Issue 169  February 1, 2016


Turmeric has been revered in India for many years. It has been used medicinally and as a food in traditional Indian and Asian dishes. It  is a bright, yellowish-green spice that comes from a root and is a relative to ginger. The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin.

According to Indian Aurveda system of herbal medicine, turmeric in strengthening and warming to the whole body. Traditional uses include: to improve digestion and intestinal flora, relieve gas and eliminate worms, to cleanse and strengthen liver and gallbladder, for cough and asthma, to normalize menstruation, relief of arthritis and swelling, promote proper metabolism, for local application on sprains, burns, cuts, bruises, insect bites and itches.

Unfortunately, turmeric did not become popular in western herbalism until the late 20th century. Neither Dr. Christopher nor Jethro Kloss mentions much use of turmeric. Serious research on turmeric began in Germany in the early 1920's.  From this and other studies, we have found numerous benefits of this valuable herb.

Inflammation is known to be one of the leading causes of cancer, heart problems, and chronic pain. Chronic inflammation stresses and ages the body. When the body is inflamed there are free radicals that steal from healthy skin cells trying to stabilize. This causes wrinkles and decreases the ability of the brain to function properly. Studies are showing curcumin to be as effective as pharmaceutical drugs that are marketed as anti-inflammatory remedies. It is considered one of nature's strongest anti-inflammatory plants.  

Curcumin supplements are also being studied for their effectiveness on cancer. Inflammation has been known to be the beginning stages that can cause cancer and because turmeric is such a strong anti-inflammatory agent, it can really help reduce the risk of cancer. Preliminary studies done on animals are showing that curcuminoids help halt the growth of blood vessels that are in tumors which stops the spread of cancer. 

Turmeric has been found to help reduce and prevent Alzheimer’s. The curcumins found in turmeric have been found to break down the plaque that builds up causing Alzheimer's. Scientists have also found that the brain needs a growth hormone to function properly and turmeric can help to increase the level of this hormone which can help brain function. 

Even if you only suffer from mild depression or mood swings, turmeric can help boost your mood. The health industry is coming out with more and more drinks that include turmeric as people are beginning to realize its amazing benefits. Turmeric has been shown in scientific studies to have as powerful of an effect as Prozac in treating depression. The reason that turmeric helps boost the mood so much is that it releases the hormones in the brain that makes us feel good. These hormones are called dopamine and serotonin. 

Heart disease is still the leading cause of death in the United States and it can be caused by inflammation and poor blood circulation. Fortunately, turmeric is a root that allows the blood to flow better by improving the health of the blood vessels. Essentially, the root will help the lining of the blood vessels and this can reduce heart attacks, blood clots, and other heart diseases. Because so many people suffer with blood pressure issues, curcumin can be an easy and effective way to help lower high blood pressure and reduce hypertension.

Arthritis is, essentially, inflammation to an extreme degree as it causes pain in the joints and muscles. An alkaline diet can help to lower the inflammation and turmeric is a great way to bolster one's diet. Turmeric, like ginger, is a healing root that will help calm the inflammation that causes joint pain, although, the results will not be instantaneous and you need to let the supplement take effect over time. These results are already proven to be more effective than anti-inflammatory drugs that have undesirable side effects.

Besides the above, turmeric is also said to be anti-aging and strengthens the immune system. It certainly has been used for many conditions and is showing to be a very remarkable herb, so I recommend you adding it to your diet.

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1 teaspoon dried ginger or fresh
Sprinkle of black pepper (it activates the curcumin)
Honey to taste

Place milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Add turmeric, ginger, and pepper. Let the milk begin to simmer, stir for one minute. Cover and turn off heat. Let sit for 10 minutes, then strain milk through strainer if you have used fresh ingredients. Serve warm and enjoy.
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