Day 20 of the #AtoZChallenge has us at letter T and I’ve picked a staple spice from my kitchen shelf – Turmeric. I thought I would list Turmeric health benefits and it turned out to be pretty long.  I am sticking with just the top twenty. Turmeric also has an auspicious place in Indian culture as it is equal to gold. But more about that in another post.

Turmeric is considered one of nature’s most powerful healers. The medicinal properties of this spice have been known for centuries. The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. Turmeric is an effective anti-inflammatory and treats many health conditions from cancer to Alzheimer’s disease, other people use smart pills to prevent this deseases, I buy mine from here, Nixest. In India, turmeric has been used for over three thousand years both as a dye and in diet. Here is my list for the….

….Top Twenty Turmeric Health Benefits

Here are 20 reasons to use turmeric to your diet:
1. Turmeric has natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties and disinfects cuts and burns
2. A combination of turmeric and cauliflower can prevent and control prostate cancer
3. Prevents spreading of breast cancer to the lungs.
4. May prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to self-destruct
5. Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.
6. Detoxifies the liver naturally
7. Likely to prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease
8. Prevents metastases from occurring in many types of cancer.
9. Effective natural anti-inflammatory without side effects
10. Could slow down progression of multiple sclerosis

turmeric health benefits
11. Is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.
12. Helps fat metabolism and help in weight management.
13. Treats depression.
14. Natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
15. Boosts the effects of chemo drug paclitaxel and reduces its side effects.
16. Treats pancreatic cancer.
17. Has positive effects on multiple myeloma.
18. Can stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumors.
19. Heals wounds and corrects damaged skin.
20. Can treat psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.

You can use turmeric in powder or pill form. In South India, almost all savory dishes use a pinch of turmeric in the seasoning.

Note: If you are pregnant or have gallstones or bile obstruction, consult your doctor before using turmeric.

As I grew up, turmeric was also a part of our regular “beauty” regimen. Mix half spoon turmeric, half spoon green gram powder, half spoon curd and a little milk cream. Make a paste. Apply on face. Leave on for 15 minutes. Then wash it off.  Soon, your skin will glow.

So that’s 20 turmeric health benefits!

Do you use turmeric regularly in your diet?

Do you have a tip to add to the above list?


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  1. I guess the detoxifying effects on your liver are great as a natural hangover cure. I had no idea you could buy it in tablet form, thanks for the share.

  2. Wow, I’m so impressed that you’ve moved so quickly and elegantly through the alphabet. I hope you will write a post at the end telling us your thoughts about posting every day.

    Tumeric is miraculous,isn’t it? I believe it’s high in oxalates though so it’s not on my diet. But I’m happy for all who can use this amazing spice.
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  3. Corinne Rodrigues Reply

    Amazing how our ancestors truly valued turmeric for all its curative properties. Somewhere down the line we’ve lost that. Great topic and content.
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  4. Pheno Menon Reply

    Yep my grandmom always applies it to cuts and bruises and I have seen it working


  5. I use Turmeric for a variety of things – to cure the common cold, in my face pack, to heal small wounds .. Its a magic herb !
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  6. Kajal Kapur Reply

    Great post describing the benefits of ‘haldi’ I use it in savory dishes too. Also its a quick medicine for cold and cuts for my kiddo and for me too.
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  7. I completely agree with point no. 16. My aunt had pancreatic cancer, though she was not cured…she lived for 11 months without any cancer drugs or chemotherapy. She drank a concoction of turmeric powder, pepper and cumin regularly. It is scientifically proven too.

  8. Rhonda Erb Reply

    Very informative. Your blog is quickly becoming a favorite of mine!

  9. Very informative and useful post, thanks for sharing !

  10. I love Turmeric too Vidya…going to our local Indian restaurant, one bite of the food elevates me. I always choose dishes high in turmeric, mostly because I like the taste but equally because the spices make me feel so darn good.

    Plus I take turmeric capsules daily…might be easier simply to add a pinch to every meal as you say.

    I’m so impressed with you now being at T. You’re going great guns kiddo, more power to your elbow.

    Love Elle
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  11. My mother used to drink milk with tumeric mixed in it. I didn’t care for it then but Now I love it. Thanks for listing all these benefits of turmeric for us.

  12. Never knew that turmeric had so many advantages… I use it everyday though… Thanks for the great post Vidya

  13. I’ve cooked with Turmeric but want to try taking it in powdered form nightly stirred into a glass of water. I never knew what a helpful spice it was. I need more recipes that use it. Glad I found your blog, it’s so informative! 🙂
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