The Health Benefits of Curry to Jamaicans

Jamaican love curry.

Traditional fare such as curried chicken and curried goat (mutton) and even curry patty (Deer, 2017, April 28), which GraceKennedy plans to sell in the US.

Cook shops, restaurants and homes use curry powder in their lunch or dinner staples. In fact, Jamaicans use curry an almost every meat and vegetable dish possible:

  • Ackee
  • Beans and peas
  • Breadfruit
  • Callaloo
  • Chicken
  • Conch
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Jackfruit
  • Mangoes
  • Mutton
  • Octopus
  • Pork
  • Rabbit
  • Saltfish
  • Shrimp
  • Vegetables

Curry was also the subject of a recall by the  US Health Department (The Jamaica Gleaner, 2017, January 6) and our local supermarkets (Gordon , 2017, January 15) fearing lead contamination from curry made by Oriental Packing Company Inc.

Curry itself is a spice that comes from turmeric, a rhizome closely related to ginger (Deer, 2014, October 30).  The word ‘curry’ is the anglicised form of the Tamil word kari, meaning ‘sauce.’ Curry is used not only to describe the spicy powder but the foods prepared with the powder as well.

Curry powders, which can also exist as a paste, are actually a mixture of the following spices:

  • Cumin
  • Coriander
  • Fenugreek
  • Cardamom
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Mustard seed
  • Curry leaves
  • Turmeric

However, it is Turmeric that gives curry its signature yellow colour. The most common colour is a rich golden yellow, with greenish hue and red curries being mostly consumed by people of Indian ancestry.

So what are the benefits of eating Curry?

Benefits of Curry – Circumen Good for Digestion and other ailments

Curry has an active ingredient called Circumen the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.

Research has shown that it has the ability to:

  1. Decreased incidence of Alzheimer’s disease
  2. Halt or prevent certain cancers
  3. Improve cardiovascular health
  4. Improve digestion
  5. Prevent cataracts
  6. Reduce the long-term effects of diabetes
  7. Relieve gas
  8. Treat arthritis
  9. Treat multiple sclerosis

Not bad for an anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. More reasons for Jamaicans to love curry

So are there any dishes made with curry? Stay tuned to this blog post!!!!


  1. Deer, L. (2014, October 30). Ministry of Agriculture say Ginger can achieve 5% of Global demand by 2019. Retrieved from
  2. The Jamaica Gleaner. (2017, January 6). US Health Department Recalls Jamaican Curry Powder. Retrieved from
  3. Gordon , T. (2017, January 15). MegaMart Pulls Recalled Curry From Shelves. Retrieved from
  4. Deer, L. (2017, April 28). GraceKennedy to sell Beef and Curry Chicken Patties in the USA. Retrieved from

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