10 Health Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric, also known as curcuma longa, is a very common herb. Often referred to as the “Queen of Spices,” its main characteristics are a pepper-like aroma, sharp taste and golden color. People across the globe use this herb in their cooking.

According to the Journal of the American Chemical Society, turmeric contains a wide range of antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anticarcinogenic, antimutagenic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also loaded with many healthy nutrients such as protein, dietary fiber, niacin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, sodium, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and zinc. Due to all these factors, turmeric is often used to treat a wide variety of health problems.

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Here are the top 10 health benefits of turmeric.

1. Prevents Cancer

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Turmeric can help prevent prostate cancer, stop the growth of existing prostate cancer and even destroy cancer cells. Multiple researchers have found that the active components in turmeric makes it one of the best protectors against radiation-induced tumors. It also has a preventive effect against tumor cells such as T-cell leukemia, colon carcinomas and breast carcinomas.

2.Relieves Arthritis

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The anti-inflammatory properties in turmeric are great for treating both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, turmeric’s antioxidant property destroys free radicals in the body that damage body cells. It has been found that those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis who consume turmeric on a regular basis experience much relief from the moderate to mild joint pains as well as joint inflammation.

3. Controls Diabetes

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Turmeric can be used in the treatment of diabetes by helping to moderate insulin levels. It also improves glucose control and increases the effect of medications used to treat diabetes. Another significant benefit is turmeric’s effectiveness in helping reduce insulin resistance, which may prevent the onset of Type-2 diabetes. However, when combined with strong medications, turmeric can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). It is best to consult a healthcare professional before taking turmeric capsules.

4. Reduces Cholesterol Level

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Research has proven that simply using turmeric as a food seasoning can reduce serum cholesterol levels. It is a known fact that high cholesterol can lead to other serious health problems. Maintaining a proper cholesterol level can prevent many cardiovascular diseases.

5. Immunity Booster

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Turmeric contains a substance known as lipopolysaccharide, which helps stimulate the body’s immune system. Its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal agents also help strengthen the immune system. A strong immune system lessens the chance of suffering from colds, flu and coughs. If you do get a cold, a cough or the flu, you can feel better sooner by mixing one teaspoon of turmeric powder in a glass of warm milk and drinking it once daily.

6. Heals Wound

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Turmeric is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent and can be used as an effective disinfectant. If you have a cut or burn, you can sprinkle turmeric powder on the affected area to speed up the healing process. Turmeric also helps repair damaged skin and may be used to treat psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.

 

 

 

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  3. love your site, just found it. Very informative. Thank you.

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  4. I am so amazed after reading your page about turmeric. I knew about few health benefits and i was drinking it mixing with neem and licorice tea. I was drinking mainly for my stomach pain and for muscle pain i did not know much about other health benefits. I knew it is good for skin and for healing any skin problems. Thank you for developing my knowledge about it I will use it more to lower my cholesterol level.

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  5. geraldine williams June 17, 2013, 2:27 am

    I was looking for something for my joint pains came across your site ,very informative,,,thank you,,

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    • I made a tea out of it, using 1 tsp of tumeric, 1 tsp of cinammon, pinch of nutmeg, 1 tsp ginger, pinch of cloves

      I have an electric tea pot so I added the dry ingredients to it and it boils , than I strain it into a cup and you add organic fresh honey and it is good, they say to try to use more tumeric but start out with 1 tsp and it is a very spicy tea but good …my husband has bad back pain I have a knee pain and a weight problem so it is suppose to help all ….

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  6. I like to try tumric because after I read about it ,and it sound very interesting

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  7. Gregory Charles June 19, 2013, 9:14 pm

    I woud have also liked info on how quantities, and other ways to take ,like infusions, tea etc. SUCH a great herb the more ways to ingest the better!

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    • This how I used Tumeric. 1 teaspoon of tumerice, 1 spoonful of olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon of honey, 1/2 teaspoon of cinamon. Mix all together in a small cup, sprinkled a little black peper and drink it. I do this everyday before I go to bed and it working.

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  8. Hi,
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  9. Am reali impressed.i love this website.keep on doin de good wrk.

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  10. I have had bronchitis for the past several weeks and plan to use a tumeric mixed with a juicing recipe.

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  11. Great site,needs more usefull information of daily kitchen wares.

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  12. Dr. Foopelo Jackson June 28, 2013, 3:11 pm

    Your words are very good. There are the life, made us to carry out more research in phamaceatic medicine. I work with turmeric alongside with neem, Moringa, black curmi etc. May God gives you bestmoments.

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    • Thank you Dr., I have experience with turmeric for fie year after I got injury it really help for arthritis and stomach inflammation.

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  13. Nellie M. Melville-Manson June 29, 2013, 7:55 pm

    In the Caribbean, we do cook with a lot of curry powder–and that’s about all we do with it! So, when my husband asked me to check the website for any information I could find on Tumeric/Carcumin, per his friend, I did so rather hesitatingly. Having printed a copy of my findings and gave it to him–he no sooner misplaced it and requested another. As I could no longer find the identical article, I uploaded your input and was simply awed by the many curative powers of a simple kitchen herb–curry powder! Since I have been trying to loose weight for over a year, without success, I have decided to try this product and have as well been sharing it with friends. Thanks-a-million!

