Why You need Tumeric (Curcuma longa)

This is one herb that every household must not go without.  Tumeric is a perennial flowering plant in the ginger family that is native to Asia.  We cook with it often and also take it in supplement form purchased from New Chapter. You can read a recent article I wrote called The Best Organic Vitamins and Supplements where I mention the Tumeric supplements we use.

In recent years Tumeric has been found to slow and prevent cancer.  But Tumeric has been used effectively for centuries to prevent cancer and assist with the following:

Digestive Issues

Liver problems



Joint and Muscle issues

Heart disease

Internal & External Wound Healing

Athletes Foot


In the book Dr. Duke’s Essential Herbs the author writes, “I’m a big believer in the anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric. But it has many other uses as well. That’s the great thing about this herb: When you take it for one thing, you automatically afford yourself protection against many other problems, some of them quite serious.”

In studies conducted with animals, Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric was shown to have a protective effect on the liver, and it accelerated internal wound healing. Research has also revealed that it stops tumor growth in various  forms of cancer.

You would have to consume or cook with about 8 teaspoons of Tumeric a day to get the recommended daily amount.  So supplementation is key.

Tumeric can also be applied as a poultice to bunions and outer skin inflammations.  Noted side effects of applying Tumeric on the skin are mild irritation, so testing a small part of your skin is important.

Ingesting Tumeric supplements in great quantities has sown to cause nausea and diarrhea so do not go overboard with it. Tumeric is also used with other herbs as a natural birth control, so women trying to become pregnant should limit their consumption of the herb, and it should be avoided entirely while pregnant. Excessive use of turmeric should also be avoided in people with congestive heart failure. The curcumin in turmeric activates a gene called p53. This gene deactivates cancer cells, but it also deactivates damaged cells in the heart.


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