The miracle spice you should be eating more of

The miracle spice you should be eating more of

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Text: Denise Kok

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This musky, golden South Asian pantry staple has been quietly strengthening bodies since time immemorial

Matcha lattes might have been all the rage last year, but the cafe-going crowd decked in Lululemon has since ditched the green pour for a brighter concoction — turmeric latte. This vivid drink pulls together a blend of nut milk and turmeric juice, a liquid pick-me-up thought to bring with it a whole slew of health benefits.

benefits of turmeric

Turmeric, which comes from the root of the curcuma longa plant, might be creating a buzz in the Western world, but its benefits have long been recognised and reaped in South Asia. The orange pigment in turmeric arises from the presence of curcumin, a powerful anti-inflammatory agent that can help to treat a wide array of conditions ranging from chest pains to inflamed joints. The anti-parasitic and anti-bacterial properties of turmeric can also help to prevent stomach ulcers. If you're battling skin irritations, a good dose of turmeric will tame redness and reduce blemishes as well.

Below, three ways to incorporate turmeric into your diet: