Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Turmeric / Curcumin: Natural Cure for Many Ills

Cultures across the globe have survived for years on sacred foods. These foods vary across continents, groups of people, and environments but one thing is consistent. These sacred foods hold a status in their specific culture because of their amazing natural health effects. A common sacred food found across Asia is Turmeric. Turmeric, also called curcumin, has been used in Asian cookery for thousands of years. Powder ground from the dried root is an ingredient in curry. Turmeric is one of the cheaper spices and makes a vivid splash of color, so it gets heaped into low-market curry blends as fill. Not such a bad idea. But Turmeric is used for more than just flavoring foods...it has many health benefits in ayurvedic medicine such as anti-inflammatory effects, detoxifying, and more. Below are some interesting articles on this amazing root...

"...Turmeric has long been used as a powerful anti-inflammatory in both the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine..."

"...Turmeric holds a high place in Ayurvedic medicine as a "cleanser of the body" and today science is finding a growing list of diseased conditions which turmeric's active ingredient heals. Broad interest in curcumin's antiinflammatory effects is increasing..."

Turmeric Appears to Block Rheumatoid Arthritis
"...researchers at the University of Arizona have discovered another possibility that may help in the fight against rheumatoid arthritis—turmeric..."

Curcumin Helps Clear Plaque Found in Alzheimer's Patients

"A curcumin complex extracted from turmeric helped the brain clear amyloid-beta plaque that could otherwise lead to development and progression of Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological problems, according to researchers at the UCLA School of Medicine and the Greater Los Angeles Veteran’s Administration Medical Center..."

Therapeutic potential of curcumin in human prostate cancer. III
"...Curcumin inhibits proliferation, induces apoptosis, and inhibits angiogenesis of LNCaP prostate cancer cells in vivo..."

Turmeric Recipes and Cooking Instructions


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