The Many Health Benefits Of Turmeric

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NOTE: I am not a physician, this article is educational in nature and should not be considered prescriptive advice. Anyone considering adding supplements of any kind to their diet should seek the advice of their physician before doing so.

I recently discovered a kitchen staple that has many health benefits and I had no idea. For all of my adult life, I have kept turmeric in the kitchen and used it for the usual recipes. Recently though, I watched the Dr. Oz TV show and he recommended that Turmeric may be beneficial for many diseases. Please note that I have not put entire studies in this article. A Google search or the links I have inserted will assist the reader in finding more information on this subject. I did a lot of research and found Turmeric may help in reducing or curing:

  • inflammatory disease of the joints
  • Indigestion or dyspepsia
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • osteoarthritis
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Bacterial and Viral Infection
  • Uveiti

Turmeric powder is dried from the root of a plant called Curcume longa. The plant averages 5-6 feet in height. The majority of Turmeric is grown in India and exported all over the world. It has a tough skin that is brown in color and the flesh is orange. Turmeric has a peppery but not hot flavor and gives a lovely yellow color to food. It has been used for centuries to make curry. Turmeric is in the ginger family and can be eaten fresh as well as dried. Even people who don’t know about turmeric probably have it in their kitchen because it is used to give that yellow hotdog mustard that bright color.

Now to the medicinal properties of Turmeric. India and China have used it for centuries, so this is not a new discovery. It is only new to us. Research is showing amazing benefits and results. The primary pharmacological agent in turmeric is thought to be Curcumin, the pigment that gives the yellow color.

  • Antioxidant

Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants scavenge particles in the body known as free radicals, which damage cell membranes, tamper with DNA, and even cause cell death. Antioxidants can neutralize free radicals and may reduce or even help prevent some of the damage they cause

  • Inflammatory disease of the joints

Turmeric has established anti-inflammatory properties. In studies, curcumin's anti-inflammatory effects have been shown to be comparable to the potent drugs hydrocortisone and phenylbutazone as well as over-the-counter anti-inflammatory agents such as Motrin.

  • Indigestion or dyspepsia

The primary agent in Turmeric, Curcumin stimulates the gallbladder to produce bile, which some people think may help improve digestion. Germany has approved turmeric for a variety of digestive disorders. Studies show that turmeric reduced symptoms of bloating and gas in people suffering from indigestion.

  • Ulcerative colitis

Turmeric may help maintain remission in people with ulcerative colitis. In a study, people whose ulcerative colitis was in remission received either curcumin or placebo, along with conventional medical treatment, for 6 months. Those who took curcumin had a relapse rate that was much lower than those who took placebo.

  • osteoarthritis

Because of its ability to reduce inflammation, turmeric may help relieve the symptoms of osteoarthritis. People using an alternative treatment formula of herbs and minerals including turmeric, reduced pain and disability. The other herbs may have an impact as well as the Turmeric. The study findings did not determine this.

  • Atherosclerosis

Turmeric may help prevent atherosclerosis, the buildup of plaque that can block arteries and lead to heart attack or stroke. It works in several ways. An extract of turmeric lowered cholesterol levels and kept LDL or "bad" cholesterol from building up in blood vessels. Because it stops platelets from clumping together, turmeric may also prevent blood clots from building up along the walls of arteries.

  • Cancer

Evidence suggests that curcumin may help prevent, control, or kill several types of cancers, including prostate, breast, skin, and colon. This may be due to its ability to stop the blood vessels that supply cancerous tumors from growing, and from its strength as an antioxidant, protecting cells from damage.

  • Diabetes

When animals with diabetes were given turmeric and their blood sugar levels dropped, as did their blood cholesterol levels.

  • Bacterial and Viral Infections

Studies suggest turmeric may have antibacterial and antiviral properties.

  • Uveitis

Curcumin may help treat uveitis, an inflammation of the eye. In one study people with uveitis, curcumin appeared to be as effective as corticosteroids.

  • An Effective Treatment for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Curcumin may be an inexpensive and effective treatment for inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn's.

