Jonnie Irwin drinks a spice 'every day' for 'anti-inflammatory' benefits amid cancer battle

Jonnie Irwin

Jonnie Irwin spoke about turmeric

Sarra Gray

By Sarra Gray

Published: 11/10/2023

- 09:13

Updated: 11/10/2023

- 09:17

Jonnie Irwin has spoken about what he eats and drinks in the morning to help with his wellbeing following his cancer diagnosis

Jonnie Irwin was diagnosed with cancer in 2020 and last year shared it had spread from his lungs to his brain.

The presenter is receiving palliative care for his terminal cancer and has given regular updates on his health.

Jonnie shared what he will drink in the morning for "general wellbeing" and he spoke about the benefits of turmeric.

Curcumin, found in turmeric, has been shown to have some "anti-cancer effects", according to Cancer Research UK, but more studies are needed.

Jonnie Irwin gives a health update

Jonnie explained he will have a healthy smoothie packed full of nutrients and fibre to start his day.

Speaking in a new Instagram video, he said: "Every morning I get up and my wife kindly blends me a veggie smoothie which is normally broccoli, cauliflower, any greenery she can find in the fridge and maybe half an avocado, banana and pineapple.

"I neck that and I know then... I've started the day well and with fibre. The next thing is turmeric."

He explained he drinks turmeric shots rather than cooking with the spice, and he'll take it every day.

Jonnie continued: "Turmeric has so many benefits. [It's] anti-inflammatory and healing. It's good for... general well-being which a lot of my diet is these days. I have these religiously every morning."

The presenter explained more about the product in the caption of the post.

It said: "After reading of all the benefits of turmeric like helping to reduce inflammation, boost and boosting your immune system I’ve been on the shots now for a couple of years and it’s a great way to start your day instead of a coffee.

"It’s not one or the other sometimes I have both but rarely feel the need for a caffeine hit after one of these bad boys! Knowing I’ve just blasted three grams of raw, fresh turmeric into me each morning certainly sets me up for the day."

Turmeric has lots of health benefits, including being anti-inflammatory.

Jonnie Irwin

Jonnie Irwin spoke about turmeric


A study published on the National Library of Medicine spoke of such benefits.

It said: "It may help in the management of exercise-induced inflammation and muscle soreness, thus enhancing recovery and performance in active people.

"In addition, a relatively low dose of the complex can provide health benefits for people who do not have diagnosed health conditions. Most of these benefits can be attributed to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects."

This comes as Jonnie Irwin confirmed he will return to TV with future on-screen projects in the works.

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