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Turmeric Health Benefits in Preventing Cancer and How to Use?

Posted on: December 29th, 2010 by Rakesh Sethi 15 Comments

Turmeric health benefits are numerous and is considered one the most valuable cancer preventing foods and an herbal medicine.   Turmeric brings strong medicinal antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, immune enhancing, and detoxifying properties.  Just about half a teaspoon (2000mg) of turmeric consumed per day in the diet regularly could eliminate DNA damage characteristic of aiding cancer development.  But preventing cancer is not all; there are many other significant turmeric health benefits in the following conditions:

1.  Treats skin inflammation diseases like eczema, psoriasis as it is cooling herb, removes excessive heat and cleanses liver.

2.  Treats indigestion, dyspepsia, suppresses inflammation in stomach, prevents & treats ulcerations of all kinds including gastritis & colitis (Irritable Bowl Syndrome).

3.    Helps tremendously with the hemorrhoids pain & skin inflammation.

4.  Helps curb bleeding & other fluid excesses and pulls in prolapsed tissues so it is good for “wet” macular degeneration plus works for other inflammatory conditions in the eye.

5.  Turmeric is also a blood purifier.   It is anti-diabetic and will help normalize blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

6.  It is a mild menstrual regulator and the best spice for woman to move stagnant blood.

7.  Turmeric is also known as a respiratory herb.  It reduces cough and sinus congestion when gargled or consumed in boiled milk.  Again its anti inflammatory properties reduce sore throat and combined with its anti bacterial properties it can be used to treat bronchitis.  It is also good for asthma.

You can not afford to be without turmeric health benefits in your diet.  By the way USA is the largest importer of Turmeric from India (largest producer of Turmeric). US uses Turmeric almost exclusively to add yellow color to mustard.  Please do not start consuming excessive amount of mustard in your diet.  I would recommend following ways to take in with your daily routine:

Half a teaspoon (2000mg) in tea or milk

or if easier, take 1-2 organic Turmeric capsules (500mg each) after lunch & dinner

Caution:  Do NOT use if pregnant or have Bile duct blockage

If you are not using turmeric in your diet then you are missing numerous turmeric health benefits. I would suggest to get some new recipes start including as part of your cancer prevention foods diet.   If you liked this article then biggest compliment you can give is by sharing the wellness with others and spread this awareness.  Be Well!

Rakesh Sethi

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15 Responses

  1. Deomati Kataruka says:

    i use haldi all the time since we were kids if we sprained our ankle or broke a bone she would tie it with haldi and drink milk with haldi

  2. La-Sharon Isbell says:

    Thank you so much for the information on Tumeric. I got it for prevention against cancer, but I didn’t know it offered all the other great benefits you listed. I appreciate it!

    La-Sharon

  3. Robbi Sommers Bryant says:

    I had a eczema break out under my eyebrow. The itching was non-stop. I was studying Ayurveda and read about making a paste with tumeric and water. The itching stopped immediately and the eczema healed quickly.

    • Rakesh Sethi says:

      Robbi, thanks for sharing your experience. Yes, turmeric works in topical application as well. It is excellent for clearing many skin blemishes. Be Well!

  4. Ed Ertl says:

    The effectiveness of turmeric can be multiplied 20X (?) if it is mixed with a much smaller amount of pepper (for the piperine) which can cause side effects, interfering with the metabolism of certain medications.

    • Rakesh Sethi says:

      Bio-availability of turmeric is increased with taking turmeric to pepper together- ratio should be 100 to 1. Take turmeric during a meal that has a bit of pepper in it or put a pinch in the drink along with turmeric. If you are take prescription medication, always inform your physician about herbs in your diet.

  5. Nalini Chilkov OMD says:

    More information on recent research regarding Tumeric and Cancer..Tumeric (Curcuma longa) is one of the most potent Cancer Fighting Foods. Curcumin, the active ingredient in this common medicinal and culinary herb has been widely studied. It is recognized as a potent cell protectant, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory agent.

  6. Anil Passi says:

    I am very greatful that you write good articals.
    Regards
    Passi

  7. sasha says:

    Thanks for the good advice on tumeric i have some sitting on my counter will make into paste for my skin condition, and for inflammatories..

  8. frank triantafillos says:

    great site you have one question how much pepper to one teaspoon of turmeric do i use .and can i put turmeric in almond milk or coconut milk .thank you very much .

    • Rakesh Sethi says:

      You may take turmeric in almond milk. Pepper is used in some conditions. Not sure your reason for using pepper. If it is for taste, use it as little as possible.

  9. sujaya says:

    Thanks for the turmeric health benefits
    Regards
    M K s

  10. Nichole says:

    HI,
    Interesting and informative article. Thank you.

    My father has GI issues and I was thinking about adding turmeric to his diet but then I saw at the bottom of the article is says not to use if you have a bile duct blockage. My father had his gallbladder removed a few months ago. Will that be a problem if he uses turmeric?

    Thanks!

    • Rakesh Sethi says:

      Curcumin in turmeric increases the solubility of bile and thus the flow so the gall stones will not form however if there is obstruction the increased flow could cause pain. Modest use of turmeric (500mg-750mg) per day will be fine along with other proper diet adjustments specific to your GI issues.

  11. Nichole says:

    Thanks for your reply.

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