Health benefits of Turmeric

Health benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric is a culinary spice widely used in Southeast Asia. Recent research reveals why this herb is such a powerful healer due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.

The health benefits of Turmeric have been recognized by Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for hundreds of years. It has been used to treat everyday problems such as indigestion and flatulence, as well as more serious problems such as arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, diabetes, HIV, high cholesterol, heartburn, jaundice, liver disorders, and menstrual disorders. Turmeric can also be applied topically in poultices to reduce inflammation and to relieve wounds, cuts, and bruises.

Alzheimer’s Disease

Inflammation inside of the brain has been suspected to be one of the contributing factors in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have shown that Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant activity. Therefore, regular daily consumption of Turmeric capsules may be an effective way to prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s.

Arthritis

Due to its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, it is not surprising that Turmeric is now being used as an effective natural remedy for Arthritis pain. Therefore, taking 500mg to 1000mg Turmeric capsules three times per day may provide significant relief from osteoarthritis pain.

Asthma

Since turmeric is an anti-inflammatory, it can help reduce the inflammation associated with asthma. Add 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder to a glass of warm milk, and drink this mixture as an effective asthma home remedy.

Cancer

Several recent studies have found that Turmeric can induce apoptosis, a process that triggers the self-destruction and elimination of damaged (cancerous) cells. Further research is still required before the full effects of Turmeric on cancer cells can be determined. However, existing studies suggest that daily Turmeric powder or supplements combined with a balanced, nutritious diet may help prevent or even destroy cancer cells.

Colds and Flu

Turmeric’s anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal agents can help our body fight against colds, cough and flu. Therefore, when symptoms of these infections are present, simply mix one teaspoon of Turmeric powder into a glass of warm milk once per day. Also drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Diabetes

Recent studies have shown that the antioxidant agents in Turmeric help reduce insulin resistance, which may prevent the onset of Type-2 Diabetes. Therefore, a simple preventive remedy is to take one teaspoon of turmeric powder twice a day with meals. Curcumin extracts or capsules can also be used as an alternative to the powder.

Inflammation

Turmeric’s key ingredient Curcumin is known for its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, Turmeric powder can help in healing cuts, wounds, and other skin infections including boils.

Heat one cup of Flax Seed Oil in a small saucepan on the stove.
Thinly slice a small onion and add it to the hot oil.
Fry the onions until they are dark brown and crunchy.
Remove the brown onions and mix 2 tablespoons of Turmeric powder into the oil.
Turn off the stove and let the oil cool down to a temperature that is comfortable to touch.
Using a cotton swab, apply a small amount of the oil onto the injured or infected skin area.
Apply this three times per day until the wound or infection is cured.
Save the remaining oil into an airtight container for future use.

For internal injuries, fractures, sprains, and herniated disks, dip a piece of unbleached cotton fabric into the warm Turmeric oil. The fabric or cotton pad should be large enough to cover the outer skin of the affected area. Secure it in place and leave this cotton pad on overnight.

You can also add one teaspoon of turmeric powder into a warm glass of milk and drink it before going to bed to prevent internal inflammation and infections.

Weight Loss

Curcumin in Turmeric powder has been found to help increase the flow of bile, an important component in the breakdown of dietary fat. Therefore, taking one teaspoon of Turmeric powder with every meal may be an effective weight loss aid when combined with a healthy diet and exercise program.

What are the Side Effects of Turmeric?

Moderate use of Turmeric powder as part of regular diet is fairly safe, and recent studies have found that a dosage of 500mg capsules of Turmeric three times per day is safe. However, prolonged consumption of high doses of Turmeric extract may cause stomach or liver distress, as well as dehydration and constipation. Therefore, it should be avoided by people with gallstones or bile obstructions. If you are currently taking blood thinners (including Aspirin), you should consult your doctor before taking Turmeric since it is an anti-platelet (prevents blood clots).


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  4. When used sparingly, a nice mellow, smoky flavor. Heavily used it can give a bitter taste. It’s one of those spices you use according to nose and taste. Definitely and underused spice!

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  6. I don’t eat things because they taste good. I eat some things (like tofu and turmeric) because of the nutrient value. Tofu is actually quite good marinated and baked. Cut it in cubes, marinate in tempura sauce with grated garlic for a few hours. Then remove from marinade and put the pieces on a greased baking pan greased with olive oil. You can also drizzle them in olive oil and sprinkle them with crushed rosemary needles. Bake this on 375 degrees for ten minutes or so on each side….watch that the pieces don’t burn. Rosemary is very good for arthritis as well as turmeric. Cayenne is superb.

  7. I make home made lentil soup and use turmeric, curry, cumin and cayenne to season and it is delicious and nutritious….So easy to make.
    Saute some onions, garlic, peppers (red, green, yellow) in olive oil on medium heat. Add some grated carrot or chopped in small pieces (so they cook faster). Mix up two teaspoons of turmeric, one teaspoon of cumin, one of curry, and a pinch or so of cayenne or to your taste. Some like it hot. (yes that’s a movie and a song and no they’re not kidding either). 🙂
    Add the spices and blend well. Add one can of drained and rinsed lentils. Add one can of water. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cover with lid. Turn the heat down to low and let this simmer for about 30 minutes. If it gets too thick you can add more water 1/2 can at a time. After this simmers for about 1/2 an hour remove from heat.
    Sprinkle the top with feta or Balkan style goat cheese, black olives, or chopped parsley and chopped tomato. Delicious and nutritious. And great for you and great for you if you have arthritis.

