Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Health Benefits of Turmeric

The spicy taste of Turmeric is well known to those that love Indian food. Not only does it add spice to an Indian dish, but it also provides many health benefits.  For decades Turmeric has been used as a digestive add and for liver problems. Studies continually discover new benefits of this amazing herb.  This herb is loaded with essential nutrients and vitamins that aid in good health.

Nutrients in Turmeric:

B Vitamins
Vitamin C
Vitamin E & K

Curcumin (may have anti-tumor, antioxidant, anti-arthritic, anti-amyloid, anti-ischemic, and anti-inflammatory properties.)
Dietary Fiber

20 Benefits of Turmeric as found at http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/20-health-benefits-of-turmeric.html

1. It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, making it useful in healing and disinfecting wounds, cuts and burns. 

2. Speeds up wound healing and assists in remolding damaged skin.
  • Cleanse the wound and sprinkle with Turmeric powder and cover with a bandage. Take care not to get it on clothing as it will stain.
3. When combined with cauliflower, studies have been shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop growth of existing prostate cancer. 

4.  Prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs of mice. 

5. May prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to die.

6. Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.

7. Is a natural liver detoxifier.

8. May prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain.

9. May prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer.

10. It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.

11. Has been shown to slow the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice. 

12. It is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.

13. May aid in fat metabolism and help with weight management.
14. Has been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.

15. It is a anti-inflammatory make it a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

16. Boosts the effects of chemo drug paclitaxel and reduces its side effects. 

17. May have an effect on pancreatic cancer.

18. Studies are ongoing in the positive effects of turmeric on multiple myeloma.

19. Has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumors.

20. May help in treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.

Turmeric can be taken in powder or pill form.  Alison's Pantry is a great place to buy Turmeric in the powder form. 


Contraindications: Turmeric should not be used by people with gallstones or bile obstruction. Though turmeric is often used by pregnant women, it is important to consult with a doctor before doing so as turmeric can be a uterine stimulant.


1 comment:

  1. It's nice to know all these health benefits of turmeric. Actually, this is a great way to let the world know how great turmeric is for health subjects.

    All the best!
    Shruti xoxoxox