Winter Wellness: T is for Turmeric

Curcumin is a natural antioxidant meaning turmeric also helps protect against free radical damage. Photo / Thinkstock
Curcumin is a natural antioxidant meaning turmeric also helps protect against free radical damage. Photo / Thinkstock

What the A to Z of winter wellness is all about

When the chill factor drops our focus on good health often drifts. Not only are we more susceptible to nasty winter lurgies, but the temptation to hibernate can mean less moving and not as much focus on the right food for optimal health. In a bid to stay focused (or re-focus) this winter, we've called on the smarts of holistic health expert, Dr Libby Weaver to help compile our interactive A to Z of Winter Wellness. Each weekday we will reveal the next letter and what it stands for in our health file, plus informative graphics and recipe suggestions to help boost your health. Check in to Life & Style every afternoon for your winter wellness inspiration.
- Nicky Park, Life & Style Editor

T | Turmeric by Dr Libby Weaver

Turmeric has long been used in cooking as well as herbal medicine, known for its bright orange color and potent anti-inflammatory effects. Curcumin, the pigment that gives turmeric its orange colour is also the chemical responsible for the anti-inflammatory effects.

Clinical studies have shown turmeric to be effective in helping people with cystic fibrosis, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease. Curcumin is a natural antioxidant meaning turmeric also helps protect against free radical damage and helps the liver do its critical detoxifocation work.

Try adding fresh or dried turmeric to juices, curries, stir-fries, rice pilaf or mix up a warming winter drink made from nut milk, cinnamon, turmeric and a dash of pure maple syrup.

Dr Libby Weaver (Ph.D) is one of Australasia's leading nutrition specialists and weight loss experts based in Auckland, New Zealand. For more information visit www.drlibby.com.


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