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Tumeric - Curcumin Supplement

Posted Mar 31 2009 11:49pm
According to the latest studies, it so turns out, that turmeric has several good health benefits. It can help with digestion problems, aid to fight infection and prevents against and protects from heart attacks.

The latest research has found, that turmeric could be an effective enhancer of an enzyme that protects the brain against oxidative conditions, such as Alzheimer's disease. Turmeric could be used to diminish the progression of chronic and age associated neurodegenerative disorders.

Two teaspoons of turmeric contains 1.88 milligrams of iron, 0.08 milligrams of vitamin B, 0.96 grams of dietary fiber, 114.48 milligrams of potassium and 0.36 grams of manganese.

Tumeric
Curcuma longa, Cur­cuma domestica


Origin:

A yellow-colored powder ground from the roots of the lily-like turmeric plant. It is a common ingredient in curry powder. The turmeric plant grows in India and Indonesia and is related to the ginger family.

Dosage:
Capsules or spice. Capsule, typically 400 mg to 600 mg three times per day; or 0.5 g to 1 g of powdered root up to 3 g per day.

Claims:
Reduces pain, inflammation and stiffness related to RA and OA; treats bursitis. Known as a cleansing agent, tumeric often is used as a digestive aid in India.

What we know:
Traditionally used in Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic medicine to treat arthritis; the active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, which is nontoxic.

Studies:
Several recent studies show that curcumin or turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties and modifies immune system responses. A 2006 study showed turmeric was more effective at preventing joint inflammation than reducing joint inflammation.

High doses of turmeric can act as a blood thinner and cause stomach upset. Do not take if you have gallstones or are taking blood-thinning medications.
~Arthritis Foundation.

There are lots of ways to apply and use Tumeric. Here are some of the findings, that I found on the net:
A puree of turmeric and Asian basil is applied as an antiseptic against insect bites and an ointment based on the spice, is used as an antiseptic in Malaysia.

Tumeric water is an Asian cosmetic applied to impart a golden glow to the complexion. I need to tell our oldest that. She likes to have a tan, but with her red hair and fair complexion, she always ends up with a sun burn. This might be a good and safe alternative.

Tumeric is very popular being served as a tea in Okinawa, Japan. It is also used to spice meat and vegetables. It lends itself very well to complement recipes that use rice, lentils and dry beans.

A large pinch gives salad dressing a nice yellowish color. It can spice up your meal, but try not to use too much of it, because it may give the dish a slightly bitter taste.

A large dose of God's word gives life a wonderful color. It is the spice of life and you can never use too much of it. :-)

Psalm 119:50
This is my comfort in my affliction, For Your word has given me life.
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