Benefits Of Turmeric: The Golden Spice For Good Health

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It might be no surprise to you that Indians account for 1/6th of the world’s population or that Indians have the highest spice consumption in the world. Turmeric is one of the marvelous medicinal spices so widely used in India since the ancient times (4000 years ago) and has even been mentioned in early Sanskrit writings. It has been commonly used in Unani, Ayurvedic, and even Chinese medicine as an anti-inflammatory to treat digestive and liver problems, skin diseases, and wounds.

Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant, with the root of the plant processed to form turmeric containing approximately 5% curcumin. It is the curcumin that has been the subject of interest and research in the West over the last few decades with respect to it’s medicinal properties.

Benefits of Turmeric:

Here are 3 reasons why you should consider using turmeric in your cooking.

1) A Digestive Aid: Maintaining a strong and healthy digestive system is a requirement for optimal well-being and vitality. It is estimated that the most prevalent health concerns people experience today are digestive related.  In Ayurveda, it is said that 80% of all disease can be attributed to digestive imbalance. Curcumin has intestinal repair properties and helps stimulates the gallbladder to produce bile which can improve digestion. A double-blind study found that patients who took curcumin for ulcerative colitis along with medical treatment, had a lower rate of relapse than those who received medical treatment alone.

2) An Antioxidant: Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant capable of eliminating free radicals and helping to prevent some of the damage they cause. Curcumin has been found to inhibit benzopyrene, the carcinogen found in charcoal broiled meat from inducing cancer in several animal models. Research suggests that curcumin exerts anti-carcinogenic activity by lowering the activation of carcinogens and increasing the detoxification of the carcinogens activated. Similarly, a study done on 16 chronic smokers who were given 1.5g of turmeric a day for a 30 day trial showed a reduction in mutagens excreted in their urine.

3) Cancer Preventive and Healing: What has especially caught my attention in the latest research and evidence from test tube and animal studies is that curcumin may help prevent or treat several types of cancers, including breast, skin, and colon cancer Interestingly, when we look at the overall cancer rates in India they are considerably lower in comparison to the USA. Studies on females in the US show that women get 9x more melanoma skin cancer, 10x more colorectal cancer, 5x more breast cancer, 8x more bladder cancer and 9x more endometrial cancer than women in India (based on the incidence of cancer per 100,000 population).

Although population studies can’t prove a direct correlation of dietary turmeric and decreased cancer risk it is interesting to note that approximately 40% of Indians are vegetarians, and generally non-vegetarians in India consume a relatively lower meat consumption than Americans. Indians consume a mostly plant based diet and high intake of spices with anti-cancer properties, Furthermore, research has found that piperine in pepper, which is commonly paired with turmeric in most Indian dishes increases the bioavailability of curcumin. The absorption of turmeric is further increased when eaten with fats.All 3 of these ingredients are the signature of a typical Indian dish and have a potent synergistic effect.

While more research is underway to better scientifically prove the correlation of turmeric consumption and cancer prevention/healing, I’d say we all should be consuming more of this ancient, medicinal and exotic golden spice. And Here is a recipe to get you started.

Elaine Clark

As a wellness activist, I advocate healing that acknowledges the unity of the mind and body, as well as the powerful connection with the spirt in creating health. Exploring health from a holistic perspective and building a lifestyle that enables you to live well, naturally, has become an awakening for me. Join me in your healing journey as I share with you inspirations of holistic health education.

Elaine Clark

As a wellness activist, I advocate healing that acknowledges the unity of the mind and body, as well as the powerful connection with the spirt in creating health. Exploring health from a holistic perspective and building a lifestyle that enables you to live well, naturally, has become an awakening for me. Join me in your healing journey as I share with you inspirations of holistic health education.

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Maritza Garcia
Maritza Garcia 5pts

I use it along with some Black Pepper. I read that Turmeric's benefits are achieved best by using it along with it.

David Middlemiss
David Middlemiss 5pts

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Mario Ivan
Mario Ivan 5pts

We been trying this organic powder once daily 600 mg on a veggie capsule for nutritional and prevention purposes. feel energetic, found this at organic store sprouts

Mura Raj
Mura Raj 5pts

Great, we always can not avoid the traditional medicine of ours.. In fact most of modern medicine also contain this. Long we live our traditional \U0001f618

Pam Harley Calkins
Pam Harley Calkins 5pts

I take this everyday, but skip Sunday, for a break. It definitely works for me. I found this out from my wonderful aunt, who takes it also.

Awinash Bhatkar
Awinash Bhatkar 5pts

Gifted for good heath, good taste, good color, great benefits.

Anne Purley
Anne Purley 5pts

Heather Heldt check it n if we need it I'll get it

Oscar Velasco
Oscar Velasco 5pts

Juice or smoothie I'll always incorporate turmeric, ginger whole lemon and 3/4 cloves garlic

Paul Moore
Paul Moore 5pts

can turmeric be used for excema ?

Buona Notte Tutti
Buona Notte Tutti 5pts

I have that with blueberries and also cinnamon and a dab of ground ginger!

Manoj Balachandran
Manoj Balachandran 5pts

4 oz of organic plain yogurt with 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper and 1 tbsp organic turmeric for breakfast along with fresh fruits.

Randy Nowak
Randy Nowak 5pts

Always add a little black pepper for better absorption .

Keith Million
Keith Million 5pts

You should read Prashanti de Jager book on Turmeric the Ayurvedic Spice of Life, highly recommended _/\_

Evie Taylor
Evie Taylor 5pts

You can get it in any grocer spice aisle :)

Raam Raghuramanr
Raam Raghuramanr 5pts

Turmeric is a natural anti-carcinogenic agent. Also to be known that turmeric or curcumin is the main role for drugs used in melanoma. Moreover instead of using alcohol, turmeric is best used as an aftershave lotion.

Fetlework Deressie
Fetlework Deressie 5pts

I use turmeric every morning half tea spun with water that is great to my arteries

Lisa McLario
Lisa McLario 5pts

Love it. Cook with it and use it a lot :)