How to use turmeric to fight cancer, reduce inflammation and lose weight!
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric is a member of the ginger family and it has been used in India and the Middle East for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb. Its used more commonly in curries and prepared mustard.
Turmeric contains bioactive compounds with powerful healing properties. It is very high in antioxidants and helps boost the immune system. It is very popular popular among those with arthritis and joint problems due to its powerful anti-inflamatory properties. There is some evidence that it supports brain health and can help avoid Alzheimer’s Disease.
Curcumin can affect cancer growth, development and spread at the molecular level. Studies have shown that it can reduce angiogenesis (growth of new blood vessels in tumors), metastasis (spread of cancer), as well as contributing to the death of cancerous cells.
There is some evidence that it may help prevent cancer from occurring in the first place, especially cancers of the digestive system (like colorectal cancer).
Although acute (short-term) inflammation is beneficial, it can become a major problem when it is chronic (long-term) and inappropriately deployed against the body’s own tissues.
It is now believed that chronic, low-level inflammation plays a major role in almost every chronic, Western disease. This includes heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s and various degenerative conditions.
Curcumin in turmeric is strongly anti-inflamatory, in fact it has been shown to be as affective as some powerful anti-inflamatory drugs on the market today.
Fat burning is critical to weight loss. The liver is the organ that is essential for fat burning. Studies have found that when the liver gets damaged, detoxification process reduces. Turmeric can help detoxify the liver and protect cell damage caused due to environmental pollutants, attack from free radicals etc.
High cholesterol causes plaque build up in arterial walls leading to coronary heart disease, atherosclerosis, weight gain etc. Research has found that turmeric extracts can lower blood cholesterol levels (especially LDL or so called ‘bad’ cholesterol). It has lipid lowering properties. This can reduce cholesterol levels and benefit weight loss by reducing adipose tissue weight gain.
How to Use Turmeric:
- Use turmeric in your kitchen and take full advantage of its amazing healing properties.
- Incorporated into the diet it can be helpful by reducing inflammation in those with arthritis.
- Use it to make Curry Powder and other homemade organic spice mixes as well as to give color to dishes such as Butternut Squash Soup, Tarka Dal, sauces etc. It works great on grilled meats (especially lamb) and vegetables.
- It can be used externally in poultices to sooth skin and reduce inflammation. It is often used in lotions or preparations for skin with eczema or psoriasis.
- Make a soothing Turmeric tea to help during illness or to improve sleep.
Butternut Squash Soup
Turmeric should be taken in moderation or used in foods. It should not be taken by women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant (though using it in cooking is fine). As with any herb or supplement, consult your doctor before using.
When used externally, it will give the skin a light yellow hue for a little while after use and this can easily be washed off.
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