What’s all the fuss about turmeric?

There’s a uniquely South African dish that has its beginnings in the Cape: bobotie oz report designer 다운로드. And it only gets a mention here because it might be the only dish you’ve had that has turmeric in it.

While this bright yellow spice has been both the colour and taste for years in curries and vegetarian dishes in Malay cuisine, turmeric has suddenly become a worldwide food fad! So what’s turning this homely spice into a ‘blockbuster nutrient’?

Is a blockbuster nutrient the same as a superfood? No. A blockbuster nutrient is, literally, one vitamin, mineral or component in food, while a superfood may have a whole lot of good nutrients in it – like almonds which contain vitamin B12, potassium and vitamin E.

What Makes Turmeric Great?

It turns out that curcumin (the primary active component of turmeric) is what’s getting everyone so excited. Lab tests have shown that curcumin has some amazing properties, including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-microbial activities. It may also stop some cells from multiplying.

While it may be used later in the treatment of a wide range of diseases, including heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s, to date lab studies have not involved humans. This means that turmeric is only viewed as a potential treatment, and then in a processed form, rather than as a food-spice.

What We Don’t Know About Turmeric

We still don’t know if just eating it in food has any health benefits for us, or whether eating a lot of it could have negative side-effects. So for now, it’s probably best to enjoy turmeric in the normal way, (and in normal amounts), until the research comes in.

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Joanne Hart for HelloDoctor.com

Source: iol.co.za