We’ve all seen it on the spice shelf at the grocery store, but did you know that Turmeric can be used to aid in the management of many common conditions? Yes, the bright yellow-gold spice is more than just something with which we can cook!
Turmeric is a powerful spice, but it also has a long list of uses and benefits where common medical conditions are concerned. Today’s medical community recognizes the many health benefits of this root, and it has been used extensively over the centuries in natural and homeopathic medicine.
The secret to Turmeric’s many benefits (Turmeric is a plant in the ginger family) is curcumin. Turmeric contains approximately 3 percent curcumin by weight. In addition to its ability to stop an enzyme responsible for transforming environmental toxins into carcinogens in the body, curcumin is also believed to improve our digestion of fats and sugars. It also helps alleviate inflammation in the digestive system.
So, because of its curcumin content, Turmeric is said to:
- Fight inflammation
- Deliver antioxidants
- Protect the heart
- Help with arthritis
- Boost brain function
- Help fight diabetes and cancer
Taking Turmerics is also believed to help with acne, itching and as a tooth whitener.
It should be noted that pregnant women and women who are nursing should consult a physician before entering into a Turmeric or curcumin regimen.
There are a variety of sources dedicated to the use of “superfoods” like Turmeric. In addition to supplements, this ancient spice can be just as beneficial when used as part of an overall healthy diet and lifestyle.
Give Turmeric a try today in your cooking, or include it in your daily supplements. It’s an all-natural way to health…and that’s always a better route than employing pharmaceuticals!
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