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Turmeric Powder: The Miracle Healing Kitchen Spice!

Updated on December 26, 2015

Delicious, Affordable, Healthful Turmeric

Turmeric is also known as cucumin.
Turmeric is also known as cucumin. | Source

The humble miracle…

Curcumin, also called Turmeric comes from the root of the turmeric plant, and it has been used in Asian medicine for centuries to treat a variety of illnesses. It is the main component of curry. In recent studies, curry has been found to be effective against arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, ulcers, gallstones, and even cancer.

Ongoing research…

Although there is not complete clinical proof of the beneficial effects of the turmeric, Bharat Aggarwal of UT Houston says the evidence is growing bit by bit as research progresses with both people and animals. Dr. Aggarwal has done a tremendous amount of research into the benefits of curcumin/turmeric.  His studies strongly indicate that the turmeric found in curry can cause the genes that start the development of cancer to shut down.  He says that an initial study in humans may indicate that turmeric can help to stabilize pancreatic cancer. Dr. Aggarwal takes curcumin daily and notes: “The combined rate of the 4 most common cancers in the US—lung, prostate, breast, and colon—is at least 10 times lower in India, where curry(turmeric) is a staple in the diet.” Dr. Aggarwal

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A myriad of benefits…

Aside from it’s benefits in preventing and treating cancer, turmeric extract is well-known as a treatment and preventative for a number of other conditions:

ARTHRITIS: Ayurvedic practitioners have always believed in the healing properties of turmeric. In fact, they have used it to treat arthritis and other inflammatory diseases for many centuries. There are actually over-the-counter supplements for arthritis that contain curcumin.

ALZHEIMER’S: In India, where curry is a staple of the diet, Alzheimer’s is about 4 times less frequently occurring than in the USA. This is according to Gregory Cole who is a researcher at UCLA. Cole’s finding suggest that the turmeric found in curry, may protect the brain from the damage that causes Alzheimer’s.

Other research supports this idea. Although there have been no clinical trials, test tube studies have shown that turmeric can break down toxic deposits of protein that are thought to cause confusion and memory loss in the brains of patient’s with Alzheimer’s. Additionally, a study conducted in Singapore comparing older men who ate significant amounts of curry with those who did not found that those who ate curry did better on memory tests.

UPSET STOMACH: Gallstone prevention/bile flow stimulant: The fact that there are fewer cases of gallstones in India than in the US may be attributable to the extensive use of turmeric. It seems that turmeric stimulates the gall bladder and encourages bile flow, thereby discouraging gallstones. Additionally, in Ayurvedic medicine, curry has been a standby for treating stomach maladies such as heartburn and indigestion. Turmeric may help treat and prevent stomach ulcers.

WEIGHT LOSS: Curry/turmeric also increases the metabolism and helps with weight loss.

How to Select Turmeric Root

Add turmeric to your diet in many ways…

Luckily, it is delicious and easy to add turmeric to your diet. You can use fresh roots or curry powder, but for the most benefit, convenience, and a milder flavor try pure turmeric powder. Turmeric is a bright, attractive yellow and has a gentle musky, earthy scent. It’s flavor is slightly bitter and pungent. You can use turmeric powder in any recipe that calls for curry, but you will find it is not quite as hot and spicy as curry. There are many good recipes to follow, and it is a great spice to have on hand in your kitchen for a number of things. It can add flavor and interest to a wide variety of food.

Here are a few simple ideas that you can use every day:

  • Add a teaspoon of turmeric extract with a flavorful, natural oil or butter to your rice while it is cooking.
  • Add a few dashes to V8 or tomato juice or tomato soup.
  • Add turmeric to any chicken recipe for a boost of flavor.
  • If you like to have a cup of warm milk before bed, try adding turmeric to taste as it is heating.


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Searching TURMERIC POWDER on You Tube yields a lot more recipes and instructions on using turmeric every day in your kitchen!

Copyright: SuzanneBennett: October 22, 2009

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  • PegCole17 profile image

    Peg Cole 

    23 months ago from Dallas, Texas

    Helpful information here about natural remedies. Thanks for sharing these different ways to use the spice. My sister has seen good results in reducing the swelling in her arm with daily use of the capsules. Pinned this to my Home Remedies board.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    4 years ago from Texas

    I'll bet that is a healthy way to start the day. How does it taste?

    Thanks for reading, commenting and voting! :)

  • dghbrh profile image

    deergha 

    4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

    In India Turmeric is used in almost every dishes. As been already said my sweetie1 above its well known for its healing capacity and the medicinal uses in Ayurveda since a long time. A piece o f Raw Turmeric eaten in the morning is believed to be very useful for numerous reasons for a better health since long time. Thank you for this useful share. Sharing and votes way up.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    4 years ago from Texas

    Many thanks!

  • Shyron E Shenko profile image

    Shyron E Shenko 

    4 years ago from Texas

    Suzanne, thank you for researching and writing on this. I have curcurmin every day.

    Voted up U/A/B/I, shared and pinned.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    5 years ago from Texas

    Thanks! Just one more reason to eat more Indian food! :)

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    sweetie1 

    5 years ago from India

    Suzzane, Turmeric is extensively used in Indian cooking and is supposed to have many healing properties and has been highly praised in Ayurveda. Very informative hub. Voting up and sharing.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    5 years ago from Texas

    Many thanks! :)

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    Peggy Woods 

    5 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Great...will now pin this article.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    5 years ago from Texas

    Many thanks! Photo added! :)

  • Peggy W profile image

    Peggy Woods 

    5 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Was going to pin this to my health related subjects board but see that you have no photo. Would have made a nice addition!

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    5 years ago from Texas

    Excellent! Thanks! :)

  • Peggy W profile image

    Peggy Woods 

    5 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Hi Suzanne,

    We have also been hearing about the wonders of incorporating more turmeric into our diets. We take a capsule daily and also use the powdered spice in more and more of our dishes. UUI votes and tweeting this hub.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    6 years ago from Texas

    I actually prefer curry to turmeric, and the extra spices in curry are also good for you! I use curry in all kinds of things. Turmeric can be sneaked into a number of things, too (e.g. rice, eggs, cabbage, cauliflower, it's already in cheap yellow mustard). You certainly don't have to have it in milk! :D

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    Even if I drank milk I'm not sure I could to the tumeric in it, but we are trying to incorporate turmeric into our diets. Thanks for more info on this spice!

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    8 years ago from Texas

    Thanks, Green Lotus! Yes, I am really enjoying curry these days. I never used it before, but I have convinced myself! ;D

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    Hillary 

    8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

    I always thought tumeric had healing properties but never really looked into it, so this info is great! I do cook a lot of curry dishes and use tumeric regularly.I also keep my bleach stick handy to clean the corian countertop! :) Thanks for the information!

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    Karen Ellis 

    8 years ago from Central Oregon

    Great info. I've been taking turmeric capsules for a while, but am not sure how much to take to receive the benefits. I you know, leave me a message. Thanks.

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