12 Turmeric Benefits You Should Know About


Turmeric is the spice that can change your life. Yes, it can add a new flavor to your cooking, but how about being helpful with your health? From being a potent anti-inflammatory and reducer of IBS, to cancer prevention, turmeric has many benefits. Join me for a walk through this spice’s benefits, along with practical ways to get it into your daily diet.

Turmeric Benefits

Anti-Inflammatory, Potent, & Safe – Turmeric contains a safe, volatile oil fraction and curcumin that are natural Anti-inflammatories with affects comparable to drugs like Hydrocorisone, Phenylbutaxone, and Motrin. The great thing is turmeric does not have the toxic issues these drugs carry, like ulcer formation, decreased white blood cell count, and intestinal bleeding.

Treatment for IBD – Curcumin is proven to be a effective treatment for inflammatory bowel disease IBD, Researchers are still trying to figure out how this exactly works, but have found very low concentrations are effective, even as little as is normally in a dish of curry.

Rhenumatoid Arthritis Relief – Helps to neutralize free radicals which can lead to painful joint inflammation resulting in rheumatoid arthritis. Studies have shown curcumin produced positive results comparable to phenylbutazone. Results included shortened duration of moringin stiffness, lengthened walking time, and reduced joint swelling.

Cancer Prevention – Curcumin in turmeric helped protect cellular DNA from free radical damage, and helped to destroy mutated cancer cells so they could not spread throughout the body.

Inhibits Cancer Cell Growth in Breast Cancer – A University of Texas study showed curcumin in turmeric acted as a “master switch” to turn off the growth of breast cancer. The study was published in Biochemical Pharmacology – Sept 2005. Clinical trials at the University of Texas are now studying curcumin’s therapeutic properties with myeloma and pancreatic cancer.

Prevent Colon Cancer – turmeric and onions were found in a Aug. 2006 study in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, to reduce the size and number of precancerous lesions in the intestinal tract.

Prostate Cancer Halted by Turmeric & Cauliflower – Studies showed that isothiocyanates found in cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and kale, combined with turmeric, retarded the growth of prostate cancer cells. It was also found to prevent prostate cancer.

Lower Risk of Childhood Leukemia – Prof. Moolky Nagabhushan, University Medical Centre, Chicago, found that turmeric could reduce the risk of developing childhood leukemia.

Liver Function Improved in 14 Days – A recent study showed curcumin given for 14 days resulted in improved liver detoxification by 16%.

Turmeric Lowers Cholesterol – Turmeric improves the livers ability to clear more LDL – cholesterol from the body.

Lowers Blood Pressure – Turmeric is a natural blood thinner which can help fight against hypertension.

Protection Against Alzheimer’s Disease – Epidemiological studies show that in elderly Indian populations where turmeric is common, cases of Alzheimer’s are very low. Other studies have shown how Alzheimer’s symptoms reduced in individuals after introducing turmeric into the diet.



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