  • Cancer Prevention

Curcumin's antioxidant actions enable it to protect colon cells from free radicals that can damage cellular DNA-a benefit in the colon where cell turnover is quite rapid, about every three days. Curcumin helps the body to destroy mutated cancer cells, so they cannot spread through the body and cause more harm. Curcumin does so by enhancing liver function. It may also inhibit the synthesis of a protein thought to be instrumental in tumor formation and preventing the development of additional blood supply necessary for cancer cell growth.

  • Inhibits Cancer Cell Growth and Metastases

Studies have linked frequent use of turmeric to lower rates of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer. Experiments have shown curcumin can prevent tumors from forming; and research conducted at the University of Texas suggests that even when breast cancer is already present, curcumin can help slow the spread of breast cancer cells to the lungs in mice.

  • Reduce Risk of Childhood Leukemia

Research presented at a conference on childhood leukemia provides evidence that eating foods spiced with turmeric could reduce the risk of developing childhood leukemia. The incidence of this cancer has risen dramatically during the 20th century, mainly in children under age five, among whom the risk has increased by more than 50 percent. Childhood leukemia is much lower in Asia than Western countries, which may be due to differences in diet, one of which, the frequent use of turmeric, has been investigated in a series of studies over the last 20 years by Prof. Moolky Nagabhushan.

  • May Help Prevent Alzheimer's Disease

Elderly (aged 70-79) residents of rural India, who eat large amounts of curry, have the lowest incidence of Alzheimer's disease in the world: 4.4 times lower than that of Americans. Does that mean that curry helps prevent Alzheimer's? Other factors (dietary, genetic, social, economic, lifestyle-related, etc.) would have to be taken into account, and ruled out. But the correlation is suggestive, and there are scientific reasons for believing that there may indeed be a real effect there.

Now for some fun–or funny-facts about Turmeric.

Turmeric can be used to deter ants!

  • Turmeric is known to offer instant relief for heartburn, indigestion, impaired metabolism, flatulence, colic and diarrhea.
  • It is also popular as a treatment for respiratory problems like cough, cold, fever and sore throat.
  • In India, it is used as a local and internal antiseptic, anti-inflammatory drug and for de-worming.
  • In the southern areas of India, women apply turmeric paste to their face and feet after a bath. Turmeric is a traditional remedy for various skin conditions. Turmeric powder mixed with water is a potent potion that cures skin allergies, fungal infections, pimples and insect bites. It prevents blackheads and improves skin tone.
  • Turmeric is effective for treating measles, hepatitis and epilepsy.
  • High doses of turmeric along with blood-thinning drugs should be avoided.
  • People using Turmeric as a topical treatment for skin conditions should avoid excessive sunlight.
  • Mice receiving curcumin lost much less weight than control animals.
  • A teaspoon of the powder with warm milk is sure to ease your troubles away.

So add Turmeric to rice, noodles, tea, cauliflower, beans, yogurt, dips and pretty much everything you eat or drink. It may just be the dried fountain of life that people have sought for centuries!

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Here are some websites that I researched to get you started:

http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/id/QAA360804

http://www.healthy.net/scr/Column.aspx?Id=658

http://www.webmd.com/breast-cancer/news/20050609/curry-spice-may-curb-breast-cancers-spread

http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA400838/Turmeric-for-Arthritis.html

http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/turmeric-for-rheumatoid-arthritis.html

http://www.healingcancernaturally.com/nutrition3.html

http://www.greatestherbsonearth.com/articles/turmeric.htm

http://www.turmericantiinflammatory.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turmeric

http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/20-health-benefits-of-turmeric.html

http://www.theepicentre.com/Spices/turmeric.html

NOTE: I am not a physician, this article is educational in nature and should not be considered prescriptive advice. Anyone considering adding supplements of any kind to their diet should seek the advice of their physician before doing so.

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Tony Locicero 5 years ago from Inverness Florida

Great information!


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Thanks Tony. I was amazed when I started researching Turmeric!


dianne  5 years ago

It is amazing that we have so many natural remedies, I had never heard of the benefits of tumeric, Thanks for the information.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Dianne, we have untouched natural resources out there. I had never known the wonders of Turmeric either. Then when I began researching, I was amazed.

