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Possible Health Benefits of Turmeric

Updated on January 21, 2012

My Skin Cancer Diagnosis

Recently, I was diagnosed with an invasive carcinoma on the side of my nose. It is a small spot that is hardly noticeable. However, it never seemed to go away completely and had a slight aggrevating pain to it. At first, I thought it was a clogged pore that kept coming and going. After about 8 months, I figured it was time to get it checked out. Oops! After scheduling for my Mohs surgery, I thought I would google for some information on skin cancer so I could get a better understanding of it. I've always had an interest in health and nutrition and during my search, I just happened to stumble onto a number of articles telling about the health benefits of Turmeric. As I learn more, I believe that adding a little of this spice to my diet wouldn't hurt.

Being open minded, I thought I would be a little creative with the healing benefits of Turmeric. The other day, I mixed a dab of honey and turmeric powder into a paste and rubbed a little on my nose, let it set a minute, then washed it off. Hey! It couldn't hurt. I went about my day going to the auto parts store with my boyfriend later on in the afternoon. As we were driving back, I thought it was a about that time to check my face in the car mirror. As I was viewing my face in the mirror, my boyfriend commented,"Did you rub turmeric on your nose? It looks a little yellow.

Thanks sweatheart - for letting me know!

Turmeric powder ground from the root of the plant
Turmeric powder ground from the root of the plant

Turmeric Tidbits

Turmeric is one of the main spices frequently used in India. It is among many of the specific herbs and spices used for medicinal purposes. One of the oldest forms of medicine originated and practiced here is Ayruvedic Medicine which means "the science of life." It focuses on the balance of mind, body, and spirit to prevent and treat illness and disease. The active component found in turmeric is known as curcumin, an antioxident. It helps fight free radicals that can damage healthy cells in the body. Curcumin has been found in some studies to cause cancerous cells to die without affecting the healthy cells. In order to get it's full benefits, it is best to be combined with other herbs and nutrients. When taking a suppliment, it should contain 95% pure curcumin extract at about 50mg. The substance piperine, found in black pepper, can increase curcumins absorption rate by up to 2000% when combined together. Along with the possibilities of helping the fight of cancer, turmeric has many other possible health benefits. Here are just a few it may help:

  • Alzheimer's
  • healing wounds
  • skin problems - acne
  • lower cholesterol
  • improve memory
  • fight cancer
  • weight loss
  • treatment of depression
  • stomach problems
  • scar removal

Turmeric Tea with Honey
Turmeric Tea with Honey

Recipe for Turmeric Tea

If you like a little spicey flavor, you will love this recipe. Suprisingly, it makes a tasty refreshing beverage that can be served hot or cold. Following this boiling process separates the healthy compound of the curcumin found in the turmeric.

Boil 4 cups of water in a small sauce pan. Once it boils, drop in 1 tsp. Turmeric powder and 2-4 peppercorns. Reduce heat to simmer for about 10 minutes. Add honey to taste and garnish with a fresh sprig of mint. Makes 2-4 servings.


As with any ingredients or suppliments you add to your diet, it is always best to consult your physician first. There can be possibilies of side effects. Everything should be taken in moderation. According to research, if you are pregnant or have any form of heart condition you should not take turmeric. If you are presently on chemotherapy, it can inhibit the treatment.

If you find the possibilities of turmeric fastenating, I would highly recommend that you also take a closer look at this unique and flavorful spice. I would not recommend applying it directly to your skin in its natural form. It has a tendancy to turn things yellow.



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    • Ben Zoltak profile image

      Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Craziness, hope your nose is better! I use a lot of curry and have been unsure of using much turmeric. Can't wait to try the tea! Love it.


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      liljen23 7 years ago from Shreveport,LA

      That tea looks good.. Great hub..Thumbs up..

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      jimmar 7 years ago

      Nice! Any other recipe suggestions? or may cosmetic suggestions??