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Tumeric, the beautiful golden-hued spice, is having a moment. An ingredient commonly used in curries, it’s now being found in everything from hot drinks to scrambled eggs because of its health properties. Tumeric Tonic founder Surya Singh tells us more about this wonder food, and how it can become part of the family diet.
 
  • Turmeric, or curcuma longa, belongs to the ginger family and grows in Southern Asia and India.
  • For thousands of years, turmeric has been used as a spice in Indian cuisine and to treat a variety of medical conditions.
  • According to the University of Maryland’s Medical Centre (UMMC) in Baltimore, US, turmeric contains curcumin, which is a bioactive ingredient that stimulates the gall bladder to produce more bile and can therefore ease digestive problems such as gas, bloating and general stomach discomfort.
  • UMMC research showed that turmeric lowers the blood sugar levels in diabetic animals.
  • Researchers from Genoa University, Italy, found that men and women aged 70, who were all suffering from declining bone density, boosted their bone density by 7% after taking turmeric for six months.
  • The UMMC found that turmeric powder might inhibit or prevent various kinds of cancer, including colon, skin, breast and other cancers due to its antioxidant properties.
  • Early research conducted by the also UMMC indicates that turmeric can help lower blood cholesterol levels by keeping low-density lipoprotein levels from building up in arteries.
  • Turmeric has anti-bacterial properties and can be used to clean small wounds.
 
One of the most important factors to consider when eating turmeric is that the absorption rate is increased when the spice is ingested with black pepper and a small amount of soluble fat such as full-cream milk.
 
If it’s something you’d like to include in your children’s diet, you can either use a product like Turmeric Tonic to make turmeric milk (often called ‘golden milk”), or make your own with fresh or dried turmeric. Golden milk becomes a real bedtime treat if you use a little honey to make the turmeric palatable. Having warm milk before bed is also a good way to ensure that children get much-needed calcium, which promotes better sleep.
 
And you can always add pure turmeric powder to just about any main course dish as part of your regular spice mix. It’s not only meant for curries, but can also be used in stews, soups, casseroles, roasts, grills and bakes and just about anything.
 
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