While growing up, I remember my parents using this dark orange-yellowish powder that they would grab from the kitchen cupboard to stop my cuts and scrapes from bleeding. I remember thinking this powder was some magical fairy dust of some sort that could fix any problem under the sun. Little did I know that this magical powder was turmeric. However, this powder is not “just turmeric.” This powder is an antimicrobial, anti-cancer, Alzheimer’s preventing, obesity fighting, liver detoxifying, pain killer that might as well be called magical fairy dust because it is that amazing. Adding turmeric to your diet will not only make your food taste much better, but will make your body much healthier as well.
To this day, my parents believe turmeric is one of the best ingredients to add to any savory dish, and they are absolutely right. Turmeric consists of the rhizomes of a plant belonging to the ginger family. The active ingredient in turmeric is called curcumin. Turmeric was originally used as a dye in India over 2000 years ago and has only recently been proven to have potent medicinal effects when ingested or even applied topically. Since it has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects, sprinkling turmeric on cuts can help disinfect them, quell the pain, and stop the bleeding. It can also help with psoriasis and other inflammatory skin diseases as well. Internally, turmeric can help with such problems as irritable bowel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis since they are all essentially associated with inflammation. Turmeric also helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease by removing plaque deposits in the brain. For those of you trying to lose weight, turmeric has been shown to aid in weight loss by increasing fat metabolism. The most impressive effect of turmeric though has to be its ability to prevent tumor growth and metastasis, which is the spreading of localized cancer to other parts of the body. Whether it is prostate, breast, lung, or even skin cancer, turmeric has shown amazing results in inhibiting the growth of blood vessels for masses of abnormal cells to thrive on. Without any blood vessels to provide nutrients to these cancerous cells, they cannot grow let alone spread. For people who have already developed cancer, turmeric has been shown to slow its progression, and even enhance the effects of chemotherapy.
For something that is so cheap, readily available and beneficial to your health, it would be a shame not to try this “magical powder.” Turmeric comes in both powder and pill form, so if you don’t like the taste, which is highly unlikely, you have another option. I like to sprinkle turmeric on my salad with some lemon because it is just as tasty as dressing without all the oil and calories. Turmeric can be found at almost any market or health food store and I promise, you will be happy you tried it. Thanks for reading, this has been your dose of Vitamin Jas.