Last Updated: June 10, 2020
You’ve probably eaten it before, but may not know the name.
Part of the ginger family, it’s that almost-bitter-tasting spice found in a lot of Asian foods, curry, mustards, and other bitter-flavored foods. It’s curcumin that gives it it’s bright color, and is also been found by scientific studies to be very beneficial to our health.
There are many spices that promote natural health and serve as alternative remedies to common ailments and physical conditions, and turmeric is just one of them. Nature is often the best pharmacy we can have.
How exactly does turmeric benefit our health?
Keep reading to find out, and you too may fall in love with this wonderful healing spice, if you haven’t already by now.
Remember, it’s the curcumin that has the health benefits, not turmeric alone, and can be found in fresh, dry, or powder form that you can sprinkle onto your scrambled eggs or dash into a morning health shake. But like any other supplement, ask your doctor if taking turmeric is safe for you, because you can actually ingest too much of it, as with any supplement, and it isn’t always recommended for every diabetic. If the thought of bitter flavoring is unappetizing, you can always find creative ways to disguise the taste, but a lot of people love the flavor.
- According to WebMD, turmeric can decrease the swelling and diminish the pain of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis, conditions suffered by millions of people around the globe. If prescription medication, ointments, and pain patches aren’t relieving the symptoms, then consider a turmeric supplement suggests Free Your Spine .
- Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric may delay or prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease by ridding plaque from the brain.
- Turmeric may help prevent some kinds of cancers from occurring, such as prostate cancer, especially when served with cauliflower. The spice can also prevent some cancers from metastasizing.
- This wonder spice can disinfect a burn or cut, because it’s a naturally-occurring antiseptic. The next time your little one gets a scraped knee, you now have a choice: You can reach for the peroxide, or you can reach for the turmeric.
- One medical study in mice shows that turmeric helped breast cancer spread to the lungs.
- Another study proved that turmeric lowers the risk of childhood leukemia.
- Chinese medicine has used it for years as a treatment for depression.
- Its healing qualities helps in the mending of skin.
- According to a study conducted by Kansas City University, when added to fried, boiled, or barbecued meats, can actually lower the amount of carcinogens that are released.
- A University of Texas study on rodents suggests that curcumin slows the rate at which tumors and skin cancers grow.
Populations in India consume large amounts of curries, so perhaps this is why this particular country has a lower rate of Alzheimer’s disease among the elderly.
As you can see, the health benefits of turmeric are many. Since it is readily available, it’s a good spice to have in the kitchen, and in the medicine cabinet.