7 Ways to Use Turmeric in Your Cooking
Turmeric is a spice often used in Asian cooking. The main active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. It is this anticancer food compound that is of interest to cancer researchers.
Anticancer benefits of turmeric and curcumin
PREVENTING GROWTH AND METASTASIS OF CANCER CELLS – curcumin has been shown to stop the growth of existing cancer cells1,2 and prevent new cancerous cells from forming3.
ANTI-INFLAMMATORY EFFECT – turmeric has potent anti-inflammatory properties4 which may help to relive the underlying chronic inflammation that researchers believe promotes tumour progression5.
ANTIOXIDANT EFFECT – turmeric helps to protect the body against harmful free radicals which can damage DNA and proteins, thus promoting cancer6.
Easy ways to include turmeric in your daily diet:
1. Add to omelettes and frittatas
2. Make turmeric tea
3. Use as a seasoning on snacks such as popcorn or these Curry Roasted Chickpeas
4. Add to rice to give a vibrant yellow colour or try this Persian Pilaf
5. Sprinkle over scrambled eggs
6. Make a turmeric smoothie
7. Add turmeric to your soup during cooking
Please note: studies have shown that turmeric should always be eating with black pepper as a compound in the pepper, called piperine, increases gut uptake of curcumin by 2000%7.
Of all the anti-cancer food compounds, curcumin is perhaps the most exciting, with the most therapeutic potential. If you’re going to make one anti-cancer change to your diet, increasing your uptake of turmeric should be it.
Read more about which foods fight cancer, and which foods promote cancerous growth in the book ‘Food to Fight Cancer: What Your Doctors Aren’t Ready to Tell You‘ by Sonia Nicholas.
- 3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1423891
About the author:
Sonia Nicholas is a Biomedical Scientist and Freelance Clinical Science Writer & Editor. She has been working in the field of clinical science for fifteen years.
Sonia believes that everyone can improve their health by eating a clean diet – a claim that scientific research increasingly supports. Sonia also believes that healthy, clean eating is accessible to all and doesn’t have to be an expensive lifestyle choice.
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