Turmeric is one of the most powerful and beneficial spices that you can consume. Dr. David Frawely, founder and director of the American Institute for Vedic Studies in Santa Fe, New Mexico says this about turmeric:
“If I had only one single herb to depend upon for all possible health and dietary needs, I would without much hesitation choose the Indian spice Turmeric. There is little it cannot do in the realm of healing and much that no other herb is able to accomplish.
Turmeric has a broad spectrum of actions, mild but certain effects, and is beneficial for long term and daily usage. Though it is a common spice, few people, including herbalists know of its great value and are using it to the extent possible. It is an herb that one should get to know and live with.“
Research suggests that turmeric has a wide range of beneficial effects such as:
- Helping to maintain and improve intestinal flora
- Improving the elimination of wastes and toxins
- Promoting proper metabolism
- Improving the body’s ability to digest fats, proteins, and carbohydrates
- Supporting the formation of healthy tissue
- Relieving arthritis pain and stiffness as an anti-inflammatory
- Acting as a powerful antioxidant
- Inhibiting the proliferation of tumor cells
- Enhancing liver function
and more and more.
The active ingredient that gives turmeric some of its potent properties is curcumin, which is also the pigment that gives turmeric its yellow orange color. Curcumin has been shown to influence more than 700 genes, and it can inhibit both the activity and the synthesis of enzymes that have been been shown to be involved in inflammation.
When looking to incorporate this excellent spice into your diet, look for pure turmeric powder as curry powders may contain very little curcumin as opposed to turmeric. Now get to it!