Primary spice in curry helps control diabetes

I’m having friends over tomorrow night, and while dozens of recipes are swimming in my head, curry is on my mind. And not just because I make a pretty incredible curried beef (if I do say so myself).

You see, a new study out of India, published last month in the journal Natural Product Research, found that turmeric, the primary spice in curry, helps control diabetes.

In laboratory tests, researchers found that turmerin, the antioxidant protein in turmeric, inhibited two specific enzymes–called alpha-amylase and alpha-glucosidase–linked to type 2 diabetes.

Of course, to get the optimal effect you need more turmerin than you can get in the turmeric in your spice rack. (A curcumin supplement can help with that. Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric).

But indulging in a decadent curry dinner on a regular basis certainly won’t hurt.

In the meantime, here’s what else we talked about this week in the Reality Health Check…