Spice Up Your Life with Turmeric
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on August 11, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
With its distinctive flavor and beautiful color, Turmeric has long been recognized as one of nature’s most powerful “foods as medicine.”
In Indonesia, Turmeric is known as the “Queen of All Herbs,” and in the Ayurvedic healing tradition of India, Turmeric has been used medicinally for over 4000 years.
According to a study published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism, Turmeric can significantly reduce joint inflammation in osteoarthritis.
Its anti-inflammatory action is primarily due to curcumin, one of Turmeric’s most active compounds. It works via the same mechanism as many prescription arthritis drugs: via COX-2 inhibition.
Turmeric provides its anti-inflammatory benefits, however, without the undesirable–and potentially life-threatening–side effects of many of these conventional medications.
In addition to enjoying the Spice of Life in your culinary adventures, you can also reap its many benefits in a convenient liquid extract from Natural Wellbeing.
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Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan