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Health Benefits of Curry

Updated on March 13, 2013

Curry powder

Health Benefits of Curry

Curry powder is a mixture of spices of widely varying composition. Curry has been used for years to flavour food but not many people know that apart from being a food flavourant, it has many health benefits. Some of the health benefits of curry are discussed in this article.

Curry contains curcumin

Curcumin is a substance that has been shown to help clear the brain of protein deposits thought to cause Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers have found that curcumin was able to reduce the deposits of beta-amyloid proteins in the brains of elderly laboratory mice that ate curcumin. Also curcumin prevents the beta-amyloid proteins in a test tube, from aggregating and thereby blocking the formation of amyloid fibers that constitute the Alzheimer’s plaques. The loss in memory and cognitive associated with Alzheimer’s is due to the accumulation of beta-amyloid proteins in the brain. This accumulation precipitates the damage to nerve cells and thereby causing loss in memory and cognitive function. By preventing this accumulation, curcumin shows a brighter potential as a drug to be used in treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

Also Curcumin is thought to be useful in cancer treatment. This is based on the test carried out by one of the world most renowned cancer centres, MD Anderson Centre in Texas. In this test curcumin (an ingredient in curry) seems to turn off genes that can trigger the onset and spread of breast cancer in animal subjects. An extensive scientific research on curcumin has also shown that this substance has potent antioxidant properties and this means that curcumin has the ability to suppress oxidative damage caused by some infectious agents in the body.

Consumption of curry boost immunity

Curry contains some ingredients (such as chilli pepper) that are rich in vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin B6. These vitamins help boost the body immune system.

Curry consumption can improve cognition

According to a study carried out by researchers published in “American Journal of Epidemiology”, it was showed that there was an improvement in cognition by some aged Asians that ate curry. Also because of many ingredients present in curry powder, it is not untrue to say many health benefits may still be undetected. Therefore many researches can still be done to prove scientifically the ethno medicinal use of curry powder and also to detect many other health benefits of curry powder.

With all these health benefits, curry still remains relatively inexpensive. This makes it very affordable. If you don’t really like spicing your food with curry then it is crucial you reconsider your opinion. Apart from the fact that you get many health benefits by consuming curry, the flavour you get from using curry powder in the preparation of your food is also superb. Please whenever you finish cooking your food, you shouldn’t forget to ask yourself if you have put curry in your food or not.

The various constituents of 1tbsp curry powder according to the USDA include:

  • Calories : 20
  • Fat: 0.87g
  • Carbohydrates: 3.66g
  • Fibers: 2.1g
  • Protein: 0.8g


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