By Joseph Parish
If you are like most people you take pleasure in an occasional romp in the kitchen tossing this and tossing that together into a graceful combination which smoothly caresses your palates as you consume you evening meal. I too enjoy creating previously unknown delicacies for our evening meals. I guess in that case we both may be familiar with the spice known as turmeric. Many cooks, chefs and most of the general public do not realize the many health benefits which we can derive from the use of turmeric. I would like to share a few of these points with you at this time but keep in mind due to space requirements I can not possibly cover all the various aspects.
Turmeric is a root derived spice that originates from vegetation which is comparable to the common ginger plant. In preparation the root of this plant is dried and ground into a fine powder. Turmeric is a spice that is predominantly popular in India and some Asian countries. In a few areas of the world it is employed as a dye which imparts a beautiful, deep, brownish-yellow color.
As a health related product its reputation more then likely originates from its active component known as curcumin. Turmeric can be readily found in health food stores in tea form, as a powder or as an easy to swallow liquid. A few of the potential health benefits relating to this spice are as follows:
Turmeric has a natural anti-inflammatory character which has shown to be extremely beneficial when used in treating rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis. Its antiseptic properties permit it to be used successfully as a wound treatment. It is used as an agent in treating eczema, psoriasis or other inflamed skin conditions.
Current research seems to indicate a potential use for treating Alzheimer's disease. For some reason it has been found that Turmeric removes the amyloid plaque which settles within the brain, This process could very well help physicians reduce the progression of this dreaded disease and possibly in time prevent it completely.
On a more down to earth issue, the spice derivative has been recognized as a means of preventing and possibly treating various cancer types. When the user teams turmeric up with the cancer fighting properties of cauliflower the duo has been reported to halt the spread of prostate cancer while as a companion with onions it combats colon cancer.
Turmeric is a liver detoxifier and as such tends to improve the functions associated with the liver. The Curcumin contained within the Turmeric helps greatly towards lowering ones cholesterol level. It is recorded in Ayuredic and Chinese medicines that Turmeric functions as an aid to proper body digestion as well as preventing various problems that could lead to heart failure. To those who may have already experienced such various heart related difficulties Turmeric can assist in prevent the buildup of scar tissue as well as aiding towards repairing any damage that has previously occurred.
As you can readily see there are many health related issues that can be either prevented or remedied by the continual use of this unique and amazing spice.
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