Sunday, October 6, 2013

Turmeric Benefits & Recipes (Arthritis, Alzheimer, Cancer, Diabetes, prostate, candida, acne, hemmoroids, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-oxidants)

Turmeric Benefits (Arthritis, Alzheimer, Cancer, Diabetes, prostate, candida, acne, hemmoroids, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-oxidants)

3 Reasons to Eat Turmeric

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a culinary spice that spans cultures - it is a major ingredient in Indian curries, and makes American mustard yellow. But evidence is accumulating that this brightly colored relative of ginger is a promising disease-preventive agent as well, probably due largely to its anti-inflammatory action.
One of the most comprehensive summaries of turmeric studies to date was published by the respected ethnobotanist James A. Duke, Phd., in the October, 2007 issue of Alternative & Complementary Therapies, and summarized in the July, 2008, issue of the American Botanical Council publication HerbClip.
Reviewing some 700 studies, Duke concluded that turmeric appears to outperform many pharmaceuticals in its effects against several chronic, debilitating diseases, and does so with virtually no adverse side effects. Here are some of the diseases that turmeric has been found to help prevent or alleviate:
  • Alzheimer's disease: Duke found more than 50 studies on turmeric's effects in addressing Alzheimer's disease. The reports indicate that extracts of turmeric contain a number of natural agents that block the formation of beta-amyloid, the substance responsible for the plaques that slowly obstruct cerebral function in Alzheimer's disease.
  • Arthritis: Turmeric contains more than two dozen anti-inflammatory compounds, including sixdifferent COX-2-inhibitors (the COX-2 enzyme promotes pain, swelling and inflammation; inhibitors selectively block that enzyme). By itself, writes Duke, curcumin - the component in turmeric most often cited for its healthful effects - is a multifaceted anti-inflammatory agent, and studies of the efficacy of curcumin have demonstrated positive changes in arthritic symptoms.
  • Cancer: Duke found more than 200 citations for turmeric and cancer and more than 700 for curcumin and cancer. He noted that in the handbook Phytochemicals: Mechanisms of Action, curcumin and/or turmeric were effective in animal models in prevention and/or treatment of colon cancer, mammary cancer, prostate cancer, murine hepatocarcinogenesis (liver cancer in rats), esophageal cancer, and oral cancer. Duke said that the effectiveness of the herb against these cancers compared favorably with that reported for pharmaceuticals.
How can you get more turmeric into your diet?

(The natural grounded Turmeric spice via a tea or turmeric root - is the best way but alternatives can be as follows - Swee-T)

One way is via turmeric tea. There are also extracts in tablet and capsule form available in health food stores; look for supercritical extracts in dosages of 400 to 600 mg, and take three times daily or as directed on the product.
And, of course, one can simply indulge in more curried dishes, either in restaurants or at home. However you do it, adding turmeric to your diet is one of the best moves toward optimal health you can make.

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Tumeric Home Remedies to Cure a Hemorrhoid

Hemorrhoids, which occur when the veins in and around the anal sphincter become inflamed, are a common affliction. They can cause painful bowel movements, and in some cases there can be bleeding. Hemorrhoids are caused by not eating enough fiber, sitting on the toilet too long and straining to have a bowel movement, to name a few reasons. Remedies containing the spice turmeric have been used for hundreds of years to treat hemorrhoids.

  1. Turmeric and Petroleum Jelly

    • Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory, which may be why it is a good treatment for hemorrhoids, because this condition is characterized by inflamed veins around the anus and inside the rectum. Mix an ointment of 1 tsp. turmeric and 1 tbsp. petroleum jelly. Once you have mixed the ingredients together, the resulting ointment should be applied to the hemorrhoids prior to a bowel movement. The turmeric will assist in healing any fissures that may have developed as a result of the hemorrhoids, and the petroleum jelly lubricates the rectum and anus, making it easier to pass stools.

    Turmeric and Aloe Vera Gel

    • Another home remedy made from turmeric that can be helpful is an ointment made from turmeric and aloe vera gel. Mix together 1/2 tsp. turmeric and 1 tbsp. aloe vera gel. Once the ointment has been mixed together, apply it to the anus before going to bed. The turmeric will help to heal fissures and reduce inflammation, while the aloe vera gel will soothe the inflamed tissues associated with hemorrhoids.

