When Dr. David Frawley, Founder of the American Institute for Vedic Studies, was asked what he considers to be the one single herb that can be relied upon to help cover all possible health and dietary needs, he named turmeric without hesitation.
It’s all yellow
This humble bright yellow spice ? a relative of the Ginger plant ? has been used for its medicinal properties for centuries to treat an array of health problems including digestive disorders, liver problems, and skin diseases. It has also been proven effective in stimulating bile flow ? making it very beneficial for people suffering from both digestive and gall bladder problems.
In more recent years, turmeric’s effectiveness against diabetes has been proven, and in a recent Swedish study the researchers found that turmeric can have a significant impact on the production of insulin in those suffering with diabetes.
The numerous health benefits linked to turmeric are the result of the antioxidant power of curcumin ? the compound that gives turmeric its bright yellow colour.
These antioxidants ? known as curcuminoids ? have been shown to be key nutrients in:
- Supporting memory function
- Promoting heart health
- Boosting immunity
Turmeric has also been considered a ‘skin food’ in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years and has been proven to be beneficial in:
- Cleansing the skin and maintaining its elasticity
- Providing nourishment to the skin
- Balancing the effects of skin flora (microorganisms living on the skin)
In fact, Indian women have been using a turmeric and ginger tea as an exfoliant and cleanser for centuries to help heal and prevent dry skin, slow ageing, diminish wrinkles and improve the skin’s elasticity.
Apart from the powerful healing properties of turmeric there are extraordinary spices and healing plants that the mainstream don’t promote as effective alternative remedies that could help fight heart disease, high cholesterol, insomnia, asthma, menopause symptoms, depression, headaches, swine flu, liver disease and erectile dysfunction.
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Are You Ready to Add More Spice to Your Life and Your Health, by Dr. Mercola, published online 30.07.09, organicindia.mercola.com