A Plant. Turmeric or tumeric /ˈtərmərɪk/ or /ˈtjuːmərɪk/ or /ˈtuːmərɪk/ is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae.
You’ve probably heard of this plant, Turmeric. An ancient indian spice, you use once in a while to cook with, or maybe you’ve used it in a face mask or to whiten your teeth, if your into that sort of thing, like I am! …. but if you’ve been paying attention, you may have been hearing more about it recently.
I am soooo excited to reveal some very amazing secrets of Turmeric, that are Absolute Life Changers!!! If you do a google search right now of Turmeric, you will see about 25,700,000 articles pop up, and if you look at the dates, you will see that in the last 6 months or so, people are really talking about the magic of Turmeric! But, this powerful plant has been known to people for thousands of years. Why are they talking?
The Benefits Include, but are not limited to:
- Reduces Inflammation
- Increases Antioxidant Capacity
- Improves Brain Function
- Lowers the risk for Heart Disease
- Can Prevent and Treat Cancer
- Successful in Fighting Alzheimer’s Disease
- Relieves Arthritis
- Supports Joint Health/Relieves Pain and Inflammation
- Supports Mental and Emotional Health, Helps Fight Depression
- Delays the Aging Process
- Improves Pancreatic Function
- Improves Respiratory Function and System
- Lowers Cholesterol
- Reduces risk for Childhood Leukemia
- Detoxes the Body and Skin
- Whitens and Strengths Teeth
- Beauty Treatment for Glowing Skin
- Supports Healing of Acne, Eczema, Rosacea and Psoriasis.
These are just a handful of benefits that turmeric offers. Prized in Asia for more than 4,000 years, turmeric is suddenly catching fire in America thanks to recent medical studies suggesting the savory spice may be helpful against a range of illnesses, from inflammation to digestive problems.
So how does it do all of this and more?
Turmeric contains bioactive compounds with powerful medicinal properties. These compounds are called curcuminoids. One of these compounds is Curcumin, which has very powerful anti-inflammatory effect and is a very strong antioxidant.
From Dr. Axe
Arguably, the most powerful aspect of curcumin is its ability to control inflammation.
The journal Oncogene published the results of a study that evaluated several anti-inflammatory compounds and found that aspirin and ibuprofen are least effective, while curcumin, is among the most effective anti-inflammatory compounds in the world.
This news should have reached every household in the world after the study was conducted because inflammation puts people at risk for almost every disease process known to man.
Diseases today such as cancer, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, high cholesterol and chronic pain can be the result of inflammation.
As you will see below in several other articles related to chronic illness, keep this in the back of your mind: Turmeric’s key to disease reversal may be its ability to keep inflammation at bay.
Because curcumin is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory and pain reducing characteristics, a study was conducted on 45 rheumatoid arthritis patients to compare the benefits of curcumin in turmeric to arthritis drugs (diclofenac sodium), that put people at risk of developing leaky gut and heart disease.
The study split these volunteers into three groups: curcumin treatment alone, diclofenac sodium alone, and a combination of the two. The results of the trial were eye-opening:
The curcumin group showed the highest percentage of improvement in overall [Disease Activity Score] scores and these scores were significantly better than the patients in the diclofenac sodium group. More importantly, curcumin treatment was found to be safe and did not relate with any adverse events. Our study provides the first evidence for the safety and superiority of curcumin treatment in patients with active RA, and highlights the need for future large-scale trials to validate these findings in patients with RA and other arthritic conditions.
Published by Phytotherapy Research in 2012, the results of this study has encouraged more human research to evaluate the amazing effects curcumin-rich plants like turmeric has on people suffering from various different types of arthritis.
Of all the various topics scientists have tackled in regards to the curcumin and disease reversal, cancer (of various types) is one of the most thoroughly researched topics. In the words of global authorities like Cancer Research UK,
A number of laboratory studies on cancer cells have shown that curcumin does have anticancer effects. It seems to be able to kill cancer cells and prevent more from growing. It has the best effects on breast cancer, bowel cancer, stomach cancerand skin cancer cells.
A 2007 American study that combined curcumin with chemotherapy to treat bowel cancer cells in a laboratory showed that the combined treatment killed more cancer cells than the chemotherapy alone.
States-side, the American Cancer Society states,
Laboratory studies have also shown that curcumin interferes with cancer development, growth, and spread. Researchers have reported that curcumin blocked the formation of cancer-causing enzymes in rodents.
Recently, curcumin has received a great deal of focus because of it’s ability to reduce tumor size and kill cancer cells.
Bottom line: Turmeric works incredibly well to help naturally treat cancer and is especially effective at treating breast cancer, colon cancer and skin cancer.
Oftentimes, people with digestive and stomach complaints become intolerant to medical interventions because the stomach flora is already compromised and drugs can literally tear up the mucosal lining.
An in-depth analysis of all the studies evaluating curcumin’s ability to manage inflammatory bowel disease (IBS, Crohn’s disease, and Ulcerative Colitis) found that many patients were able to stop taking their prescribed corticosteroids because their condition improved so dramatically by taking curcumin!
For many patients with IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) corticosteroids reduce their pain symptoms, but damage the intestinal lining over time actually making the condition worse.
However, supplementing with curcumin did not have these side effects and, because of its anti-inflammatory properties, actually helped heal the gut and supported the growth of good bacteria (probiotics).
Ibuprofen overdose is one such common problem. In addition to common side effects like excessive bleeding and hemorrhage, the risks associated with anticoagulants abound and include everything from back pain to headaches to difficulty breathing. Turmeric, on the other hand, has relatively no known side effects unless taken in extremely excessive amounts. Additionally, ever since several groundbreaking studies in the mid-1980s, the curcumin in turmeric has been suggested by researchers as actually being a better option for those with vascular thrombosis.
There are many articles that go into depth about the amazing benefits of Turmeric. I’ve listed a few links below, that I used to help write this article. Thank you to these amazing people for sharing the knowledge! I encourage you to do your own research and find out if using Turmeric is right for you.
My family and I have been able to completely Stop using pharmaceutical drugs of any kind, by learning and using plant-based food. And that’s all Turmeric really is! It’s a Super Food!! Natures Medicine.. Let thy Food be thy Medicine. I have learned that using pharmaceutical drugs for many years on a consistent basis, is very hard on our organs and bodies. After time, they build up chemicals and toxins that block the flow of healthy cells and nutrients, the organs are pumping harder to process stuff that it doesn’t recognize, and the body gets tired and starts to break down. Our bodies LOVE super foods. I feel that zing of freshness and life, almost immediately after ingesting! My husband has always had joint and knee pain from years of wrestling, car accidents, in which he suffered a broken neck. He was always in pain and has really never felt completely pain-free… until he began taking Turmeric. He hasn’t touched ibuprofen in over a year. For me and my children, our entire systems run smoothly and we feel amazing! I could write for days at the incredible benefits we experience and I hope you decide to try it. Its something sooooooo simple and easy, with such huge impact on the quality of life! You deserve it, your family deserves it! Health is Wealth, because without your health, what do you have?
Lots of Love and Health to you All!
Crystal, aka The Garden Goddess
http://www.today.com/health/turmeric-hot-may-benefit-more-your-taste-buds-t42281 https://draxe.com/turmeric-benefits/ https://authoritynutrition.com/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-turmeric/
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