It is good also. Last night I sprinkled some on popcorn.

I am glad the Hub was helpful to you. Thanks for the comment.


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Bumpsysmum 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire

Wow, read this with avid interest. I had no idea!

My daughter and I have several of the above between us so I will be telling her about this and popping it in most of my cooking!!!

Thanks for the info....great piece :-)


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Bumpsysmum, I thought of you two last night when I was typing this into Word. I have been amazed and excited about these findings.


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Bumpsysmum 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire

Thanks again Hyphenbird, I must admit I'm ready to try just about anything if it's got even an outside chance of helping! :-)


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Enlydia Listener 5 years ago from trailer in the country

A great hub, full of good information...I love turmeric, and am going to take some right now. Blessings


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Enlydia Listener, I am so glad you found this Hub. I am so very excited about this discovery. Last night I sprinkled some on steamed veggies and my 8 year old never even noticed. Usually he is suspicious of anything on his plate. lol

Thanks for reading and the comment.


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orlansison 5 years ago from Pangasinan Philippines

great information, for sure it is a great source of information for others that really need it. Thank you for sharing. Here in the Philippines we also have lots of medicinal plants and I have an idea of sharing them here in hubpage...thanks again Madam.


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babybrownfox 5 years ago

Hi Hyphenbird, I too have never thought some of moms food ingredients had some medicinal benefits. I wrote the Benefits of Ginger here on hubpages, its amazing how these innocent looking plants have some incredible medicinal properties.

Another herbal that I could testify is the Aloe Vera healing properties. I was once been suffering of shingles a long time ago but Aloe Vera is the only plant that healed me. I've wrote my story here on hubpages too about my experience with Aloe Vera leaves on how it cured my shingles.

If you got time please visit my hub and leave an opinion.

I like your hub and following you now. Thank you for sharing this wonderful information. Have a great day..


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

orlansison, thanks for the read and comment. I would be very interested in reading about natural medicinal plants from your beautiful area.


jt 5 years ago

thanks for sharing this valuable information-I will get some right away. I have an 80 year old friend that is still going strong and he has turmeric every day


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Cool jt. Thanks for the testimony!


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mindyjgirl 5 years ago from Cottage Grove, Oregon

Awesome! I am going to go get some today! I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis just a few years ago, its painful sometimes.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

mindyjgirl, since I have been taking turmeric every day I have no stiffness or joint pain! I do not have osteoarthritis, just getting older.

I am so glad you found this Hub. I know the turmeric will help you. I sprinkle it on popcorn, pasta, potatoes, just about anything! Let us know your progress!


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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge

I love this article. It is so well researched and the links to more information are quite useful.

I found you because you left a comment on Saddle Rider's "Tsunami, a short poem" and am so happy I did. I will become a new follower. I really enjoy the style of what I've read so far!


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Poohgranma, I thank you for finding me and am glad you like my Hubs. A follower humbles and blesses me.


Beth McElwee 5 years ago

Great info..I'm going to run out and get some!! Thanks


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

You won't be sorry Beth. I sprinkle it on everything. My boy doesn't even notice. It really is a wonder food.


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Safety for Pets 5 years ago

Very informative. Whoda thunk, right? I had no idea Turmeric was in the ginger family, nor did I know many of its health benefits. No doubt I will be sprinking it on my kids food from now on.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello Safety. I am so glad you found this Hub. I sprinkle Turmeric on everything. When I make a dry rub or coating for food I use it also. My son had terrible asthma and now is off all meds and hasn't had an attack in two years.

I believe foods and herbs contain all we need to relieve and cure ailments. Those chemical medications are killing us and we must learn to be healthy the natural way.

Thanks for the read and great comments.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Hyphenbird, I love the smell and flavour of turmeric, I had no idea about all the health benefits and will now use a lot more of it!


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello Movie Master. Thanks for the visit. I am wholly dedicated to turmeric now. My son's asthma is completely gone and I have perfect health at 55, taking no medications at all! My hope was to help other with this Hub. I am glad you found it.


