What’s So Good About Turmeric?

Turmeric (Curcumin)

Turmeric

Well, to begin with it’s the best natural anti-inflammatory I have found. But for some, that’s just not the case I guess.

I found a wonderful resource on-line that tells all the benefits of this wonder spice that I’m sharing here for you to go to. ¬†At the same time, I’m listing it’s top 7 benefits:

  1. Antioxidant
  2. Anti-Inflammatory
  3. Heart Health
  4. Slows the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease
  5. Natural Painkiller
  6. Skin Health
  7. Cancer Fighter

I can only say, that in January, one of my good friends gave me a recipe she received from her cousin. Within 3 days this recipe helped me stop using pain killers for my hands. I now only use pain killers when it’s absolutely necessary (yes there are times). My Turmeric Recipe is up on my blog under the Recipes menu item. You can go there to see and copy it for your own use.

Over the past few months I have discovered several sites that espouse the virtues of using this spice either internally or externally for your health and healing.

I mainly use his super spice in a tea latte, but doesn’t have to be taken this way, it can be used in recipes, made up in a salve type solution to help heal wounds, can be added to smoothies, or tonics. It can also be taken as a supplement in various dosage sizes. I keep turmeric capsules in my cupboard in case I don’t want to make a tea. It’s also in a supplement I’ve recently obtained through my Naturopathic Doctor in a product called Infla-guard, which is a combination of Boswellia, Turmeric, and Devils Claw to help with the extreme pain I’ve been experiencing in my hands. It helps that I’m not using any “chemicals” (at the moment) to reduce the swelling and pain.

It is suggested that turmeric only be taken up to 600 mg 3 times per day due to the possibility of stomach upset. I’ve not experienced that, but I do watch how much I ingest in a day.

As for taste. It’s not the most pleasant tasting spice, but if made correctly, you won’t even notice the taste. Making my tea latte, I blend it with ginger, mace, cloves, coconut oil, a teaspoon of my turmeric recipe and a touch of maple syrup. This recipe is so much like the “bulletproof coffee” recipe by Dave Asprey, without the coffee! This latte is a regular for me – usually twice a day. For the remaining amount of turmeric for the day it will either come in capsule form, or in one of my recipes.

With my Rheumatoid Arthritis, it’s best for me to try to keep ahead of any pain if at all possible. Turmeric has been my saviour and I’ll continue to use it as long as it works for me.