You've heard about turmeric, right? Turmeric is a spice that has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for over 500 years. It is used to reduce arthritis pain, detoxify the liver and aid digestion as well as many other healing benefits.
Turmeric has proven as effective as many pharmaceutical drugs without the side effects.
Aids in healing skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, etc.
Turmeric is the spice that makes curry yellow (curry just means blend or mixture of different spices). Turmeric is a root spice that looks very much like ginger root until you cut into it. Instead of being pale yellow inside like ginger, Turmeric is a deep orange yellow. You can use it fresh (by grating) or use the powder form.
The most potent healing ingredient in Turmeric is curcumin. It is a polyphenol which has over 150 potential therapeutic uses, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer.
My favorite source for trustworthy, science-based holistic information, Dr. Jospeh Mercola (mercola.com) says about turmeric: “Traditional medicinal uses include the treatment of liver disease, skin problems, respiratory and gastrointestinal ailments, sprained muscles, joint pains, and general wound healing.
“Curcumin is capable of crossing your blood-brain barrier, which is one factor that has led researchers to investigate its potential as a neuroprotective agent for neurological disorders such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer’s disease.”
Curcumin is most potent in it’s raw form, when used with the whole turmeric spice and with a little pepper or peperine.