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Health Benefits of Turmeric - For Skin, Arthritis, Cancer and Many More!

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Maintains Your Metabolism and Stamina

One of the most significant effects of turmeric is increasing your metabolism and keeping it steady. If you haven't had turmeric for a long time, try adding a pinch or two (not too much though), the food feels more fresh and tasty.

The most effective way to consume turmeric is to have turmeric tea, green tea with turmeric or in your food. Ginger, which also belongs to the same family, is another great metabolism-booster.[1]

Brings Glow to Your Skin

Get a spoon full of turmeric powder, curd (don't use yogurt) and some Neem leaves. Crush and create a paste from the Neem leaves. Use this to create a paste with turmeric powder and curd.

Apply to your skin and stand for 15 minutes. Wash. Use this paste in moderation. Don't keep it for a longer time, else it may result in orange skin rather than a brighter yellow one. If using for face, apply and wash within minutes. In Indian culture, the wedding ceremony always begins with the both bride and groom using this paste to make their skin glow.[2]

Benefits For Wounds

Heals Wound Faster

Turmeric powder can be used to treat wounds and rashes. Apply some turmeric powder in the affected area and level it carefully with water to create a paste. It gives a satisfied feeling and heals rashes almost immediately. Not only this, it also stops bleeding.[3]

Turmeric also helps to ease the pain in bruises and sprains. Boil a bowl full of water, add a spoon full of the powder with salt. Soak a cloth on the mixture and apply it on the affected area. This method is particularly beneficial to those who have recovered from a fractured bone.

Organic Turmeric Powder

A pinch gives a nice yellow color

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Helps Prevent Leukemia

Benefits of Turmeric for Preventing Cancer
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Studies have show proven benefits against cancerous and malignant cells.

Health Benefits against Cancer

Breast, Mouth, Prostate and Blood Cancer

Researchers have found that turmeric is beneficial for patients with some types of cancers like breast cancer, prostate cancer and the cancer of the mouth. Turmeric has been proved to slow down the effect of growth of cancer cells on human body. Similarly, turmeric is also effective in reducing the chances of developing blood cancer or leukemia.[4]

The most active component of turmeric - Curcumin, is found to have amazing natural activity and molecular targets. It not only destroys selective molecular cells, but it also helps destroy the mutated cancel cells. This makes sure that the cancer does not spread throughout the body.[4]

Improves Digestion

Suffering from constipation and stomachache? Avoid eating meat and high protein foods for a few days. In the meantime, add turmeric powder to your foods. If you don't like turmeric in your food, turmeric supplements are also good.[5]

Turmeric is a natural detoxifier!

Tumeric powder detoxifies the liver so that it can perform its functions very easily. Turmeric is also a natural antiseptic, it can kill germs. It can be used in cuts and small wounds to decrease the risk of infection.[6]

When Not To Consume Turmeric

  • Only consume turmeric in moderation. A pinch or two in every meal is not much.
  • Turmeric should be cautiously consumed during pregnancy.
  • Patients who have had surgery of any kind recently.
  • Patients with Gallbladder diseases.
  • Kidney Patients - Chronic Kidney Disease, Acute Kidney Disease, Kidney Stones etc.

Benefits for Alzheimer's disease

Turmeric Benefits for Alzheimer's Disease

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Medical studies have proved that regular consumption of turmeric powder has slowed down the probability of Alzheimer's disease. More than 50 studies thus far have proved that turmeric contains agents that halt the production of a substance called beta-amyloid - which is responsible for interrupting and hindering with the cerebral functions in the brain.[7][8]

Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties

Benefits for Arthritis

Turmeric is an amazing anti-inflammatory with more than 24 amazing anti-inflammatory compounds. I use it in my omelets (yum!) and also add it to our mustard, stew, sauces, and relishes.[7]

A series of studies have shown that while its anti-inflammatory properties are as much as that of allopathic medicines and over-the-counter prescription medicines, it has no side-effects or toxic effects. This is the benefit of going natural.[8]

When and How To Add Turmeric To Your Diet

Turmeric Powder

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When adding turmeric powder, let the meal be cooked thoroughly. If you're adding turmeric in fried foods, let the food fry almost 90%, then add the spice. Cook the remaining 10% through so that the spice cooks perfectly. Uncooked turmeric is one of the main reasons why people sometimes avoid it.

If you add turmeric too early or too late, it is going to be a disaster. Too soon, and you'll drain the food out of oil. Too late, and the spice will not get enough time to get cooked and actually smell very funny.

Here are some examples where you can add turmeric powder to your food. Always experiment with your food, and remember that less is more. Just add a pinch or two at first (about 1/4 of tsp), then taste. If it's not enough, add a little more.

The main purpose of adding turmeric should be color rather than taste. Try to keep balance between the taste and color.

  • When you fry rice, potatoes or any other vegetables, just add a tiny bit of turmeric. It brings a nice yellow-greenish color.
  • Pickle, chutney, sauce.
  • Gravy and soup - a tiny pinch of turmeric powder brings a nice color. Turmeric is a must in any curry.
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Comments

Dec 23, 2014 10:26am
LavenderRose
I didn't realize that turmeric had all of those properties. I love curries, but hubby doesn't, so I've been sneaking a pinch of curry into various things where it won't be noticeable. I could do the same thing with turmeric, especially if the idea is to go for color rather than taste. Thanks.
Dec 24, 2014 2:31am
WinterWolf
Yes. We don't cook anything without turmeric here - except desserts of course. As a South Asian origin, anything white looks too bland and indigestible to us. :)
Jul 30, 2015 5:22am
triplet777
Turmeric has great health benefits. We use it almost daily. Nice one WinterWolf.
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  7. "3 Reasons to Eat Turmeric." Dr. Weil. 19/12/2014 <Web >
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