Turmeric Health Benefits

Turmeric the Super Spice

Turmeric is a common ingredient in many ethnic cuisines. It is closely related to ginger and frequently used as a substitute ginger as well as curry. It is also known as Indian Saffron although it is not remotely related to true saffron.

Turmeric contains a vast array of anticarcinogenic, antibacterial, antioxidant, anti fungal, antiviral, antimutagenic, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is a super food that is chock full of nutrients, dietary fiber, minerals, and vitamins and is useful in treatment and prevention of multiple health issues.

Turmeric Prevents Cancer

It has been proven that turmeric can help prevent and curtail existing prostate cancer. [ Therapeutic potential of curcumin in human prostate cancer. ]

Research has proven that active components found in turmeric protect against radiation-induced tumors. [Turmeric Protects Against Radiation Treatment's Horrible Effects]

Turmeric also helps to halt the growth of breast cancer, some types of leukemia and colon cancer.

Boosts the Immune system

Lipopolysaccharide is found abundantly in Turmeric. It has strong anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties and enhances immune system function. [ Lipopolysaccharide (Endotoxin)-host defense antibacterial peptides interactions: Role in bacterial resistance and prevention of sepsis ]

Turmeric contains high levels of curcumin, a natural anti-inflammatory agent. Curcumin, which comprises up to 6% of Turmeric spice has powerful antioxidant properties as well, it is the most active component in turmeric. [ Anti-Oxidant and Anti-inflammatory properties of Curcumin ]

Heart Health

Turmeric is believed to be helpful in protecting the Heart as it breaks down cholestorol. Cholesterol clogs our arteries leading to heart issues as well as strokes.

Prevents Alzheimer's

The same properties that help ward off heart disease and stroke also contributes to turmerics regimen against alzheimers disease. It reduces plague build up in the brain and improves oxygen flow which in effect slows down the advance of Alzheimers.

There is some indication that curcumin also functions as a natural anti-depressant.b [ Antidepressant activity of curcumin: involvement of serotonin and dopamine system ]

The powerful antiseptic and antibacterial properties of turmeric also help expedite your bodies natural ability to heal topical wounds such as cuts and burns. Sprinkling turmeric powder directly on the effected area will help. It is also believed to be effective against psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.

Maintains healthy body weight

For those of us fighting the Battle of the Bulge turmeric in your diet is advisable. A single teaspoon of turmeric powder prior to every meal will enhance the flow of bile which helps plays a major role in breaking down dietary fats.


The liver detoxifies the body via the enzymes it produces - turmeric enhances the production of these enzymes. [ Reversal of aflatoxin induced liver damage by turmeric and curcumin ]

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