According to Ayurvedic physician Dr Vasant, co-author of Ayurvedic Cooking for Self-Healing
(Ayurveda Press), ‘Turmeric is the best medicine in Ayurveda, it cures the whole person.’ And other medical researchers confirm that turmeric (Curcuma longa
) contains compounds that have powerful anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antibacterial properties. Turmeric’s active ingredient is curcumin, an anti-oxidant compound that protects the body’s cells from damage caused by molecules known as free radicals (free radicals make your body age more quickly).
Researchers studying the effects of curcumin in relation to Alzheimer’s disease noted that elderly people living in India, where lots of turmeric is consumed, experienced a far lower rate of the disease than their contemporaries in the western world. It appears that turmeric helps block the plaques and proteins that can cause brain disease.
As an anti-inflammatory pain reliever, curcumin has far fewer side-effects than commonly used over-the-counter pain relievers.
Turmeric is approved by Germany’s Commission E to treat dyspepsia (upset stomach) and loss of appetite. It’s also prescribed to relieve inflammation caused by rheumatism and arthritis, muscle sprains, swelling and pain caused by injuries or surgery.
Early studies indicate that curcumin extract may inhibit the growth of certain types of cancer cells. Although research is still inconclusive, turmeric may help lower cholesterol levels and prevent build-up in your arteries.
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