Medicinal Benefits of Turmeric

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Turmeric is probably the most powerful natural medicine in existence. Because of its anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and immunity boosting properties, turmeric has traditionally been in use as part of the Indian and Chinese cuisines for the last 4,000 years. Its health benefits are numerous but, here I have compiled a list of the most useful health benefits of this ancient nutritional supplement. So, let’s  say we have a look at them now, shall we?

bountifulharvesting.comThe Turmeric Plant is a  perennial related  to the Ginger plant

The plant is harvested and the roots are ground up into a powder. The roots are a bright orange, so that is how it gets its color. If the leaves of the plant are not used right away, they are  dried and used for culinary dishes. One of the dishes of  India is Turmeric leaf wrapped fish. Also, they dry the leaves to extend the life of the herb. Fresh leaves only last one week. Dried leaves last 6 mos.

 

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The main ingredient of interest in Turmeric is curcumin. This well-researched component is known to enhance antibody responses in the body. You will be surprised to learn that it is capable of fighting against arthritis, allergy, asthma, atherosclerosis, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and even cancer.

Anti-Oxidant Property

Free radicals damage DNA and proteins, and harm the body in general, slowly leading to ageing. Turmeric is a powerful anti-oxidant. In fact, it is known to be multiple times stronger than Vitamin E and C, against free radicals. Moreover, by acting against free radicals, turmeric essentially fights the ageing process itself.

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Turmeric is known to fight diseases such as cancers, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and even prevent the occurrence of Type 2 Diabetes. However, what is truly amazing is that the curcumin improves functioning of endothelium, the lining of blood vessels, to prevent heart diseases. Since heart disease is the world’s biggest killer, the turmeric’s ability to fight it, is a highly regarded property.

depressionDepression

If you are suffering from depression or know anyone who do, then you can replace Prozac with turmeric. The curcumin in turmeric is as effective as Prozac and does not come with any associated side-effects, unlike pharmaceutical drugs.

Brain Health

If you include turmeric in your food recipes or even take it separately in suitable doses every day, you will soon notice improvements in your memory. Turmeric improves the overall brain health and thereby improves the body functions that it controls. Additionally, turmeric improves the oxygen supply to brain, thereby improving your memory.

Cosmetic Benefits

Add small amounts of turmeric to your moisturizer to achieve a perfect glow for your skin. If you are using homemade soap, few teaspoons of turmeric into the soap, will render your skin a great tone as well as boost your skin health. Also, if you have dandruff problem, you will need a combination of olive oil and turmeric. Simply massaging the mix into your scalp and leaving it for 15 minutes, before shampooing works wonders against the dandruff problem.

Remedy for Skin Conditionstumeric paste

Make a paste out of turmeric, salt and water. Apply this paste on the skin to fight skin conditions such as eczema, chicken pox, shingles, and scabies.

Quick Remedy Against Stomach Sickness

Whenever you feel sick in the stomach, take small doses (roughly 500 mg) of turmeric four times a day to get rid of any type of stomach sickness.

Make Meat Safer

A major problem for non-vegetarians among us are the heterocyclic amines (HCAs) that cause cancer. These compounds are formed on meat when cooked over high heat such as grilling. To prevent their formation, just add some turmeric to the meat before cooking it. Studies suggest that turmeric can reduce HCAs by up to 40%.

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Some people like to take is as a tea mixed with honey and coconut oil. Also put in foods.

Dosage

Basically one rounded tsp per day to keep the bad stuff away. You can spread this out throughout the day. In a tea or in food, Some people put some in warm milk and honey. Anyway that you can get it in you, Do it. Please check with your doctor first to make sure any drugs you are taking won’t interfere with absorption.

Cautions

Turmeric lowers blood sugar and may interfere with diabetic medicine

Turmeric lowers blood pressure and may interfere with  antihypertensives that artificially lower  blood pressure

Do not take Turmeric with cholesterol lowering drugs.

Turmeric is a blood thinner and should not be taken with blood thinner medications like warfarin, coumadin, clopidogrel, or even aspirin,

Turmeric should not be taken at the same time as Ginko biloboa or garlic, because it has the same effect. If you are taking these herbs, cut you Turmeric intake in half.

Turmeric may cause nausea if taken on an empty stomach.

What this all tells me is……..bountifulharvesting.com

If Turmeric does the same thing as synthetic drugs, than maybe in time we can stop taking the drugs and start taking the natural form, after all, that is what this website is all about. All Natural. YAY

If you start taking Turmeric now, you will never have to take those synthetic drugs with all the side effects. This is a win win milestone for natural health and healing.

