Thursday, January 13, 2011
Some info I just came accross, http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/20-health-benefits-of-turmeric.html
Here are 20 reasons to add turmeric to your diet:
1. It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.
2. When combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer.
3. Prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in mice.
4. May prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to commit suicide.
5. Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.
6. Is a natural liver detoxifier.
7. May prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain.
8. May prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer.
9. It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.
10. Has shown promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice.
11. Is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.
12. May aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management.
13. Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.
14. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
15. Boosts the effects of chemo drug paclitaxel and reduces its side effects.
16. Promising studies are underway on the effects of turmeric on pancreatic cancer.
17. Studies are ongoing in the positive effects of turmeric on multiple myeloma.
18. Has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumors.
19. Speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin.
20. May help in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.
Wow. I'm shocked. That's a lot of health benifits for a herb..or is it a spice? I never use it. How do you use it?
I add a pinch to my chicken soup to make it more yellow.
Infuse 1 cup of light olive oil or canola oil with 1 teaspn of turmeric for 1-2 hrs . Brush on corn- on- the- cob instead of butter. My personal favorite is to brush it on paninis and veggies before grilling (or oven roasting), instead of bland oil. The color and curry-like aroma of this infusion gives a unique dimension to food without the curry taste.
When sauteeing onions sprinkle with Turmeric. It adds a nice color, unique flavor and health benefits, too.
Tumeric Dusted Pan Fried Okra; Slice the okra lengthwise, dust with tumeric,pan fry till crisp sprinkle with seasalt ,eat hot if possible; so good!
Moroccan Chickpea Stew
(This turmeric inspiration was found here )
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