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Turmeric – a power house.

What?  Turmeric is generally available as a dried spice which comes from the root of the Curcuma  longa plant.  It has long been used in Indian and East Asian cuisine and is what give American mustard (ballpark) its yellow color.

Why?  It’s an effective anti-inflammatory containing curcumin and  has been shown to be as effective as hydrocortisone or Motrin.  Research indicates that turmeric may be helpful for the following:

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (reduces inflammation and swelling)
  • Cystic Fibrosis (indications are that it may help in reducing damaging mucus buildup)
  • Cancers (it has been linked to lower rates of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer as well as childhood leukemia)
  • Improved Liver Function (helps body’s detox functions)
  • Cardiovascular Health (curcumin helps to lower cholesterol)
  • Alzheimer’s Disease

How?  Because turmeric is easily available as a dried spice it can be added to all kinds of food preparation.  It is rather bitter in taste, but it takes quite a bit of it to overwhelm a flavor, so you can add a teaspoon to soups, casseroles or other dishes without much detection.  It does have a vibrant yellow color which will probably show up in the dish.

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