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11/7/15

Turmeric-A most powerful herb

                                                       Turmeric in Wooden Bowl

                                              

Turmeric is native to Indonesia and southern India. It has been harvested for more than 5,000 years. It plays an important role in many traditional cultures throughout the East. Arab traders first introduced into Europe in the 13th century. Since then it has become very popular in the western cultures. Many studies have been done as to it's therapeutic and medicinal uses.

Turmeric is an excellent source of Iron and magnesium and a good source of vitamin b6, fiber and potassium.

Turmeric is one of the most powerful herbs that plays a part in fighting off foreign invaders in your body. It also plays an important role in repairing the damage done by these invaders. It is good for both body and brain function and health.
Turmeric has been used in India for thousands of years as a medicinal herb.
The medicinal compounds in Turmeric is curcuminoids, the most beneficial being curcumin. This is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.
The best way to consume turmeric for medicinal purposes is to take the extract. If you take turmeric as a stand alone, meaning if you use the spice itself, it is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream. You will need to take black pepper with it as pepper enhances the absorption process.

Turmeric can help fight chronic inflammation, and matches most prescription and over the counter anti inflammatory drugs. In most studies it's potency has worked better than most of these drugs, and the best part is that you do not have to worry about side effects!

Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant and neutralizes free radicals thus stimulating the body's own antioxidant enzymes which will help to boost the immune system and fight of bugs.

When it comes to brain function turmeric has been link to improved brain function and helps to lower the risk of brain diseases. It will help neurons in the brain to not only form new connections, but to multiply and increase in number. (This is good) Turmeric is vital for brain health and can help with things such as depression, cognitive function and age related brain diseases such as alzheimer's. It may even be effective at delaying or even reversing these things.

Turmeric can help lower your chances of heart disease. The main benefit of turmeric even more so than what we have already covered is that it can improve the function of the endothelium, which is the lining of the blood vessels. It is a well known fact that endothelial dysfunction is a major driver in heart disease. Turmeric can decrease chances of having a heart attack.

When it comes to cancer, turmeric can play an important role in treatment, and perhaps even help to prevent it!  Turmeric can affect the growth of cancer cells by reducing them, and blocking the growth of new cells and can help to kill them. There is evidence that turmeric can help to prevent cancer to begin with, especially cancers of the digestive system, like colon cancer.

Arthritis is a very common problem for many people. Turmeric works extremely well in people with arthritis, especially chronic rheumatoid arthritis. Since turmeric is anti inflammatory, it will help to prevent inflammation of the joints, which is what most people with arthritis experience.

Turmeric can be used to treat many other minor problems including-
Cholesterol
Gas
headaches
bronchitis
colds
sunburns
water retention
ringworm
eye infections
sore inside the mouth
jaundice
menstrual difficulties
blood in the urine
toothaches
bruises
 colic
Indigestion and heartburn
Diabetes
Inflammatory bowel disease or colitis such as crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
Cystic fibrosis
Prostate cancer
It can help improve liver function, protect the cardiovascular system (as described above)

Turmeric doesn't just help with inflammation inside the body, but on the outside as well. This makes it beneficial to use in homemade creams for sore backs, bruises and swelling of the joints.


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