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Get ready to spice up your life!
It’s no secret that turmeric is having a major moment right now – it’s in everything from beauty products to lattes.
While the golden yellow powder has been used in Ayurvedic treatments for centuries, it’s sudden rise in popularity is no doubt thanks to its potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Here are five reasons why you should stock up on the spice.
1. Your skin will glow
Curcumin, the active component of turmeric, has many anti-inflammatory properties that can help swelling, regulate the immune system and reduce skin inflammation (pimples we’re talking about you). Our skin is our biggest organ and acts as a barrier to the outside word, and a lot of skin issues are caused by our immune systems. Recent studies have shown that when turmeric is added to moisturiser, it actually reduces fine lines and wrinkles. It also contains manganese, a mineral which supports collagen production.
Want to DIY a turmeric treatment? Stir up the powder with honey to create a paste-like face mask. Slather it on for a luminous complexion.
2. It acts as a natural detox
Forget that expensive 10-day all-juice cleanse. Flush toxins away with a hot mug of turmeric tea or DIY ‘golden milk‘. The root powder is known as a blood purifier A.K.A it removes toxins from the blood naturally by aiding our liver and kidneys. Researchers in South Korea gave turmeric supplements to people with elevated liver enzymes, for a study for a study published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Their findings? At the end of the 12-week trial, the participant’s levels were significantly reduced.
3. It can help you fight a cold
Curcumin is a strong antioxidant, and this helps fight free radical formation. If you didn’t know, ‘free radicals’ destroy healthy cells in our bodies, making us more prone to disease and illness.
So, the next time you’ve got the sniffles, make yourself a warm cup of… you guessed it… DIY golden milk or the Golden Milk Turmeric Latte Blend from Super Latte.
4. It can help you lose weight
The spice improves insulin resistance and speeds up the metabolism. For a study published in the the Journal of Nutrition, researchers found that mice that were fed a high-fat diet along with curcumin supplements for 12 weeks didn’t gain as much weight as the group that was fed only fatty foods. Interesting.
5. It’ll boost your brain
A study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology found that curcumin’s ability to reduce inflammation and improve blood flow improves brain function.
Looking for more on spices? Here are three spice mixes you can make at home that’ll boost you body.