If ever there was an excuse to order in a curry, it's got to be that it's good for your health.

Did you know that Britain’s favourite food isn’t just tasty? Thanks to the medicinal effects of healthy ingredients like turmeric, cumin, garlic and ginger, curry can also be good for you.

A curry boosts your immune system

Spicy curries are particularly good for boosting your body’s natural immunity and fighting off colds, thanks to the beneficial ingredients chili pepper, paprika and garlic.

A curry can relieve the pain of arthritis

Ginger has been proven to ease joint paint caused by arthritis, while curcumin, a substance found in turmeric, is thought to reduce swelling and ease the pain associated with inflammation of the joints.

Curries may help to prevent Alzheimer’s…

Researchers have found that curcumin can also reduce the build-up of plaques on the brain that cause Alzeihmer's by as much as 50%.

…And cancer

Turmeric has been found to reduce the risk of several types of cancer including colon cancer; while a study found that people consuming high levels of cumin were less likely to develop prostate cancer. In addition, allicin, which is found in garlic, and lycopene, found in tomatoes, both have anti-cancer benefits.

A curry is good for your heart

Phytochemicals found in cumin are thought to help prevent heart disease, while coriander and chili peppers both help to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of blood clots. Turmeric has also been found to guard against heart attacks.

Curry can help ease digestion

Curry ingredients like allspice, anise, cardamom and black pepper are all thought to ease digestion problems.

Curry helps lower your cholesterol

Three common curry ingredients – garlic, onion and chili peppers – have been found to help reduce high cholesterol levels.

Curry can boost your metabolism

Studies have found that capsaicin, which is found in spices like chili, can raise your metabolic rate by up to 50% for as long as three hours after a curry.

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