25 Jun The Healthy Wonders Of Turmeric
The Plant Turmeric And Its Uses
Turmeric is a common spice that is derived from the roots of a plant of the same name. In addition to being tasty, turmeric is also an excellent natural medicine that has been used in Asia and India for centuries to combat a wide variety of illnesses. While many people feel that this sort of traditional medicine is based in folklore, the fact is modern research has found that turmeric is effective in treating and preventing obesity, gallstones, arthritis, Alzheimer disease and cancer.
Learn more about the wonders of turmeric…
Regular consumption of turmeric in the diet and/or as a supplement increases metabolism. This means the body burns fuel more quickly and efficiently. In this way, turmeric supports good health and weight loss and maintenance.
Turmeric also stimulates the flow of bile in the gall bladder. This helps prevent the development of gallstones. As an added digestive benefit, the regular addition of turmeric to the diet can help soothe and treat ulcers and prevent indigestion and heartburn.
Increased metabolism also means increased blood flow, which helps reduce general inflammation. The anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric help ease the pain of arthritis. Regular use of turmeric reduces inflammation in the joints.
As turmeric thin the blood and increases blood flow, it also breaks down deposits of toxic protein in the bloodstream and the brain. This helps prevent senile dementia or Alzheimer disease. Studies conducted in India and in Singapore, where the incidence of senile dementia is about 75% lower than in western cultures, indicate that regular consumption of turmeric helped participants perform better on memory tasks.
You may have heard turmeric referred to as Curcumin. This is the name of the cancer-fighting polyphenols found in the spice. Clinical studies have shown without doubt that Curcumin retards growth of the cancer cells that cause leukemia, brain tumors, melanoma and breast, prostate and pancreatic cancer. It does this by promoting a programmed form of cell death known as Apoptosis. In this way, it targets and kills only the cancer cells and leaves healthy cells unharmed.
How to add turmeric to your daily life…
It is amazingly simple, easy and affordable to improve your overall health and enjoy your life and your food more with turmeric. Turmeric is available in your local grocery, health food stores, and from vitamin and supplement dealers. You can purchase it in whole root, capsule or powder form in small amounts or in bulk. If you choose to purchase powdered turmeric, you can add it to almost everything you eat. Try these simple tips to boost your turmeric intake:
Here are a few quick and easy ways to add turmeric powder to your everyday food plan:
Keep powdered turmeric (or curry powder, which is mostly turmeric) in a shaker to spice up just
about any food.
Add turmeric to almost any meat dish. Simply shake a little on in addition to the spices you usually use. It will add a flavor and health boost.
Add turmeric to all egg and milk based recipes. It blends surprisingly well with these and adds a cheery yellow color to omelets and other egg dishes.
While cooking vegetables, lentils, beans, pasta or grains, add a teaspoon of turmeric and a teaspoon of healthful, heat tolerant, healthful oil such as peanut oil. The oil will enhance both the flavor and the benefits of the spice. Additionally, the bright yellow color of turmeric will make all of your legume, pasta, rice and veggie dishes look very appealing.
Fresh turmeric root can often be found in health food grocery stores. You can use this to brew tea in much the same way you would use ginger root. Simply slice it, add it to a pot of fresh, cool water and place the pot over medium heat for about 15 minutes. It should just begin to simmer. Reduce the heat and simmer another fifteen minutes or so to gently extract flavor and benefits.
Adding turmeric to your daily diet is a win-win proposition. You have absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain by safeguarding and improving your health with tasty, colorful, affordable turmeric.