Friday, 22 July 2011

Turmeric 'The Spice of Life'

Whilst watching a very interesting programme on health, they stated that in India there are very low cases of Alzheimer’s due to the fact that Indian cuisine uses a large amount of Turmeric.
Turmeric is an anti-oxidant as well as an anti-inflammatory so this really explain why this is so great for your body because Turmeric helps the body fight free-radicals and as a chemical to reduce inflammation in the body such as when joints become inflamed through arthritis.
The ingredient of Curcumin in Turmeric is thought to stop the spread of amyloid plaques in the brain, these plaques cause the degeneration of the wiring of brain cells which leads to Alzheimer’s.  Turmeric in Indian old medical lore is known as the ‘spice of life’ and not only has been recognised as preventing Alzheimer’s but amazingly it can help with reducing cancer by  inhibiting the growth of lymphoma tumour cells  and reduces inflammation in arthritis suffers.
Turmeric relieves digestive problems such as flatulence and indigestion with taking ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder mixed with one cup of boiling water or hot milk half an hour after a meal to reduce these symptoms.  Eating slower during your meal will reduce gulping in air which can cause indigestion and flatulence. .   In Asia it is used for gastric disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome because of its anti-inflammatory properties
As well as all of the above Turmeric can protect the cardiovascular system so prevents heart disease and is known to reduce blood cholesterol.
In South East Asia where Turmeric naturally grows it is used as anti-septic for burns, cuts and bruises due to its anti-bacterial property. Place Turmeric powder directly to the area, cover and bandage, leave for 24 hours.   
So even if you are not into Indian cuisine, it is easy to add this great ‘spice of life’ to your diet through simply adding it to rice, sprinkled over roast potatoes before cooking, adding to vingarettes, add to your favourite tomato chutney recipe, mix it into mayonnaise or sprinkle come into your spaghetti bolognaise, or try the liver tonic recipe below so there is really no excuse to moving to a more healthier you.
With knowledge comes power they say and this is a very powerful spice for the body.  So tell everyone you know because I am personally going to place this spice on the daily diet list.
I find it mind blowing that the people before us have such a knowing and connection between mind, body and spirit which I think in the modern world we have lost but it is so exciting regaining this knowledge back such as the simply rhizome turmeric having so much healing power simply amazing.
This website below gives you a lot more information on Turmeric and is well worth the read
Turmeric is a rhizome that grows wild in the forest of South East Asia; it is a bright yellow colour when powdered and has a warm aromatic flavour with a pungent bitter yet musky undertone.  This spice generally reaches the western world in powder form and should be kept in a cool, dark, dry space even though over time the colour will remain vivid, the flavour will deterate so it is best to buy small amounts and often.
LIVER TONIC RECIPE
¼ teaspoons of turmeric powder add to one cup of boiling water or hot milk have ½ hour before meal times so three times a day.  Add honey if wish to have a sweet milky drink.
Great for general good health, cancer preventive, arthritis, cardiovascular system and Alzheimer’s preventive and many more benefits.   

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