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Health Benefits of Turmeric – The Best of a Truly Amazing Food

Anthony Gucciardi
February 3rd, 2012
Updated 04/09/2013 at 5:39 pm
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Interested in the health benefits of turmeric? This magical spice is one of the best foods (or supplements) you can consume for your health. Turmeric is a plant that is common in South Asia, particularly India where it is widely used in the production of spices, and is the key ingredient in curry powder that gives the powder its yellow shade. The spice is also known for its medicinal properties and has been used in India for centuries as a natural remedy for a multitude of ailments.

The Health Benefits of Turmeric

While commonly used medicinally for decades, turmeric as an herbal medicine caught the attention of the modern world only recently. Scientists have only begun revealing the exact health benefits of this plant. Research and history shows how turmeric can be utilized to help treat or prevent many of the most common and serious health conditions. Here are some of the top health benefits of turmeric:

  • Turmeric powder has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that make it an ideal antiseptic used in home remedies for wounds.
  • Possibly one of the most impressive of the top health benefits of turmeric, research has repeatedly shown that turmeric is a powerful cancer fighter. Curcumin is a naturally powerful anticancer compound found in turmeric that has been shown to decrease brain tumor size in animals by 81 percent in more than 9 studies. Researchers at UCLA have even found that curcumin is able to block cancer growth.
  • Further adding on to turmeric’s cancer-fighting abilities, the spice has also been shown to help prevent breast cancer. Curcumin has been found to possess properties that reduce the expression of deadly molecules within cancer cells, and can potentially slow the spread of breast cancer.
  • Turmeric can be used to naturally detoxify the liver.
  • The spice is a natural painkiller.
  • Research is beginning to show that turmeric may be effective at protecting against neuro-degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. Epidemiological studies show that levels of neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s are very low in elderly Indian populations, where turmeric is a common spice.
  • May be beneficial in treating psoriasis.
  • Patients with myeloma could possibly be treated with turmeric in the near future.

More studies are currently being performed to reveal other health benefits of turmeric. Whether you use it as a supplement or to spice up your favorite dishes, turmeric will assist in keeping you healthy. As studies progress, turmeric is expected to be a key ingredient in the prevention and treatment of many of today’s diseases.

“Since curcumin is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and lipophilic action improves the cognitive functions in patients with AD. A growing body of evidence indicates that oxidative stress, free radicals, beta amyloid, cerebral deregulation caused by bio-metal toxicity and abnormal inflammatory reactions contribute to the key event in Alzheimer’s disease pathology,” says a study on PubMed.
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  • Theo Van Schopes

    but of course, you really DON’T want to be spending your hard earned money supporting those millionaire abusers of workers Walmart.

  • RealityCheck

    India: Highest consumption of turmeric. Highest cancer rates.

    So much for this article…

    • Theo Van Schopes

      of course, you’re not taking into account other factors like pollution, general health care, and the mental stress for a woman of living in a country where gang rape and other male on female abuse is common. If things were as simple as you think – take this herb/potion/medicine and disease vanishes – we would have wiped out disease decades ago. How’s that for a reality check?!

  • james228

    truly amazing food… and a real wonder, but i have tasted a ginger-turmeric brew it is the mixture of the two with sugar. it taste just like a tea with a little kick of spice in it which makes it delish and interesting.

    • guest

      I was taking this for pain control after I fractured my spine better than vicoden and percoset without the side effects.

  • Khun Siwalai

    At Patcharapat we are applying fresh Turmeric along with other fresh Herbs for Pain/Inflammation treatments and are achieving amazing, tangible often immediate results. Reversal of various ailments arthritis, osteoarthritis, sciatica, other include significant improvement of range of motion reversal of immobility.

    Currently we are treating a Customer who had difficulty walking, after a few treatments he is able to play Golf at one of the nearby Golf Courses.

    Turmeric is truly amazing and not yet fully understood of what it's healing powers are.

  • Curcuma Longa

    Curcumin gives protection against inflammatory conditions like arthritis, osteoarthritis, and bursitis.

  • iphonekart

    Where can I buy the pure organic turmeric ?

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  • Sameer Lakhani

    I take half teaspoon of turmeric with warm water early morning empty stomach and I have seen good results in my digestion problems….thanx

  • rick

    why is the incidence of breast cancer so high and the mortality rate so high in India?

  • Sheri

    I have been sprinkling tumeric on egss, cereal, etc. Is this the way I should be taking it or should I mix it with a liquid and drink it???

    • Esperanza B. Arugay

      You can take turmeric powder in any manner. Take it the way it pleases you. I sprinkle turmeric in my morning coffee then take a 400-mg capsule after dinner,

  • Bozeman, Montana

    I heat coconut milk from carton (not the canned coconut milk) add a heaping teaspoon of tumeric and let come to a froth. I stir and add a drop or two of stevia and consume. Make a nice drink, although I do not consume undissolved sludge at the bottom of the cup.
    Bozeman, Montana

  • Abbi

    Is it safe to take when breastfeeding??

  • healthbenefitsoff

    Thanks for the nice article!
    My mother also gives me turmeric mixed milk during my injury. well done and very useful herbal medicine.

  • ananymus

    does turmeric looses any health value when it is cooked

  • teresa

    estoy con una tendinitis cervical, dolorosa y vertiginosa, he tomado 3 capsulas de turmerik curcuma y me estoy sintiendo de maravillas, y doble accion hace tiempo tuve un cancer y si me hace bien tambien para eso , ¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡ que bien¡¡¡¡¡¡¡

  • Mick

    Always take Turmeric with oil/fat to maximize Curcumin absorption. Coconut oil is particularly synergistic in many ways…

  • JUDY

    How trustworthy is Turmeric in the treatment of dogs. Thanks

  • Don

    You could find Turmeric Capsule at Walmart for $7 per 100 capsules

    • yadwinder singh

      you can find turmeric direct from india . its pure organic turmeric i cultivate in my Fields in punjab, highly up to recommendations of agriculture university . we do not use harmful fertilizers and pesticides. what quantity you need , i can send you . fresh turmeric roots.

      • Tpa, Fl

        Where can I buy the pure organic turmeric ?

        • Xavier

          Tumeric Roor can be found in any Indian or Asian market.

  • Anonymous

    how much or how do I mix for a sinus infection?

    • Anonymous

      I take teaspoon a day mixed with warm water

  • catchfoods

    ‎Nice Blog post with good content. Please give more detail on Turmeric Powder….

    • Anonymous

      I make my own capsules so I enjoy the benefits without staining my teeth. I simply take one capsule with food that naturally complements the spice such as rice or vegetables.

    • david thomas

      please tel me how much to take in a day of tumeric and does it help aftert a heart by pass 5 years ago

      • Bodie

        Here is some good info David:

        If the link does not work, just google Mercola and Tumeric

      • paula

        i am trying a one fourth a tea spoon of each in a cup of green tea with honey. i used about a half cup of hotwater to mix it in and just gulped it down.