By Sue Bedford (MSc Nutritional Therapy)
This is a traditional South African recipe, which involves the rice being cooked with turmeric, sugar, cinnamon, raisins and butter
Enjoy it with your favourites curries or alongside meat.
180g long grain rice
1 1/2 teaspoons ground turmeric
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
In a saucepan, combine the rice, turmeric, sugar, cinnamon, raisins, butter and water. Bring to the boil uncovered. When it comes to the boil, reduce the heat to low, cover and let it simmer for 20 to 30 minutes or until rice is fluffy and water has been absorbed. Remove from the heat and fluff with a fork. Keep warm until serving time.
Turmeric has been researched extensively as far as its health benefits and has been found to be one of the most powerful herbs at fighting disease. It is especially well known for the active substance found within it – Curcumin, which is a type of chemical compound, of which there are several, known as Curcuminoids. Curcumin is what makes Turmeric be known as a ‘functional food’. Meaning that it has a potentially positive effect on health beyond basic nutrition.
One of the most powerful aspects of Curcumin has been found to be the ability to control inflammation
Excess inflammation is known to be the root cause of a variety of imbalances and diseases in the body. Several reproductive disorders are accompanied by chronic inflammation, which can significantly reduce the ability to conceive and maintain a healthy pregnancy. Some of which are:
To help reduce inflammation try to include as many of the following foods in your diet
Berries, dark leafy greens, blueberries, pineapple, celery, beetroot, cruciferous vegetables, wild salmon and oily fish, coconut oil, fermented vegetables and probiotic foods.
Turmeric and ginger together are fantastic at supporting anti-inflammatory pathways in the body as ginger also contains anti-inflammatory active compounds. As well as helping digestion, ginger possesses the ability to ease menstrual pain. Add these freshly grated roots to your meals, soups, smoothies, or make an anti-inflammatory tea.
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