Turmeric Health Benefits
Welcome, you have most likely landed here because you have heard turmeric can help you with a particular concern. Turmeric (often misspelled tumeric) is a wonder spice with many health benefits. This is the home page of the website and I explain the various things that turmeric benefits can help with.
Since learning about turmeric uses I have discovered many more super foods. I cover all these healthy treats too on this site. Continue below for information about the wonderful yellow super spice.
Turmeric is native to South Asia, but is available cheaply all over the world. It is a plant in the ginger family.
It is most widely known as an ingredient in Indian cooking (in India it is known as Haldi). It is also used as a cheap alternative to saffron. The root is ground down into a yellow powder, it can also be used in it’s root form like ginger. It is often sold as curcumin capsules (turmeric capsules).
Turmeric benefits and uses include the following:
- Antiseptic for cuts, burns and bruises – applied as a paste with water
- Anti inflammatory agent – great for hives, arthritis, swollen glands etc…
- Stomach ailments – calms gastric problems
- Scar removal – applied as a paste onto the skin can help reduce the appearance of red scar tissue
- Antioxidant- improves liver function which cleanses the blood of toxins
- General skin care – Indian women use it for glowing skin and a smoother complexion
- Acne treatment – applied as a paste for 10 minutes everyday can help to reduce acne
- Cancer and liver disorders – possibly kills cancerous cells
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Treatment for depression
- Multiple myeloma and pancreatic cancer
- Clorectal cancer
- Pain reliever – it has a numbing effect
- Weight loss – curcumin aids digestion
- Cystic fibrosis
- Multiple sclerosis
- Breast cancer
- Hair removal – it is used commonly in India for this.
Turmeric has not been clinically tested for all of these ailments but reports are generally very positive. Medical studies are rare, this website is not meant to give you exact cures as there isn’t enough medical proof around. This site is here to provide information, as collected from all websites with opinons about the health benefits of the spice. Click here for —> turmeric side effects to find out when not to consume this item. It is thought that there simply isn’t enough profit for the pharmaceutical companies to invest in proper medical studies. Therefore you should not treat this as a wonder cure. Instead it is an additional, cheap food to integrate into a healthy lifestyle.
It is really easy to take turmeric as a herbal supplement as curcumin capsules which is a turmeric capsule. Alternatively it makes a tasty tea cooked using turmeric root or powder mixed with simple ingredients like ginger, brown sugar and lime or lemon juice, or milk. This tea is excellent if you have anything swollen in your body as the curcumin inside the spice is a powerful anti inflammatory agent. I have used it to help lessen swollen mosquito bites on my face and friends have used it for swelling from allergies and hives. I also use the tea when I have a hangover as it improves liver function and stops the liver swelling. Anyone who likes Indian tea (chai) will appreciate it with milk instead of lemon juice. It is best with plenty of sugar to counter the spicy taste.
One of the greatest things about turmeric being so healthy is that it is a great excuse to eat Indian food. If you are not a big fan of Indian food you should be as it is delicious and varied, so I urge you to give it another chance. If cooking at home try using one of the tinned curry pastes with a tin of crushed tomatoes, a little extra turmeric powder of course, and fresh coriander (cilantro) leaves. If you are prepared to put more effort in then learning how to make a proper Indian curry base is one of the most rewarding dishes to cook. The Indian curry is becoming so popular that in the UK one variation is now the most popular dish in the country. You can also add a little powder to rice, it doesn’t really affect the taste but will the give the rice a more fragrant smell and color it yellow. It is used in many Asian dishes in countries like Thailand where the root is often used in soups.
If you are going to start using turmeric powder, try and find large containers of it. I use a 520g plastic jar which works out very good value. I have successfully added it to a variety of Asian dishes like Thai curry, Filipino pork adobo, and Malaysian and Indonesian style dishes. I have read that someone tried it in a omelette but that wasn’t for me, I found the spiciness too harsh for a morning omelette. My favorite method of consumption is in a warm drink. There are more ideas on the turmeric tea and recipes page. Store the powder in a cool dark place out of direct sunlight, any cupboard will do.
If you want the easy way try curcumin capsules (turmeric capsules). These nutritional supplements that contain the spice have good quantities and should deffinitly be considered for daily use. These herbal products contain additional ingredients to aid absorption. Taking the powder alone isn’t effective because it doesn’t absorb into the body easily. It needs to be boiled for 10 minutes for it to break down enough to fully get absorbed into the blood stream. The root form is not available everywhere but it should be tried if you can find it fresh, as this is the purest way to make use of the yellow wonder spice. Turmeric is said to prevent cancer which is why taking a supplement or consuming it as food or drink often is a good idea.
Turmeric benefits are plenty, and knowing specifically what they are and how to extract them to better the body is a complex and scientific approach. In order to understand these sciences one should consider a Phd in Nursing
You will need some patience but the wait is certainly worth it. This super food takes around 9 months to grow. It is a root crop and therefore needs time before it can be harvested. You will be happy to learn that the plant produces a beautiful flower. It is only suitable for growing in warmer climates as frost will kill it. The optimum rainfall required to successfully grow it is around 150cm a year. Very damp soil is unsuitable.
Planting turmeric is best done in warm soil, approximately 6cm deep. Unfortunately gardens in the UK are unsuitable, but southern parts of the USA and Europe, and northern parts of Australia are fine. Those without ideal conditions should use a greenhouse. You will know when it is time to harvest because the lower leaves will begin to turn yellow. Stems may also begin to fall or die which is an indication that the roots are ready. It is possible to just collect small amounts at a time and leave the rest in the ground for future use. Growing this attractive plant is an excellent way to get rid of ants. The spicy smell is thought to deter them.
Update: The turmeric health benefits network has now been expanded to include information about lots of other super foods. Just check out the pages archives for more articles I have written about super foods. Some you might find particularly interesting are the pages on apple cider vinegar, pomegranate, and avocado.