Turmeric, or Haldi, as they call it in Hindi, has been historically used for its spiritual significance, but there’s so much more to this spice.
Often referred to as The Golden Spice, Kitchen Gold or The Spice of Life, turmeric is a common accessory in wedding rituals and prayer ceremonies in the Eastern part of the world.
Originally the spice was used in rites and rituals intended to promote fertility, prosperity, and spiritual purification.
But soon, those who used turmeric saw its healing properties and started sharing it for various ailments. As a matter of fact, doctors have confirmed that this over-the-counter spice is more effective at treating seven different ailments than prescription medicine!
Now, as more are becoming familiar with the spice, it is being used as a powerful tool in conjunction with, or, in some cases, in replacement of certain medications to fight off a number of diseases.
Turmeric is incredibly purifying.
As a sure source of anti-fungal, anti-microbial, and anti-bacterial extracts, this spice can help you fight infections and boost immunity.
2. Reduces the Risk of Childhood Leukemia
Symptoms of leukemia are often caused by problems in the child’s bone marrow, which is where the leukemia begins.
As leukemia cells build up in the marrow, they can crowd out the normal blood cell production. As a result, a child may not have enough normal red blood cells, white blood cells, and blood platelets.
Turmeric helps to strengthen blood cell production.
3. Natural Liver Detoxifier
Turmeric provides a natural and easy flow of the bile duct, a liver cleanser. Adding turmeric could improve your liver function. Though African Americans represent 13 percent of the U.S population, they make up about 22 percent of the cases of the chronic liver disease hepatitis C.
In addition, numbers published by the National Medical Association from the CDC show that four of every 100 infants born to African-American mothers with hepatitis C become infected with the virus.
Chronic liver disease, often hepatitis C-related is the leading cause of death among African Americans ages 45 to 64.
4. Prostate Cancer Preventer
When combined with cauliflower, turmeric has been shown to prevent the signs of an enlarged prostate and prostate cancer.
5. Natural Pain Killer
The percentage of Americans who take painkillers stronger than morphine is on the rise, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
These drugs include oxycodone, hydromorphone, fentanyl and methadone.
The study found 37 percent of people who used a prescription narcotic painkiller in 2011-2012 used a drug stronger than morphine, compared with 17 percent in 1999.
Add turmeric to your drinks and food instead. Some even combine it with water to create a paste for small cuts and scrapes.
6. Natural Treatment For Rheumatoid Arthritis
Because of its inflammatory properties, turmeric has been known to shrink and deplete the inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis.
Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States, affecting 1 in 5 adults.
It interferes with work and other daily activities and can complicate the management of other chronic diseases. Arthritis encompasses more than 100 diseases and conditions that affect joints and other connective tissue.
7. Prevents the Spread Of Multiple Sclerosis
In a recent study using mice, turmeric has been shown to prevent the spread of multiple sclerosis.
The myth that African Americans do not get MS is just that — a myth. African Americans do get MS. Studies suggest that MS can be especially active.
African Americans: are more likely to experience more relapses, more likely to experience greater disability, have a greater risk of progressing to require ambulatory assistance earlier, and are more likely to develop involvement of the optic nerves and spinal cord (optic — spinal MS) and inflammation of the spinal cord (transverse myelitis).