Five Amazing Health Benefits of Turmeric

TurmericWhat if I told you that we found something that helped heart disease and diabetes, as well as prevented Alzheimer’s disease? That’s not all! This something has also been proven to prevent and reverse the signs of cancer. We bet that many of you would be signing up for this magic pill right away.

The good news is that you just might have this “magic pill” in your spice cabinet. Turmeric root has been used in many areas of Asia for cooking and medicinal purposes for hundreds of years. Here are five ways turmeric can help you.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Turmeric has been used to help several gastrointestinal disorders, mainly those that deal with indigestion. Studies have shown that turmeric can help relieve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.

Alzheimer’s Disease: Since turmeric is rich in its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, it has the potential of preserving one’s mental capability and memories. Turmeric can help with the signs of aging, as well as help prevent and improve Alzheimer’s disease.

Inflammation: Inflammation plagues many people. It is to blame for chronic diseases and pain. The benefits of turmeric have amazing anti-inflammatory properties that have been studied to decrease the inflammation in individuals.

Cancer: In 2010, the journal, Breast Cancer Research and Treatment used turmeric to stop the spreading of breast cancer while keeping other non-cancerous breast tissue healthy. More studies are being done to further find how turmeric can help prevent and stop cancer.

Osteoarthritis: Again, turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties help those suffering from arthritis and osteoarthritis. Turmeric was found to be as effective as ibuprofen for relieving pain and restoring movement.

Have we convinced you to add turmeric to your diet yet? It seems that the best dose is two level teaspoons of powder per day, taken with food. Since turmeric has a mild taste, it is easy to sneak into your dishes. Try adding turmeric to your mashed potatoes or chicken recipe. Or you can be daring and find turmeric-inspired Indian dishes to add to your menu.


Story Credit, Image Credit: Turmeric by Steven Jackson. Used under Creative Commons license.

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