I got a whole new meaning of "spice" after recently reading current reports on CANCER prevention and the spice Tumeric.
Its long-term knowledge that tumeric works both as an immune booster and potent anti-inflammatory. Given the runaway cancer statistics in the U.S. these days, perhaps tumeric's greatest value lies in its anti-cancer potential.
The prevalence colon, breast, prostate and lung cancers in India (where turmeric is widely used) is 10 times lower than in the U.S. . The fact that men in India are rarely diagnosed with prostate cancer is attributed, in part, to the curcumin in turmeric.
“Various scientific studies have shown curcumin (that the yellow compound in turmeric), contains potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These can inhibit tumor cell growth and suppress enzymes that activate carcinogens.” http://www2.mdanderson.org/cancerwise/2011/01/turmeric-adds-spice-to-your-health.html
Suggestions for cooking with turmeric :
Curry mixes, Chutney, It also goes well with vegetables, rice, and salad dressing.
For more ideas visit http://homecooking.about.com/od/foodfactsheets/a/turmericstorage.htm
Mark your calendar for 2nd Saturday Wellness – May 14th, 2011