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SummerSurf 5 years ago

Great hub. Good to know that some of the tasty ingredients we like to enjoy can be good for the health. There is so much negative talk today about what to eat and what not to eat that it can become rather confusing at times. So I'm glad you shared this bit of good news with us.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello SummerSurf. Turmeric really is a great supplement as well as tasty. I add it to dressings, gravies, soups and all sorts of foods. I know it adds to my health. I take no medications, have perfect blood pressure and low cholesterol. I am so glad you found the Hub and even more that you enjoyed it.


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Fennelseed 5 years ago from Australia

This is amazing; I actually grow turmeric, but just use it a little here and there. I had no idea of its vast benefits. I will be using more extensively now and will have a look at the links you have provided.

Thank you for this very useful and informative hub. I have voted it accordingly.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello Fennelseed. Please use turmeric regular. I sprinkle it on most everything. My son doesn't even notice. We are very healthy and have no illnesses. I attribute much of that to healthy eating and use of herbs including turmeric. Thank you for your visit and the votes. HB


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

I saw that Dr. Oz episode and went out and bought turmeric but had no idea what to put it in or on. Thanks for the great rundown and the idea to sprinkle it on everything! I love natural products like that.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi there PegCole. We sprinkle turmeric over almost everything. I put it in rubs and salad dressings, even over greens and potatoes. Try it everywhere. Experiment and let us know your results. I know it helps me and my family remain healthy. None of us take medications of any sort! Isn't that wonderful. I am so glad this article helped you. Have a great day. Hyphenbird


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

I had no idea that tumeric had any health benefits, let alone so many important ones. Well written, well thought out information. Up and useful.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi KoffeeKlatch. Turmeric is a great food. I attribute my perfect health in part to turmeric. Try sprinkling it on food and before long it will become a habit. It also gives foods a great almost roasted color. Thanks for stopping by. Hyph


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TheListLady 5 years ago from New York City

I've read the most amazing things about turmeric. So I keep in on hand and sprinkle on my foods.

Most surprisingly, when my cousin in England was told he may have mesothelioma - he was given pills that contained turmeric. Wow!

I'm so glad that we are learning that it is food and not drugs that will keep us healthy.

Great hub and rated up!


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello ListLady. That is so cool and I know it will help your cousin. It really is a power food. It adds a nice color that encourages children to eat their portions and I even put it on popcorn, in soups, just everywhere. Drugs are beneficial but natural is better. I am so glad you found this Hub and dropped by. Thanks for the votes!


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

Just discovered the benefits myself. I make up my own capsules of it and have supplemented turmeric in place of ibuprofen or tylenol. It isn't quite as effective but it does work for pain.

I have also recently been experiencing joint pain and will be adding it to the daily regimen.

One of the interesting facts that you listed that I didn't know was the lowering of the LDL Cholesterol. I just so happen to have mildly high LDL and it is great to know that Turmeric is useful for this.

Excellent useful information.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi tamarajo. I am so glad you know about turmeric. The benefits are so great. Even Dr. Oz mentioned it on his show. I appreciate you letting us know it helps relieve your pain. We can replace so many drugs and chemicals with natural remedies that God created. Thank you very much for your support of this Hub. I am pleased it received new attention.


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LuxmiH 5 years ago from Fort Pierce, Florida

You have inspired me to add Tumeric to every dish... Hmmm, let me see, I wonder what scrambled eggs will taste like with Tumeric? Just kidding.

But I do plan to make curry for dinner with lots of Tumeric. Thanks for this great information. Voted up and useful.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello LuxmiH. It is not bad on scrambled eggs. I have tried it because I don't care for eggs and am always looking for ways to improve them. You will feel so much better after adding turmeric to your foods. Thank you so much for your comments. I appreciate the feedback very much.


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LuxmiH 5 years ago from Fort Pierce, Florida

I made a delicious Thai Coconut milk curry, inspired by your Tumeric Hub. Yummy, it was so delicious. Thanks for being the inspiration for a most enjoyable meal.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

That sounds really good LuxmiH. Perhaps you can write a recipe Hub about it. I would make that. Thanks for letting me know this was inspirational to you.


