My husband and I consider ourselves to be foodies.
Our best times are in the kitchen exploring some new cook book or recipe or creating something interesting from scratch just on what we’ve learned over the years.
It is always surprising what you can learn about the foods that are available in different seasons and how they actually grow at just the right time to be harvested for when we actually might need them e.g. oranges are available in late autumn and during winter because when it is cold, our bodies are more susceptible to colds and flu and vitamin C is a good cold and flu fighter.
I recently read an article that stated cancer rates in India are lower than those in our Western countries and I was intrigued.
According to the United States National Cancer Institue, the role of turmeric (curcumin) is particular interesting in the prevention of cancer and turmeric is a common ingredient used in Indian curries.
The bright yellow colour of Turmeric is due to the chemical compound curcumin found in the root.
Curcumin has many benefits and has been used throughout the ages by many civilizations who understood the varied benefits of the plant. From stomach pain to treating sprains and swelling, Turmeric has earned itself the title of miracle spice.
It grows in tropical regions of Asia and Nizamabad is the Indian city that trades and produces Turmeric in large volumes.
Also known as Indian Saffron in Europe, it is alternative to saffron spice which carries a very high price tag.
Curcumin is thought to benefit most of the bodies organs, especially the heart, liver, stomach and skin and has been useful in fighting many of our modern illnesses – some benefits of Turmeric Curcumin are:
- According to studies, Turmeric can prevent the flow of blood to cancer cells, effectively killing the cancer cells. Cancers that it has been most successful in fighting are breast cancer, prostate and colon cancer. Curcumin is in use in Weill Medical College and in New York Presbyterian hospital. It has been classified as a prospective chemo-preventive agent for cancer.
- Indian people have been using Turmeric as a cure for stomach conditions for centuries.
- It is used as an antiseptic treatment for cuts and burns.
- A proven detoxifier, Turmeric helps in preventing the formation of gall stones.
- Anti-inflammatory benefits for people who suffer from rheumatism and arthritis.
- Turmeric can help remove Amyloid plaque from the brain which is an Alzheimer stimulant. Turmeric can slow the progression of Alzheimer’s down.
- As an antioxidant curcumin can modulate over 700 genes and can stop the enzymes that cause inflammation. It can prevent free radical damage to cells. These antioxidants are said to be far more powerful than Vitamin C and up to eight times more powerful than vitamin E.
- For people who suffer from migraine attacks, curcumin has been found to reduce the production TNF which activates neurons, neuroinflammation and pain caused by migraines.
- Used in combination with Resveratrol, curcumin can treat HPV+ which is a HPV positive oropharyngeal cancer. It is common amongst adults and normally transitted through sexual interaction but smokers can also contract it.
- A study published in Nutrition Journal recommended curcumin for cardiovascular care. It was found to reduce cholesterol levels in patients.
We all know the saying that prevention is better than cure and I would say that whether you suffer from any of the illnesses or issues mentioned above not the health benefits of this amazing plant are certainly worth investigating and the use of them may stay the diseases that we are increasingly finding our species becoming susceptible to.