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  9. Am I the only one who thinks it smells bad and tastes worse?? I think it smells very musty…and I’ve tried different brands. Regardless, I use it anyway for the benefits.

  10. Make sure you consider side effects: as noted in the above article:
    Moderate use of Turmeric powder as part of regular diet is fairly safe, and recent studies have found that a dosage of 500mg capsules of Turmeric three times per day is safe. However, prolonged consumption of high doses of Turmeric extract may cause stomach or liver distress, as well as dehydration and constipation. Therefore, it should be avoided by people with gallstones or bile obstructions. If you are currently taking blood thinners (including Aspirin), you should consult your doctor before taking Turmeric since it is an anti-platelet (prevents blood clots).

  11. Whoa… as a supplement–was that in pill form? I have chronic back pain and inflammation in all of the same areas. Do you just add a little powder to soups?–Sorry Annie Ritchie Simpkins, I should have written this in your reply.

  12. I have been using Turmeric for nearly a year now. I have cherished that decision since day one. While using it with cooking chicken, fish, or vegetables, one can find some really great, unique tastes while rejuvenating themselves. :). It’s properties are god-like and any human could benefit tremendously from consuming it.

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  14. I en-capsule 200mg of Turmeric in a spoonful of local, organic honey twice daily for joint inflammation where I had injured my shoulder and have recently had surgery. It helps so much with being able to move my arm and regain range of motion, not to mention feeling better all over and the local, organic honey, helps with allergies, appetite, and sweets cravings. 😀

  15. All the spices mentioned by the various ppl here are used on a regular basis in India’s food. They sure must know what we are just now figuring out. Still they get diabetes and have more issues with their gums rather than their teeth in most cases.

  16. ken Hogan…Do you think fresh turmeric would be better or powdered? I make what I call pond scum shakes…LOL because that is what it looks like with all that kale and spinach in it and other fresh fruit and vegetables…Actually it tastes really good and I have the type of machine that leave the pulp in and turns that to liquid, too. I know I lose 25 percent of it’s goodness by freezing 8 oz. in a pint size bag when I make up a big batch because I don’t like to do this every day. Just want to drink it every day and I like it cold and icey like.

  17. I am going to be doing more studying about natural things to help me with my inflammation and other auto immune health issues …Today I was studying on the internet and found out fungus infections on the skin can be more dangerous than we thought…this is something that happens on and off especially during a time of more stress and it makes you sick all over and eventually can turn to cancer. I could not believe it but I think the author is right and I am going to try out his inventions…also ginger root is good for inflammation, too and so many other things like upset stomach and motion sickness, etc.

  18. If you have joint pain turmeric is the way to go. Buy it in bulk and calculate two capsules worth once or twice a day. Just put the powder form in your shake or mixed in food. It is much much less expensive to get it in bulk and better quality. Check online for bulk herbs. I go to the Bulk Herb Store.

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  20. I just made turmeric “creamy” jalapeno and garlic mashed potatoes tonight! I used turmeric, almond milk, clarified butter, Himalayan pink salt, cayenne, jalapeno, garlic and an Italian dried herb blend. They were delish!

    • You could try Amazon.com or even eBay if you can’t find a local market to get it from. Honestly, if you have a local Indian restaurant you could ask if they’d sell you some Tumeric. I know the folks around here are very helpful, and have always answered my questions very kindly.

  21. I grow tumeric & not long ago dug up my first lot – yellow splotches on everything lol. Anything I read gives use as powder, capsule… anyone able to guide on how much to use when fresh nodules? Thanks in advance.

  22. I’d not that flax oil goes off at even low temperatures from what I know – i.e., not good idea to fry anything in it. Rice Bran Oil has highest smoke point and is a very healthy oil. Other than that, good info!

  23. Love love the amazing benefits of turmeric. Adding turmeric to meat can reduce levels of heterocyclic amines (HCAs) which is linked to higher rates of cancer. And believe it or not, this power herb is also great for brightening/whitening teeth!

    • Here are a couple recipes i use: Mix 1tbsp turmeric powder & 1/2 tbsp water or mix 1tbsp turmeric powder & 1 tbsp coconut oil. Coconut oil is a powerful, natural antibacterial and anti-fungal – so it works to kill harmful bacteria in your mouth while you brush. It’s also excellent for your gums and brushing with it regularly can eliminate bleeding, sore gums. The oil kills the bacteria that are responsible for gingivitis. Keep in mind though that turmeric will stain everything…clothing, sink basin, even the bristles on your toothbrush but has the opposite effect, whitening faded yellow teeth. I suggest using a 2nd toothbrush.

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