Spicing It Up!

Autumn is in full swing and my palate has changed from summer cuisine.  Lately, I’ve been craving something different.   A part of feeling confident is taking care of yourself and sometimes setting challenges.  For me, trying new foods and learning to be a better chef can inspire confidence.  For this month, I’m choosing to explore the wonders of curry which contains tumeric. Also known as Curcuma longa, or the “golden spice”.  Curcumin, the main active ingredient in turmeric, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. This spice is helpful with the rejuvenation of the mind and body by offering many health benefits.    Here are some reasons why incorporating this unique ingredient in your next meal is worth a try.

TUMERIC CAN:

1) Protect the body from free radicals.

2) Help with glucose control by helping to moderate insulin levels.

3) Help with lowering blood cholesterol levels.

4) Offer skin benefits by enhancing wound healing and may help control psoriasis flares.

5) Help reduce joint pain in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis by fighting chronic inflammation.

6) Aid in maintaining ideal body weight by improving bile flow which is important in breaking down dietary fats.

7) Boost certain brain hormone levels which can result in increased numbers of new neurons in the brain and may help delay degenerative brain processes.

Now that this spice has your attention, check out this recipe:

www.foodandwine.com/recipes/chicken-curry-with-squash

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References:

Xu, Y et al. Brain Research, Volume 1122, Issue 1, 29, November 2006 P 56-64.

Shimizu, Eiji et al. Biological Psychiatry, Volume 54, Issue 1, July 2003, P 70-75.

Chondron B. Phytotherapy research, Abstract. Nov 26 2012, P 1719-25.


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