Conclusion

Apart from the above, turmeric’s health benefits include anti-fungal properties, lower blood cholesterol levels, prevention of weight loss, and many more. Like I said above, its medicinal properties are many. So, if you believe in healthy living, then I suggest you make turmeric an active ingredient in your recipes right away.
There are many many more ways that Turmeric is beneficial to your health. These are just a few, the most important that I thought you would enjoy reading about.

Please leave a comment if you enjoyed this posting. I enjoyed researching it for you.

Reference Material for this Post.

University of Maryland Medical Center

Asher GN, Spelman K. Clinical utility of curcumin extract. Altern Ther Health Med. 2013;19:20-2.

Baum L, et al. Curcumin effects on blood lipid profile in a 6-month human study. Pharmacol Res. 2007;56:509-14.

Darvesh AS, Aggarwal BB, Bishayee A. Curcumin and Liver Cancer: A Review. Curr Pharm Biotechnol. 2011 Apr 5. [Epub ahead of print
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11 thoughts on “Medicinal Benefits of Turmeric”

  1. Very nice! I find myself using turmeric in a lot of recipes in Indian cuisine, which is one of my favorite cuisines. I learned a lot more on your site about it, too. As far as the health benefits go, I’m glad you’re not saying it’s a cure-all. Far too many folks, who discuss natural remedies and the like, make health claims about many foods without evidence for their claims. I see this in Facebook memes all the time. You’re post is very objective and you have evidence for your claims, though. The pros and cons are clearly listed and identified. Over all, an excellent read. ^__^

    1. Deanna, I do make claims on certain foods. But they are also backed up. Science has gone a long way and the stuff your seeing is probably in fact, true. I have learned a lot through much research about many foods. I even wrote about weeds that heal many diseases. Yes, it’s true and goes back far beyond your grandparents parents. I learned a lot of information from my own Grandmother who was from the old country. She taught me about the many free and wonderful food that is right outside your door or near you.

      As far as Turmeric, that has been known for centuries the healing powers it possesses. Problem is, as I have stated on many posts that nowadays we opt for easy makes and fast dinners. Stop and smell the roses, so to speak and listen and learn about all the benefits and healing power of many foods. Yes, some foods can cure cancer.

      I hope you will stop by my other posts to learn much more about foods that are healthy for you….Kitty

  2. Hello Kitty!
    I was surprised to read that turmeric is used an anti depressant. That is news that could change the world, but I guess, like a lot of natural remedies, it is kept quiet by pharmaceutical companies who make big dollars from the synthetic lines.
    Do you have proof of turmerics effectiveness for depression? Have clinical trials been done?
    Thanks for this beautiful website.It’s a pleasure to visit.

    1. Hello Janelle, Thank you for stopping by. I will post an article that I got that particular information from. After extensive research on this root, I found several documented findings on all the facts I put into my posts. This is one of many that I read about…….

      Turmeric enhances mood in depression research trialSeptember 26, 2014 by Jo Manning

      “The antidepressant benefits of the Indian spice turmeric have been supported by the results of a trial run by a Murdoch University researcher.

      Dr Adrian Lopresti from the School of Psychology and Exercise Science studied the effects ofcurcumin, the medicinal compound which gives turmeric its distinctive yellow colour, in a randomised, double blind, placebo-controlled study of 56 volunteers with a major depressive disorder. Half were treated with a patented curcumin extract (500mg twice daily) and the other half took a placebo for eight weeks.

      From weeks four to eight of the study, Dr Lopresti found that curcumin was significantly more effective than the placebo in improving several mood-related symptoms in the volunteers. The compound had an even greater efficacy in a small subgroup of individuals with atypical depression, which can be characterised by significant weight gain or increased appetite and hypersomnia.

      “In animal-based studies curcumin has been consistently shown to have antidepressant effects and it has been hypothesised that curcumin would have antidepressant effects in people with major depression,” said Dr Lopresti, who is a clinical psychologist in a private practice.

      “There have been a few positive human-based studies investigating the effects of curcumin in depression. However, this is the first randomised, double blind, placebo-controlled study and over the longest duration.”

      Dr Lopresti said previous studies had found strong links between inflammation in the body and depression and that curcumin influenced several biological mechanisms including inflammation.

      “The findings from this study suggest that depression can be treated with an agent that has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties,” he added.”

      My opinion is that Big Pharma doesn’t want you to know about these trials. And simply by eating foods with this spice can and will enhance your mood.

      I will update the post with more information on the subject of depression in detail as the next clinical trial, which is coming up this year.

