug and enjoy! This is a huge health-kick condensed into a small mug – bonus.

So there you have it! The low down on turmeric. Now go and get sprinkling it on every one of your dishes!