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healthywholefoods 5 years ago

I take turmeric on a daily basis. I have had digestive problems my whole life and understand how much the liver has to do with digestion. I've tried many liver herbs and turmeric is one of the few I stick with. Lecithin is another I keep up with. A few others, but if I could only take one, it would be turmeric.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi there healthywholefoods. Turmeric is a treasure. You are very wise to use it daily. I do also and am extremely healthy. I take no medicines at all and neither does my son. Thank you for taking time to comment on this article. I really appreciate it and you.


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Kawaljit kaur 5 years ago from JALANDHAR, Punjab (India)

Turmeric is an integral part of every kitchen in India. Leaving aside a few leafy preparations,cooking meal without turmeric is next to impossible. It gives color, taste and aroma to a preparation and makes it healthy as well.

You have really done a wonderful job by giving its beneficial properties.

Thanks.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Kawaljit kaur, thanks for your visit. I appreciate your feedback very much. My desire is for people to turn from medicinal drugs and to natural health preventatives and healing.

We love the taste of turmeric and use it in most everything as you said you do. It has a lovely taste. Thank you again for the affirmation . It is good to know I am on the right track.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Turmeric is one of the very best spices for adding to our food. You have done an outstanding work here which will bring this wonderful, healthy powder to more dinner and breakfast tables. I am bookmarking your hub for further reference. Voted UP, useful, interesting, awesome and beautiful. Thank you, dear lady!

vocalcoach~


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello vocalcoach. It is great to see you. You are right about turmeric. It is versatile and healthful. We love it and I hope more people begin using it. Thank you for reading and your feedback. I appreciate that.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Voted up, useful, and awesome Hyp. I would of never thought that it had so many benefits. Very interesting. You are a gifted writer Hyp. This article is very well written and informative. Hope you have a great day and take care.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

lyricwriter, turmeric has amazing healing properties. Many food do but the medical industry wants us ill so we can contribute to the glut of drugs. I do hope this is helpful for you and appreciate your coming by to read it.


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acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

I do use turmeric in cooking but not extensively. Having read your brilliant and informative article I will try to include it in even more dishes. Voting up and pressing those buttons too.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Thank you acaetnna. This really is a miracle herb. If my joints feel stiff, I use it liberally in all my food for the day and am better within 24 hours. I cannot recommend turmeric enough. I am so glad you found this Hub. Thank you so much.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Hello Hyph - Just wanted to tell you that I've been sprinkling turmeric and a little cinnamon over my eggs for breakfast. It's wonderful. So thanks again for your hub on Turmeric!


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi vocalcoach. That is so wonderful. It really is a great food with fantastic health properties. Thank you for letting me know. This made my day.


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jojokaya 4 years ago from USA

Great hub. I love spice especially turmeric


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Thanks jojokaya. I use it a lot for taste and health. I am glad you found the Hub useful and appreciate your visit.


alma guaca 4 years ago

thanks for the info about turmeric yes its true i have friends using turmeric and we are thankful for having in a capsule.


alma guaca 4 years ago

Yes na yes in the philippines many people using turmeric. so i do business now im selling turmeric in capsule. i love it....i hope i can help many people in the world using turmeric made in the philippines...


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macteacher 4 years ago from New York

I knew tumeric was good for you, but I had no idea the extent of it's amazing properties. I'm definitely going to buy some and start sprinkling it on food. Thanks for the great hub!


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Thanks macteacher. I still use turmeric every day and am very healthy. It will make a difference in your life, I am certain of that.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello Eitan. Thank you for the visit and comments. I do appreciate them very much. Unfortunately, I do not allow external links in my comments sections as they often lead to Spam sites. Regrettably, I have deleted your comment since it contained a live link. Please feel free to comment again without leaving a link. Thanks again for your visit.


saif 4 years ago

after baby delivery and in period its really help milk and turmeric and take some dry fruits like walnuts,almonds,pistachio grind them and put in the milk and boil it its really helped for back pain


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello saif. Thank you for sharing these great uses for turmeric.


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manganassery 4 years ago from ERNAKULAM

Well done hub and very informative. You are a good writer,Useful and helpful info.voted up.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Thank you manganassery. I did this one a long time back and still love turmeric benefits. I would like to update this but don't want it going into Pending limbo!


