Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Why Turmeric Is Just Terrific

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Why Turmeric Is Just Terrific

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LIKE avocados, kale and chia seeds before it, turmeric is one of those cure-all ingredients that seems to have blown up out of nowhere.

But is it just a fad or are there actual benefits to the wonder spice? We've found some sciencebacked reasons to tap into its healing potential.

IT DECREASES INFLAMMATION RESEARCHERS have found that curcumin, the bright yellow chemical produced by turmeric, is capable of interacting with a variety of molecules involved in inflammation, easing swelling, aches and pains in the joints and muscles.

IT HAS ANTIOXIDANT EFFECTS ANTIOXIDANTS protect your cells against the effects of free radicals - unpaired electrons that scavenge the body to seek out other electrons so they can become a pair. Damage caused by free radicals has been linked to premature ageing, a host of neurodegenerative diseases, and even cancer. As well as bolstering the body's natural antioxidant function by increasing glutathione levels, studies have found curcumin's molecular structure can even neutralise free radicals, lessening the chances of disease. …

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