Sometimes you stumble upon an herb or spice that has been used for so many years, throughout many groups of people all around the world. It has stood the test of time and still reigns supreme! Turmeric is one of those special ones.
Turmeric is a spice that comes from the turmeric plant. You may have turmeric powder in your pantry and think to use it for Indian dishes. It offers a wonderful taste and a strong yellow colouring to food. This vibrant yellow colour comes from curcumin, an antioxidant pigment found within the turmeric root. Medicinally, the root is also used for many conditions, all listed below:
- Studies have shown that turmeric can help significantly with arsenic overload on the body and even help with DNA repair. Please read the study in-depth for yourself:
The â€œcurcumin had an effective role in [the] regression of DNA damage.â€ Yes, itâ€™s â€œan excellent antioxidant agent,â€ but what they found subsequently is that the curcuminÂ undidÂ the arsenic crippling of our DNA repair enzymes. So, it both helped prevent the damage and facilitate repair. Thus curcumin may have some protective role against the DNA damage caused by arsenic.â€
- Inflammation doesn’t stand a chance around turmeric. Whether you are having joint issues, swelling, etc looking into incorporating the fresh herb and/or supplements may be a great decision for you. Here is an example of how turmeric was used to test and see if it could help with post-surgery healing, and the results were amazing!
- For those that are unable to exercise you may find this study interesting: Regular ingestion of curcumin could be a preventive measure against cardiovascular disease in postmenopausal women. Furthermore, their results suggest that curcumin may be a potential alternative treatment for patients who are unable to exercise. But ideally, weâ€™d do both.
I could go on and continue to link what turmeric is good for and how it can be used, however, the list would just continue on. Turmeric is such a potent spice that many would find benefit from adding into their lives. Recently, I have gotten creative and even dehydrated the root and used it to flavour water, add to cooking, and even crush up and swallow with some warm water.
I take a turmeric supplement daily in addition to my cooked and dehydrated turmeric. Here is a link to our AliveVitamins Turmeric Extract that you can buy off of ShopAlive if you are interested. Our turmeric is made here in Canada and contains 500mg of turmeric root extract and 100mg of ginger root extract which is also a wonderful natural anti-inflammatory!
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