We don’t necessarily think of curry as a health food; in fact, we tend to place curry deep within the unhealthy category and attribute it to unwanted weight gain, but certain herbs and spices commonly used in Pakistani and Indian cuisine, most notably the spice turmeric, has actually been found to be hugely beneficial to the body – particularly in reducing certain ailments and boosting our overall body health.
Yes, eating curry everyday may not be preferable from a health perspective, but this is more down to the oils and creams used in traditional curry recipes rather than the spices. It doesn’t have to be curry night for you to root through the spice cupboard either, by introducing herbs and spices into a number of dishes, even drinks, you too can start seeing the positive benefits of Turmeric.
Most people think of turmeric as more of a colouring agent than a particular flavour; added to curries to give a deep, mustardy yellow colour, but it also has health benefits that, when added to your diet, can help avoid inflammation, lessen rheumatic pain, heal a leaky gut, improve digestion as well as addressing autoimmune issues.
By introducing it into your diet in foods, or even in drinks such as teas, you can see a spike in anti-oxidants in the body as well as introducing to your body, a boost of curcumin: a constituent found within turmeric that gives it its yellow colour and has a wide variety of biological benefits.
Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory properties are actually capable of slowing ageing inflammation processes, keeping you looking and feeling younger, as well as helping your body prevent certain life-threatening diseases.
Curcumin can also increase your immunity, preventing you from getting sick more often and can also protect against cancer.
At Royal Nawaab’s halal restaurant in Manchester we use the finest Turmeric in a number of our dishes to give it that famous yellow colouring and add incredible flavour.