Kat Hoyle Updated by Kat Hoyle

Turmeric is a vibrant spice that deserves a spot in any respectable kitchen cupboard. But it’s not only useful for its warm and earthy flavour, it’s also got some incredible health benefits. This root has been used for thousands of years in traditional medicine, and modern science is finally starting to uncover its vast potential. From its anti-inflammatory properties to its potential role in improving your mental health, turmeric is more than just a staple ingredient in your curry. The main benefit of turmeric is its curcumin content, it's this component that gives turmeric its yellow colour and most of its health benefits. Backed by an increasing body of research, curcumin benefits virtually every aspect of our health.

It Helps to Reduce Inflammation

Inflammation isn’t bad — it’s a natural part of your body's healing process. The problem comes when inflammation is long-lasting, where it can contribute to heart disease and other health conditions. The curcumin found in turmeric possesses potent anti-inflammatory properties. This means it helps to interrupt the process of inflammation at a molecular level, blocking molecules that initiate inflammatory responses. This effect has been likened to some anti-inflammatory drugs, offering a more natural approach for those looking to manage chronic inflammation (without the side effects of drugs).

It's High in Antioxidants

Free radicals are unstable molecules that can damage cells in your body in their search for stability — a process known as oxidative stress. Antioxidants are compounds that neutralise these free radicals, meaning they reduce oxidative stress. Curcumin not only acts as a powerful antioxidant but also boosts your body's antioxidant enzymes. This boosts your body's natural defence mechanism against oxidative damage, contributing to overall health and well-being.

It Can Help Improve Digestion

Digestive health is foundational to our overall health. Turmeric may aid digestion and alleviate symptoms of digestive disorders thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric can help to reduce gut inflammation and improve gut permeability (meaning how well you absorb nutrients).

How to Eat More Turmeric

Turmeric is traditionally used in curries, but you can also add it to stews and soups; or to start your day with this super spice, blend it into a smoothie.

To reap maximum benefits supplementation is very helpful, as most scientific studies use turmeric extracts (like the one found in Perform Plant Protein) which contain mostly isolated curcumin.

It’s also worth noting that curcuminoids are fat soluble, so it would be beneficial to consume your turmeric alongside a fat source, or to add some a little avocado or almond milk to your smoothie or Perform Plant Protein shake.

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