We’ve been cooking with Turmeric a lot lately. Besides its wonderfully aromatic smell and brilliant yellow color, turmeric is a virtual medicine cabinet in a spice jar.
Turmeric is the main ingredient in all types of curry and Garam Masala, and can be found in almost all Indian foods. Medicinally, both Ayurvedic and Chinese herbalists have used it for thousands of years. More recently studies by Western doctors and scientists have also concluded that Turmeric has a host of beneficial medicinal properties.
- One of the main compounds of turmeric, curcumin, is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Studies have shown that it actually works as well or better than several arthritis pharmaceuticals currently on the market.
- Turmeric has shown great results in reducing the numbers and sizes of cancer tumors, including colon cancer.
- Studies have shown turmeric to provide significant protection against cataract development.
- Several studies have shown turmeric to have a positive effect on lowering cholesterol.
- The Journal of Toxicology reported that turmeric has shown significant liver protection, and several well-published doctors have recommended it for patients with hepatitis to lower liver enzymes.
- Deepak Chopra, both an MD and Auyervedic specialist, recommends mixing turmeric with a little honey to coat a sore throat.
- Turmeric has been used traditionally as a purifying spice to aid people eating a detox diet.
- Turmeric mixed with a bit of water to make a paste can be applied to skin blemishes over night.
In addition to all of these amazing medicinal properties, turmeric has a delicious flavor that enhances the taste of almost any food. Try adding it to soups, salad dressings, omelets, or stir-fries, your body will thank you.
Try this great recipe for Indian Dahl with Spinach that gets its flavor from turmeric.
Here’s a link to my video post on more Turmeric Health Benefits.
And a link to some other good articles on the amazing health benefits of turmeric…