By Diane Irving
Anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer are pro-health when it comes to turmeric benefactors to the human body. Healthy benefits of this spice have been seen for thousands of years in Asian recipes and Indian dishes including curry. Curcumin is a component in turmeric that gives it a bright yellow color, which seems to cheer the body up. Origins of the spice come from the ginger family and can help the immune system strengthen. The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) states that the spice may fight unhealthy disruptions or diseases.
According to the UMMC, a few diseases turmeric can help include osteoarthritis, stomach ulcers, indigestion, heart disease, bacterial or viral infections, cancer, and neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. Cancer is a worldwide worry, and turmeric has shown to reduce tumor growth. Just a little bit goes a long way–even a teaspoon serving can have positive affects.
Turmeric as an Anti-Inflammatory
Anti-inflammatory proponents of turmeric are high. They’ve been known to help reduce arthritis, swelling of muscles, and any other problems associated with inflammation. Many with autoimmune diseases might find it as a helpful tool when inflammation flares up in the body.
Turmeric as an Anti-Cancer Herb/Spice
Anti-cancer is a hot issue in the 21st century with so many people being diagnosed. Anything that can aid in the cancer fight is a daily must. It can suppress the growth of a tumor, particularly in colon cancer cells, breast cancer, and more.
Turmeric as an Anti-Oxidant
Anti-oxidants are important in detoxifying the body of poisons. Curcumin is rich in anti-oxidants and can prevent liver malfunction. Given the amount of chemicals we ingest through food and personal care products, it is necessary to flush out toxins. Poisonous waste can stay trapped between muscles and organs, which can block healing.
Turmeric has also shown to boost heart function, gut health, and cognition, help cystic fibrosis, decrease stress, depression, nausea, cramps, and more. It can be taken in pill form or with powder while cooking. Too much of the spice can be harmful, so consult Dr. Marone before seeking the health benefits of turmeric. Instead of reaching for a medical antibiotic for any disease listed, try turmeric as a helpful curative.
*The information in this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and does not substitute for a thorough evaluation by a medical professional. Please consult your chiropractor or physician to determine whether these self-care tips are appropriate for you.
Worlds Healthiest Foods: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=78
The University of Maryland Medical Center: http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/turmeric