The Medicinal Qualities of Turmeric

Turmeric is a spice well known to India for thousands of years. It is the bright yellow powder used in Indian cooking but is also used widely for its medicinal qualities.

Turmeric has been studied by the NIH and shown to have powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and anti-oxidant properties, which means it has been shown to markedly reduce inflammation in arthritis (including rheumatoid), kill cancer cells by inhibiting angiogenesis  and cell replication and reduce amyloid formation in Alzheimer’s Disease.

The key to enjoying its anti-oxidant benefits is to heat it in oil with a pinch of black pepper before putting it in your soups, curries or stews. This increases its absorption by up to 2000 fold.

As a child, in India where I grew up, my mother used to make a turmeric poultice and apply it to any scrapes or mosquito bites that became inflamed. It always worked!

The anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric are due to its active ingredient curcumin.

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