What is turmeric? Well, in its’ simplest use it is a yellow-coloured spice from India used in curry dishes. It also contains an active ingredient called curcumin, which not only gives curry food its’ golden colour but provides turmeric with curcuminoids, which contain antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. This attributes to the lack of colon cancer sufferers in India because of their avid consumption of curry food which contains turmeric. Consuming turmeric also helps keep your immune system in check.
“The benefits of turmeric have always been a part of Chinese herbal medicine as well as Ayurvedic medicine of India. This natural food is believed to support liver health, help prevent bad cholesterol, and it is being studied for its ability to block tumors.”
Turmeric extracts also promote “healthy skin care, healthy cholesterol levels, liver and gallbladder health and possible joint pain relief through anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.”
The medical professional we spoke with concurred adding that ‘most of what is found today in terms of medicinal tablets and cures used to be derived from herbs and plants and nowadays people forget that herbs still an effective and pure way of fighting disease’.
There are many spices with health properties such as cinnamon, fennugreek (methi) and bitter melon which lower blood sugar; fennugreek being recommended for mothers to increase breast milk production. Garlic also strengthens the immune system and also lowers cholesterol.
Recent studies have also shown that taking ginger capsules of 250 mg 4x a day are the equivalent of taking Ibuprofen 4x a day.
And how would you use this spice to cure you from your cold or flu? Put a little less than one tablespoon of turmeric doused with honey. Eat it in its’ entirety with a glass of warmish water or your tongue will be yellow and you will have a slightly unpleasant aftertaste in your mouth. If you are feeling adventurous, which we don’t recommend you may have it without honey. If you would like to use it in another way, eat some curry.
Where would you find this spice? In most health food stores or perhaps at your local grocery store.
Don’t wait until you are sick to use turmeric or any of these other spices. Building a strong immunity system is key to maintaining one.
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