Eat Turmeric
If you had to choose just one spice in the world to increase your well-being and help you live a long healthy life, a good choice would be turmeric.

Studies and health experts are now saying that if you eat a little bit of turmeric each day, about a teaspoon or so, you can help your body fight off inflammation, pain, aging, even some cancers, and more.

This is mainly due to the most active compound it contains, called curcumin. Curcumin is what makes turmeric anti-inflammatory and it helps to fight free radicals, plaque, and other types of toxins and bad stuff in your body. However, our bodies are not that great at absorbing curcumin by itself. This can be easily overcome by simply adding a bit of black pepper in with the turmeric, which greatly increases absorption.

There are over 1,000 published animal and human studies, demonstrating the possible effects of turmeric and its most active ingredient, curcumin, on your health. Here are just a few:

Cancer
A study in 2009 in Ireland found that curcumin killed off oesophageal cancer cells in the laboratory. The researchers found that curcumin started to destroy the cancer cells within 24 hours and the cells also began to digest themselves.

Liver damage
Researchers in Austria and the US in 2010 suggested that curcumin may help in the fight against liver damage. It seems to delay the onset of cirrhosis. They say their work builds on previous research which has indicated that it has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which may be helpful in combating the disease.

Diabetes
A small study in Thailand in 2012 found it may help lower the risk of type 2 diabetes. It found that over 9 months a daily dose of a supplement containing curcumin seemed to prevent new cases of type 2 diabetes among certain people at risk. However, more research is needed.

Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
There are numerous studies on the effect of curcumin on
Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. An Indian study in 2008 suggested that curcumin can block the formation of the beta-amyloid plaques that get in the way of brain function in Alzheimer’s disease. More research is needed before these possible benefits are translated into a clinical setting.

Tendonitis and arthritis
Researchers in Nottingham and Munich in 2011 found that curcumin could be helpful in treating painful inflammatory conditions, such as tendonitis and arthritis.

Their studies show that curcumin can be used to suppress biological mechanisms that spark inflammation in tendon diseases.

The researchers said it’s not a cure but it may offer scientists in the future an important new lead in the treatment of the conditions.

There’s definitely a growing body of scientific evidence that points to the potential health benefits of turmeric. Thousands of years of Eastern medicine and anecdotal evidence suggest it has healing properties.

You can take it as a supplement, a tea or use it in your cooking. A chicken tikka masala probably won’t cure your ailments but it’s a step in the right direction.
Source: healthyrecipeshome.com



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If you had to choose just one spice in the world to increase your well-being and help you live a long healthy life, a good choice would be turmeric. Studies and health experts are now saying that if you eat a little bit of turmeric each day, about a teaspoon...