Very rarely you find food that tastes good and has health benefits. In recent researches, scientists discovered why a curry a day might keep the doctors away. Here are 7 of our favourite reasons:
7. Reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s
Curcumin can reduce the build-up of plaques (a type of protein) on the brain that is one of the main causes of Alzheimer’s disease.
6. Lessens Blood Pressure
Coriander, a very common ingredient in the Indian Cuisine possesses a high level of antioxidants, helping lower blood pressure.
5. Less risk of Cancer
Curries such as the Rogan Josh that is tomato based are a great source of lycopene. This powerful antioxidant is far more present in cooked tomatoes. Research indicates eating cooked tomato three or more times a week can lower risk of prostate, lung stomach, pancreas, bowel, and breast cancer.
Curcumin is also effective in helping to prevent or treat cancers, including prostate, breast, skin and colon cancer. There’s also evidence that those cancers are less common in countries where people consume curcumin on a daily.
4. Improved Moods
Lean red meats in curries like our Lamb Janter Manter provides a positive dose of vitamin B, important for assisting the body to release energy from food. Furthermore, they enhance mood promoting a happier state of mind.
3. Boosted Immune System
Thanks to food components such as chilli pepper, paprika, and garlic, eating a curry like a Spicy Garlic Chicken Bhuna and many others can ward off colds by triggering the body’s natural defenses to make extra mucus to trap viruses, eating spicy food also clears the nostrils, quickening the recovery process.
2. Creates a healthier Heart
Cardamom and sweet basil are often found in curry powder and they’re known as vasodilators, in simpler terms they allow blood to flow more easily around the body reducing blood pressure, which means lessening the chance of developing heart conditions.
1. Reducing Inflammation
The spice turmeric (somewhat heavy in our Chicken Kalapuri) has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine to help treat inflammation build up and pain, scientists discovered turmeric possesses a powerful antioxidant that lowers the levels of two inflammation-causing enzymes.
Turns out, a regular curry doesn’t only taste delightful, but it could also improve your health in more than one way. Beware of going crazy with the Vindaloo however.