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Turmeric to the Rescue

BY ELIZABETH BORELLI

 

If you’re new to the wonders of turmeric, there is more to this healing herb than meets the palate.

1-2014-01-13 10.39.40You’ve probably heard of this exotic-sounding spice, but you may not have had a chance to try it.  Aside from its growing popularity as a cooking herb, turmeric is actually becoming recognized is one of nature’s most powerful healers.   Turmeric is a plant root similar in appearance to ginger, typically dried and used as seasoning, most commonly in Indian cuisine.  The goodness doesn’t stop there though, this savory herb contains a whole bevy of health (and beauty!) benefits as well.

Long known for its anti-inflammatory properties, recent research has revealed that turmeric is a natural wonder, proving beneficial in the treatment of many different health conditions from cancer to Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, and has long been used in Chinese medicine as treatment for depression.  Turmeric is readily available in capsule form at most health food stores, but it’s best to look for a high-quality, 100% organic-based turmeric supplement, such as India Organic.  I take it daily, as does my daughter with cold-induced asthma for its anti-inflammatory properties.  And as with most remedies, you should consult with a health care professional before using it.

Turmeric is also a beauty booster.  New studies show it may reduce the appearance of wrinkles and age spots when added to moisturizer.  It actually contains antioxidants that reduce DNA damage in skin cells and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce swelling.  For a DIY idea, simply grate the fresh root and add it to your favorite organic facial mask, then store it in the fridge.  The color is rather shocking while on, but washes off quite easily and the treatment is so refreshing!  Find turmeric root at most health food store.   Internally ingested or outwardly absorbed, turmeric is a benefits-packed wonder herb that will help keep you healthy inside and out.

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