Detox your Diet: Tumeric - A Great Antioxidant Spice

by Dr. Sharleen Hawco ND March 09, 2009

Tumeric or, Curcumin is a commonly used spice in South Asian and Middle Eastern cooking and is one of the key ingredients in curry dishes. Turmeric possesses some remarkable medical properties and is now a popular component of many natural health products.

Turmeric is an antioxidant and has been shown to prevent atherosclerosis, liver disease, and even cancer. The medicinal benefits of turmeric can be attributed to its anti-inflammatory properties. Natural health products containing turmeric are commonly used for pain and inflammation of the muscles and joints, such as in arthritis, as well as for inflammation of the gastrointestinal system, as in irritable bowel syndrome and other conditions marked by digestive dysfunction.

Turmeric also supports liver detoxification by supporting the Phase 2 liver detoxifications pathways.

To obtain some of the beneficial effects of this herb, start adding turmeric to your everyday diet. Begin with ¼ tsp per day added to foods (such as scrambled eggs, sauces, soups, stir-fries, salad dressings, etc.). Gradually increase this amount after about a month to ½ tsp each day and then up to a full tsp after another month or so.

Dr. Sharleen Hawco ND
Dr. Sharleen Hawco ND


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