Health Benefits of Turmeric

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Turmeric As An Anti-Inflammatory -
Turmeric has long been known for its anti-inflammatory properties and has been used extensively for joint pain and arthritis in the body. A 2006 University of Arizona study examined the effect of turmeric on rheumatoid arthritis. The study found that using turmeric resulted in a significant reduction of the symptoms, almost completely disappearing in many instances. Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines use turmeric to heal inflammation and infection both internally and externally. It is known as the most potent natural anti-inflammatory available to the body and works as well as the majority of anti-inflammatory drugs but without any side effects.

Turmeric As A Cancer Blocker -
The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. Doctors at UCLA recently discovered that the curcumin in turmeric blocked the main enzyme that is responsible for the growth of cancer in the head and neck and prevented any advancement of malignant cells. Turmeric has powerful antioxidant properties that also work to fight cancer-causing free radicals, reducing and preventing damage to the body. Studies have shown turmeric works to prevent and treat several types of cancer including skin, breast, colon and prostate.

Turmeric For Depression -
The curcumin in turmeric enhances the availability of serotonin and dopamine in the brain and is excellent for treating depression. It is one of the common ingredients in ayurvedic medicine for depression.

Turmeric For Alzheimer's Disease -
Turmeric has been shown to be effective in preventing Alzheimer's disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain.

Turmeric As A Disinfectant For Burns and Cuts -
Turmeric has been shown to speed the healing of wounds and is a natural disinfectant. In India the spice is put on their band-aids for the disinfectant properties turmeric possesses. There are even major brand name band-aids for the Indian market containing turmeric in them. Sprinkling turmeric powder on wounds will also help them heal faster. Turmeric is often used as a gargle for those with laryngitis or congestion and is rubbed on the skin to cure psoriasis and cuts quickly.

Turmeric For Expelling Intestinal Worms -
Drinking raw turmeric juice has been shown to be an effective remedy for expelling intestinal worms.

Turmeric As A Chemotherapy Aid -
Turmeric has been shown to boost the effects of the chemotherapy drug Paclitaxel while reducing its side effects.

Turmeric For Eye Health -
Turmeric has been shown to reduce oxidation of the lens protein, which is the cause for cataracts. It also contains vitamins A, C and D which are essential to good eye health. Taken on a regular basis it strengthens and heals the eyes.

Turmeric For Asthma -
Turmeric works to clear phlegm out of the body, clear the lungs and reduce spasms of asthma and is very beneficial to ingest daily in food or with some powder in a drink for these effects.

Turmeric For Weight Loss -
Studies show that turmeric works to increase metabolism and lower fat content as well as cholesterol in the body.

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