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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Turmeric - You're More Than Yellow!

by Francine

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You probably know that by adding turmeric to tofu (or many other things), the original item turns a bright, mustard shade of yellow. This is fun when it comes to preparing something like "faux" scrambled eggs using mashed tofu rather than eggs themselves (or even the whites of eggs, with the added turmeric for yolk color).

But now let's take a look at some of the many benefits of this amazing yellow stuff. . .

1. Useful as a disinfectant--applied directly to cuts. Also helps wounds to heal and helps in remodeling damaged skin.
2. Can help prevent prostate cancer and inhibit the growth of existing prostate cancer.
3. Tests with mice have shown it has prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs.
4. Acts as a natural liver detoxifier.
5. Removes amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain, which may delay or prevent Alheimer's.
6. May prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer.
7. As a natural anti-inflammatory agent, it works extremely well and without the side effects of many anti-inflammatory drugs. Says Dr. John Mercola, (noted osteopathic physician, who practices a "whole person" approach to wellness) ". . . unlike aspirin or ibuprofen, turmeric's curcumin reduces inflammation naturally, without damaging the liver or kidneys."
8. May aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management.
9. Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.
10. Promising studies are underway on the effects of turmeric on pancreatic cancer.
11. Has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumors.
12. May be significant fighter of colorectal cancer, according to researchers at Tel Aviv University. From an article in Medical News Today: "Dr. Shahar Lev-Ari of Tel Aviv University's School of Public Health at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine and his colleagues have found that curcumin can fight cancer when used in combination with a popular anti-inflammatory drug, alleviating the inflammatory response caused when cancer takes root in the body."
13) Dr. Mercola expounds on the benefits of turmeric in relation to antioxidants in this video where he discusses natural sources of antioxidant properties. According to Mercola, turmeric is extremely potent in helping the body protect against free radicals. He suggests using it raw if at all possible and that the quality is high--namely organic. Mercola says this is particularly important with herbal products, because they are not regulated, as prescription drugs are.

An interesting little sidenote about turmeric is that in spite of its prominent appearance, the taste is relatively lowkey, so you can add it to such things as salad without noticing a pronounced flavor.

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