On a visit to trendy Shoreditch House last year whilst waiting for my meeting i was browsing at upcoming events for their members and saw one evening session scheduled was a lecture on Turmeric.
Well i was clearly out of the loop on this one and had only ever come across Turmeric as an ingredient when i’d made my curries from scratch. Full of curiosity i did my own investigations in to the benefits of this brightly coloured spice.
Turmeric has been used in Asia for thousands of years and is a major part of Ayurveda , Siddha medicine. Ayurveda therapies have been integrated in general wellness applications and in some cases medical uses.
Turmeric is one of the key ingredients in many Asian dishes and is commonly used as a dye for clothes and food.
However the latest claims and hype enough that people would want to go to a lecture on it were and wait for it , it’s a big list
Helps to fight infection
Anti – ageing
Anti – cancer
Regulates blood sugar
Protects brain and heart
So at this point i can hear you all saying my god let’s get adding this wonder super spice to everything which is exactly what i was like after of getting over the shame for not knowing just what this miraculous little spice could do.
However i did dig a little deeper whilst sipping on my now daily Turmeric latte’s and despite all the claims there is not enough data to support any of them.
None of this is to say the scientific community has dismissed Turmeric as a lost cause . The curcumin continued within Turmeric has medicinal activity but gives false screening during drug tests which may explain the flurry of interest without much in the way of real results. It’s also pretty hard for the human body to absorb.
In conclusion is Turmeric the magic little spice it’s claimed to be? – no . Might it be beneficial to our health ? – probably , we just need to wait and see so in the meantime it does make a rather nice curry and i’m still sipping my latte’s ( vegan recipe below)
1/4 tsp ground ginger
250ml almond milk
1 pinch black pepper
1 tsp coconut sugar
Add all ingredients in a small saucepan, turn heat to medium high and whisk vigorously until it begins to foam but not boil.
Remove from the heat and put into a mug.