The following information is from an article on www.foodmatters.tv about turmeric and it’s amazing uses. Turmeric is one of those spices that, unless you grew up in a household where you ate it regularly and it wasn’t one of the “weird” ones, chances are that you haven’t even really been exposed to it… which is a shame, because it’s amazing flavour (which is caused by its active ingredient, curcumin) has a distinctly earthy, slightly bitter, slightly hot peppery flavor and a mustard-like smell. Curcumin may treat ailments such as cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, allergies, arthritic and more chronic illnesses than you can even imagine. In short, turmeric is one of those things that, if you are NOT eating it, you SHOULD be!!
“Turmeric is one the most thoroughly researched plants in existence today. Its medicinal properties and components (primarily curcumin) have been the subject of over 5600 peer-reviewed and published biomedical studies. In fact, our five-year long research project on this sacred plant has revealed over 600 potential preventive and therapeutic applications, as well as 175 distinct beneficial physiological effects.
Another way in which turmeric and its components reveal their remarkable therapeutic properties is in research on drug resistant- and multi-drug resistant cancers. We have found no less than 54 studies indicating that curcumin can induce cell death or sensitize drug-resistant cancer cell lines to conventional treatment. We have identified 27 studies on curcumin’s ability to either induce cell death or sensitize multi-drug resistant cancer cell lines to conventional treatment.
Considering how strong a track record turmeric (curcumin) has, having been used as both food and medicine in a wide range of cultures, for thousands of years, a strong argument can be made for using curcumin as a drug alternative or adjuvant in cancer treatment.”
So then what does this all mean? Use turmeric regularly! Use it in anything and everything! Prevention is so important to leading a healthy life. Try using certified organic (non-irradiated) turmeric in lower culinary doses on a daily basis, so that large, heroic doses won’t be necessary later in life after a serious disease sets in.
Nourishing yourself and your body, rather than self-medicating with ‘nutraceuticals,’ should be the goal of a healthy diet.