Everywhere you look these days somebody is touting the amazing properties of turmeric. You'd think that it would cure everything and anything with the way they are going on and on about it. I really perked up when I read that it is especially good for digestive problems, especially cancer.
Back in 2002 I had colon cancer. That was a scary time in my life but thank the good Lord, I am a survivor. Wish I'd known about turmeric before then. Would it have made a difference? I don't know but it would have been worth a try.
Curcumin is that yellow color in turmeric and has been found to be effective against cancer cells.
Colon cancer in it's early stages is just clusters of cells that grab onto the lining of your colon. Smokers tend to have a lot of this problem (another reason to quit smoking) so researchers tested heavy smokers and found that curcumin could reduce those clusters up to nearly 40% in just a month.
If polyps have already formed... 6 months of curcumin used with another natural ingredient from grapes and onions reduced the polyps to half the amount and size.
Turmeric has positive results in tests with many ailments that we humans have: arthritis, Alzheimers, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and many, many others. It is anti-inflammatory. It can help regulate mild depression and mood swings because it releases the dopomine and serotonin in your brain that makes us feel good. I sure could use a mood-adjuster ever now and then.
Since it is such a powerful spice, usage of turmeric should not be more than 1/4 teaspoon per day.
So, how do we incorporate TURMERIC into our diet? I know that the spice is used in Indian and Asian dishes. You can add it to many dishes that you prepare and even add it to a smoothie that you drink. It goes well with rice, in lentil soups or on roasted veggies.
And, did you know that the reason prepared mustard is yellow is because it has turmeric in it? Do you have turmeric in your pantry? On the spice rack? Think about adding it.
BUT A WORD OF CAUTION:
People who have gallstones may experience pain when ingesting turmeric. Wouldn't you know it!! The doc recently found stones in my gall bladder. But, I may try a small amount just to see if there is an adverse reaction. Worth a try.