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Turmeric: The All-In-One Natural Super Drug

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Aside from the holistic health community, Western medical practitioners have only recently come on board in recognizing the benefits of turmeric.
Turmeric, an orange-colored spice imported from India, is part the ginger family and has been a staple in Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian cooking for thousands of years.
In addition, ayurvedic and Chinese medicines utilize turmeric to clear infections and inflammations on the inside and outside of the body. But beyond the holistic health community, Western medical practitioners have only recently come on board in recognizing the benefits of turmeric.

Blocking Cancer

Doctors at UCLA recently found that curcumin, the main component in turmeric, appeared to block an enzyme that promotes the growth of head and neck cancer.
In that study, 21 subjects with head and neck cancers chewed two tablets containing 1,000 milligrams of curcumin.  An independent lab in Maryland evaluated the results and found that the cancer-promoting enzymes in the patients’ mouths were inhibited by the curcumin and thus prevented from advancing the spread of the malignant cells.

Powerful Antioxidant

The University of Maryland’s Medical Center also states that turmeric’s powerful antioxidant properties fight cancer-causing free radicals, reducing or preventing some of the damage they can cause.
While more research is necessary, early studies have indicated that curcumin may help prevent or treat several types of cancer including prostate, skin and colon.

Potent Anti-Inflammatory

Dr. Randy J. Horowitz, the medical director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, wrote a paper for the American Academy of Pain Management in which he discussed the health benefits of turmeric.
“Turmeric is one of the most potent natural anti-inflammatories available,” Horwitz states in the paper.
He went on to cite a 2006 University of Arizona study  that examined the effect of turmeric on rats with injected rheumatoid arthritis. According to Horwitz, pretreatment with turmeric completely inhibited the onset of rheumatoid arthritis in the rats. In addition, the study found that using turmeric for pre-existing rheumatoid arthritis resulted in a significant reduction of symptoms.

“Raw Is Best”

Natalie Kling, a Los Angeles-based nutritionist, says she first learned about the benefits of turmeric while getting her degree from the Natural Healing Institute of Neuropathy. “As an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiseptic, it’s a very powerful plant,” she says.
Kling recommends it to clients for joint pain and says that when taken as a supplement, it helps quickly. She advises adding turmeric to food whenever possible and offers these easy tips. “Raw is best,” she said. “Sprinkling it on vegetables or mixing it into dressings is quick and effective.”
If you do cook it, make sure to use a small amount of healthy fat like healthy coconut oil to maximize flavor.  Kling also recommends rubbing turmeric on meat and putting it into curries and soups.
“It’s inexpensive, mild in taste, and benefits every system in the body,” Kling says. “Adding this powerful plant to your diet is one of the best things you can do for long term health.”
Emma Olliff
Star Expert

Emma is a qualified Nutritional Therapist (DipNT CNM) and is registered with BANT (British Association for Nutritional Therapy) and CMA (Complimentary Medical Association). She is passionate about helping her clients achieve optimum health through diet and lifestyle.

Emma Olliff
Star Expert

Emma is a qualified Nutritional Therapist (DipNT CNM) and is registered with BANT (British Association for Nutritional Therapy) and CMA (Complimentary Medical Association). She is passionate about helping her clients achieve optimum health through diet and lifestyle.

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Smita Rathod
Smita Rathod 5pts

Excuse Me Plzzz Let Me Does Tumeric Help In Any Cancer ? Even In Blood Cancer ? Plzz Let Me Know Even I Had Breast Cancer In The Year 2000 N Got Operated n Ri8 Side is Been Operated n Taken Out n Took 6 Chemotheraphy n Checkups n Now I Dont Take Any Medicines Jesus Christ Has Healed Me

Smita Rathod
Smita Rathod 5pts

Dear Lucy Eustaquio will this drink help in any cancer ? Plzz let me know pllzzzz

Basant Krishan
Basant Krishan 5pts

Agreed,all in one medicine with number of properties

Philomena Menezes Rodrigues
Philomena Menezes Rodrigues 5pts

Its antiseptic and heals cuts and wounds quickly. Also helps relieve a sore throat when I drink warm milk mixed with turmeric powder.

