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:
• Cystic fibrocis
• Cardiovascular problems
• Alzimers desease
• Childhood Leukemia
• Liver function
• Skin conditions
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 cross the blood-brain barrier to reduce inflammation and specific damaging chemical aging processes. This is why it may prevent Alzheimer’s Disease.
Specially processed turmeric is used in India topically to produce healthy glowing skin and prevent facial hair growth in women. A different processed turmeric is also available which is rubbed into the skin so that it is absorbed directly into the blood stream and bypasses the digestions and liver functions which can slow it’s effects down.
Tumeric has also been known to have spiritual and ritualistic value in Eastern and near eastern cutures. (perhaps because of its obvious practical effects)
It is widely used in all parts of India during wedding ceremony.
The ONLY CAUTION with turmeric is that if you spill it on even a slightly porous surface it can stain. Wash immediately.
We will be posting several recipes with this spice it is so important.
We use turmeric in many of our seasonal 2-5-30 Healthy Diets to help with detoxing and digestion.
About Randy Fritz
A certified Nutritional Consultant, Randy has been teaching health and personal development principles for over 30 years and has personally helped individuals with over 10,000 Body Health Assessments.