i never need an excuse to eat indian food, but here's another reason. the spice turmeric, which gives so much indian food its deep yellow colour, is now being seen as a great health ingredient. that will come as no surprise to indians, who have been using the spice for centuries to treat arthritis, liver disorders, inflammation, general aches and more. you can even buy bandages impregnated with the spice to speed recovery.
the key ingredient is curcumin which now is showing promise against cystic fibrosis, colon cancer, alzheimer's and more. It could be the killer anti- ingredient - antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifiungal and anti-cancer. plus it's great in food, of course. try an american-style mustard - it's used as a colouring agent.
final excuse to add more to your diet: some doctors now believe that it acts as a work-out for the brain, by activating the genes that clear nerve-cell waste.