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Friday, December 21, 2012

Know Your Herbs: Health Benefits of Turmeric

Up until a few months ago I had no idea that turmeric was grown here in Dominica. It looks like ginger but the inside is bright bright yellow almost orange.  Here is a picture of the two of them together so that you can see what I'm talking about. The turmeric roots are the smaller ones in the picture.

I've been discovering a lot of things since we starting serving at our new church, like the mangosteen discovery for example. I usually just use the powder but was delighted to know that the root is grown here. I plan on getting some one of these days from one of our church members to see the difference in preparing food when I use the root versus the powder.

I love to read and learn and by now you should know what's coming next. Yes, I researched what turmeric was good for and I was blown away.  So without any further ado, here are the benefits of turmeric as I discovered them:

Benefits of Turmeric

  1. Reduces and may prevent some of the damage of cancer-causing free radicals
  2. May help in cases of prostate, skin and colon cancer
  3. It is anti-inflammatory
  4. Aids in joint pain
  5. Natural painkiller
  6. Helps to detoxify the liver
  7. The ingredient curcumin found in turmeric greatly aids in fighting cancer
  8. Helps in reducing skin rashes
  9. Assists in reducing gum infection
  10. May help prevent Alzheimer's
  11. May help keep blood sugar in check thus reducing the risk of diabetes
  12. Used to treat depression in Chinese medicine
  13. May assist in the treatment of psoriasis

Fun fact about turmeric:
When lime is added to turmeric, it turns into a brilliant red colored powder and is used for adorning women in India.

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  1. Hi Jennifer,

    Good to be here after a while.
    Great information, Great tips.
    Thanks for sharing the benefits of turmeric.
    Its one of an essential ingredients in any Indian recipe.

    Its medicinal benefits are many and the latest finding is that its a good cancer fighter.
    Keep Inform.
    Best Regards.

  2. Thanks Phil. Good to see you. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  3. Yes turmeric is excellent. I have been taking curcumin concentrated capsules for while now, the active ingredient found in tumeric. I have been taking it along with getting plenty of vitamin D to clear cobwebs in my brain and it has worked. They work synergistically to remove proteins in the brain that interrupt electrical activity. I am weaning myself off the curcumin and I am now and taking the more natural form, turmeric. I may take curcumin here and there in the future though.

  4. Cool! That's awesome Aqiyl. Keep it up.


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