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!

This post was originally published on November 7, 2013.

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Great to know
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Wonderful to know such good uses of turmeric
I like some curry, but in order to get enough turmeric in your diet to make a significant difference, you'd probably have to eat curry every single day, which just isn't practical for most of us. Taking turmeric in capsules makes it much easier. Recent studies have also found that taking 'good' fat with turmeric helps the beneficial components cross the blood-brain barrier where it can help treat depression and prevent Alzheimer's.
its so true about the weight loss. i just started taking this in capsule form and im dorrping a pound every other day. i still eat bad but its really cool to see the the weight loss. i first got it because i heard its good for the brain and my biggest issue is my memory and so when i noticed my weight loss i googled it and wound up here lol

Thank you for your post
Turmeric also boosts metabolism, boosts liver health, prevents from cancer, prevents from Alzheimer's, regulates blood sugar, relieves upset stomach, good for skin and treats hair

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I take about 1/8 of a teaspoon stirred in 4oz of prune juice each morning and every evening. Amazingly, I have been able to eat what I want to and maintain my weight loss.
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Sorry but that is ginger? ?????
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WHat is the best yet not most expensive brand to buy?
I've been taking Turmeric capsules for about a week now and I've noticed my food cravings that had nothing to do with being hungry have gone away along with my appetite. I haven't weighed myself yet, but i will today. I'm very curious. Weight loss is not the reason I started taking it. I started taking it to boost my Immune System, but if this is becuase of it, I like it!!
I use turmeric to help maintain weight as well as lose inches. I like to take about 1 TEASPOON WITH ABOUT 4 OUNCES OF PRUNE JUICE MORNING AND NIGHT. Also, another alternative is 1 TEASPOON OF TURMERIC WITH A 8oz GLASS OF ALMOND MILK AND A TEASPOON OF HONEY.....JUST STIR IT UP AND DRINK IT!
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