The advantages of using herbal medicines are numerous. Herbal medicines tend to be more effective for long-standing health complaints that don’t respond well to traditional medicine. Herbs typically have fewer side effects, and may be safer to use over time.
Turmeric contains a powerful active chemical compound called curcumin. This compound is not only responsible for its vibrant yellow-orange color and its distinctive zing, but is also this spice’s most powerful medical constituent, bestowing it with powerful health benefits.
According to the BBC, “an extract found in the bright yellow curry spice turmeric kills cancer cells.” Tests released by a team at the Cork Cancer Research Centre show turmeric can destroy gullet cancer cells in the lab within 24 hours. That’s no small deal. Now the question is, are you getting your fill?
A study by the UCLA Veterans Affairs in 2004 suggested that curcumin might inhibit the accumulation of destructive beta amyloids in the brains of Alzheimer’s disease patients, and also may be useful in breaking up existing plaques of beta amyloids. It was noted that turmeric has been used as an anti-inflammatory in a variety of ailments in India.
Turmeric is also used in the prevention and treatment of several other diseases and conditions, including:
* Cold, Flu and Allergies
* Cystic Fibrosis
* High Cholesterol
* Peptic ulcers
* Alzheimer’s disease
* Gum Disease
* Weight management
* Insect repellent
As the ancient healers knew, turmeric is one of Mother Nature’s most versatile and powerful healers. Few other medicinal plants boast as wide a range of therapeutic uses as this brightly colored spice.