2. Turmeric Prevents Cancer
Turmeric was the second food listed among the foods that prevent cancer in the Anti-Cancer book listed above. So what was the first food listed above? Green tea! The more green tea that you drink, the less chance you have of getting cancer. Here is an article about many other benefits of drinking Green Tea.
Here is a link to a webinar that you can watch about how curcumin (in turmeric) prevents and fights cancer. It is from the National Cancer Institute, Division of Cancer Prevention, Nutritional Science Research Group. Is Curcumin the Spice of Life? A Look at Cancer Prevention Evidence
Here is an article called Great Foods that Fight Cancer. It mentions turmeric, green tea and other other more common foods.
3. Prevents Cardiovascular Disease
Above it says that it helps to prevent blood clots that cause heart attack and strokes. There is an article called Spices Stop Blood Clots Better Than Drugs. Besides mentioning turmeric it also says that piperine (remember from black pepper) helps prevent blood clots.
It says that one of the most powerful spices for doing this is capsaicin. Now this is the main compound in cayenne pepper or red pepper. Most of the time curry contains red pepper as mentioned above. Also the other spices usually found in curry are very healthy. I always buy the organic curry. I do not want pesticides in my spices.
4. Turmeric Detoxifies the Liver
Here is a whole article about it called Turmeric for Liver & Digestive Health. It says:
Turmeric shares similar liver protectant compounds that milk thistle and artichoke leaves contain. It is said to shrink engorged hepatic ducts, so it can be useful to treat liver conditions such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, and jaundice.5. Prevents Inflammation
This one benefit may influence many of the others since the less inflammation people have, the less chance they have of getting diseases associated with aging.
6. Prevents Arthritis and Osteoarthritis
Of course the benefit listed above this one is responsible for this. Webmd.com says:
Curcumin, a substance in turmeric, may help to reduce inflammation. Several studies suggest that it might ease symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, like pain and inflammation. Other compounds in turmeric might also be medicinal.7. Improves Digestion
This benefit was talked about in the article about liver and digestion. This herb stimulates bile production in the liver and this helps the body to digest fats.
8. Natural Pain Killer
Aspirins helps pain and inflammation since they go together.
9. Helps Diabetes
This PubMed study talks about this, Efficacy of turmeric on blood sugar. Here is a great article called, How an MD Cured Hundreds of People of Diabetes.
10. Prevents Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease (AD)
PubMed is the U.S. National Library of Medicine that is one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This PubMed article is called: The effect of curcumin (turmeric) on Alzheimer's disease. It says:
It has been used in various types of treatments for dementia and traumatic brain injury. Curcumin also has a potential role in the prevention and treatment of AD. Curcumin as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and lipophilic action improves the cognitive functions in patients with AD.11. Speeds the Healing of Wounds
This spice even has the ability to heal wounds faster and repair already damaged skin. You can make a tea of it apply it topically. But as an herbalist, I feel that it is better to also take it internally when you use it externally.
12. Improves Cell Health and Boosts the Immune System