      I would like to add that I eat rice with my meals every day. Sometimes, just rice. I always put Turmeric in my rice. I have noticed a significant reduction in my inflammation. I am 62 and have arthritis. I can still work 12 hour days at a grueling steel factory. I still have a normal gait, which means I don’t limp or have a strained stance. I walk normal like I did in my 20s and 30s. You can’t tell I am 62. I believe that Turmeric has helped me personally in that respect. Before I researched it, I was using it regularly, not daily but at least twice a week. I could not understand how I managed to be able to work as hard as I do and not have muscle skeletal damage. I work hard and at my age, I should be showing signs of slowing down. I attribute all my health to my lifestyle and eating habits.

      I stress many things in my postings. One is Big Pharma is bad. There are so many other natural ways to get and stay healthy. Please read my other posts about weeds that heal and eating natural homegrown or farmers market fruit and vegetables. Stay away from chemicals of any kind in your home and outside in the yard and garden. Companies don’t tell you that the pesticides you use cause cancer. Round-up is the worst. Monsanto was just stunned lately when they were ordered to put on their labels of pesticides that it will cause cancer. That was a milestone for people like me who have been saying that all along.

      Avoid at all costs any foods with GMO in them. Processed foods are the worst. Make your own noodles and foods. If you want proof on GMO look it up or I would be happy to send you many articles on the countries that have already banned any food processed with this. It will become an epidemic in the future if you don’t start avoiding it now. Live a long and healthy life. Eat only organic. For the love of animals, eat only Halal meat. And please only eat cage free eggs. Stop eating fast food. It will kill you faster with clogged arteries and high blood pressure. I have given up my beloved Mac N Cheese for 4 years now. I have not eaten fast food in 4 years. I am healthy because of it. That is my recipe for health. I have no box food in my house. I make everything from scratch. I make big batches on a sunday when I get a day off. I make enough to last a year.

      I hope that answers your question. Please come back and visit again……..

  3. Oh my!!!! I had no idea! I thought turmeric was just to give color to the food. Amazing. No wonder it is recommended and used in many recipes. Thanks!
    Can you post also the evidence or reference that backs up your information? , I’m sure it will bring more credibility to those that hard to persuade hehe.

    1. Hi Elizabeth. I am going to post my references on the site, but here is where I got most of my information. University of Maryland Medical Center. I often go there and browse the plants and information that I am interested in writing about. They have done great studies and clinical trials. Also, Medical Journals that I get from the library on my chosen subject. I have 8-10 that I read when I am writing a post. I hope that helps. I compiled a long list that I am posting on this site. But University of Maryland Medical Center and Journals are a very good resource if you are interested in further investigation. Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope to see you again soon…….

  4. I can remember knowing nothing about this plant until my cousin brought it up in conversation as a teenager. She had a rough youth and suffered from depression and dark feelings. She was recommended this plant as a way of treating that depression ( along with other herbs ). What do you think of this for a treatment?

    1. Chris. From what I have learned about this plant, it is amazing. It can treat a multitude of serious illnesses. I was simply amazed at what I read. A reader pointed out that I need to back up what I write, so I will be posting my references from now on. I guess I just got caught up in the awe of this whole plant and herb life saving stuff and neglected to post the actual proof. It is true that anyone can write whatever they want and expect people to believe it, but that is not the case. It needs to have some kind of proven reference. I totally agree, so I am going back and posting all my references to all my claims. I also think Turmeric is a good possible cure for Depression. Can you tell me how that worked out for your cousin?

    1. Hello Foodwarrior, so nice to see you again. This is what I found.

      Remove excess turmeric quickly. When it comes to turmeric stains, time is of the essence. Turmeric is used as a fabric dye in many parts of the world for a reason — once it sets in, it’s very tricky to get out.[1] As soon as you notice a stain on your clothing or fabric, immediately use a clean spoon to remove any excess turmeric that may be present. Then, rinse with water and dab with a towel. Resist the urge to rub or scrub, as this can spread the stain or grind it in.
      Another traditional solution sometimes used to remove liquid turmeric stains is to pack absorbent powder (like flour, cornmeal, or baking soda) around the stain and allow it to sit. Within a few minutes, you should notice the powder soaking up some of the liquid, which allows it to safely be brushed away.

      Turmeric is a powerful stain. I dotted a blouse with it while making a rice dish and I have to say I handled it all wrong. The stain is still there though faded, but I rubbed it to get it out and that is the worst thing I could have done. I set it in by doing that. Sorry no miracle cure. I may try some hydrogen peroxide next time, hopefully there will be no next time. I know that it works very well with set in blood so all I can say is be very careful when cooking or using Turmeric as it does stain. Thanks again for stopping by foodwarrior, it’s always great to see you….Kitty

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