We have used turmeric in our family for many years for its natural anti-inflammatory properties.
This spice is often referred to as the queen of spices. It has a sharp taste and it has a beautiful golden colour. It has antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti fungal, antibacterial, ant carcinogenic and ant mutagenic properties.
Studies on cancer cells have shown that curcumin (a naturally occurring chemical compound found in turmeric) has anti-cancer effects. Circumin kills cancer cells and prevents more cells from growing. It appears to have the best effects on stomach, breast and bowel cancer.
Turmeric is known to ease arthritic pain as well as preventing and fighting certain cancers. Researchers have found that active components in turmeric makes it work against radiation induced tumors. It also has an effect against T-cell leukaemia and breast carcinomas. One of our members takes 1 teaspoon of turmeric with Manuka honey every day after being treated for cancer.
Turmeric can also help reduce cholesterol levels, aid with the treatment of diabetes by helping to moderate insulin levels and it can even help to heal wounds because it is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent. It is also known to stimulate the body’s immune system so it could lesson the change of coughs and colds.
Curcumin is a component of turmeric that helped a dying woman win her fight against cancer.
In July 2017 the Daily Mail published an article about a dying woman who turned to turmeric to help her fight cancer…and she appears to have won the battle.
As a result, the case made the pages of the British Medical Journal because it appeared to be keeping her cancer at bay.
The woman was taking 8g of curcumin in tablet form daily.
If you are pregnant or taking other medicines, you should seek the advice of your GP before consuming.
Although turmeric is perhaps most famous for its role as a culinary herb, the presence of curcumin means that it has also been traditionally used in a medicinal capacity to treat a number of conditions.
It is believed to inhibit the activity of a number of inflammatory mediators in the body, and because of this ability, it is popularly chosen to support joint function. In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties, curcumin is known to scavenge free radicals, which may help to protect cells and DNA from oxidative damage.
In our house, we no longer use headache tablets. Usually one or two turmeric capsules taken for pain relief should ease any discomfort.
There are different turmeric capsules to suit everyone.
Turmeric has many healthy nutrients including:
- Vitamin C
- Dietary Fiber
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
There are however some side effects if you exceed the recommended daily dose of 1 to 3 grams a day of turmeric:
- Increased risk of bleeding
- Increased liver function tests
- Hyperactive gallbladder contractions
- Hypotension (lowered blood pressure)
- Uterine contractions in pregnant women
- Increased menstrual flow
How should I take Turmeric:
- Cuts and burns: sprinkle the powder onto the affected area. It will help to speed up the healing process.
- 2 tea spoons in warm boiled water daily.
- One to two capsules a day for pain relief (always read instructions on the bottle).
- Cough or cold: 1 teaspoon in hot milk or water should speed things up.
- 1 tea spoon in warm boiled water and 1 tea spoon of Manuka honey.
- One to two capsules a day (always read the label).
How should I take Curcumin:
- Take one to two capsules daily as a food supplement or as directed by a healthcare professional.
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