I have been in the Natural Health Industry for many years, and I can say by far that Turmeric is the number one herb that customers ask for. Turmeric consist of compounds called curcuminoids, the most important of which is curcumin. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antoxidant. There are so many benefits about Turmeric, I will list a few and expound on some.

Here are the benefits:

Heart disease

Impact on diabetes

Anti-depressants

Arthritis management

Powerful Anti-inflammatory

Powerful antioxidant

The University of Maryland’s Medical Center states that turmeric’s powerful antioxidant properties fight cancer-causing free radicals, reducing or preventing some of the damage they can cause.  And while more research is necessary, early studies have shown that curcumin may help prevent or treat several types of cancer.

Alzheimers

Several years ago, ethnobotanist James A Duke, Ph.D., published a comprehensive summary of over 700 turmeric studies that support the Ayurveda research. This herbal antidote was found to counteract symptom of Alzheimer’s by blocking formation of beta-amyloid, the sticky protein substance believed to have a hand in cell and tissue loss indicative of an Alzheimer’s brain.  In addition, turmeric reduced inflammation of neural tissue associated with the disease

People taking certain medications should also be careful when using turmeric in their food or supplementing with it. Turmeric may interfere with anti-coagulants like aspirin, clopidogrel and warfarin. It also can affect medications such as non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs. As with any herb or supplement, use as directed.