The popularity of natural health remedies are on the rise, according to Science-Based Medicine. While it may not be possible to determine exactly why, most studies indicate that people who choose to use alternative medicine do so because they believe in it, not because they are unhappy with modern medicine, according to Science-Based Medicine.
Whatever the reasons, scientists, doctors and consumers are discovering unique ways to use natural herbs and spices like turmeric, to cure a variety of ailments. Turmeric is a yellow herb, closely related to ginger. It is commonly used in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines. Check out why Dr. Josh Axe says that turmeric may be the best healing herb commonly available.
Anti-inflammatory: Turmeric can be very helpful in relieving joint pain because of its anti-inflammatory properties. “If you struggle with chronic joint pain, muscle pain and whether it be something like fibromyalgia or arthritis, turmeric can help because of its anti-inflammatory properties,” Axe said.
Weight management: Turmeric may help aid in weight loss because one active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, which can suppress fat tissue growth. While studies have been successful on mice, no human trials have been conducted yet, according to LiveStrong.
Turmeric can help lower cholesterol and clear our your arteries, which can improve your overall health, according to Axe.
Heals wounds: The next time you get a nasty cut, try applying turmeric paste (mix powder with a bit of water or warm milk) to your wound. Turmeric has antiseptic properties that aid in healing cracked and broken skin and burns, according to Home Remedy Shop.
Skin cleaner: Mix turmeric with a bit of raw honey and lather on your face as you would a regular face wash. Let it set for 5 minutes and wash it off. The antimicrobial benefits of turmeric wipe away bacteria and can help clear up acne.
A few simple ideas to get turmeric in your diet:
— Axe recommends drinking a turmeric tea once a day. Use 1 tablespoon of turmeric, a bit of coconut milk and make an herbal tea.
— Add turmeric to marinara sauces, salad dressings and meat for extra flavoring, according to LiveStrong.
— Add to eggs, squash or even macaroni and cheese.
— You can find turmeric pills. Axe suggests one to two capsules per day.
Use caution when taking turmeric, as large doses over time can cause ulcers. Additionally, individuals with diabetes and blood disorders should talk to their doctor as this herb may interact poorly with some medications, according to LiveStrong.
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