by Tracey Watson, Natural News:
Turmeric, a flowering plant from the ginger family, has been recognized for its medicinal value for thousands of years and is a staple part of both ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. In more recent years, scientific studies have established its place in modern western medicine, too.
The secret to turmeric’s amazing health benefits is a phenolic compound known as curcumin. This compound – which is also responsible for turmeric’s bright yellow color – has amazing anti-inflammatory, anticancer and antioxidant properties. Studies have found that it relieves pain, reduces blood clots and detoxifies the body. Its ability to regulate enzymes and cytokines that cause inflammation – which in turn cause illness – make it a powerful way to prevent multiple diseases, including cancer and heart disease.