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Health and Healing Benefits of Turmeric

Posted Feb 19 2009 6:32pm
Turmeric is most often associated with curry dishes and yellow mustard.  It's most active constituent is Curcumin
(The pigment that gives turmeric it's notable yellow-orange color). 

Curcumin has potent anti-inflammatory properties; curcuminoids counteract free radicals, are highly antioxidant, and also help to relieve arthritis pain and stiffness (help with arthritis is most likely attributed to the anti-inflammatory properties).

Other Notable Beneficial Effects:

  • Aids in Digestion
  • Promotes and Regulates Proper Metabolism 
    • (Adaptive: i.e. stabalizes both excesses and deficiencies)
  • Maintains internal flora
  • Inhibits Oxidation of Cholesterol 
    • (Which may be Beneficial to Heart Health) 
  • Supports Healthy Liver Function and Detox
  • Helps Protect the Liver from Internal Toxins
  • Helps Purify the Blood
  • Has Cancer Fighting Properties
    • Halts Cell Proliferation
    • Helps Destroy Mutated Cells
    • Inhibits Protein Synthesis

Curcumin has been shown to influence more than 700 gene factors.  Other therapeutic factors indicate its' beneficial use for:  Psoriasis, Cataracts, Gallstones, Cystic Fibrosis, Crohn's, and Type II Diabetes, among others.

I have turmeric powder in my spice cabinet.  I often use it in soups, stews, lentils.  There is a huge difference between curry powder and just plain turmeric powder.  For one thing there is little if any curcumin actually in most curry powders.  There is a ton of the heatlhy curcuminoids in turmeric powder.  Be careful...it is very easy to stain most any surface with the powder.  That's why they use it to color mustard.

I also, personally, take turmeric pills as a part of my supplement program.  You can usually find turmeric as an ingredient in most liver supportive formulas as well as detox formulas.  I take it a couple of times a week.

As always consult your physician, nutritionist, or health care provider before starting or changing any supplement regimen.
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