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  14. Farai Tasaranarwo July 1, 2013, 7:22 pm

    This is a wonderful site.Simply the best.

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  15. I could not walk on my feet since taking equal quantities of tumeric and black ground pepper i am mobile once more amazing

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  16. hi
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  17. Denise Powell, Hampshire July 23, 2013, 8:01 pm

    I was directed to TURMERIC via Holland and Barrett. I am unable to take statins etc for
    cholesterol since i am tablet intolerant making life very difficult. Well i am 61 years of
    age and when i read this site, i was blown away for all its heeling properties and qualities.
    I watched a top Cornish chef use Turmeric in his series on India and that was the day before
    i found out about this product. I also have arthritis and skin problems so i am looking foward
    to feeling so much better. I am informing my doctor in case of any problems and people
    who find this site, its so easy to add this page to your “favourites” or “bookmarks” there is
    no excuse to loose such a valuable page of information. Save it wisely and learn from
    the ancient properties of this spice, it will help us all.

    My good wishes

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  18. dattuanna patil July 26, 2013, 11:21 am

    this is a wonderful site ;love your site

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  19. LOVE this site please add me to your mailing list .

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  20. Very interested in this site after a friend sent me the link…I have become very forgetful in the past 6 months and this friend suggested trying turmeric tabs are they easierly available as I live in Spain?also would this be a tablet that once started you will have to take continuousl’ or forever?
    Well any comments or advise.

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  21. turmeric is grown at our farm in the village back home for years .i did not know all the medical benifits this wonder spice herb has . i will use it to control type 2 diabetes and weight loss ! thanks a ton

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  22. I really thanks for this site…because I got lots of knowledge about turmeric…which I don’t know. GOD BLESS YOU.

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  23. Thankyou so much for this amazing news. Actually tumeric grows like wild flowers in my village and it has never been known to be an edible spice. But i’m quite amazed at what it can do. Thank you so much for the information on its health benefits. Do you also have any information on how to prepare tumeric as food for consumption? That would realy help me. Thank you again and God Bless.

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  24. Very informative , thanks …

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  25. very good health tips. god bless you.carry on

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  26. your web site is very infomative and useful. Thank you so very much.

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  27. Is it safe to use turmeric if you are on the medicines thyroid, potassium, high blood pressure medicine and cholesterol.

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  28. Thank you for this great information.Have a blessed day

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  29. I put a few shakes of the turmeric in non fat plain yogurt & use it as a chip dip . Very simple & tasty. yuuummm turmeric

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  30. very informative site I am gaining lot of knowledge about how good turmeric can be used thank you lord

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  31. You might be interested in taking tumeric. All natural!!!

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  32. Dinesh chandra saha Pune February 17, 2014, 5:35 pm

    Using turmeric is very good .Getting knowledge from page is very wonderful .All should use tarmaric for natural benefit.

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  33. mightybreadfruit@yahoo.com March 10, 2014, 4:01 pm

    i had a fall at work back in 2008 i couldn’t walk and during the test that was done on my body i found out that i had a very high colesterdl also my blood pressure was very high and also a very high blood sugar level that i had no idea about the doctor said to me that right now he is very frighten he put me on medication but a friend told me to look up tumeric well let me tell you about this miracle plant awesome i went to the market and bought twenty pounds of fresh tumeric i grated about eight pices and add water put it to boil i drink one cup in the morning and one at night before i go to bed today i have no colesterol problem my pressure is 120/80 my blood sugar is 4 and as for my back the problem is still there but i dont feel or get any problems from it i run ten miles every day i lost many pounds because i was over weight i would advise any one try tumeric awesome

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    • Will turmeric help my Dad? He ha chronic cough – used to smoke tobacco and if it can help what dosage. What about those with arthritis. Can it help them also.

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  34. Subir Chatterjee March 15, 2014, 4:20 am

    very informative, one Q-If someone had gall bladder stone operated then he/she can intake Turmeric? As me and my wife taking this particular substance for more than 6 months, Awaiting your reply please.

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  35. A joyful journey towards healthier lifestyle with natural remedies -what more can one want ..

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  36. I use turmeric for ulcer and other digestion complications, acne control and healthy skin. 1 tsp of turmeric in glass of warm water every morning before breakfast and the same before bed. I have been doing this for the last 3 months. I have noticed that my skin is more healthy, no spots, no bloating. I use to get burn like pains in my stomach after eating especially after dinner which have completely stopped now.

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  37. nice information.god bless the provider.

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  38. Very good stuff

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  39. Health2nite.com April 9, 2014, 8:36 am

    This site is very informative.Turmeric is really a very helpful indian herb for the ailment of various health diseases.

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  40. oraliagomezgarza April 11, 2014, 11:55 am

    great information on turmeric item. i have just started to use it and now with all the

    information i have i can help all my friends to take it anyway they want. my goal is

    to help anyone i can and also help myself. thanks for the information and god bless you all.

