Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric is a spice commonly used in cooking, especially in Indian cooking. Interestingly it was probably first used as a dye before it was used as a food product.

from bewellbuzz

Turmeric is also not an expensive spice the way that saffron (another commonly used yellow spice) is. In fact, if you can find a good farmer’s market (like the Dekalb Farmer’s Market in Atlanta) or an Indian grocery store you can purchase large amounts of turmeric for just a few dollars.

from flixya

In addition to adding color to curries, turmeric also has many, many health benefits. Researchers are still exploring the possible benefits of turmeric, so this is by no means a conclusive list and some stuff may not be exactly proven, but hey, it’s not got an offensive flavor (like drinking vinegar), so why not take a chance and sprinkle on some turmeric?

from healthyrecipes

Here’s a run down.

1. Antiseptic and antibacterial properties.

from firstaidkit

So if you’re stranded in a well-stocked kitchen with no first aid kit and cut yourself, you know what to do.

2. Slows the progress of Alzheimer’s.

from dancurtis

It removes the amyloid plaque buildup in the brain, which is one of the two things that define Alzheimer’s (the other being neurofibrillary tangles).

3. Aids in weight management.

from thehonestman

Who doesn’t need a little help in this area?

4. Aids in digestion.

from dreamz

I have a couple of Indian friends who told me that one of the reasons that Indians put turmeric in everything is because it calms the stomach. So in essence, you can cook a scarily spicy dish, stir in some turmeric, and not get the runs later. In essence.

5. Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.

from babypictures

Enough said. Feed your kids turmeric.

6. Old Chinese remedy for depression.

from layoutsparks

It sounds like I’m making that up. I’m not. It’s like St. John’s Wort.

7. Natural painkiller.

from fizzyenergy

Also see #4.

8. Boosts the effect of the chemotherapy drug Paclitaxel while reducing the negative side effects.

from cosmosmag

Sounds like a win/win to me.

9. Inhibits the growth of new blood vessels in tumors.

from biomechanism

This means the tumors can’t grow.

10. Naturally detoxifies the liver.

from babble

Some of us need this more than others.

11. Can help treat psoriasis. 

from helathydiaries

There was no picture of psoriasis that I felt comfortable sharing. I can’t unsee them, but you never have to.

12. Natural anti-inflammatory. 

from drmark

It’s like an ice pack for your insides.

13. Excellent for helping arthritis.

from youropticalhealth

Because of the anti-inflammatory properties.

Still Being Researched:

from topnews

  • May prevent breast cancer from spreading to the lungs.
  • May slow how quickly multple sclerosis develops.
  • May prevent pancreatic cancer.
  • May prevent cancer metastases.
  • May have positive effects on multiple myeloma.
  • May prevent melanomas.

Ways to Take In More Turmeric

from turmeric

  • Sprinkle it on egg or chicken salads. It’ll make it nice and yellow.
  • Mix it into mayo before spreading on a sandwich. Looks like mustard.
  • Add some to chili. Again, you get an interesting color.
  • Take turmeric in pill form. Get some at your local health food store.
  • Eat more curry. This is my favorite way to eat more turmeric.

suck it, martha.

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