Tumeric: Leading Crusader Against Disease

July 08, 2013 − by Debrah Zepf, Ph.D. − in Holistic Health − 2 Comments

Once disparangingly called poor man’s saffron, because of its brilliant deep yellow hue, turmeric is now considered Indian Gold. The reason for turmeric’s status as a spice superstart: the good health of the people who eat it daily, and its emerging scientific reputation as on of nature’s most powerful healers.

Turmeric owes its preventive and curative skills to its active ingredient, curcumin. A compound so diverse and powerfully rich in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions that is has been sow to protect ad improve the health of virtually every organ in the body.

In fact, international research shows that turmeric, taken as a supplemental curcumin, is as effective and, in some cases even more effective than phamaceutical drugs – without their side effects.

Traditional healers have used turmeric as:

  • An antacid to south digestive problems
  • A powder to speed wound healing and prevent infections
  • An analgesic to relieve headache
  • A stimulant to improve blood flow
  • A topical paste to clear skin problems
  • A decongestant to clear nasal passages.

As a folk remedy, it has been used to treat some 60 maladies – from measles, chicken pox and colic to colds, gum disease, flatulence, indigestion and stress.

Even the toughest skeptic would have a hard time questioning more than 1,000 research studies with the same result: curcumin is anti-cancer. It can:

  • Inhibit the activation of genes that trigger cancer
  • Inhibit the spread (proliferation) of tumor cells
  • Inhibit the transformation of a normal cell into a cancel cell
  • Kills cells that mutate into cancer
  • Shrink tumor cells
  • Prevent tumors from spreading to other organs
  • Prevent of the development of the blood supply necessary for cancer cells to form and spread
  • Enhance the cancer destroying effects of chemotherapy and radiation.

Some other links that may help you better understand Turmeric:

http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/turmeric

http://www.mccormickscienceinstitute.com/Report-Landing/MSI-Funded-Paper-Potential-Health-Benefits-of-Turmeric.aspx

http://www.naturalnews.com/040177_turmeric_curcuminoids_cancer_cells.html

http://www.turmeric.co.in/turmeric_ayurvedic_use.htm

An now some less serious but fun information for anti-aging using Turmeric

Indian woman use turmeric as a beauty aid to keep the face smooth, radiant and free of wrinkles and blemishes. Here is their recipe:

  • ½ cup of garbanzo (chickpea) flour
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • odorless cooking oil (I personally use fractionated coconut oil)
  • water
  • Mix the flour and turmeric in a container with a tight fitting lid and keep it in a dry place in or near the bathroom.
  • To make the mask, take 1 tablespoon of the flour with 5 drops of oil.
  • Add enough water to make the paste. It should be the consistence of cake batter.
  • Pull your hair back, and or cover it with a towel. Using your fingertips, spread the mixture on your face and neck, staying clear of your eyes.
  • Let me mixture stay on until it dries – about 15 minutes.
  • Wash it off in the shower. (best place)

Now, let me remind you turmeric stains, so please ensure that you are using washcloths, towels, etc that you won’t mind if it gets stained!

The Link for the book where I got my information from is called “Healing Spices, How to Use 50 everyday and exotic spices to boost health and beat disease” Here is the link on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Healing-Spices-Everyday-Exotic-Disease/dp/1402776632/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1373251515&sr=1-1&keywords=healing+spices

Be adventurous! Try some spices you have never tasted before! They could be great tasting and awesome for your health!

May 10 Million angels guide you on your healing journey. May your eyes be open to see the miracles in life and may your ears be open to hear the whispers from within and from above.

God Bless,
Dr. Deb

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2 Comments

  1. Great information, Dr. Zepf. I have tumeric but don’t use it as much as I could be. I never know what to do with it. I appreciate all of the ways that you share that it is healing. I also appreciate you sharing the links and resources with us. Thank you for all you do! Have a beautiful week, Elizabeth

  2. Thank you Coach Scala! Yes Turmeric is a fantastic spice that is very versatile. You can use it to make great sauces and soups. It’s wonderful on chicken and my favorite is to mix it with mustard and put it in salads. Honey mustard dressing is wonderful for your health. If you want to get it into the body and would like to take it as a supplement, I have wonderful remedies that have turmeric as the main ingredients in liquid or capsule form which help with whole body body health.
    In Light and Love
    Dr. Deb

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