Health Benefits of Turmeric

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Turmeric is an ancient spice grown in Asian countries.  It has long been viewed to have medicinal properties as the native Indian people often apply it to their skin and it is a big part of religious ceremonies.  Recently, scientists have found a compound called curcumin in turmeric to possibly have cancer fighting properties.  Curcumin also appears to prevent the spread of the amyloid protein involved in the development of dementia.  Researchers from Duke University claim that people who ate a curry type meal 2-3 times a week had a lower risk of developing dementia.  However, it is an observational study and the overall diet needs to be healthy.

Back in 2006, researchers also found that turmeric had an anti-inflammatory effect in the joints of animals, however more studies are currently underway in humans.  In fact the National Institute of health has some 19 studies underway to examine the benefits of the ancient spice.

Whatever the claimed benefit; one thing is for sure, turmeric is a wonderful color enhancer for many dishes and a vital ingredient for delicious curries.




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