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Turmeric is having a major health moment and turning up in more than just curry. Instead, we’re drinking it in for its anti-inflammatory properties

Why we need turmeric for inflammation

There’s strong evidence on its anti-inflammatory properties,’ says master herbalist Sebastian Pole. ‘Inflammation in the body is caused by things such as smoking, drinking and stress, and it contributes to most chronic diseases, from joint problems and skin conditions such as acne and eczema to inflammatory bowel diseases, dementia, diabetes, cancer and even depression. But the yellow pigments in turmeric, especially one called curcumin, have potent antioxidant, immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory actions to help reverse it.’

How to make turmeric tea

Chance are you have a jar of turmeric in your spice rack. Turn it into tea by stirring 1tsp of turmeric into a cup of hot water. If that’s too potent, try stirring the same amount into other herbal teas or add some fresh ginger or a slice of lemon.

With such a strong pigment, this can be messy, so you may prefer to buy the tea ready made. Try these:

Pukka Turmeric Gold, £2.39/20 sachets,
turmeric tea pukka
A delicious blend of Indian turmeric, cardamom, lemon and green tea (so there is a little caffeine in these).

Higher Living Golden Turmeric, £1.67/15 bags,
turmeric tea higher living
If you prefer a spicier, caffeine-free blend, this one also contains ginger, liquorice and rose petals.

Find out more about the health benefits of herbal teas in the October issue of Healthy Food Guide magazine.