Benefits of Tumeric

turmeric-herb-benefitsThat beautiful yellow/orange Indian spice, Tumeric, is probably one of the strongest anti-oxidents on the planet. It has been thoroughly researched and many studies have concluded that it compares favorably to a variety of conventional medications. These medications include such things as Lipitor, a statin drug used to lower blood pressure, various steroid medications, aspirin, Prozac, anti-inflammatory drugs, metformin, a diabetes drug, and the chemotherapy drug, Oxaliplatin.

Tumeric comes from the root of the Curcuma Longa Plant. It is full of manganese, iron, vitamin B6, potassium and a bit of fiber. The flavor is warm, peppery and a bit bitter. As far as food goes it has been best known as one of the ingredients to make curry. It is also used to give mustard its bright yellow color.

Turmeric is widely used in India as well as in China. Throughout history it has been used as a condiment, a healing remedy and a textile dye. The four most common forms of cancer in the United States apparently are ten times lower in India. Researchers have attributed part of this to the compound curcumin. Laboratory studies have suggested that curcumin is effective in protecting against cancer and in killing colon cancer cells. It is also thought that the elderly villagers in India appear to have the lowest rates of Alzheimer’s in the world.

Tumeric is a very potent anti-inflammatory. This was mentioned above. There are a lot of anti-inflammatory drugs on the market but why not use something like tumeric that is natural. Tumeric is also a very effective treatment for inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s and colitis.

Rheumatoid arthritis can be helped significantly along with cystic fibrosis. Curcumin, the major constituent of turmeric, exerts powerful antioxidant effects. Because of this curcumin is able to neutralize free radicals, the chemicals that travel throughout the body causing damage to healthy cells and cell membranes. Free radicals are responsible for the painful joint inflammation of arthritis.

In the case of cystic fibrosis patients should not self-medicate with supplements containing curcumin. There could be adverse interactions with the many prescription drugs taken by cystic fibrosis sufferers.

It is certainly easier to prevent cancer in the first place than to do nothing and try and cure it. Curcumin helps destroy the mutated cancer cells so these cells cannot spread throughout the body. The main way curcumin does this is by enhancing liver function. There have been studies that have linked the frequent use of turmeric to lower rates of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer. There have also been laboratory experiments that have shown curcumin can prevent tumors from forming in the first place. Remember curcumin has been around for thousands of years and for those many years has been used for medicinal purposes.
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