The ingredient that gives curry its distinctive I color, curcumin, is filled with potent antioxidants called phenols that may also have anti-inflammatory effects.

Curcumin triggers the production of an enzyme that protects against oxidative diseases possibly including Alzheimer's. Further research is necessary to determine whether curcumin boosts health in humans.

For now, consider eating Indian food once a week or adding a teaspoon or two of curry to vegetables and meat dishes you make at home.

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