Get your hit of this super spice with our top tips
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last year, you’ll be aware that while turmeric doesn’t taste that spicy, it’s hot stuff on the health scene right now. Its soaring popularity isn’t hugely surprising when you consider the array of beneficial properties it boasts, as nutritional therapist Mary Cotter (nutritionistresource.org.uk) explains. “Turmeric boosts brain health by stimulating the production of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega 3 fatty acid which has been shown to be particularly important for cognitive function,” she says. “Its anti-inflammatory effect has been linked with improved blood pressure and a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease and, along with its antimicrobial properties, found to be useful in easing skin conditions. Turmeric also stimulates phase two detoxification in the liver.” The question is, how can we make the most of this powerful spice’s benefits? Read on to find out…
Have you ever thought of adding turmeric to your Sunday roast? As the oven heats to 200°C, peel and cut the potatoes then place in a large saucepan of salted cold water. Bring to the boil then lower the heat and simmer for around 8 minutes. Drain the potatoes, add 1 tbsp of turmeric and a pinch of chilli flakes, season with salt and pepper and toss until they’re evenly coated. Drizzle with olive oil, toss again and leave to steam for 5 minutes. Spread 4 tbsp of olive oil across a roasting tray and place in the oven for a few minutes before adding the potatoes and tossing in the oil. Roast for 40 – 45 minutes until crisp and golden.
SUPERCHARGE YOUR CUPPA
Golden milk, AKA turmeric latte, has become somewhat of a healthy beverage buzzword as a result of the yellow spice’s rise to superfood stardom. To make your own, whisk a milk of your choice (we like coconut), a pinch of turmeric, cinnamon and ginger and a dollop of honey with water, then simmer over a reduced heat for 10 minutes.
FEED YOUR FACE
Turmeric has long been used in ayurvedic skincare and is dubbed by some as a secret beauty weapon. Particularly useful for inflammatory issues such as acne, psoriasis and eczema, it is also high in antioxidants that slow down cell damage, popular as an exfoliant and can reduce pigmentation and even out skin tone. Sound good? Then why not whip up your own DIY face mask. Mix together 2 tbsp of flour, 1 tsp of turmeric, 3 tbsp of milk and a few drops of honey and apply a thin layer to your face. Let it work its magic for 20 minutes before rinsing off and applying moisturiser. We can see your glowing complexion from here!
BOOST YOUR SEASONING
Ramp up your usual salt and pepper by making a spicy-charged alternative. Put equal amounts of turmeric, coriander, cumin and black pepper in a saltshaker and use as your staple seasoning (turmeric has to be combined with pepper for optimal absorption).
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