Jane Bates: spice up your life

In a bid to tackle her creaking joints, Jane Bates turns to turmeric. 
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In a bid to tackle her creaking joints, Jane Bates turns to turmeric

Cinnamon, black pepper, turmeric, ginger – these spices have been lurking in the back of my kitchen cupboard for years, only brought out at Christmas and for the odd curry.

Now they have pride of place on my kitchen counter because, dear reader, I am spicing up my life.

It all started when someone suggested I tackle my creaky joints by drinking turmeric and honey in warm milk. I have been popping the anti-inflammatories like nobody’s business to keep pain and stiffness at bay, so I was ready to try something different. But turmeric? Worth a try I guess.

After a quick Google search I discovered that the spice is lipophilic (meaning it has an affinity with fats) and works best when accompanied with piperine, the main chemical in black pepper. Ginger


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