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Brief history and benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric is an ancient spice, amazing herb and a traditional remedy that has been used as a medicine, condiment and flavoring for centuries. In the 13th century, Marco Polo, writing about his travels in China described Turmeric in these words, “There is also a vegetable which has all the properties of the true saffron, as well as the color, and yet it is not really saffron. It is also used as an ingredient in many dishes”.

It is also quickly being noticed as one of the strongest naturally occuring anti-oxidant and also a powerful anti-inflammatory available today.

Recent studies from The Ohio State University have recently placed Turmeric into the limelight of the nutritional world due to their effective treatment against many forms of cancer. This wonder herb has been found to actually help with pancreatic cancer and liver cancer, both considered usually terminal diseases.

In the traditional Indian system of herbal medicine known as Ayurveda, Turmeric is believed to strengthen the overall energy of the body, relieve gas, dispel worms, improve digestion, regulate menstruation, dissolve gallstones and relieve Arthritis among other uses.

Curcumin is the active ingredient found in Turmeric. Recent studies have concluded that Curcumin helps stop tumor growth at all stages of cancer.

If you visit a genetics conference, you are likely to hear about the herb Turmeric and its many benefits. Studies have shown that Turmeric protects against liver diseases, reduces cholesterol, dissolves blood clots, helps stop external and internal bleeding, relieves painful menstruation, promotes sleep, helps prevent aging, helps prevent heart disease, stimulates the gallbladder and circulatory systems, reduces the symptoms of Colitis and Crohn's disease, and helps diffuse illnesses caused by toxins from parasites and bacteria.

Before starting any herbal supplementation, discuss with your Physician and Pharmacist.

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