Turmeric is a staple spice in India and is used in just about every dish. It has also been used for more than 2,000 years in India (and China) to help heal and prevent health issues. It owes it’s healing properties to the active ingredient called curcumin, a compound that is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Traditional healers have used turmeric to aid in digestive issues, improve blood flow, and to help rid nasal passageways of congestion. Turmeric has also been shown to have amazing abilities to help fight and ward-off cancer. It’s been shown to inhibit the activation of genes that trigger cancer, inhibit the spread of tumor cells, and enhance the cancer-destroying effects of chemotherapy and radiation. It’s also been shown to help heal asthma, liver disease, gout, acne, and arthritis. Indian women use turmeric in the form of a face mask to help keep their faces smooth and free of wrinkles. It’s also been shown to help heal topical wounds and rashes.
FAST FACT: Did you know that turmeric was once called the “poor man’s saffron” due to it’s brilliant yellow hue?References: Aggarwal, Bharat. Healing Spices, Sterling Publishing Co, New York, NY. 2011.