Saturday, May 1, 2010


Turmeric is a rust-colored spice, lighter in color than paprika. Turmeric has a slightly earthy taste, and is commonly used in east Asian and Hungarian dishes. This spice is known not just for its aroma and taste, but also for its medicinal properties. Turmeric,known as curcumin, reduces inflammation in the body, and recent medical studies indicate that men who eat turmeric consistently have lower levels of prostate cancer. Reducing inflammation in the body is a key component to good, long health, so learning how to use turmeric to reduce inflammation and pain in your life can have long-term health benefits that far exceed just using this spice as a food additive.
Difficulty: Easy
Things You'll Need:

* dried turmeric powder

How to Use Turmeric to Reduce Inflammation and Pain
Step 1

Buy turmeric in bulk. You will gradually work up to one teaspoon of turmeric consumed each day, so buying turmeric in smaller bottles will not be cost effective. Look at organic food stores or online for bulk turmeric supplies.
Step 2

Add 1/4 of a teaspoon to your diet. Popular turmeric options include sprinkling it on scrambled eggs, adding it to soups, adding turmeric to stir fry, or mixing it into sauces such as pasta sauce, or salad dressings.
Step 3

Increase your turmeric intake to 1/2 of a teaspoon per day after a few weeks. Consider adding a dash of cayenne pepper as well, to help boost your turmeric and make it more effective.
Step 4

Eat 1 teaspoon per day after a month or so. Turmeric is very beneficial as an anti-inflammatory in the digestive tract,and as an aid for the liver. You may find you digest meals better. Add extra turmeric to your diet after overeating, or after consuming gassy foods that might leave you bloated.
Step 5

Maintain your consumption of turmeric and evaluate any pain or anti-inflammatory medications you may take. Consult a doctor before making any changes. Some people with chronic pain issues find that turmeric provides great relief for such conditions as uveitis and arthritis.

Consider eating turmeric,cinnamon, and cayenne pepper together. All three are powerful anti-inflammatories,and cinnamon may help reduce inflammation and aid with diabetic issues.

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