Turmeric is a plant (or root) from the ginger family native to South Asia. It grows wild in the forests of South and Southeast Asia and is one of the key ingredients in many Asian dishes. This golden-colored spice is, however, a very potent natural anti-inflammatory food, that also improves liver and kidney function. Turmeric can be taken in pill form or made into a paste that can be applied directly to an area of the body that is experiencing pain.
The best part of this natural pain-killer is that there are no side effects! It’s a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent–useful in disinfecting cuts and burns. When combined with cauliflower, it has been shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer.
Turmeric is also known to reduce the risk of childhood leukemia, stop growth of new blood vessels in tumors, speed up wound healing and assist in the remodeling of damaged skin as well as prevent breast cancer from spreading to the lungs (when tested on mice).
Aside from all of these known health benefits, Turmeric is currently being studied due to the belief that it can help treat psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions, aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management, and treat pancreatic cancer. This “miracle root” has recently been shown to have many beneficial effects on myeloma patients.
Turmeric offers something for everyone. So why not go your local health food store today and pick up a bottle today?
by Chelsey Charbeneau CYT, E-RYT
Certified yoga therapist and registered yoga instructor
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