Happy National Curry Week!
Think of a healthy meal and a curry might be the last thing that springs to mind, but recent research shows that many of the ingredients used within a typical curry can do you the power of good.
1. Reduced risk of Alzheimer's
Turmeric, one of the spicy ingredients of almost every curry from korma to vindaloo may be an effective treatment for Alzheimer's. According to researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, a chemical found in the spice called curcumin can reduce the build up of knots in the brain that can cause Alzeihmer's by as much as 50 per cent.
This may help to explain why Alzheimer's affects just 1 per cent of people over the age of 65 living in some Indian villages. Turmeric has also been found to improve memory, aid digestion, reduce inflammation, fight infection and guard against heart attacks.2. Fewer colds
2. Boosted immune system
Paprika, chilli and many other spices commonly found in curries can ward off colds by triggering the