Turmeric is one of nature’s most powerful healers. It has been used in Ayurvedic Traditional Chinese Medicine for years to treat a variety of maladies like inflammation, indigestion, cold and flu, and gum disease, and even helps stimulate bile production in the liver. Turmeric has recently become more popular due to the positive effect that it has on cancer.
What makes turmeric so effective? Turmeric’s most active ingredient is curcumin which has been researched extensively and may have the following positive results on the body:
- Builds the immune system
- Improves liver function
- Is a strong anti-inflammatory
- Is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor
- Improves memory function
- Inhibits cancer
- Improves digestion
- Kills parasites
- Increases heart health
- Stimulates healthy joint function
- Shrinks tumor cells
- Helps maintain healthy cells and defends against free radicals
- Is a natural remedy for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
These are just a few of the researched benefits of turmeric. There are also different forms of turmeric ranging from blue turmeric (used by the natural healers of Hawaii), red turmeric, and yellow turmeric to even black turmeric. All have profound effects on the body system.
How can we increase turmeric’s effect by one thousand times? Combine turmeric and black pepper. Black pepper contains piperine which will increase the bioavailability of curcumin by one thousand times.
As you can see, turmeric is a "must have" item and should be used every day.
Here's a recipe I put together that you might like. It can be used as a dressing or you can simply take a teaspoon or two: