The health benefits of turmeric are diverse. Turmeric is an herb that is related to ginger. When dried and ground, the spice is used as a seasoning for food and for dying fabrics.

The Healthy Advantages of Turmeric

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The health benefits of turmeric are far reaching. One of the most powerful healing plants on the planet, turmeric, has its origins in the tropics of central Asia, (think India to China).

Though it has been used for thousands of years in cooking, turmeric probably was recognized later on in its history after first serving as a dying agent for cloth.  In fact it takes just a pinch of turmeric powder to stain cloth a bright yellow.  Over the centuries turmeric dye branched off to become turmeric spice and then into a medicinal function.

Turmeric and Cancer

To jump right in, I’ll start with the big ‘C’.  Turmeric has been known and the spice has been used medicinally in many different cultures for two thousand years and has now been shown scientifically to be beneficial for several important issues.

In today’s world none of these issues seem to have the same impact that cancer does when someone receives a diagnosis.  Time stops, the heart sinks, and the mind races through many dire scenarios connected with this disease.

While no lay person can make any claims about turmeric health benefits, or any other natural plant food has the ability to “cure” anything medical, many significant official studies about turmeric have shown the spice has the ability to make remarkable differences with respect to several cancers.


Comments, articles in medical journals, and reports about the efficacy of turmeric sound an awful lot like “cure” words, but I won’t get into the semantics here.

The health benefits are evident in its ability to reduce the risk of cancer is well documented in several different strains of the disease.

The medical community is always studying new ways of fighting cancer and thankfully not all of those studies deal with man-made chemical agents. (Although that’s where the money is).

Many of these studies have proven that the most active ingredient in turmeric, ‘curcumin’, helps reduce the risk of breast cancer for women dealing with hormone replacement therapy during menopause.

There are many animal studies that show extraordinary results in cancer treatment.  Turmeric stops lung cancer in mice and has shown significant progress in the slowing down of the symptoms of multiple myeloma, (a form of bone cancer).

In countries like India where the health benefits of turmeric have been understood for thousands of years, it has been seen to prevent prostate cancer and halt tumor growth when eaten with cauliflower and black pepper. Turmeric recipes abound if you think of it as the primary ingredient of curry spice.

Now this sounds pretty folklorish, (Is that a word?), but medical science has made this determination as well as traditional holistic practices over the centuries.

Turmeric is proven to be effective in stopping the blood vessel growth that tumors require to survive and spread.  For this reason turmeric may be one of the best modes to stop or slow down metastases from many types of cancers.

For those going through chemotherapy, a turmeric dosage increases the effectiveness of some chemo drugs while lessening their side effects.   Because turmeric naturally helps detoxify the liver, the body is able to tolerate chemo more effectively.

Ongoing turmeric research has shown significant progress in reducing the childhood leukemia risks, pancreatic cancer, and colon cancer.

Studies will continue and hopefully prove iron clad that turmeric is one of the natural answers to the cancer problem.

Turmeric and the Immune-system

Regardless what human ailments we have to deal with, the immune response is a critical factor that our bodies use to fight infections, inflammations, and organ breakdown.

Even with a disease free body, anything that stresses the immune system from repairing a scratch from your cat, to not getting enough sleep, directs your immune system’s energy away from dealing with the toxins, free radicals, and the various bacteria and viruses that we are exposed to all the time.

The substance in turmeric that helps people in India dye a sari bright yellow, curcumin, is the powerful infection fighter that has been used and revered for thousands of years to treat a wide range of ailments.Health Benefits of Turmeric

Studies show that curcumin is as powerful as ibuprofen and hydrocortisone; the most widely accepted “anti-inflammatory” drugs in use today.  The significant difference is that turmeric has no toxic side effects, unlike these two drugs. The fact that turmeric spice costs almost nothing is a sweet icing on the cake.

Inflammation is often the result of our bodies trying to deal with an overload of free radicals, which are at the bottom of almost every disease we are heir to from cancer to Alzheimer’s.

Free radicals cause oxidation which you might think of as rust for the body.  This oxidation eats holes through cells, changes the insides of them, and can even affect our DNA.

Curcumin is one of the most powerful anti-oxidants on the planet, basically able to neutralize free radicals throughout the body.


(BBQ fans would be wise to sprinkle some turmeric on the grilled food as it helps to lower the levels of carcinogens from the smoke and singing.)


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Turmeric and the Alzheimer’s Connection

When the human brain builds up an amount of amyloid plaque, (still being studied for origins), the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease start to manifest.  This plaque stops or interrupts signal flow along the synaptic connections to effectively degrade brain functions such as normal thought, memory, speech, and eventually muscle and organ control.Turmeric Benefits

Turmeric spice has been shown to break down this buildup of amyloids and to further prevent production of more. The anti-inflammatory property of curcumin also cools down the inflamed brain tissue that the disease causes. Those with a family history of Alzheimer’s or people with at-risk behavior could benefit from a combination of turmeric and vitamin D in their diets.

Both are effective for overall health, with vitamin D being critical for general health, but they are more effective when used together for dealing with Alzheimer’s.

Turmeric and Detox

The anti-oxidants in curcumin are proven to be very beneficial in treating liver inflammation and dysfunction.

Detoxifying involves getting rid of toxins and unblocking the various organs that have become plugged and inflamed.

The anti-inflammatory ability that turmeric has demonstrated for generations also positively affects urinary infections, arthritis, irritable bowel, and heart disease.

Turmeric, Diabetes, and Other Problems

Numerous studies have proven that chances of getting diabetes are lowered with regular use of turmeric because of the herb’s ability to regulate blood sugars.

Inflammation from various sources can be mediated by the anti-inflammatory nature of turmeric.

a. Stomach and intestine issues such as ulcers and inflammatory bowel have been responsive to the curcumin in turmeric which is a cox-2 inhibitor and natural painkiller.

b. The same goes for rheumatoid arthritic joints and inflamed tissues from skin conditions such as psoriasis.

c. Along with dealing with the pain of burns turmeric is an antibacterial agent and natural antiseptic.

This member of the ginger family can be purchased almost anywhere that herbs and spices are available.

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Health food stores will have various turmeric dosages available in gel caps.  There are a number of health experts who attest that turmeric spice is best used with black pepper because this improves the bioavailability of the curcumin by several hundreds of percent.  This means that turmeric alone is not well absorbed in the gut, whereas paired with black pepper it is completely absorbed and can do what our maker designed it to do; taste good and help our bodies.