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BECOME ADDICTED TO TURMERIC 1024 1024 Delphine Remy | Holistic Nutrition & Eating Psychology Coach

Turmeric belongs to the ginger family and has been used in East India and the Middle East for thousands of years to fight and potentially reverse damage caused by disease. Today, it is one of the most powerful spices in the world in terms of healing. The healing properties of turmeric have been documented in thousands of peer-reviewed articles and studies. Needless to say this puts Turmeric at the top of the list of most mentioned medicinal herbs in medical and scientific studies.

Depression : Move over Prozac
As mentioned above, Turmeric has been used for centuries in Eastern medicine but recent studies show that curcumin, the active ingredient in Turmeric, has anti-depressant powers. While exercise is still recommended as the most effective treatment for mild to moderate depression, curcumin helps balance serotonin, dopamine, glutamate and noradrenaline hormones.

Rheumatoid Arthritis : How does Turmeric work?
The curcumin in Turmeric works by counteracting the negative effects of chronic inflammation and Rheumatoid Arthritis because it has powerful anti-inflammatory and pain reducing characteristics.

A research study was conducted on volunteer patients to study the effects of turmeric as treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis. The patients were broken up into 3 groups. Group 1 receiving curcumin only, Group 2 receiving diclofenac sodium only and Group 3 receiving a combination of both. Group 1 showed the highest level of improvement across the board and was found to be a safe form of treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis with no adverse effects.

To treat Rheumatoid Arthritis at home, take turmeric and ginger capsules to relieve inflammation and swelling. The herbs can also be brewed into a tea by boiling 1 inch of each herb for 15-20 minutes. Remove the herbs and add honey to sweeten.

A powerful painkiller indeed
An all-round super useful pain suppressor. Turmeric has been known to be used for nausea, headaches, menstrual cramps and muscle soreness. For centuries people have used turmeric as a natural pain reliever to relieve inflammation and the good news is it doesn’t have the nasty side effects of other commonly used (and prescribed) pain meds. Turmeric is perfectly safe!

Preventative against Cancer
Not only can turmeric be used as preventative medicine against cancer, it can help fight and treat against it. Many studies have shown that the curcumin can actually stop cancerous cells from dividing and kill cancerous cells without causing negative side effects to the body. Turmeric is able to do this by triggering a process in our body called apoptosis, which is essentially the body’s way of ridding the body of damaged cells via a programmed cell death.

Treating and preventing Diabetes
Diabetes is the number 7 leading cause of death in the United States. Some 29 millions people in the United States suffer with this disease caused by disruptions in our blood sugar levels. If left untreated some of the health complications include heart disease (which is number 1 on the list), stroke, and kidney failure. Diabetics are also known to suffer from oxidative stress which damages the inside of blood vessels. This damage causes build up in the arteries and leads to high cholesterol.
Looking on the bright side — diabetes is very manageable if one can control blood sugar and blood pressure levels. Turmeric is wonderful at decreasing levels of glucose in the blood. In fact, you can find turmeric extract over the counter and use it as a supplement to stabilize blood sugar and manage diabetes. I recommend a more natural approach to treating diabetes as prescribed alternatives have been known to cause serious side effects.

Aiding digestion
As we’ve been learning the digestive process is a complicated and involved one that begins in the mouth. Study up on the digestive process by reading my blog “Back to the Basics : Digestion for Dummies” Because there are so many organs and functions involved in this sensitive process — things can get disrupted easily. Instead of just impulsively reaching for a laxative or Pepo or making crazy changes to your diet, make sure you’re getting enough vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds to aid the digestive process along. Add a tablespoon of turmeric to your food each day to help your digestive process.


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