Turmeric is a member of the ginger family. It can be eaten fresh, or purchased in a paste, powder or liquid form. Its colour is a vibrant orange/yellow and its active ingredient is curcumin, which has a distinctly rich earthy flavor and smell.
Epidemiological studies of this active ingredient in turmeric has shown that a high dietary intake of turmeric can lower the incidence of our most life threating diseases by creating the master anti-oxidant glutathione.
Turmeric’s health benefits have been used for centuries in Asian countries, as its healing properties are numerous. For example gastrointestinal discomfort associated with irritable bowel syndrome.
Not only is turmeric is a powerful antioxidant but is natures lethal weapon against inflammation. “Great for arthritis sufferers”. It is a heart protector lowering bad cholesterol. Turmeric contains lipopolysachardes which is beneficial for optimum liver health and immune system function. The beneficial properties speed up wound healing and the remodeling damaged skin particularly after inflammatory skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Simply amazing findings are coming from current research based around the damage done to the body through inflammation. Turmeric not only inhibit cancer growth, but has been found to correct cystic fibrosis, help prevent the onset of liver disease, and may slow down serious brain diseases like multiple sclerosis.
Latest researchers from the University of California studying turmeric have found it to be more effective than the drugs currently being investigated for Alzheimer’s disease treatment and prevention. Their researchers have discovered that the actual structure and shape of turmeric allows it to penetrate the blood-brain barrier effectively, and bind and remove beta amyliod, a protein toxic to cells in the brain. This research also shows that turmeric maintains healthy brain metabolism, helps the cells repair themselves, and keep cells connected to each other, in other words Turmeric helps brain cells stay healthy. Daily intake of turmeric suggests one to two teaspoon mixed through your meal or smoothie, but if you enjoy the distinct flavor you can add it raw to your salads. Absorption of turmeric into the blood stream can be enhanced by adding a teaspoon of flax oil to your meal. ENJOY.