We know Turmeric (Curcumin) as a spice and as one of the main ingredients in curry dishes, but Turmeric deserves much more credit than being a fun flavor agent. Ancient Indian medicine, Ayurveda, has recommended its use in food for its medicinal value for over 5,000 years, much of which is now being researched in the modern day.
Buzzwords to get right: Turmeric vs. Curcumin
Turmeric spice powders & Turmeric supplements are a whole foods approach, meaning that the whole root is maintained as is and therefore, more of the root’s nutrients - just as nature intended.
Curcumin is the “active” property within the whole root called Turmeric. This means that when you consume a supplement labeled Curcumin, you’re consuming an isolated compound of Turmeric’s most active antioxidant.
The takeaway > either Turmeric or Curcumin provide immense benefits, but if you’re taking a supplement instead of using the roots spice powder, just go for the best Curcumin supplement you can find! Currently, the highest quality and the most bioavailable Curcumin available is Theracurmin®.
Turmeric’s countless benefits can be sourced from its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-cancer properties. Once we are talking about anti-inflammatory properties, we are hitting on the ability to mitigate almost every disease opportunity, for dis-ease has no home if ones system is not compromised, inflamed, and open to harm.
The medicinal benefits of Turmeric are endless, and adding it to your daily cooking habits or taking it as a supplement provide serious improvements in vitality and overall wellness.
Let’s get right into the proven benefits of daily Turmeric ingestion:
- When combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer.
- Prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in mice.
- May prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to commit suicide.
- Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.
- Is a natural liver detoxifier.
- May prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain.
- May prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer.
- It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.
- Has shown promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice.
- Is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.
- May aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management.
- Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.
- Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Boosts the effects of chemo drug paclitaxel and reduces its side effects.
- Promising studies are underway on the effects of turmeric on pancreatic cancer.
- Studies are ongoing in the positive effects of turmeric on multiple myeloma.
- Has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumors.
- Speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin.
- May help in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.
- Curcumin seems to delay liver damage that can eventually lead to cirrhosis, according to preliminary experimental research at the Medical University Graz in Austria.
- Kansas State University research found that adding certain spices, including turmeric, can reduce the levels of heterocyclic amines — carcinogenic compounds that are formed when meats are barbecued, boiled or fried — by up to 40 percent.
- Rodent studies at the University of Texas indicate that curcumin inhibits the growth of a skin cancer, melanoma and also slows the spread of breast cancer into the lungs.
- Researchers from the University of South Dakota have found that pretreatment with curcumin makes cancer cells more vulnerable to chemo and radiotherapy.
- Epidemiologists have hypothesized that the turmeric that is part of daily curries eaten in India may help explain the low rate of Alzheimer’s disease in that country. Among people aged 70 to 79, the rate is less than one-quarter that of the United States.
Source: Dr. Andrew Weil
How to use it:
In your food // Add this spice to anything, besides sweets, for a new flavor and a ton of health benefits.
As a tea //Bring four cups of water to a boil. Add one teaspoon of ground turmeric and reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes. Strain the tea through a fine sieve into a cup, add honey and/or lemon to taste.
As a supplement // I like to take a supplement daily in case I am traveling and am unable to cook with it.
4. Mix it with castor oil for a skin detox
- Castor oil with Turmeric powder is a powerful toxin releaser for your skin. For women, it is great to apply to the breast and under arm because it will pull out harmful toxins from the lymph nodes and fat cells of the breast.
Where to Buy it:
You can find it at any store that sells spices, try to go organic where you can!