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

This is great, Hyph. I am a spice lover and this is great to know!! Will bookmark for reference and share this as well! Thanks for sharing these wonderful health benefits...was particularly pleasing to know that it can prevent alzhimers!


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi midget. Turmeric really is a phenomenal natural product. I love the smoky flavor it gives foods and the health benefits cannot be topped. I am so glad you found this Hub and that it is useful to you.


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idigwebsites 4 years ago from United States

From now on, I'll eat authentic curry, I don't want to have Alzheimer's (well who does, anyway? Hehehehe). Thanks Hyphenbird for sharing the amazing wonders of turmeric. :)


Southernmapart 4 years ago

No doubt turmeric is an amazing spice. It also can test pH.

Question because I am new to content writing and learning. Please explain how and why the text in this article is under copyright when the material was taken from other sources? Thanks.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Southernmapart, I wrote every word of this article and it certainly passes Copyscape with flying colors therefore I own the copyright. It was not taken from other sources. Thank you.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello idigwebsites.. That terrible disease is an abomination from Satan himself. God has given us foods from the earth for healing and restoration. Turmeric is certainly one of the best. Thanks for reading my article. I appreciate that.


reginald alec 4 years ago

hello Hyphenbird great article, how turmeric is used on skin? bcuz i have got allergy on my chin, if i use turmeric paste it will have color on skin or not?

and also my father is taking Ascard is it ok? if hez taking turmeric 1 teaspoon a day? does it get any side effect?


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ZofiaLotus 4 years ago from Oregon

Wow, I knew it had health benefits, but I had never looked into them before. Thank you for this great hub!


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Thanks Zofia. Turmeric is one of our most powerful natural healers. I hope you start using turmeric. It makes a difference.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi Reginald. A paste made with turmeric and water should be fine. Even if it leaves a dark spot it will be temporary. I work with turmeric a lot and get it on my hands. It always washes right off. Your father needs to consult with his physician. Some herbs do affect medications and I am not a doctor so I cannot advise about that. Thanks, HB.


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jantamaya 4 years ago from UK

Essential information. Thank you very much for sharing :-)


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

You have given us many good reasons to consider using more Turmeric in our diets and with links to support the research. One note...I used some on vegetables that I was roasting in the oven and it permanently stained my non-stick baking sheet. So if using it in that way, one might wish to use aluminum foil to prevent that. Voted useful, interesting + sharing. Thanks!


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

Very well-formulated and informative hub! I am a very holistic person & use herbs and natural remedies for practically all (minor) ailments. I constantly read the latest whenever possible, and really enjoyed this hub. Voted up & more, plus shared!


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NMLady 4 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

You are singing to the choir here! Nice hub.


Nowisneverhere 4 years ago from Somewhere

awesome!!


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Cheryl J. 4 years ago from Houston, TX

Great information. This spice is so affordable and loaded with healthy benefits . I use it only in special dishes as well. Thanks for enlightening my horizon with this healthy and natural healing spice. A great informative hub.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Thank you jantamaya. It is nice when something tastes good and is healthful also. I am pleased you liked the article.


reginald alec 4 years ago

thanks for your reply Hyphenbird i wana ask u one thing more about my allergy, " how long i can put turmeric paste on my chin? and how many days i should continue this process? would be greatful if u answer "


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

You are welcome Reginald. I guess the easy answer would be to continue until the blemish is gone. I personally have found sores and blemishes to heal within days, sometimes overnight. If it is an allergy though, you need to consult your physician because it will just return over and over. You may need allergy medication. Since I am not a physician, I cannot help you in that regard. Thanks for your return visit. I am glad you are interested in turmeric's amazing properties. Remember though, it is an herb and as such may affect medications. Always consult a physician before using anything that might affect allergies or other medications. Have a great day.


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naturman 4 years ago from UK

Do you think that turmeric is to be used as a prevention against disease or a cure for people who already have illness or disease?


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello naturman. My personal (for me only) opinion is yes, however I would never prescribe for anyone else as I am not a physician. Consult your doctor. Thank you for your interest in turmeric.


