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Written by Karel Nunnink   

Add some spice to your life.

Turmeric a key agent in curry powders and mustards has a long list of health being its.
It has been used in Ayurveda (traditional East Indian Medicine) for abdominal ailments and arthritis.
Most research has focused on compounds in turmeric called curcuminoids, which give turmeric its orange yellow color.
Many uses of turmeric relate to the strong anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, these actions involve blocking COX-2, the target of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like Celebrex and Motrin.
Turmeric however does it without any contraindications like liver damage.
Turmeric has also been shown to help with a variety of gastrointestinal problems. Several studies  found turmeric had an 87% increase in clearing up indigestion, and one well designed study found that one gram of curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric helped ease the symptoms and prevented relapsing of ulcerative  colitis.
It has also been used beneficially for arthritis, psoriasis, and could help lower cholesterol as well as clearing up amyloids in the brain leading to cognitive disfunctions like Alzheimer's.
Finally and most importantly curcumin has been shown to suppress the proliferation of a wide variety of cancer cells.
Especially for the prevention of Colin cancer, where taking 4 grams of curcumin for 30 days reduced the  signaling factors by 40%.
No wonder colon cancers are rare in India.
So eating healthy doesn't mean eating bland, spice it up and still gain a host of health benefits.


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