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2 years ago

Turmeric is a wonder spice that anyone and everyone would benefit from working into their meals at every practical opportunity.

The top ten health benefits of turmeric...

"Turmeric has  been shown to protect against every stage of cancer development: initiation, promotion and progression. It also disarms a wide range of carcinogens.

Curcumin (the active ingredient of turmeric) has been shown to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-cancer activities...'

(From 'Say No To Cancer' by Patrick Holford)

2 years ago
TURMERIC – the REAL Spice of Life  Author Randy Fritz  

Yellow Powerfood! 

If I had to chose just one herb spice to increase my well being and live a long healthy life it would be turmeric. It helps you when young, when middle aged, and in in old age. It helps both men and women for different reasons.

If a drug company could patent turmeric, it would be more popular and lucrative than Viagra and aspirin combined.

The short list of benefits shown in controlled scientific studies and long term population analysis includes prevention and treatment in:

•    Inflammation
•    Arthritis
•    Cystic fibrocis
•    Cancer
•    Cardiovascular problems
•    Cholesterol
•    Alzimers desease
•    Childhood Leukemia
•    Liver function
•    Skin 

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Luckily, you don’t have to eat turmeric in a concentrated or medicinal form. You can buy it in any grocery store and it is very inexpensive.  To take the traditional recommended amount which is about 1 teaspoon per day would cost you less than $10.00 for a whole year! That one teaspoon per day could change your life. It has been harvested and used for over 5000 years.

The thing you  notice right away about turmeric is its bright yellow colour. This is what gives the traditional curry spice it’s colour but also is the colouring of mustard and many other prepared and preserved foods like pickes, salad dressing, cheeses and even textiles.  Most curry blends and prepared foods have minimal amounts of turmeric in them though so if you want the health benefits you should go for the straight powder.

Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic systems of medicine have used turmeric as an anti-inflammatory agent to treat a wide variety of conditions, including flatulence, jaundice, menstrual difficulties, bloody urine, hemorrhage, toothache, bruises, chest pain, and colic.

Curcumin, thought to be the primary pharmacological agent in turmeric, has been shown to be a more potent anti-inflammatory than prescription drugs like hydrocortisone and phenylbutazone as well as over-the-counter anti-inflammatory agents such as Motrin but WITHOUT TOXIC SIDE EFFECTS.

Curcumin may provide an inexpensive, well-tolerated, and effective treatment for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) such as Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis.

Turmeric’s combination of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects explains why many people with joint disease find relief from arthritis when they use the spice regularly.

Curcumin’s powerful antioxidant actions plus its ability to alter the genetic expression of certain proteins are possible factors in its demonstrated ability to prevent and even treat cancer in as shown in controlled experiments on mice and large populations.  Many more clinical studies are underway but traditional health systems have already been using turmeric for thousands of years.

Turmeric supports the liver in naturalizing toxins in the body. This is why it is known in traditional health systems as a purifier. It helps the liver clear away the LDL (bad) cholesterol and also prevents the oxidation of cholesterol in the system.

Research has shown that curcumin is able to .......> TURMERIC – the REAL Spice of Life

2 years ago

It's good for life

2 years ago

is any powdered turmeric okay to use? 

2 years ago

Yes Ann it is and that is how we usually get it.

2 years ago

The known and potential  healing benefits of turmeric/curcumin are even acknowledged on this official US Government website!

2 years ago

This study has shown that curcumin can help fend off diabetes...

3 months ago

already do it

1 month ago

there is some huge turmeric database that has compiled a lot of research on the root. it really is amazing

1 month ago

The latest new 'fad' in health food stores is selling concentrated whole tumeric because they have found that while cucumin has a host of health benefits, it is an extract of the whole food which has even more benefits, including preventing alzeimers.

Unless you are really in a hurry, I think that just eating the kitchen spice is the best cheapest way to go.  This is accomplished by just adding it to every possible dish you cookor  just taking a teaspoon in hot water.

1 month ago

Thank-you for the post...have used in past, and am reminded here to pick some up.

1 month ago

its_ gud _for_helth_and_ fijikaL'body....+

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1 month ago

I almost always add turmeric when making a curry

3 weeks ago

Turmeric is now being hailed as "natural chemo",a terrible title imho

especially since chemo really does more harm than good!

I have been using it fresh for a cauliflower/pineapple entree


they have a synergistic effect..especially the turmeric and cauliflower.

3 weeks ago

Ive just seen this thread and read in Green Living an article on Turmeric/Curcumin earlier this morning. I usually include it in my cooking but not every time. However reading the article

got me going and doing even more research. I understood Turmeric and the active ingredient of it as in Curcumin was for inflammation but when I went into it here and beyond i was more interested.

Anyway the article in Green Living mentioned doing tests on people doing a variety of different tests and it was esp for those with polyps. Im a polypy person and in fact I am going into hospital post haste this coming week for a tricky operation. The tumor is thankfully benign thank goodness but i have lucky skipped this deathly fate often. In reading Green Living it was said that those who have a propencity to having bowel problems and polyps to take active cucumin/Turmeric and dont stop. Those who didnt stop were clear and those who did stop, returned with polyps in the bowel/colon.

So I raced out and bought some really good capsules. No fillers or anything nasty other than active curcumin/turmeric. Its not that cheap but hey you might live longer I figure and I guess taking it in powder form is ok too.

So I cant start it till the end of next week. Wish me luck or think of me.

Im sure this herb, has to be excellent as in the article it says that most of all India dont have any bowel problems b/c they ingest Turmeric daily.

I guess thats the answer huh?

3 weeks ago

The best of luck to you Annie; )

3 weeks ago

Good link Annie! Yes this is one very important ingredient to add to our diets to keep us healthy.

3 weeks ago

Thank you Divergent. I'm a little nervous but I'm in good hands and we can only hope and pray can't we that the result after Wednesday is 101% and in good health to go.*fungerscrossed* too.

Yes you're right Diana. That link was quite interesting which took me off to do more research. It was interesting to read that there is hardly anyone in India who have bowel cancer there b. C they cook daily using Turmeric. It also stated that those who stopped using it after the test trials who had a propensity to polyps regained them. So with that info plus my research I decided to go to the chemist to get some in pill form and reading ingredients closely to find the best and most natural etc as possible.

I'm starting them after next week after my hospital stay.

3 weeks ago

I often check this site and it's link to what I'm interested in as it has the pluses and minuses to evaluate.  Taking "enough" turmeric can make your blood thin and lower sugar levels.  It's excellent for people with fibromyalgia,  arthritis and osteoarthritis,  and much much more. If in doubt ask your Dr or chemist/pharamacist like I did.

However you be the judge.

Here is an excellent link with tabs to click thru and understand. You will see, uses  interactions etc. Take a look.

3 weeks ago

Best of luck Summeranni.  I'm sure there are many on Care2 who will be thinking of you.

I have to watch my salt, so besides cooking more with spices I  keep a shaker mixed with 1/3 Turmeric, 1/3 Garlic powder and 1/3 Coriander powder on the table to use instead of salt.  It seems to go with almost anything. 

3 weeks ago

thanks,I have been very busy seeking the best of all knowledge about food

while healing from some nasty longtime problems that I decided I had put up with long enough

in my journey I have learned more about clean eating,NO WHITE FOOD.

too bad the indian people don't know that the white rice they eat 3 times a day

is causing one of the highest onset diabetes rates in the world

in company with other white rice,and white food eating countries

china,japan,and of course the usa..2 of every 3 people here are overweight or obese,the trend is growing ,,,by 2020,it will be 3 out of 4...NOT ME!!!

3 weeks ago

I never used it before.