- How this spice helps protect your brain from dementia and Alzheimer’s
- A takeaway dish that could lower your risk of premature death by 10%
- A brilliant recipe for you to try
Last Monday’s People’s Doctor office meeting was fun.
The team always gets together in a room at the beginning of each week with strong cups of coffee. We discuss topics for the newsletter, run through the health news and take about the latest products found by our research team.
My publisher is usually in the meeting with a stack of pages torn from the weekend newspapers.
He likes to save them up and then pass them to me first thing on Monday with a smile that says, “that should keep you busy”.
Anyway, this week he held up an article about curry.
“Of course, Rich, you probably wrote about this last week,” he said. “It being Curry Week.”
“Yes, last week was National Curry Week and you’ve been researching turmeric so obviously that was what you wrote about.”
At that point I noticed that everyone around the table was staring at me.
I couldn’t think of a good excuse so I said. “I think our readers will have been overwhelmed with Curry Week stories last week, so I’ll write about it this week instead.”
Did I get away with it?
From his facial expression, probably not.
Thing is, I was secretly kicking myself, because I hadn’t realised it was Curry Week at all, which was a bit embarrassing for someone with their nose stuck into the news all week.
Plus it would have been the PERFECT opportunity to introduce you to the best turmeric we have found.
More good news about this healing spice
If you recall, a few weeks ago I explained how turmeric can reduce inflammation and ease the pain of sore joints and muscles. Researchers believe it could have significant benefits for arthritis sufferers.
I forgot to mention a Time magazine article that I read a few years back by Dr Scott Haig. He successfully gave turmeric to one of his patients recovering from hip replacement surgery.
“Soon enough, there was no pain at all”, he wrote, “and his lower back and hands, which ached before, were also now pain-free.”
And it’s not just inflammation that turmeric can help with. A 2009 study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease revealed that curcumin (the key ingredient in turmeric) could help your immune system clear amyloid beta from your brain, helping to protect against Alzheimer’s and dementia.
It could also have a role in treating multiple myeloma, colon cancer and pancreatic cancer.
If you’d like to try it for yourself, then we still have some highly potent whole turmeric in stock on our website here.
This healing turmeric comes with special additions that boost its curcumin levels and get you the most benefit.
It comes in a specially discounted bundle with Ray Collins Spice Healer book to help you get it into your diet.
And while we missed out on curry week, there’s never a bad time to cook one, so here’s a recipe from Ray’s book that you can try with your new package of turmeric.
It’s dead simple, not very spicy and you don’t need to be a curry fan to like it. This is something you can use it to accompany meals in either of the two versions I’m about to show you.
Cauliflower with Turmeric – Two Ways (A Recipe from The Spice Healer)
• A large cauliflower cut into florets
• 500ml of vegetable stock
• 1tsp turmeric
• Extra virgin olive oil
• Half a lemon
• 1tbs grated fresh ginger
• Salt and pepper
Bring the stock to the boil in the pot, then turn the heat down so it’s simmering.
Cut the florets into quarters and add them to the pot with the turmeric. Put a lid on the port. Cook for 5 minutes. Drain excess water. Drizzle with olive oil and season well.
Mix the cauliflower florets with 3 tablespoons of olive oil, a teaspoon of turmeric and then season well. For an extra kick add a tablespoon of grated ginger. Place the mix in a casserole dish and roast in the oven at 180 degrees until golden brown. Squeeze some lemon juice afterwards and then serve.
More reasons to eat curry…
Back in 2015 a massive study by the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences found that people who regularly eat spicy food like tikka masala, jalfrezi and vindaloo were 10% less likely to die prematurely if they had diabetes, cancer, or heart or respiratory disease.
They said this was largely down to capsaicin an ingredient in many spices that an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that could help protect cells from free radicals.
Other studies have found that cinnamon and cumin can destroy 80% of meat-borne bacteria, while ginger slows bacterial growth by 25%.
However, if you’re going to try a curry for health reasons, it’s best to opt for things like rogan josh, madras, jalfrezi spinach dishes. They are less creamy than chicken tikka masala and korma dishes and pack more of a nutritional punch.
Which is why it’s shame that in this year’s chart of the most popular curies in Britain, held by the website Eat, the winner was….
Yes… korma. With a whopping 29% of the vote.
It was followed in second place by…. Tikka masala, with 22% of the vote, a dish that was in fact invented in Glasgow!
So it turns out that the two least healthy options are the most popular.
Anyway, I hope I’ve made amends for missing out on curry week, and that you’ll get some of our whole turmeric and try a dish with it.
I will be back with more on Thursday. Until then, stay healthy!