Today I want to talk to you about turmeric. This spice has been recognized in the east for its medicinal purposes for many years. But recent studies are starting to prove the claims; making it popular in western culture as well.

Turmeric is a spice related to ginger and can be added to a variety of foods for flavor as well as for the medicinal benefits. If you've eaten mustard, you've eaten turmeric. It's often referred to as the "Queen of Spices" due to the many anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties it contains. It's also full of nutrients such as fiber, protein, potassium, calcium, iron Vitamins C, E and K and a host of others.

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The main ingredient of turmeric is curcumin. There is also a supplement you can take that contains mainly curcumin if you prefer to ingest it that way. Turmeric can also be used to make tea and is used in Indian curries.

No matter how you prefer to add turmeric to your diet, you'll reap the rewards of many positive effects.

Here's a list of a few of turmeric's health benefits:

First recognized as an anti-inflammatory. This is what give the spice many of its preventive medicinal properties and makes it especially effective in treating arthritis and other joint problems including osteoporosis

It's a natural antiseptic and helps wounds help faster. Some scientists believe that the low rate of Alzheimer's disease in India could be in part due to the daily curries, containing turmeric, that are eaten there. Currently, their rate of Alzheimer's is 75 percent lower than in the United States.

It boosts your immune system. Tests on mice have shown turmeric to be successful in fighting various types of cancer including: melanoma and breast cancer. It's also proven to make chemo and radiation treatments more effective.

The spice lowers cholesterol, which helps prevent health issues such as cardiovascular disease. It also naturally detoxifies the liver. In China, turmeric has been used for centuries to fight depression.

However, what I'm really excited to tell you about today is how turmeric can help you with your weight loss goals. Not only does this spice provide a host of health benefits but it also help you burn fat.

I know, it almost sounds too good to be true, but turmeric also helps you lose weight. Studies have shown that turmeric increases the flow of bile in the stomach which helps to break down fat. Taking just one teaspoon of turmeric before each meal can help your digestion break down the fat that can cause you to gain weight. In studies on mice, it was found that turmeric was an actual fat suppressant. Mice that were given turmeric gained less weight than mice on equal diets.

Another way turmeric aids in weight loss is it helps fight insulin resistance and controls sugar levels. This not only keeps you from retaining extra fat, but lowers your chances of developing diabetes. If you already have diabetes; it helps you control your glucose numbers.

Adding this spice to your diet can provide a host of benefits and prevent many health problems. I encourage you to give it a try and see how it can help you keep your body in optimal health. The best news: It will help you lose weight at the same time!

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Ingrid is a holistic health coach, personal trainer, fitness motivator, and wellness author. After finding the key to losing 50 pounds in 90 days, she wants to share how she did it with her free course 9 Simple Secrets I Used to Melt Away 50 Pounds

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