From Osteoarthritis to Depression, Cancer to Alzheimer's, this natural herb is a very effective treatment for these diseases, and so much more. The benefits of this herb are so numerous, and unlike many other herbs, this is a very fast-acting herbal benefit for the body.
Turmeric is an orange colored herb that is frequently used in Curry, and other recipes containing Curry spices. This herb is underutilized for the powerful health benefits it contains. Turmeric comes from the Curcumin plant, and is a cousin to the commonly known Ginger root. Turmeric is often used in Ayurvedic medicine to help the body on an overall level.
Some health benefits you may find surprising about Turmeric are:
Easing ear infection: Many people looking for holistic remedies for ear infection use mixtures of garlic and tea tree oil. Many add Turmeric to that mix for it's helpful healing ingredients as well.
Tumor shrinking: With high enough doses, many people find that the size of tumors in their body will dramatically shrink, and in many cases disappear completely, leaving the healthy cells undamaged.
Osteoarthritis: Turmeric is wonderful for easing the pain of achy joints attributed to Osteoarthritis. 1500mgs a day is suggested to help ease the inflammation within the joints.
Treating sprains/strains: In Ayurvedic medicine, a paste is often made to treat strains and sprains of the body. This paste usually includes lime, salt (Epsom salt is ok too), and Turmeric.
Depression/Anxiety: *Researchers with the Department of Pharmacology of Government Medical College in Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India performed a study comparing the effects of turmeric (curcumin) and Prozac (fluoxetine). The randomized and controlled clinical study determined turmeric was as effective as Prozac in treating major depressive disorder. Turmeric treatment was also absent of dangerous side effects often found in Prozac use.
Irritable/Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome: Scientists are still unsure exactly what it is about this powerful herb that helps with IBS. What they are sure of, however, is the fact that it has proven results with patients of IBS.
Heart Disease: Turmeric helps rebuild blood vessel walls, which in turn help improve the stress on the heart, decreasing the risk/damage of heart disease.
Antioxidant: Turmeric works as an antioxidant for the cells, fighting free radicals in the body, and helping to maintain healthy cells.
There are so many more wonderful benefits to this powerful herb. This should be a staple in everyone's diet, even for those who have no health conditions. The simple benefit of this herb can make a world of a difference.
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