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naturman 4 years ago from UK

Thanks for the reply


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi Peggy. Thanks for sharing that tip with us. All of my pans are old and blackened so I have not experienced that. lol Together we can all help one another learn and expand our knowledge.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi Veronica. I also use natural remedies and take no medications of any kind. I do believe it is okay if others want to but I prefer to prevent through diet. On the rare occasion I need help I only use homeopathic or herbal supplements. Thanks so much for your interest and kind comments.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

NMLady and Nowisneverhere, thank you both. It is good to know others are aware and being active in taking charge of natural health options.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi Cheryl and thank you. My family loves turmeric and people the world over find health benefits through it. I believe we need to move away from synthetics and back to natural care. I do appreciate your visit very much.


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givans1980@yahoo. 4 years ago from Blackwell, OK

Tumeric is a favorite of mine, especially when I make tofu scramble. =)


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tebo 4 years ago from New Zealand

I recently read a hub where curcumin was mentioned as a super food, but wasn't sure if they were talking about cumin. They also mentioned turmeric but I didn't see the connection until now. Thanks for clarifying that for me. I shall remember to add this spice to my cooking from now on.


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KimberlyLake 4 years ago from California

This is a very inforative hub. I enjoyed reading it and I plan to put more tumeric in my diet. Thank you for sharing. Socially shared.


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Fiddleman 4 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

Amazing hub and informative. I have seen Tumeric on the spice rack in my wife's kitchen and have no idea how it is used to add seasoning or flavor to the foods she prepares. Great to learn it is healthy for us.


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khmohsin 4 years ago from London,UK

Hyphenbird,

Thanks for your great hub. Tumeric has a great magical and positive effects on the human body if it is used in pure form but most of the form are mixed with different thing and artificial colors that decreases its positive effects.

You hub is awesome in all the ways, really impressed and sharing with friends too.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi givans1980@yahoo. I like turmeric in tofu also. It adds that lovely smokey flavor. Tofu scramble....now I want some!


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi Tebo. Just sprinkle it on most all foods. The amounts add up and even a teaspoon a day will make a difference. The taste is good also. I am so glad my article pulled it all together for you. That makes me feel great.


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ryanjhoe 4 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

Nice info! turmeric indeed have many health benefits. We use as natural herbal in my country beside as food ingredients.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi Kimberly. I am so pleased you are adding turmeric to your diet. I truly believe it makes a huge difference. Thank you for stopping by this Hub.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi Fiddleman. Now you know that little bottle contains huge properties. Help your wife sprinkle it on everything. Thanks for visiting the Hub.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi khmohsin. Mine is pure, from the natural food store but I am not surprised to hear turmeric from a grocery store is diluted and mixed. It seems to be the way of man, to change and "make better". Thank you for sharing the Hub and for your kind words.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello ryanjhoe. I believe many countries do use turmeric as medicine. Since I am not a physician, I cannot recommend it as such here in America. Personally though, I realize how powerful turmeric is. God have us herbs and foods to heal and restore. Thanks for your visit. I appreciate it very much.


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stephanie-sowerby 4 years ago from United Kingdom

I find it fascinating that that there are many things available to us with such qualities and very few people know about them. It seems that a lot of knowledge about foods is coming out much more through more scientific research which will really benefit us in the future. I think cancer prevention is on a lot of peoples minds and anything we can do to aid this is much needed.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi stephanie-sowerby. We really do have so much in the natural world but have come to depend on chemicals and scoff at what is practically free. I don't understand that mind set. People like Dr. Oz are helping to reshape and reform the natural food industry. The more natural, the more health benefits. Thank you so much for reading my Hub and for leaving your great comments.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello amitfalcon. Thank you for your comments ("Yes i fully agree turmeric is a great medicine very helpful and useful...nice hub i like it"). I appreciate your visit and am glad you like the Hub. I did remove the link you placed in the comment. It did not seem to have anything to do with turmeric. Thanks.


drmaher 4 years ago

It is an amazing spice and great medicine at the same, Thanks Hyphenbird for sharing great information’s.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello drmaher. It is my pleasure to pass on my own love of turmeric. Thanks for the visit.


