Turmeric: Spice of Life
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on December 3, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
As well as providing its distinctive flavor and color to curries and other foods, Turmeric’s versatility extends from the spice rack to the medicine chest, like no other! No wonder that in Indonesia, Turmeric is known as the “Queen of All Herbs,” and in the Ayurvedic tradition of India, why Turmeric has been used medicinally for over 4000 years.
Turmeric is long-recognized as one of nature’s most powerful medicines. Some of its many health benefits include:
• arthritis support (anti-inflammatory)
• liver protection
• detoxification support
• digestive support
• antioxidant action
According to a study published in Arthritis & Rheumatism (2006), Turmeric can significantly reduce joint inflammation in osteoarthritis. Its main mechanism of action is via COX-2 inhibition, the same pathway that many prescription anti-inflammatory and arthritis drugs target. Turmeric does this, however, without the dangerous side effects incumbent upon many pharmaceuticals.
Adding Turmeric to your mealtimes is an easy, tasty way to reap the benefits of this spice-of-life. And now, it’s available in a convenient liquid extract, from Natural Wellbeing (plus, it’s certified organic!):
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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