Could Britain's most loved dish - Chicken Tikka Masala actually be good for your health?
Yes (well potentially anyway), one of the ingredients in Tikka Masala - turmeric is being touted as having major 'healing qualities'.
To be more precise curcumin is the element of turmeric which contains the 'healing qualities' which can help people affected by I.B.S.
Recent studies conducted at the University of Reading have assessed the outcome turmeric had treating I.B.S in adults that suffered from no other health issues.
207 men and women took part in the trial and they were given 1-2 standardized turmeric powder tablets daily for 8 weeks. After the 8 week trial it was reported that I.B.S symptoms had reduced between 53%-60% after the turmeric treatment. Abdominal pain had also reduced significantly and two thirds of all taking part in the trial reported improved bowel movement.
(source - www.turmericforhealth.com)
This is obviously very good news for anybody who is affected by I.B.S, although research into turmeric and it's health benefits are at a very early stage.
Other illnesses turmeric has been found to help are - Alzheimers, Dementia, Diabetes, Liver Damage & Cancer.
Worldwide research is continuing to take place and we hope that they eventually find a way to harness the goodness found in turmeric to aid the treatment of the illnesses mentioned.
Turmeric is widely available in most supermarkets and can be used to flavour or colour many dishes from your favourite curry, rice dish or even BBQ ribs.
Most people have a high tolerance of turmeric and many can tolerate a very high dose of up-to 12g curcumin daily.
Although it must be pointed out that some people may experience side effects like - nausea, diarrhoea and skin irritation.
Until more scientific research is proven we would advise everybody to consult their GP before increasing their turmeric intake.
For more information about the health benefits and uses of turmeric please click here.
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