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