    Turmeric and Ghee

    • A final remedy for hemorrhoids that uses turmeric is one that combines turmeric and ghee. Ghee is a clarified butter that is used in Indian cooking and can be purchased in the ethnic food sections of some supermarkets or at ethnic food stores. For this home remedy, mix 1 tsp. ghee with 1/2 tsp. turmeric. This mixture should be applied to the hemorrhoids before bed for three nights. Do not apply it for the next two nights. Repeat this cycle until hemorrhoids are gone.


    • Turmeric can easily stain clothes and skin. Wear your oldest clothes when using these home remedies. Any stains on the skin will disappear within two to three weeks once remedies containing turmeric are discontinued.


A Miracle Super Spice? the Health Benefits of Turmeric, with 5 Amazing Recipes

If you want to protect yourself from a multitude of diseases, then please let us introduce you to turmeric. This spice is best known as the substance that gives many Indian dishes and ballpark mustard their yellow color. Turmeric is a member of the ginger family, and if you happen to see it in its fresh in the supermarket, it resembles ginger but with a darker brown tough outer skin and a deep orange inner flesh. However, it is most commonly sold in the spice aisle as a bright yellow powder. Turmeric has been used for centuries in Chinese and Indian medicine and is recently being recognized by conventional medicine for its healing powers.

 Health Benefits

 While studies concerning the health benefits of turmeric are still premature, early evidence has linked turmeric to a slew of health benefits, most of which are based on its most active component, curcumin, the compound that also gives turmeric its yellow-orange color. Turmeric is full of powerful antioxidants, including curcumin, which are known to fight cancer-causing free radicals. Most research done on the health benefits of turmeric have been done using curcumin, not the whole turmeric root. While the studies are promising, more research, especially those using human subjects, need to be done. So far, what we do know is that turmeric is known to be anti-inflammatory, can help with managing pain, brain health support and liver detoxification, amongst other benefits. For tips on how to use turmeric in food, read more in this article.


Weary about using turmeric in your cooking? Give some of these delicious recipes containing turmeric a try.

1. Ayurvedic Oatmeal

Ingredients (serves two)

  • 200 ml water
  • 200 g (1 cup) pumpkin flesh, cut in small cubes
  • 1-2 tbsp raisins
  • 80 g oatmeal flakes
  • 300 ml soy or any other vegan milk
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamon and/or 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 cm of turmeric (curcuma) root, peeled and rasped, or 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1-2 tbsp pumpkin seeds or to taste 
  1. Cover the pumpkin cubes and raisins with water and bring to boil. Cook on low heat for ten minutes.
  2. Add soy (or any other vegan) milk and bring to boil again.
  3. Add oatmeal flakes, cinnamon sticks, cardamon powder, and turmeric. Cook for another ten minutes.
  4. Sprinkle with the pumpkin seeds and serve.
2. Breakfast Poha

 Poha-Flattened rice (also called beaten rice) is a dehusked rice which is flattened into flat light dry flakes. This easily digestible form of raw rice is very popular across Nepal, India and Bangladesh, and is normally used to prepare snacks or light and easy fast food in a variety of Indian cuisine styles. The thickness of the flakes varies depending on the use. This breakfast preparation uses thick Poha, which can be bought from any Indian Store. Thick rice flakes or brown rice flakes can also be found in some local health stores or online stores. Get the recipe HERE.

3. Missy Roti 
 These golden yellow flatbreads called Missy Roti, are a traditional recipe from the North Indian state of Punjab). Warm and brushed with a fruity olive oil, just before serving in lieu of the clarified butter, you have a healthy and comforting treat that can be a complete meal with some Indian pickles or lentils depending on what you want to eat it with. Get the recipe HERE.

 4. Curried Lentil Soup

Summer may not seem like the perfect time for a bowl of Curried Lentil Soup. That's because we typically think a hearty bowl of piping hot soup is more of a winter dish. Soup has become typecast! I'm challenging us to reconsider our preconceived notions and give soup another chance at becoming a summer staple. Get the recipe HERE.

5. Spicy Indian Sweet Potato

 If you have never tried Indian flavors on sweet potato, please give it a shot. With minimal spices sweet potato flavor still shines through. Fiery green chilis are great against the soothing sweetness of these creamy root vegetables. I have retained the skin for its color and nutrition, used some simple Indian pantry staple spices and cooked it in low heat till well roasted and soft. Resulting dish tastes fabulous! Spicy, sweet and full of flavor. Get the recipe HERE.


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