The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports basic information about turmeric health benefits. However, while animal testing confirms some turmeric benefits, they caution that findings have not been confirmed in people.
Benefits of Turmeric
|There may be health benefits of turmeric.|
- Anti-inflammatory - Turmeric has been used in the treatment of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Some report that it may help with the pain experienced with these conditions, as well as the loss of movement.
- Heart and Stroke - Possible benefits are lowering key risk factors such as buildup of arterial plaque, lowering of LDL (bad) cholesterol levels.
- Cancer - Antioxidant properties found in turmeric may help treat different forms of cancer.
Turmeric and Alzheimer's Prevention
Studies in animals have shown that Curcumin can reduce the amount of a protein plaque called amyloid that is linked to Alzheimer's disease. Vitamin Research Products states that the occurrence of Alzheimer's in India is much lower than it is in the United States. Turmeric is a common spice in many Indian dishes.
The findings that Turmeric can reduce plaque associated with Alzheimer's are preliminary. Two issues currently being studied are what dosage of Turmeric is needed to prevent Alzheimer's and how do we help our bodies absorb the right amount of Turmeric? Nutrition Wonderland talks further about the need for more research about Turmeric benefits.
Turmeric supplements can be found in many stores and can be taken in pill form by themselves, or with food. You can also add fresh turmeric to your food or use bottled spices. Dr. Ray Sahelian, M.D., noted author and herbal product formulator, finds that curcumin, the turmeric root extract, can be beneficial in killing cancer cells connected to prostate and other cancers.
Many spices are reported to have health benefits in addition to spicing up the foods we eat. While there is not much scientific evidence to reveal the benefits in humans, we do know that adding different spices can be a great substitute for things like salt and sugar, both of which are proven to raise health risks.
|Add turmeric to potato salad for color and taste.|
While trying to spice up the taste of our meals, I found a great website where I can type in the name of a spice and find recipes that include it. Allrecipes.com has turmeric recipes and many others that may add spice to your diet and your health.
How do you spice up your meals? Have you tried turmeric? Please share you own turmeric recipe with us!