Turmeric – Not Just a Spice

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When it comes to spices, many of us think of them as flavor enhancers in food. While that’s true, most spices contain a ton of health benefits. However, there’s only one spice that stands out in particular and that’s turmeric!

Turmeric has been used in traditional Indian cooking for thousands of years and Ayurvedic medicine considers it to be not just food but medicine.

So let’s look at some of the health benefits of turmeric that are supported by science ?

– Eases arthritis symptoms : Supplementation of curcumin in individuals suffering from rheumatoid arthritis is found to significantly reduce pain and improve joint function better than conventional therapy.

– Lowers cholesterol : Curcumin is found to reduce inflammation in obesity and metabolic syndrome.

– Helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease : Its anti-inflammatory activity, antioxidant property, ability to reduce beta amyloid plaques, metal chelating activity and memory boosting property can help in treatment of Alzheimer’s.

– Helps prevent cancer : Curcumin exerts strong anti-cancer property. It terminates the growth of cancer cells, prevents them proliferating and causes cancer cell death. Research shows that curcumin manipulates 20+ biochemical targets in the body to kill cancer cells.

– Boosts the immune system : It has a number of properties that benefit in restoring health and speeding recovery. Its anti-microbial and immune boosting properties help safe guard from infections.

A tip for the Home Chefs : You can make turmeric tea at home, by simply boiling 3 to 4 cups of water with 2 teaspoons of turmeric and let it simmer for about 5 to 10 minutes. You can even add in honey, fresh squeezed lemon or orange juice, and milk to taste.

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