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Nothing Cowardly about the Yellow Spice Turmeric.

April 11, 2013

By Joan McDaniel                 April 11, 2013

You don’t have to be a Cowardly Lion to like Turmeric.

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What is Turmeric?turmic1

Turmeric is all about ancient civilization and deep traditions, both in food and holistic medicine.  It has been harvested for more than 5,000 years. Like ginger you plant it in the ground and eat the roots.  We know it for its yellow color but there is much more to learn of its powers.  The plant is called Curcuma longa and the root is called a rhizome. It has a tough brown skin and a deep orange flesh.  Like ginger and other spices it has amazing anti-inflammatory and healing benefits. It is also used as a textile dye.

Turmeric is traditionally been used both in the Traditional Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic traditions of holistic medicine.  It is also known as “Indian saffron”.  It is 5 to 8 times stronger than Vitamin E and stronger than Vitamin C.

In South Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine turmeric is used in spice curries, for dyeing, and to impart color to mustard condiments.

Its active ingredient is curcumin and it has a distinctly earthy, slightly bitter, slightly hot peppery flavor and a mustard smell.


Turmeric is anything but weak – It is a powerful healing herb used in ancient holistic healing.

Turmeric is native to Indonesia and southern India.  Arab traders introduced it into Europe in the 13th century, but it isn’t until recently it has become popular in Western cultures.  The leading commercial producers of turmeric include China , Haiti, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, and the Philippines.

Turmeric used in disease prevention

Turmeric has been used in over 500 applications in disease prevention and treatment in some of the following applications:   turmic plant

Anti-inflammatory                                            Turmeric Plant


Helps maintain blood sugar

Cancer fighter and treatment

Helps maintain cholesterol levels

Helps support a healthy blood and circulatory system

Improves cognitive functions for those with neurological disease pathology      Turmeric Plant

Helps Diabetic blood sugar maintain

Diabetic prevention

Maintain a healthy digestive system

Helps promote eye health

Fat loss promoter

A good source for fiber

Heart disease prevention

Improves your Immune System

Liver detoxifier

Local antiseptic for wound care

Natural painkiller

Helps promote a healthy overall skeletal system (healthy bones and joints)

Reduced oxidative stress

Source for iron, manganese, potassium and vitamin B6

Skin tonic

Here is more information on the top health benefits of turmeric.

According to Dr. Mercola’s article Turmeric is … “The Spice that Ignites Your Body’s Astonishing Immune System” 5 to 8 times stronger than vitamin E and stronger than vitamin C, this ‘antioxidant breakthrough’ may help boost your immunity, maintain normal cholesterol levels, and put the brakes on aging.*


                                             Rhizomes in plant


Plant  Ground into a powder

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family. It is native to tropical South Asia and needs nice warm temperatures between 68°F and 86°F and a good amount of water or rainfall to thrive.  Plants are gathered annually for their rhizomes, and when not used fresh are boiled for several hours, dried in hot ovens then grounded into the deep orange-yellow power we see in the spice jar.Many plants are propagated this way asparagus, Cannas, fingerroot, galangal, ginger, irises, Lily of the Valley, sympodial orchids, and Turmeric.


A gift from nature

Spice with a healing history

The Food Channel Turmeric Video

Please note this is not a recommendation for any product nor advice to buy any product.

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Most people know turmeric as a primary spice in curries. The FDA considers it a “food color additive” for its bright yellow-orange color.

For thousands of years, turmeric has been recognized for its healing properties. Studies show benefits for turmeric and its active component, curcumin, as an anti-inflammatory, in treating arthritis, slowing the growth of cancer, protecting against liver damage, and even protecting against Alzheimer’s.

Some sources say that big pharma tried to get the FDA to change the classification of turmeric and call it a drug. What does that tell you?

Many people who have experienced the benefits of turmeric get their daily dose as a tea. Here’s a simple recipe from Dr. Andrew Weil:

– Bring four cups of water to a boil.
– Add one teaspoon of ground turmeric and reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes.
– Strain the tea through a fine sieve into a cup, add honey and/or lemon to taste.


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