Neeru Khattar
Neeru Khattar 5pts

Yes it is the best antibiotic medicine of all deseases

Rita Puri
Rita Puri 5pts

MUST HAVE IN EVERY KITCHEN\U0001f44d

Khalid Ansari
Khalid Ansari 5pts

कनखिया बाबा की नजर न लग जावे वरना 1000रू दाना

Lucy Eustaquio
Lucy Eustaquio 5pts

thank you for sharing also i mix cinnamon and black pepper no sugar and miilk i stopped God is Good God bless

Kasey Chestnut
Kasey Chestnut 5pts

I'm at high risk for cervical cancer 1. Bc it runs in the family 2. Bc ive already had it once. Since learning about turmeric, ive been putting it on almost everything when i cook.

Mohammad Ayoob Wani
Mohammad Ayoob Wani 5pts

It is a natural detoxifier.It is a potent natural anti_inflammatory that works as well as many anti _inflammatory drugs but without side effects.It may aid in fat matabolism and help in health management.

Adrienne Ijioma
Adrienne Ijioma 5pts

Yes, one of my go-to spices... for every stir-fry, mac & cheese, any kind of meat, sauces, grilled and sauteed vegetables, soups...

Shubha Rajesh
Shubha Rajesh 5pts

Lucy Eustaquio glad u r fine. Sofia Zubairi I use the root in 3 different ways regularly though not everyday. 1. I add them to my veg juices like carrot cucumber beetroot celery and an inch of turmeric and also half an inch of ginger. 2. I grate a small piece in curries and pulses that I cook. 3. I boil them in half a cup of water and add pepper and a small drop of homemade butter or coconut oil. Then add milk boil further and strain then add sugar or honey or jaggery and give it to my kids during winter mornings. U can try one of them or combine them in diff ways not all ways though bcos too much of anything is not too good. But try having them atleast 5 days a week in diff forms

Doris DeCastro
Doris DeCastro 5pts

First of all God the Almighty Father keeps on healing, curing and helping me get well through the prayers I do everyday where ever I am . Always pray everyday not only when there are happy, difficult, quiet and easy moments of our life. You not only seek, praise, worship, trust and thank God everyday. When life is tough or great "PRAY". Prayer is the key to everything. Secondly I also thank the best doctors at Morristown Medical Center who keeps on treating and helping me prescribe with the right medications through the guidance of God through my prayers everyday. I always have FAITH and TRUST in God so I can be strong for my family. Thirdly by eating the right food like mushroom and goyabano fruit and healthy vegetables and fruits but always refrain from also the foods that would make you worst flare up your disease. Lastly my Indian friend with the initial of MG had told me about tumeric to try it and ET a good Filipino friend of mine to try ashistaba . I will keep on trying till I get well because I have faith in God and I trust HIM for everything.

Madhu Saini
Madhu Saini 5pts

Turmeric look like ginger but if you smell it has a distinct aroma.

Julie Hinds Mott
Julie Hinds Mott 5pts

Thank you so much, Lucy! I don't have cancer, but I have RA and Fibromyalgia so bad that it was really limiting my life. I had heard that turmeric might help due to its anti-inflammatory affect, but I had no idea just how to use it.

Girdhar Lal
Girdhar Lal 5pts

I have been taking turmeric and methi powder together for the last three or more years and have noticed amazing changes in my overall health and particularly my diabetes. It is simple routine with the great results. I cannot say enough about the benefits enjoyed.

Lucy Eustaquio
Lucy Eustaquio 5pts

I DONT THINK SO better to take plain if you have cancer for two to three months and then you can mix with honey and lemon

Kanak Lal Mehta
Kanak Lal Mehta 5pts

Turmeric is used in many Aurvedic medicine to cure disease Good morning

Jayalakshmi
Jayalakshmi 5pts

So many benefits in turmeric useful tips

Usha Garg
Usha Garg 5pts

We all run to doctors if you study we have all remedies, but you have to take pains which no one wants to take, a pill is so much easier

Karrie L Lacroix
Karrie L Lacroix 5pts

I made a turmeric tea today and it hit the spot since it was a chilly day. Can also make a honey and turmeric paste and eat a teaspoon daily.

Macha Parmeshwar
Macha Parmeshwar 5pts

Gold is old think deeply medicin is in our kitchen of all

Rajnish Rathour
Rajnish Rathour 5pts

It is used as anti inflammatory,expectorant,colouring agent

Ismail Kunju
Ismail Kunju 5pts

സൌന്ദര്യത്തിന്‍റെ രഹസ്യം ഇപ്പൊഴല്ലെ പിടി കിട്ടിയത്

Sofia Zubairi
Sofia Zubairi 5pts

What do you think about mixing tumeric with warm milk and honey? Do you think it will have a similar effect?