Turmeric – The Miracle Spice

Dr Cabot is the Medical and Executive Director of the Australian Women’s Health Advisory Service. This service was established in 1982 and since that time has provided free help to people all over the world via phone and the Internet.

Dr Cabot graduated with Honours in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Adelaide in South Australia in 1975.

During the early 1980s she spent 6 months working as a volunteer doctor at the Leyman hospital, which was the largest missionary hospital in Northern India.

Dr Cabot is a pilot and uses her Beechcraft Baron aircraft to do regular work for the Angel Flight Charity, which provides free transport for patients with severe disabilities in remote Australian areas. Dr Cabot’s aircraft has done nearly 200 flights since January 2007 for the Angel Flight Charity.

Dr Cabot has conducted health seminars all over the world and has been asked to lecture for numerous health organisations such as The American Liver Foundation and the Annual Hepatitis Symposium. Dr Cabot continues to do many health seminars, most of which raise thousands of dollars for local charities.

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Turmeric is a plant which is part of the ginger family. This orange coloured spice is considered by many in the know to be one of the best foods (or supplements) that you can consume for good health. Common in Middle Eastern and South Asia, turmeric has been used as a staple in many recipes for thousands of years.

It is the rhizome (underground stem) of the plant that has therapeutic benefits. The rhizomes are boiled for several hours, and then dried in hot ovens and ground into a bright yellow powder – it is the key ingredient in curry powder.

For centuries, Indian and Chinese medicines have used turmeric as a natural remedy to clear inflammation and infection both inside and outside the body. Thankfully, Western medical practitioners are now coming on board and recognising the benefits of this amazing plant. The holistic health community has known of the benefits of turmeric for many years and now, thanks to more scientific research being conducted, the use of this powerful spice is becoming more common in other areas of medicine.

Turmeric is extremely effective at naturally detoxifing the liver. It is one of the most potent natural anti-inflammatories available and shares similar liver protectant compounds that St Mary’s Thistle and globe artichoke leaves contain.  Said to shrink engorged hepatic ducts, turmeric can be useful to treat liver conditions such as cirrhosis, hepatitis and jaundice.

Liver formulas are available which combine turmeric with St Mary’s Thistle, B vitamins and sulphur bearing amino acids. This combination is a superb support for liver function, gall bladder and digestion.

Another extremely impressive health benefit of turmeric, is the repeated research which shows that turmeric is a powerful cancer fighter. In more than nine studies, it has been shown to decrease brain tumour size in animals by over 80%.

Recently, doctors at UCLA found that curcumin, the main component in turmeric, is a natural anticancer compound and is able to block cancer growth.

Curcumin has also been found to have astonishing properties which help prevent breast cancer by reducing the expression of deadly molecules within cancer cells – this means that it can potentially slow the spread of breast cancer. Curcumin has the ability to attach itself to breast cell receptors and prevent oestrogenic chemicals like DDT and dioxin from binding there.

This amazing spice is a natural painkiller which helps with joint pain as well as auto immune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. A 2006 study which examined the effect of turmeric on rats with injected rheumatoid arthritis showed that pretreatment with turmeric completely inhibited the onset of rheumatoid arthritis in the rats. This study also showed that when turmeric was used for pre-existing rheumatoid arthritis, there was a significant reduction in symptoms.

Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties make turmeric idea for use as an antiseptic in home remedies for wounds. Turmeric may also be beneficial in treating skin conditions such as eczema, acne and psoriasis.

Research is continuing into this amazing spice and, thus far, is beginning to show that turmeric may be effective at protecting against diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.

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Pure Turmeric product line coming soon. Find out more about natural medicinal spices at Pure Cinnamon.

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