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08 November, 2013

Out of the spice box, into the lab

Out of the spice box, into the lab

The goddess of turmeric brings color in life
It is the ornament of married woman
And any woman who puts turmeric in her purse.
Her purse will never be empty

An old Indian folk song praises turmeric, the golden spice from the east, for its power to bring beauty, good health and good luck to those who use it and carry it.  ~ Taken from www.bri.ucla.edu

 

Health Benefits of Turmeric

  • Turmeric, the yellow spice located in many curries, contains curcumin, which as well has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It may even prove useful in treating Alzheimer’s.
  • One study displayed a decrease in beta amyloid deposits, the plaques associated with the disease. In another study, elderly people who ate curry frequently of very often did better on tests of mental performance than those who never or seldom ate curry.
  • A relative of ginger, turmeric is a powder ground from the root of a large-leafed Asian plant. Researchers believe the curcumin it contains battles disease in part by shutting down a powerful protein that encourages an abnormal inflammatory response in the body. As well, the spice has potent antioxidant properties that may even lower cholesterol.
  • Curcumin is medically promising because inflammation and oxidative damage are contributors to so many diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, arthritis and various cancers, stated one professor of medicine and neurology from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
  • Particular clues as to turmeric’s influence come from observing patterns of illness among people. Scientists, for example, have long noted that Indians have considerably lower rates of certain cancers than that of their American counterparts.
  • A research conducted by UCLA and Veterans Affairs scientists, demonstrated that the accumulation of beta amyloids were reduced far more effectively with curcumin than any other drug being tested as Alzheimer’s treatments.

~ Taken from www.beliefnet.com