While you may not have heard of curcumin, we can guarantee you’ve heard of the spice in which it's most commonly found: that all-round good guy, turmeric. The extract's bursting with health and beauty-boosting benefits – we've listed some for you below. And we've included some tips for how you can get more of this hard-working active ingredient into your everyday diet.
What is curcumin?
Curcumin is the component which gives turmeric that distinctive, bright yellow colour. It comes from a plant related to ginger (curcumin is also found in smaller amounts, in ginger). It's been used for centuries as a spice in Indian and Asian cooking, as well as a medicine.
What are the health benefits of curcumin?
Curcumin is one of the most multi-talented superfoods you can stock your cupboard with. It’s celebrated for its significant anti-inflammatory benefits, making it a great remedy for joint pain. The extract's also high in antioxidants, helping to protect healthy cells from harmful free radicals. By preventing damage to our cellular DNA, the extract keeps skin looking smooth and youthful.
How can I get more curcumin into my diet?
Using the sparky turmeric in your cooking is one of the easiest ways to up your curcumin intake. As well as curries and tagines, try a sprinkling of the spice in your morning scrambled eggs or frittata for an unusual twist. You can also add it to steamed vegetables, stir it in with rice or use it to season your soups.
Or try adding a dash of the spice in your morning smoothie, blended in with some of your favourite fruits and vegetables. Curling up with turmeric tea is another great way to get a powerful boost of curcumin into your everyday diet (cosy blanket and book optional).
Curcumin is one of the active ingredients in our popular Restore Me supplement. Designed to help you keep up with your busy life, it’s packed full of hard-working extracts which rebalance and restore your natural energy.