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The practical benefits of adding turmeric to your diet

We know turmeric is anti-inflammatory, and it’s has been studied furiously, but mainly on mice and often in such big amounts that it’s hard to translate to us. It seems it might help to counter some chronic (human) conditions though.

Dr Michael Mosley — who you’ll probably be familiar with from TV and as the author of the 5:2 diet book — got involved in a study in which participants were asked to add a teaspoon of turmeric to their food each day for six weeks.

At the end of that period, genetic tests on the participants showed that the turmeric had a major beneficial effect on a gene responsible for depression, asthma, eczema and cancer.

Interestingly, those changes didn’t show up for people who’d taken a turmeric supplement. The research team concluded that perhaps we absorb it better when it’s heated or added to something containing fat (a lot of people stirred it into warm milk or yoghurt — P.S. apparently a lot of them complained about the taste too).

If you’re interested in those kinds of benefits, you may want to look at how to include more turmeric in your diet.

Curries are an obvious way. You could also pop a bit in pumpkin or lentil soup or scrambled eggs and omelettes.

Mosley’s Clever Guts book includes a recipe for that fashionable café drink, the turmeric latte. 

Mixing it with cinnamon, ginger and cardamom in warm milk (this recipe uses nut or coconut milk) with a bit of honey or maple syrup takes the pungent edge off the taste. If you like that combination, maybe you could try adding it to porridge or yoghurt.

With cooler weather coming it’s the ideal time to test out a few ideas.

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