Here’s everything you need to know about the health benefits of turmeric.
Traditional Health Benefits of Turmeric
Turmeric is a spice that comes from the root of Curcuma longa, a beautiful flowering tropical plant. It is one of several spices used to make curry powder, an essential ingredient in south Asian cuisine. It’s usually used dry, but the root can also be grated fresh like ginger. This versatile spice was used traditionally to improve digestion, dissolve gallstones, relieve arthritis, and alleviate symptoms of allergies and colds. It was applied externally for wounds and skin conditions. It was also used as a beauty treatment. Soaps and creams containing turmeric are experiencing a surge in popularity today. Turmeric paste is still applied to the skin of both the bride and groom in a ceremony before marriage in some parts of India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan to beautify skin and as a form of good luck.
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Turmeric for Arthritis
- Arthritis and other inflammatory diseases are extremely common.
- Over $650 million is spent in the United States every year on natural remedies for treating chronic inflammation.
- Turmeric is anti-inflammatory and has been found to be beneficial for arthritis when taken internally and when applied topically.
- The Arthritis Foundation reports that turmeric can provide long-term improvement in pain and function for those with osteoarthritis.
Turmeric for Cancer
- Curcumin is a promising candidate as a cancer treatment.
- It selectively kill tumor cells while leaving normal cells unharmed and works synergistically to increase the effectiveness of both chemotherapy and radiation.
- Dr. Saraswati Sukumar is a medical oncologist at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and has been involved in hundreds of studies on the effects of turmeric on cancer.
- She has found that eating turmeric prepared in food provides more benefits than taking either curcumin or turmeric supplements.
Turmeric Is Better than Prozac for Depression
- Turmeric has impressive antidepressant properties.
- In fact it’s been found to be more a more potent antidepressant than fluoxetine, the generic name for Prozac.
- It is believed to work by reducing the stress hormone cortisol while increasing serotonin, the neurotransmitter associated with happiness.
- This is great news for the millions who have tried antidepressants without success or for those who experience unacceptable side effects.
- Unlike antidepressant drugs, turmeric either in food or as a supplement can used indefinitely.(Continue On Next Page)
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