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Digital Subscriptions > Healthy Magazine > May 2017 > FOCUS ON TURMERIC


This on-trend warming spice does far more than add colour to your curries – it benefits both body and mind, as dietician Carrie Ruxton explains


CARRIE RUXTON PHD is an award-winning dietician, health writer and TV nutritionist

What is it?

The herbaceous plant, Curcuma longa, grows abundantly in the warm, wet climates of South Asia. Like its close relative, ginger, the root is made up of aromatic compounds and oils, which give it its characteristic spicy taste and yellow colour. This kitchen staple also hides an amazing nutritional pearl, a substance called curcumin, made by drying, then grinding the root. Apart from curcumin, which represents around three per cent of a teaspoon of turmeric powder, it’s also a source of manganese (for bone and skin health), iron (for cognitive function) and vitamin B6 (for energy release).

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Discover your #healthystressbuster of choice in our May issue of healthy, which features one of our favourite wellbeing warriors, Ella Mills (aka Deliciously Ella). We’ve rounded up 21 ways to conquer stress, including food to keep you calm and an exclusive feature on anxiety – take the quiz to find out how it affects you! Next up, give Easter a ‘bake-over’ with our inspiring recipe pages, featuring spelt hot buns and vegan ‘Snickers’ bars. Plus! We ask: do you need female Viagra? And are you born to be fat? Find out more in the brand new issue of healthy.