Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Turmeric Spice Health Benefits Curcuma longa

Turmeric Spice Health Benefits - Curcuma longa

Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant and has a tough brown skin and a deep orange flesh. Turmeric has long been used as a powerful anti-inflammatory in both the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine. Turmeric was traditionally called Indian saffron because of its deep yellow-orange color and has been used throughout history as a condiment, healing remedy and textile dye.

Indian systems of medicine has extensive use of Turmeric as an anti-inflammatory agent to treat a wide variety of conditions, including flatulence, jaundice, menstrual difficulties, bloody urine, hemorrhage, toothache, bruises, chest pain, and colic.

In most of the Indian homes, Turmeric is used in cokking almost on a day to day basis. Hindu followers also use Turmeric in religious activities and is considered auspicious.

According to the Medical College of Georgia researchers report, Turmeric, the powerful element of the Indian curry spice, may help lower down the size of a hemorrhagic stroke.

Health Benefits of Turmeric: -

Here are some of the Health Benefits of Turmeric based on the studies done - source of this is the same link as above.

A Potent, Yet Safe Anti-Inflammatory
An Effective Treatment for Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Relief for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Help for Cystic Fibrosis Sufferers
Cancer Prevention
Inhibits Cancer Cell Growth and Metastases
Turmeric and Onions May Help Prevent Colon Cancer
Turmeric Teams Up with Cauliflower to Halt Prostate Cancer
Reduce Risk of Childhood Leukemia
Improved Liver Function
Cardiovascular Protection
Turmeric Lowers Cholesterol
Protection against Alzheimer's Disease
Curcumin Crosses Blood-Brain Barrier, May Help Prevent Alzheimer's Disease
Turmeric Boosts Amyloid Plaque Clearance in Human Alzheimer's Patients

Nutritional Profile of Turmeric

Turmeric is an excellent source of both iron and manganese. It is also a good source of vitamin B6, dietary fiber and potassium.

For detailed nutritional profile check:

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