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The health benefits of Turmeric

Natural treatments are always preferred as compared to chemically treated drugs. Ask your grandmother and she will provide you with a list of natural home remedies that will cure you of most of your illnesses. Turmeric for ages has been one of the most powerful healers. The health benefits are countless and the amazing amber coloured spice is known to treat a number of health conditions from Alzheimer’s Disease to some cancers as well.

In ancient times the spice was used as a dye alone, but with time, the medicinal properties have made it one of the most powerful healers in the spice kingdom. A few health benefits are listed below. However you can use the spice to treat burns and cuts at home, but you must consult your physician if you are using the spice for treatment for other illnesses.

Antiseptic: Turmeric is known to be a natural antibacterial agent and antiseptic. It is most commonly used in homes as a disinfectant for cuts and burns.

Prostate Cancer: Turmeric when consumed with cauliflower is known to prevent prostate cancer. The combination helps stop the growth of cancer in the prostate.

Breast Caner: It is also know to stop the spread of breast cancer by preventing it from spreading into the lungs.

Melanoma: It plays an important role in killing melanoma cells and prevents the disease from taking over your system.

Leukaemia: Turmeric is known to help children fight childhood leukaemia.

Liver: Turmeric serves as a detoxifier for the lever.

Alzheimer’s Disease: It helps stop the build up of Amyloid plaque in the brain and therefore helps slowing down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

Cancer: The spice prevents metastases in a variety of cancer.

Natural anti-inflammatory: Its natural anti-inflammatory properties make it s preferred treatment compared to OTC anti-inflammatory drugs, primarily because it has no side effects.

Multiple Sclerosis: A test done on mice shows that it has the power to slow the progression of multiple sclerosis.

Painkiller: It is known to be a cox 2 inhibitor and natural painkiller.

Metabolism: Regular consumption of turmeric can help in elevating metabolism levels and therefore helping you in managing weight.

Depression: The Chinese have been known to use this spice to treat depression.

Joint Pains: The anti inflammatory properties make it a desired treatment for illnesses like arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Chemo drugs: Turmeric is known to boost the effect of chemo drugs like paclitaxel and is also known to reduce its side effects.

Pancreatic cancer: It is believed to be useful in the treatment of pancreatic cancer as well. However the research in the area is not conclusive.

Multiple Myeloma: Research is also being carried on to test the effects of turmeric in the treatment of multiple myeloma.

Tumors: It is known to treat tumors by stopping the growth of blood vessels.

Skin: Its natural medicinal properties help in hastening the process of healing wounds and it also helps in remodelling damaged portions of the skin.

Psoriasis: It is known to be very helpful in treat various inflammatory skin conditions like psoriasis.

A number of households today use turmeric as a part of their daily diet in a number of lip smacking recipes. However turmeric can also be consumed in a pill form and is easily available at health food stores.

Although one can use turmeric to treat common cuts and burns without permission or supervision from a physician, it is imperative that one does not follow this as the only treatment for other health conditions. The health benefits of turmeric are only limited to slowing down the process of many conditions. Alternate medication has to be combined with the usage of turmeric to see results that are positive.

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