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  41. Excellent information. Will start using it tomorrow. Thanks for sharing. I live in the Caribbean an we love to use herbs,

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  42. I live in the Caribbean and my family use turmeric in juice, smoothies, cooking fish, peas, stews, soups, tea. We us a lot of natural herbs. ginger, tarragon, neem, moringa.

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  43. Very informative site. Thanks a lot. Is it also good for fibroids?

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  44. good site .information is very useful.

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  45. Wonderful site..

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  46. Grace Khuvung June 4, 2014, 4:55 am

    Its drinks as well as form paste do really works for healthy benefits and skin rashes,boils,acne,aging,wrinkles.it is germicidal and detoxifying in nature. Crush turmeric add a cup of water or mix with milk,yogurt helps and purifies blood,glows and rejuvenates. Mixing with lemon juice for acne paste do works…it also helps cholesterok levels and relief’s joint pains and muscles.It really works try it. THANKS THIS WONDERFUL SITES AND INFORMATION.

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  47. Grace Khuvung June 4, 2014, 4:59 am

    thanks!!

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  48. Alice Oppong-Mensah June 13, 2014, 9:27 pm

    Very informative site. Have high cholesterol, will start using turmeric and powdered ginger tonight. . Thanks so much

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  49. Wow! Am so impressed from Ur site. Ever since I came across freshly harvested turmeric, I appreciated it and picked it up for more evaluation and I must confess this is good.

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  50. Great information with so much useful.

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  51. I’ve had bilateral knee pain and difficulty climbing and going down stairs due to painful joints. Had to stop using my treadmill because of the pressure on the joints and the pain it caused. I read about the positive effects of turmeric so purchased it from a local Indian grocery store.
    I started taking the powdered form 1 1/2 tsp. stirred in milk three times a day and it has worked wonders……I haven’t had any ‘knee pain’ at all and I have resumed using my treadmill….. Hope this helps the doubters…. Also haven’t had any side effects what so ever…… What a ‘miracle’ spice……

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    • @cassie: Curious as to how you determined that 1.5 teaspoons x 3 daily was the correct dosage. Anything you can share in this regard. Thanks.

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  52. Dr Joydeep Bhattacharya September 2, 2014, 10:04 am

    Very useful site. Being a clinician myself and a strong penchant to explore traditional medicinal herbs , I have been researching on turmeric for last 10 years to discover its medicinal effects on ailments. Lucky enough to procure the fresh turmeric roots, I have been taking raw turmeric juice daily for almost 5 years. Before going anywhere with turmeric, word of counsel…’ one has to be patient to discover its wonder effects in totality’. Word of caution for people who suffer from chronic constipation and chronic gastritis’ please take it in moderation’. Also if one is on aspirin or clopidogrel ( blood thinners) one should also like watchful if going under the knife ( as reports of bleeding are in vogue). Contraction of gall bladder and uterus have been reported by some sources.( ones with gall stones and pregnancy should be a tad wary before taking turmeric regularly). That’s about it in terms of side effects. In terms of its therapeutic effects, it is hard to find any system where it is not beneficial. Being an anti-oxidant would be at the top of the list. Next would be its anti-inflammatory effect but its effects could be realised once it is taken unabated for certain period of time ( don’t expect miracles overnight !). Its neurological effects in terms of reducing age related dementia is the one that I personally would like to advocate. Being a chronic patient of Irritable bowel syndrome ( different subjects have different manifestations; commonly abdominal cramps, alternate diarrhoea and constipation ; stress induced exacerbations that is symptoms flare up) I benefited immensely by consuming turmeric regularly. Topical usage for boils, pimples, gum swelling and gingivitis ( gum infection; but a dash of salt needs to be mixed to experience its fullest effects), chronic ulcers, burns etc, would be other areas where turmeric acts smartly for its wound healing properties. Chronic inflammation is the main reason for most age related ailments; turmeric acts on most pathways ( perhaps not the right forum to go into details) to stall overall degeneration.
    Recommend to take it daily with dose adjustments as and when required. In compendium, turmeric is a wonder herb if not the inveterate ‘Elixir’ for most if not all ailments :-).

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  53. Wonderful tips I will try them and report. Thanks

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  54. Great! This site is a gift from the Almighty.Please continue serving mankind. Thank you.

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  55. This site is soo useful by all means, getting all kinds of informations when it comes to health and nutrient foods, beauty concepts. Very Nice and am soo happy to view each information everytime.

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  56. turmeric is excellent, love your site

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  57. Blasting information. I only knew it was used for skin brightening. Amazing and innumerable benefits.want to know if turmeric is good for dementia?

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  58. Turmeric should be used by everyone.

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  59. Awesome info on this site. Thank you

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  60. Very informative i have ms i must try this ,can not wait , God bless!

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  61. I so love this site d information is very useful. Continue to do d good work. APPLAUD.

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  62. Just saw this site through facebook. Truly looking forward for guidence on health benefits through all the natural resources .

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  63. Great information. Would like to know quantities and ways to take it in teas etc and for how long and proportion of different spices with turmeric,

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  64. This site is wonderful.it gives important information.thank u for giving us so important imformation.

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