Food for your immune system: Turmeric
In this video, our Honestly Healthy Hero Laura Bond presents some very useful information on how to empower our immune system with Turmeric.
A member of the ginger family, turmeric is a perennial plant that is cultivated throughout tropical Asia, India, and China. The plant grows to a height of 0.9 to 1.5 m and bears large, oblong leaves and funnel-shaped, dull yellow flowers. The major active principle contained in Turmeric is Curcumin.
Turmeric has been renowned as a healing powerhouse for thousands of years and science is now lending proof to ancient wisdom.
Turmeric can help with depression, diabetes, protect against radiation and is powerfully anti-inflammatory according to recent research.
A 2012 study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research revealed curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, works better than a blockbuster drug for arthritis.
When it comes to anti-cancer foods, it’s hard to beat turmeric. ‘There is not one cancer, at least in the test tube, that curcumin cannot stop,’ says Bharat Aggarwal, from MD Anderson Cancer Centre.
So what do you do with this knobbly orange root? You can:
*Juice it – with things like carrot, celery, and kale.
* Sprinkle it on sweet potato wedges
* Marinate fish or vegetables with chilli, coconut oil, turmeric, and pepper. When you combine turmeric and black pepper it is said to multiply the effectiveness by 1000 times.
Reference for turmeric and arthritis:
Binu Chandran, Ajay Goel. A randomized, pilot study to assess the efficacy and safety of curcumin in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis. Phytother Res. 2012 Nov;26(11):1719-25. doi: 10.1002/ptr.4639. Epub 2012 Mar 9.
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