Curry contains turmeric which is proving to be a super hero in fighting diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, MS, and several types of cancer including breast cancer. Not just as a preventative agent, but as an actual treatment.
Turmeric is a root spice grown in India. It is the spice that gives curry its beautiful golden color. Turmeric, specifically the active anti-oxidant ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, is the subject of studies all over the globe. The studies are very promising, but it’s slow going because not many companies want to invest in studies that will confirm a cancer fighter that they can’t get a patent for. (natural spices and herbs can’t be patented)
But Turmeric keeps making the news because the studies (mostly done in university labs) are solid and reproducible. In laboratory studies at the University of Texas, preliminary research found turmeric to be useful in preventing and blocking the growth of cancer such as melanoma tumor cells, breast cancer, colon cancer and other cancers.
It is also a powerful anti-inflammatory. Extensive research within the last two decades has revealed that most chronic illnesses, including cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases, are mediated through chronic inflammation. Thus, suppressing chronic inflammation has the potential to delay, prevent, and even treat various chronic diseases, including cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society:
Researchers are studying curcumin to learn whether it is an effective anti-inflammatory agent and whether it holds any promise for cancer prevention or treatment. A number of studies of curcumin have shown promising results. Curcumin can kill cancer cells in laboratory dishes and also reduces growth of surviving cells. Curcumin also has been found to reduce development of several forms of cancer in laboratory animals and to shrink animal tumors. In studies of mice, curcumin appeared to help with blocking the plaques and proteins that cause problems in the brain during Alzheimer’s disease.
It also has strong antiseptic properties and some use it on cuts scrapes and burns for medicinal benefits.
Amazing stuff, considering this ingredient is probably way in the back of your spice shelf. Yes…remember?… you bought it when you were going to make that exotic dish you saw on Martha Stewart show, but then never made it.
How can I get some??
Turmeric, is a very tasty spice. It is found widely used in Indian cooking, and has a pleasant exotic flavor. You can find it in any grocery store. I personally use it, as turmeric and curry powder, in many day to day foods such as tuna salad, pea soup, in roasted vegetables, and in vegetarian chili. For potent amounts, a tea can be made from it.
- Bring four cups of water to a boil.
- Add one teaspoon of ground turmeric (and 1/2 tsp shaved fresh ginger if you wish) and reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes.
- Strain the tea through a fine sieve or unbleached coffee filter into a cup, add honey and/or lemon to taste.
Curry is a combination of several spices, one of them being turmeric.
When used as a spice in foods, turmeric is considered safe. However if you plan to take in capsule form you should note that it is not recommended for people with kidney stones, people taking blood thinning agents (coumadin.warfarin), or drugs that suppress the immune system, or daily doses of N-SAIDS (ibuprofen type drugs), or those with diabetes should use with caution. As always, it is important to talk to your doctor about your herbal supplements as well as your prescriptions drugs. (there’s no guarantee that he/she will have a clue about what you mean, but you should tell him/her anyway)
Try this pumpkin/curry soup recipe on a cold night!
What I do
I just LOVE the taste of curry. I try to use it as much as possible. Turmeric in my opinion, really needs to be blended with other flavors–onion, garlic, rosemary…..when you use it on plain vegetables as opposed to in a recipe.
I take drugs to prevent further breast cancer (aromatase inhibitors) and they cause joint pain and stiffness. These definitely help. I take curcumin capsules-2 per day (about 1200 mg, recommended dose 1200-2000 mg….not necessary to exceed 3.6 g). I do not endorse any company, but this one I like. Capsules are vegan and there are no preservatives–also very good price, but any company is fine–just watch the preservatives.
I am looking into using turmeric in facial masks and scrubs as I am reading about what great effect it has on your skin…from acne to age spots to stretch marks….more to come on that….
Adding curry or curcumin is that simple easy way to spice up your life and get rewarded for it!