Health Benefits of Turmeric

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Noted American social commentator, Fran Lebowitz, stated the obvious when she said, “Food is an important part of a balanced diet.” I can tell you that food has been a very important part of my life and enjoyment. The famous TV chef, Julia Child, use to joke that “people who love to eat are always the best people.” I guess that would make me one of the best people that I know. My 90 year old mother is a great cook, often doing amazing things with very little. One of the most remarkable things about my mother is that for decades she served our family of seven children nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been discovered.

curry_powder_turmeric_picAs part of my employment and military service I have traveled all over the world, particularly the South Pacific, Indonesia, and Asia. Some of the foods that I developed a taste for were curry dishes. I could smell a curry meal cooking in a house from clear across the street. Here in the U.S. this aromatic spice is not as popular, but nutritional research is beginning to change that. One of the common ingredients in curry is a spice called turmeric. If you’re not familiar with that name, get use to it because it is a game changer.

Turmeric is traditionally called Indian Saffron, and is often referred to as the Queen of Spices. It has been used for thousands of years for everything from a yellow dye for textiles to a taste enhancer and even a highly regarded natural medicine. A main active component of turmeric is curcumin, so I’ll just refer to them together. Turmeric is a nutritional powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, and all sorts of other good stuff. It’s one of those ingredients in nature’s medicine cabinet that is antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, in fact it’s anti almost anything that’s bad for the body. Let me share a few specific benefits of turmeric that will make you want to hop in the car and head for the closest health food store to load up.

Turmeric is effective as a blood cleanser and circulatory invigorator. It helps reduce the levels of serum cholesterol, thereby benefiting the cardiovascular system, and recent studies demonstrate that it effectively helps detoxify a number of vital organs, especially the liver.

Turmeric contains substances that supercharge the body’s immune system. Coupled with a potent anti-microbial action, it is a defender against the hostile environment we live in. It is so versatile that it can be used topically as a natural disinfectant on wounds and infections. It has proven to be useful for all kinds of skin conditions.

curry_powder_turmeric_curcumin_picOne of the personal and family tragedies of our time is the curse of Alzheimer’s Disease. It is heart breaking watching intelligent, successful, connected people lose touch, relationships, skills, and capabilities, becoming infant-like and ultimately losing health. A UCLA study found that turmeric appears to break down the amyloid plaques that form at neural junctions in the brain and disrupt cognitive functions. Interestingly, statistics show that of the people over 65 years of age who live in cultures whose diet consists of large amounts of Turmeric, only 1% suffer from Alzheimer’s, as opposed to between 12 and 13% among Americans.

Turmeric has broad effects that benefit a wide array of physical conditions as diverse as arthritis, weight loss, asthma, digestion, hair and nails, diabetes, and several kinds of cancer.

If you have been paying attention, you’re probably getting in your car right now and heading for the health food store to load up with a supply of one of nature’s near magic bullets, turmeric. 

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  • I drink powdered turmeric in my daily coffee and use it in Yellow Rice (1 and a half teaspoon Turmeric, 1 teaspoon Cumin and one half teaspoon Cinnamon) are the basic herbs and spices to that I put a 1 onion small chopped, 3 cloves of garlic minced, and either Bell Peppers cut small or maybe summer squash or zucchini chopped small to whatever meat I wish. I just put the spices, onion, garlic in some coconut oil on medium heat till I can smell of them then at the peppers or squash. Makes a great side dish or meal depending on if you add meat or not. I also buy the fresh roots and eat them washed I do not peel them unless. On my days off where I don't drink coffee I make a fresh ginger, fresh turmeric tea with cinnamon I chop the ginger and turmeric fine drop into boiling water remove from burner and about 5 minutes later I strain what I want in my coffee mug and add a little coconut creme or half and half. I never worry about turmeric causing constipation cause I had struggled with IBSD for years till I gave up Wheat, Barley, Rye, and certain eating broccoli every day. If it indeed causes constipation in people I would put in on Brussel Sprouts so I could eat them without having the runs. Yes, I know I should give up coffee too and dairy if I have IBSD too but this has not proved to be the problem that Wheat or Cabbage family vegetables do for me. Aden

  • I put it on my cornflakes.

  • is this why my urine smells like cat pee?? Is there anything to counter the odor?

  • thank you

  • I love turmeric,you can add it to anything! I especially like it with soups

  • Turmeric can cause constipation sooo be carefully!

  • I agree with the turmeric but not the black pepper.
    Years ago when I was studying nutrition, black pepper was found to be full of carcinogenic, as is mustard...

  • Is er ook een Nederlandse vertaling van het bovenstaande artikel?

  • And don't forget to add black pepper to any turmeric recipe to vastly increase the bioavailabilty of the curcumin. http://nutritionfacts.org/video/boosting-the-bioavailability-of-curcumin/

  • I fresh juice tumeric in fresh root form, and ginger root with fruits and vegetables.

  • Turmeric can be added to nearly any dish. It will turn it yellow, but it has a very mild flavour, so won't change the innate quality of the dish. Add a teaspoon or so to any soup, stew, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable stir fry, steamed vegetables. you probably wouldn't add it to all dishes, but pick one that will be enhanced by the yellow colour in a meal. A favorite in our family is to a soup or a starch as mentioned above rice.
    A teaspoon or so a day will not be too much, especially if a shared family dish

  • I have taken turmeric and find it does help with a lot of pain from Arthritis and other things that I am going through. My complaint is that it makes the urine smell terrible. Any suggestions for this. I have used it in capsule form. Is there a better way and how much should a 200 lb person take? Amy help will be greatly appreciated as I am in excessive pain most of the time.

  • When I make a curry, I use the turmeric in my rice to give it a nice color. I had no idea that it was so good for a person. I now need to find other ways to use it in food. If anyone knows, would appreciate it

  • I have been told that tumeric can cause breast cancer if taken too often ...is this true ?⁴

  • I am tired and depressed all the time.

  • What's the best way to eat turmeric ? And how much a day for throat cancer?

  • I put tumeric in some steamed almond milk with honey. It's delicious.

  • How much turmeric do you suggest a day?

    • In reply to Leca's comment

      Hi Leca,
      I have been taking turmeric for a while now for rheumatoid arthritis. I take 2 caps daily as suggested on the bottle. (720mg each).