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skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

hyphenbird Sister wow. I am excited to purchase turmeric. I had no idea. I am blessed indeed with your awesome hub. You are a gem hyph and I love ya. Thank you so much for sharing the good stuff. As always your writing and content are meticulous. Sending hugs.

I will give you a report after we use it for a time. voted UP girl


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Hyphenbird 3 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello skye2day. Please do buy some and use it on everything. After a few weeks you will be thrilled at the improvement in your body. Thank you for your very kind words. I appreciate you so much. Won't it be fun to meet in Heaven one day?!


Natural Plus Plus 3 years ago

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Hyphenbird 3 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Thanks for the information Natural Plus Plus. As I am becoming more and more intentional about eating simple and whole, I prefer to eliminate processed items, even ones that are health oriented. I just sprinkle turmeric on most everything I eat. I appreciate the information though. Other readers may be interested.


femmeflashpoint 3 years ago

Hyph,

Really good hub!

I had personal interest in it because when I arrived in southern Indiana a few months ago, to do my level best to get better without being hospitalized, poked or prodded, one of the first things I did, was follow the suggestion of a friend who is an MD and lovesss homeopathic med alternatives.

I started on the vitamins he recommended, as well as continuing with the multiples I take daily, and my sister (our familial homeopathic guru) immediately started me on turmeric.

Now, to say I feel way different since taking it, I have no idea, but I definitely haven't gotten any more ill than I was when I arrived.

Alicia uses turmeric to help her with inflammation from fibromyalgia and, it seems to work very well for that.

This is the first time I've seen a break down of all the things it's good to use for.

Thanks so much! Excellent hub!

femme


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Hyphenbird 3 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi Femme. It is so great to see you. I firmly believe in natural remedies. I have seen the results for myself. Turmeric is a fabulous treasure and I would never be without it. I am making rice for dinner tonight and shall sprinkle turmeric on it. It can be added to most anything. Let me know how you progress. I am so glad this was informational for you. Thanks.


Vickiw 3 years ago

Hello Hyphenbird, I found your article very interesting. I have always used a lot of turmeric in cooking, as I grew up with lots of curries and other spicy foods. Love your research, and it inspires me to do more of that, and incorporate turmeric into my daily life even more!


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Hyphenbird 3 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello Vickiw. Thanks for stopping by. I did not grow up eating foods with herbs and spice other than the common ones. When I discovered turmeric, I fell in love. When I learned the health benefits I knew it would become a favorite. I sprinkle it on most everything including salads. I am so pleased you found my article helpful. Enjoy your new healthier life!


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superfly47 3 years ago from Canada

That small herb sure is more powerful than it appears.


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Hyphenbird 3 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello superfly. Yes, turmeric is indeed a surprising little herb. It makes such a huge difference in my own health. Thanks for stopping by.


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SubRon7 3 years ago from eastern North Dakota

Wow, Hyphenbird, you got a lot of feedback from that one article. You might recognize me as SubRon7. I often saw your profile pic around HubPages, quite often on MaggieMay's and probably on SunnieDay's too. I didn't actively seek followers on HubPages and now I've moved on. However, I still have an account. So I don't forget, I've dealt with Uveitis most of my adult life, and now that I know Turmeric might be good for it I will definitely do some more research on it.

Some time ago Sunnie put me and my works on her Pen-to-page website. Yesterday she contacted me for a followup and redoing, as she saw a video I put out, probably at google. This morning I read again that page she put up for me, enjoyed reading my own writing (Ha!Ha!) and saw at the end the very kind comment from you, Brenda. So I wrote back to Sunnie (I thought your profile name was Mockingbird. She straightened me out.)

So, thank you for that very kind comment, Brenda!

James W. Nelson


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poetryman6969 22 months ago

It is interesting how many of the spices we used to preserve food, or cover spoiled flavors or orders, or to add taste to the tasteless wind up being very good for us indeed.


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Hyphenbird 22 months ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Yes, I also find that intriguing poetryman. I love most spices and herbs and use them daily.

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