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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 nobodys 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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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 and cinnamon, also beneficial natural substances, are strong enough to mask the peppery taste. Almost.

Within a week I was off the anti-inflammatories and not saying ‘ouch’ every time I stood up. I am also sleeping like a log. I may not be cured, but the condition is under control, and I am now convinced that natural alternatives to medication are at least worth a try. 

Turmeric doesn’t suit everyone, can interact with certain drugs and must be taken in moderation, but with Christmas fast approaching I can see endless opportunities to sneak it into seasonal recipes. 

Mince pies? Roasted winter vegetables? Or how about some mulled wine? Now that really would spice up my life.  


About the author

Jane Bates

Jane Bates is an ophthalmic nurse in Hampshire 

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