20 Health Benefits of Turmeric
The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin.
The medicinal properties of this spice have been slowly revealing themselves over the centuries. Long known for its anti-inflammatory properties, recent research has revealed that turmeric is a natural wonder, proving beneficial in the treatment of many different health conditions from cancer to Alzheimer's disease.
Here are 20 reasons to add turmeric to your diet:
. It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.
. When combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer.
. Prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in mice.
. May prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to commit suicide.
. Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.
. Is a natural liver detoxifier.
. May prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain.
. May prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer.
. It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.
10. Has shown promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice.
. Is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.
. May aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management.
. Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.
. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
. Boosts the effects of chemo drug paclitaxel and reduces its side effects.
. Promising studies are underway on the effects of turmeric on pancreatic cancer.
. Studies are ongoing in the positive effects of turmeric on multiple myeloma.
. Has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumors.
. Speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin.
. May help in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.
Once you start using turmeric on a regular basis, it's fun to find new ways to use it in recipes. My favorite way to use it is to add a pinch of it to egg salad. It adds a nice flavor and gives the egg salad a rich yellow hue.
Contraindications: Turmeric should not be used by people with gallstones or bile obstruction. Though turmeric is often used by pregnant women, it is important to consult with a doctor before doing so as turmeric can be a uterine stimulant.