The Health Benefits of Turmeric Are Incredible - Add Some To
Your Daily Diet!

Turmeric Powder The numerous health benefits of Turmeric have been known for many hundreds of years - especially in India, where Ayurvedic medicine has been practiced for centuries.

Ayurveda, an Indian modality that focuses on balancing the energies of the body and is gaining popularity around the world, prescribes hundreds of plant-based "medicines", turmeric being one of the most popular. Turmeric may someday be recognized as one of the most powerful, healing plants on this planet(read more about what turmeric is)!

The active compound in turmeric, curcumin, is largely responsible for the turmeric health benefits (as well as the brilliant orange-yellow color). Add it to your cooked dishes, make a turmeric tea (see preparation instructions below), or buy it in supplement form.

There Are Many Health
Benefits of Turmeric!

  • A potent anti-inflammatory, turmeric has been found to be as effective as NSAIDs (and possibly even steroids) in treating joint pain, joint swelling and stiffness.
  • It is used very effectively to treat osteo-arthritis, tendonitis, and bursitis. Turmeric also is effective in treating many autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and inflammatory bowel disease, in which inflammation is present.
  • Also a potent antioxidant, turmeric reduces the risk of many cancers. Current studies suggest that turmeric may prevent the spread of cancer in people diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • Turmeric has been found to be very effective in treating chronic skin disorders. Many people use turmeric for psoriasis. It may also be useful in treating and /or preventing various skin cancers.
  • Recent studies on rats at UCLA indicate that turmeric may prevent and treat Alzheimer's disease. The curcumin seems to reduce the build-up of plaque and decreases the inflammation of neural tissue - two conditions present in Alzheimer's.
  • Last, but certainly not least, this incredible medicinal plant has been found to be of help to many suffering from depression.

This list of medicinal benefits of turmeric will undoubtedly become longer as research continues. I think we are only just beginning to understand just how amazing this turmeric plant is!

Are There Any
Side Effects of Turmeric?

Turmeric has been consumed safely for centuries. Adverse turmeric side effects are very few - some people who consume large amounts of turmeric daily have reported occasional stomachaches and heartburn. If you are pregnant, taking warafin (Coumadin) or other blood thinners, or have gallstones or other bile duct disorders, it is recommended that you check with your doctor before starting a supplementation program.

What Is The
Recommended Turmeric Dosage?

If you decide to discover for yourself the wonderful health benefits of turmeric by taking turmeric supplements, what you'll really be looking for is curcumin supplements - curcumin is the active compound in turmeric. According to Dr. Andrew Weil, MD, look for whole curcumin (rather than isolated), standardized for 95% curcuminoids. Take 400 - 600mg, two to three times per day. As with most herbal supplements, be patient! It may take at least 2 months to notice results.

Brew A Healthy
Cup of Turmeric Tea!

To make a turmeric tea, add a spoonful of turmeric to a mug of boiling water, steep for a few minutes, and strain. Add some lemon and honey - serve hot, over ice, or at room temperature. You can buy bulk turmeric in health food stores or online at - they also sell curcumin supplements.

Cooking with turmeric is easy and fun. Look online for Indian recipes - they're almost all guaranteed to contain turmeric. Since turmeric is not absorbed well by our GI tracts, it is recommended that you add some black pepper to your turmeric recipe. A compound found in black pepper (piperine) has been found to help absorption.

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If you have not already done so, please read my page on list of healthy food to include in your daily diet.. While the health benefits of turmeric are so great, including other powerhouse foods in your diet is a great part of a healthy lifestyle. And remember to check back often - I am always looking for new information to pass along!

RN, Certified Wellness Coach

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