Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Here Are 20 Reasons to add Turmeric to your Diet

Turmeric Root

Ground Turmeric

1. It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.
2. When combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer.
3. Prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in mice.
4. May prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to commit suicide.
5. Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.
6. Is a natural liver detoxifier?
7. May prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease by removing amyloid plaque buildup in the brain.
8. May prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer.
9. It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.
10. Has shown promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice.
11. Is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.
12. May aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management.
13. Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.
14. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
15. Boosts the effects of chemo drug paclitaxel and reduce its side effects.
16. Promising studies are underway on the effects of turmeric on pancreatic cancer.
17. Studies are ongoing in the positive effects of turmeric on multiple myeloma.
18. Has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumors.
19. Speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin.
20. May help in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.

Turmeric can be taken in powder or pill form. It is available in pill form in most health food stores, usually in 250-500mg capsules.

Contraindications: People with gallstones or bile obstruction should not use turmeric. Though pregnant women often use turmeric, it is important to consult with a doctor before doing so as turmeric can be a uterine stimulant.  
We buy our turmeric from the local Middle Eastern or Asian market where it is  economically priced.  Mom and I drink turmeric tea every night before going to bed.  I like mine with a little agave for sweetness and mom drinks hers plain.   Mom is going to leave you with the recipes for turmeric tea and her famous curry powder.
Remember that turmeric is seasoning, so use it as such, in your eggs, rice, vegetables on your chicken and fish.  It's great for adding color as well as taste to your food like paprika. 

Turmeric Tea
4 cups water
2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon ginger powder

Bring water to a full roaring boil.  Add the turmeric and ginger.  Let steep for 10 - 15 minutes.  Strain the tea into a cup

Curry Powder
Yields 3/4 cups 
5 dried cardamom pods
3 Tablespoons coriander seeds
2 tablespoons cumin seeds
2 tablespoons black mustard seeds
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
½ teaspoon whole cloves
2 tablespoons ground turmeric
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
2 teaspoons ginger powder

Place first 6 ingredients into a coffee grinder or blender, grind to a powder.  Add remaining ingredients and process until thoroughly mixed.  Store in a cool dry area. 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you ladies so so much! I am going to make some tea tonight and run to Sprouts tomorrow to get other spices (I like that I can get any amount I need). This is such good helpful information I hope you don't mind me sharing it with a few friends. When I look at the spices above it just amazes me how beautiful they are, how good they are for you, and so readily available. Also am liking #12. :) Thank you!