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Turmeric Benefits: A Golden Warrior in the Anti-Aging Crusade

[ 2 ] January 14, 2009 |

Benefits of Turmeric

This vibrant, bright yellow spice is a staple in Indian cuisine.  Turmeric benefits are numerous due to its high concentration of curcumin, a chemical that helps our defence mechanisms battle free radicals which cause cell damage and accelerate the aging process.

Many studies have proven the health benefits of turmeric and curcumin.  It’s believed to aid people suffering from Crohn’s and Alzheimer’s Disease.  Note:  There is a very low incidence of Alzheimer’s in India where turmeric is consumed regularly.

Psoriasis sufferers can also reap health benefits from this spice which acts as an anti-inflammatory and is proven to be as effective, if not more than cortisone treatment.  Best of all, it is inexpensive and widely available in Indian and bulk food stores.  If possible, stay away from the bottled spices in big supermarkets.  Who knows how long the spices have been sitting there.  Look for a store that has high product turnover.

Turmeric spice is also used in Hindu wedding ceremonies where the bride and/or groom are covered with turmeric paste to help give their skin a vitamin boost and golden glow on their special day.  However, you do not have to be a new bride to benefit from this powerful antioxidant.  Add it to a homemade facial mask to help keep your skin clear and free of infections like acne and rosacea.

Quick & Easy Turmeric Facial Mask

Combine 2 tsp chickpea/gram flour with ¼ tsp ground turmeric.
Add enough milk and honey to make a paste.
Apply to clean skin, avoiding eye area.
After 10 minutes, wash face with lukewarm water.

Turmeric Recipes:

Add at least 1 teaspoon to:
1)  Your favourite Indian curry, vegetable or meat dish.
2)  Pasta sauce (bottled or homemade).

Add a pinch (or two) to:
1)  Devilled food eggs
2)  Potato salad

As you can see, it is super-easy to incorporate this powerful antioxidant into your daily routine.  The benefits of turmeric are wonderful – give it a try!

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