Can you use a boost or want to cleanse out toxins but want a natural source? Want to jump start your metabolism? Suffer from Acne? How about Arthritis and other inflammatory diseases? Take a few minutes to read. You may add on to your life or someone you care for by using the following info about a super food that we all should keep in our kitchen.
Tumeric is a plant that is the main spice in curry. Most people know it for its bitter taste and its bright orange color. It has a sharp taste and smells like pepper. In addition to its use to flavor and color curry, its root is also used in the making of medications.
In addition to its antiinfective properties (antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal) tumeric is also loaded with protein and dietary fiber. It is packed with a host of vitamins and nutrients such as niacin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and zinc. If that’s not enough, check out these additional uses.
Top 10 Claims to Fame
Helps to relieve inflammation such as in arthritis and has anti-oxidant properties to destroy free radicals.
Prevents liver disease
Prevents Alzheimer’s Disease
Reduces cholesterol level
My favorite- boosts the immune system!
Can improve digestion
Can help to maintain ideal body weight
Bonus: I have found it helpful with lemon juice for controlling acne!
How does it work
Some components in tumeric may help to decrease swelling (inflammation). Tumeric also has anti-oxidant properties which decrease free radicals that can damage the cells in our body.
Sources such as Web MD report that for most problems, tumeric has been used in doses of 500 mg twice a day and up to 500 mg four times a day. As with everything, it is not without side effects, however, I would rather use something natural that has been around for ages instead of popping a pill. Feel free to comment on your experience with this natural root.
References and further reading:
Top 10 Health Benefits of Tumeric
I have found truth to the claims that it is an immune system booster, great for alleviating pain, good for healthier looking skin, great for joint flexibility and so much more. It has been used for thousands of years and has been used in Ayurvedic medical practice in India. A few other things I did not know about it is that it supports healthy eyesight and that it supports healthy respiratory function.
How much tumeric should you take?
As always, you should ask your doctor, however, many doctors are not into non-pharmaceutical healing. I can only report to you what has been done by various individuals and ask that you be responsible and talk it through with your healthcare provider before trying anything. There are so many drug-drug and drug-herb interactions that it may also be helpful to download an app to your phone. Its great for preliminary information on interactions and is called “Natural Medicines Database”.
I have found various sources that say that to gain benefit from tumeric, you should use about 1 teaspoon a day of the ground dried root powder.
I buy tumeric from the grocery store in the spice section. Make sure to read the label so that you are getting 100% (or as close as possible). I suspect that a small amount is curcumin, about 2%, but just remember that all brands are not created equal. My label looks like this:
If you do your own research, you will find dosages vary a lot, mainly because some studies have used them for prevention of unwanted symptoms or disease and some studies used it in curative doses.
So how do I use it?
I like to take the juice of half of a lemon and a teaspoon of tumeric powder and put it in about 1/2 cup of room temperature water. Take it to the head then rinse it down with a half cup more of room temperature water. I use a good brand of bottled water with a pH a bit above 8. I do this about every other day. The lemon is good for liver detox and is high in vitamin C and other minerals. Both components are good for clearer skin. You will get the benefits of both. I do this first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and boy does it wake me up! You will find that others use ginger root with these two which you are welcome to do. I like to be able to keep it easy without having to chop or juice. I find that the easier it is, the more successful I am with sticking to it.
Another recipe: http://www.thesweeterthejuice.com/make-ginger-lemon-turmeric-wellness-shot/
Disclaimer: As always, please remember to consult your doctor before using any medication, herbal or natural product/supplements. If you are pregnant or nursing, please especially be cautious of using any medication, herbal or natural product/supplements without consulting your doctor. This information is only to be used as a supplement to instructions given by your medical professional and you should always inform them of the usage of other medications, herbs or natural products/supplements.
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