Turmeric, best known as one of the ingredients used to make curry
It also gives mustard it's bright yellow color. The plant is a large-leaved herb, closely related to ginger. The thick, rounded, underground stems or rhizomes, are what constitute the spice, turmeric. India is the world's primary producer of turmeric. In recipes outside South Asia, turmeric is sometimes used as an agent to impart a rich, custard-like yellow color. It's used in canned beverages and baked products, dairy products, ice cream, yogurt, yellow cakes, orange juice, biscuits, popcorn color, sweets, cake icings, cereals, sauces, and gelatins. Indian turmeric is considered to be the best in the world. To say turmeric is an ancient herb is a real understatement. The earliest reference about turmeric can be seen in Atharvaveda, around 6000 BC where turmeric is prescribed for jaundice. It was also prescribed in the treatment of leprosy.
Turmeric has several good health benefits. It can help with digestion problems, also the latest research has found, that turmeric could be an effective enhancer of an enzyme that protects the brain against oxidative conditions, such as Alzheimer's disease. Turmeric could be used to diminish the progression of chronic and age associated neurodegenerative disorders. Two teaspoons of turmeric contains 1.88 milligrams of iron, 0.08 milligrams of vitamin B, 0.96 grams of dietary fiber, 114.48 milligrams of potassium and 0.36 grams of manganese. In March 1993, researchers at Harvard Medical School published results of laboratory tests of a new method of
screening for potential AIDS drugs. They used genetically engineered cells to test for inhibitors of the "LTR" (long terminal repeat) sequence in HIV.
The LTR is important for viral activation. The new test found three inhibitors, one of them is curcumin, a chemical found in the food spice turmeric. It was effective against HIV in both acutely and chronically infected cells. In Trinidad, about 40% of the population is of Indian descent, and uses curry extensively in their diet. Another 40% of the population is of African descent, and seldom uses curry. Several years ago, studies of AIDS in Trinidad found that persons of African descent were more than 10 times as likely to have the disease as persons of Indian descent. Interesting, yes mon. Why haven't you heard of this treatment? Easy, large pharmaceutical companies have little commercial or professional incentive to test low-cost, non-proprietary treatments. They don't care if you get better only if they make money. They would rather you didn't get better so you can continue to be treated with drugs. Research activity into curcumin and turmeric is increasing. In September 2012, the U.S. National Institutes of Health had seventy-one registered clinical trials completed or underway to study curcumin for a variety of clinical disorders.
In research published in the Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, 10 healthy volunteers consumed 500 mg of curcumin per day for 7 days, not only did their blood levels of oxidized cholesterol drop by 33%, but their total cholesterol droped 11.63% , and their HDL (good cholesterol) increased by 29%. Turmeric is also taken in capsule form, for those who would prefer to ingest more than is possible in a normal diet. For instance, to relieve inflammation.
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