Turmeric: This ancient Indian spice has excellent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. “The benefits have been attributed to the curcumin, which is the active ingredient in turmeric. Consumption of turmeric is very easily done in traditional Indian cooking,” says Dr Nithiya Palaniappan, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Mumbai. It would be considered beneficial if a small amount of turmeric can be consumed daily.

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