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It’s routinely added to mustards and relishes. It used in place of saffron to provide colour and flavour. It’s mildly aromatic and has the scent of orange or ginger and it packs a real flavour punch.

If you’ve ever eaten Southeast Asian or Middle-Eastern food you’ll have tasted turmeric.

A new study has found that turmeric is a win-win spice. Not only is it a really useful ingredient, but it may also stimulate your brain due to an antioxidant it contains called curcumin.

A recent study found that turmeric enhanced memory in adults, boosting the grey cells for six hours. The results were published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The study focused on people 60 and older and involved them eating a breakfast of white bread along with a placebo, 2 grams of cinnamon, 1 gram of turmeric, or a combination of the latter two. Everyone in the trial was diagnosed with pre-diabetes, a condition which could increase the risk for dementia and memory-related problems.

Working or short-term memory was tested before the meal and several hours afterwards.

The researchers found the turmeric group experienced greater benefits in working memory compared to the other groups, with results lasting up to six hours.

This isn’t the first study to show a memory-boosting effect for turmeric. Previous studies also show encouraging results.

Not to mention, curcumin may help the brain form new memories. It stimulates neurogenesis (the formation of new nerve cells) in an area of the brain called the hippocampus where memories are stored.

It may be the latest superfood to incorporate turmeric into your meals, especially if you’re interested in maintaining a healthy memory.

Here’s a recipe you may want to try, from Cooking Light.

Recipe: Omelette with Turmeric, Tomato, and Onions


4 large eggs
3/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon brown mustard seeds
1/8 teaspoon turmeric
2 green onions
finely chopped 1/4 cup diced plum tomato
dash of black pepper


Whisk together eggs and salt.

Heat oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add mustard seeds and turmeric; cook 30 seconds or until seeds pop, stirring frequently. Add onions; cook 30 seconds or until soft, stirring frequently. Add tomato; cook 1 minute or until very soft, stirring frequently.

Pour egg mixture into pan; spread evenly. Cook until edges begin to set (about 2 minutes). Slide front edge of spatula between edge of omelet and pan. Gently lift edge of omelet, tilting pan to allow some uncooked egg mixture to come in contact with pan. Repeat procedure on the opposite edge. Continue cooking until center is just set (about 2 minutes). Loosen omelette with a spatula, and fold in half. Carefully slide omelet onto a platter. Cut omelette in half, and sprinkle with black pepper. Sound delicious!

Do you use turmeric and do you have a favourite recipe?

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  1. I grow my own in a large pot I live in Far North Queensland and have been growing it in the pot for about 4 years now, start with 2 little pieces. When ready to pick I upend the pot on a large garbage bag separate the tubers out as best I can usually end up leaving a couple of little ones then tip the soil back into the pot top up with fresh mix and away we go for the next year likes sunny, well drained and water regularly.

  2. I have been taking Curcumin capsules (the patented bio-available BCM-95 format) for over 3 years with amazing results on arthritis and have a number of friends also taking it. A doctor in the US (Probal Banerjee if you want to look him up) who is doing studies on rodents with curcumin and brain tumours told me I would have to eat 14 curries to get the same amount from eating turmeric. Also turmeric goes through the system very quickly which is why the patented formula was developed. It does have a slight blood thinning and BP lowering effect so you should check with your doctor before taking it.

  3. Have been taking turmeric high dose capsules with curcumin and minerva (these help absorbtion) and sm SO impressed with results that have managed to get hubby onto them.

  4. Put turmeric in the water when boiling rice
    Savory rice Not for sweets but with curry Thai,stews,etc fried rice savoury

  5. I have a teaspoon of turmeric in my smoothie ever morning along with a tsp of cinnamon, 1/8 tsp chilli and 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg. I add 200 grams home made yoghurt, about 1/2 cup soy milk, 1tsp honey, 1/4 cup unprocessed bran, 1tsp chia seeds, 1 tsp flax seed, and usually a whole banana or some fresh or frozen berries. I have been having this 5 days a week for the last 7 years. It tastes great and only takes a couple of minutes to blend up.

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    • II al I always put about 1/4 tsp of Tumeric in with hard boiled eggs when mashing for sandwiches. Have done this for years and adds to the flavour and colour.

  6. Yes please use more of them as they really do you good used them for the last 20 years because I can’t use salt so I turned to spice and we are really healthy we take no pills and we are Hubby 83 and me nudging 76 , go for it

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