Turmeric has been part of traditional medicine in India and Asia for thousands of years. Turmeric is a critical ingredient in curry powder, giving it both color and flavor.
It has a key active ingredient named curcumin, which is responsible for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimicrobial, antiviral properties and is a natural cancer fighter.
Dr Alok Mishra of Emory University, Atlanta, USA, says that “According to our new findings, we could say that turmeric is good for oral health.” HPV is a virus that promotes the development of cervical and oral cancer. There is no cure, but curcumin may offer a means of future control. Curcumin – appears to have a quelling effect on the activity of human papillomavirus (HPV), reported Science 2.0.
Apart from anti-cancer properties, Turmeric also appears to help normalize blood sugar, prevent blood clotting and may actually ward off heart attacks. Curcumin, in addition also promotes wound healing (Life Sciences, Oct. 22, 2014). Interestingly according to the NCBI, due to turmeric rich diet, elderly people in India have one of the world’s lowest rates of Alzheimer’s! Curcumin apparently may have the potential to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease (CNS & Neurological Disorders-Drug Targets, 2014).
Everyday Health reported that Turmeric can tame heartburn as well as an upset stomach possibly due to its known powers to fight inflammation. This same anti-inflammatory property is known to reduce osteoarthritic pain. Anyone with TMJ joint issues… pay attention to how much curcumin you have in your diet!
Ladies there is more good news for you…Mix together a teaspoon of ground turmeric, a teaspoon of honey, and a teaspoon of milk and apply it all your exposed skin areas. Why? Because, Turmeric is an excellent skin detoxifier, cleanser and purifier. After all skin is the largest organ in the body and turmeric definitely makes it glow.
Turmeric can prevent weight gain! Recent research from Tufts University in Massachusetts found that curcumin suppressed the growth of fat tissue, and therefore prevented weight gain in mice.
Word of caution by NIH! People with liver and gallbladder issues such as stones, bleeding disorders, gastrointestinal reflux disease, iron deficiency, hormone-sensitive conditions, and pregnancy should avoid medicinal quantities of turmeric. If you have any questions, ask your doctor for more details.
Another word of caution: Dried Turmeric according to Ayurveda should always be sauted and cooked before consuming it. These days you will find many turmeric capsules which contains raw uncooked turmeric. Remember even though it is natural, use it the way it has been traditionally used in India and Asia. Not in a modern, fast, accelerated way inside of capsules!