HEALTH - Turmeric ( a preventive home remedy )

Botanical name: Curcuma longa Linn.

Family name: Zingiberaceae.

Turmeric is also known as golden spice of India.

Turmeric is used for thousands of years as a safe anti-inflammatory in many ailments as part of Indian traditional medicine. Traditionally, turmeric is used to stimulate appetite, lower cholesterol, treat arthritis, muscle pain, indigestion, liver disease and many other diseases. Turmeric is a known antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic agent.

Indians who include turmeric in their daily diet have the lowest incidence of Alzheimer's disease in the world: 4.4 times lower than that of Americans. Turmeric is a natural one of the best home remedy, readily-available, relatively cheap and is proven safe.


Recent studies revealed that the use of turmeric in medicine to cure even major diseases like cancer, AIDS and also for both Alzheimer's prevention and possible Alzheimer's treatment. Curcumin (Circumin) (3%) is the active ingredient in turmeric, the pigment responsible for turmeric’s yellow color, helps immune cells clear out the plaque build-up that is thought to play a role in Alzheimer’s disease.

Today researchers are finding that curcumin contains natural substances that inhibit the growth of and even actually dissolve the beta amaloid plaques that are the hallmark indicator of Alzheimer's disease. Results of several laboratory studies and studies on rats continue to bear this out and explore how to use it. According to the researchers, “Immune modulation of the innate immune system by curcuminoids might be a safe approach to immune clearance of amyloidosis in the Alzheimer’s disease brain.”


Turmeric is very low in Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Vitamin C and Magnesium, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin B6, Iron, Potassium and Manganese. Current popular estimates recommend consuming about a half-tablespoonful of the spice daily. Turmeric extract should not be taken in some situations, including if you have a bile duct blockage, a blood-clotting disorder, or stomach ulcers (or a history of them and anyone with gallstones except under doctor supervision, and it should not be taken women who are pregnant.

Turmeric has wide range of use in canned beverages, ice-cream, yoghurts, yellow cakes, biscuits, sweets, icings, baked products, dairy products, popcorn-colour, cereals, sauces, gelatins, cosmetic industry, ayurvedic medicines; in addition to its popular use in curries, best-known in Indian and Thai cuisine, and in many other countries. In Japan turmeric tea is a popular item in the city of Okinawa.


Turmeric is also used in the formulation of some sun screens. Turmeric paste cleans skin and beautifies it. It is antiseptic and has healing properties for cuts, burns and prevents and cures pimples.

Regular turmeric use is said to make the skin soft and smooth. It also gives a glow to the skin and produces a fairer complexion. Turmeric is used for spots of pigmentation or blotches that may appear on the skin, and also for diseases like eczema. For complexion, mix turmeric powder, sandalwood, coconut oil and apply this paste over face or the body.

Turmeric is a rich and ample source of iron and useful for anemia.

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