Health Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric is a spice that grows on shrubs in tropical parts of Asia and in India. The roots of the plants are ground up to make the spice. Long known for its anti-inflammatory properties, recent research has revealed that turmeric is a natural wonder, proving beneficial in the treatment of many different health conditions from cancer to Alzheimer's disease.

Here are 15 reasons to add turmeric to your diet:

  1. It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.
  2. When combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer.
  3. Prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in mice.
  4. Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.
  5. Naturally detoxifies the liver.
  6. May prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain.
  7. May prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer.
  8. It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.
  9. Has shown promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice.
  10. Is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.
  11. May aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management.
  12. Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.
  13. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  14. Speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin.
  15. May help in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.