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Turmeric: the spice of happiness and radiant skin

Discover the benefits of turmeric and 3 different ways you can get your daily dose of the golden spice.

If you’re a foodie (or just really interested in emerging health trends), then you know that turmeric was the spice of 2016, and is still considered trendy. Turmeric lattes became the new coffee, which gave coffee addicts a healthy alternative to sip on when their caffeine cravings kicked in, and innovative recipes that featured the spice began circulating the web. Why is everyone suddenly so interested in turmeric, you ask? Apart from its unique taste and beautiful color, it’s because it’s packed with health and beauty benefits!

Turmeric boosts your mood

It’s been scientifically proven that curcumin a substance found in turmeric, can improve your mood, thanks to its antidepressant effects. This not only makes you feel better, it positively benefits your complexion: the happier you are, the more radiant your skin is!

Turmeric fights free radicals

Curcumin is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. In fact, a 2008 study shows that it doesn’t just neutralize free radicals; it even helps remove them from the body! An antioxidant-rich diet is essential in arming your skin against premature aging like fine lines and wrinkles, so aim to get ½ teaspoon of turmeric a day.

Turmeric can be added into most South Indian dishes, yoghurt, scrambled eggs, or in healthy homemade juice. It can also be mixed into a variety of sweet dishes, like the three below.

Golden smoothie bowl

The ingredients you need: Turmeric powder, coconut milk, frozen pineapple, frozen mango, fresh ginger

Lemon turmeric energy balls

The ingredients you need: Ground turmeric, Medjool dates, oats, almonds, chia seeds, lemon juice and lemon zest, vanilla extract, shredded coconut

Golden pancakes

The ingredients you need: Turmeric, eggs, vanilla extract, coconut oil

While turmeric helps your skin stay youthful and radiant, don’t forget that it’s still important to use the right skincare products as well, like wrinkle-fighting face cream and repairing serum.

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