Turmeric, also known as curcumin, comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant, native to Indonesia and southern India. For more than 5000 years, this yellow spice has played an important role in traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda because of its exceptional medicinal properties. Nowadays, it has been embraced by Western medicine as a powerful tool in the fight against cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis and many other health conditions. There are many reasons to add turmeric to your daily diet:
Improved digestion: turmeric can help to reduce gas and bloating and replenish beneficial flora in the intestines. It can also help the body to digest fat and protein more effectively and maintain a healthy metabolism.
Natural detoxification: turmeric helps to detoxify the body naturally by eliminating waste products and toxins from the colon and by helping the liver to cleanse the body effectively and break down toxins. It also protects against liver damage caused by alcohol.
Reduced inflammation: turmeric helps to lower the overall degree of inflammation in the body. It reduces arthritis pain and stiffness, as well as redness and swelling by purifying the blood.
Lower risk of chronic diseases: turmeric contains curcuminoids that counteract the damaging effects of free radicals in the body and therefore help to fight chronic diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis.
For more information on scientific curcumin studies, go to http://www.greenmedinfo.com/substance/curcumin To get maximum benefits from this powerful anti-inflammatory spice, it is best to use it raw in combination with black pepper & a healthy fat (avocado, coconut, olives...). You can sprinkle it on vegetables, mix it into dressings and sauces, blend it into soups, add it to your favorite raw crackers or bread and even use it in raw desserts. By just adding a small teaspoon of turmeric to your daily diet, you can make a tremendous difference to your overall long-term health!