Did you know Johnson & Johnson makes Band-Aids with turmeric? It turns out the Indians are well aware of the medicinal benefits of turmeric and one of the ways they use this spice is as a disinfectant. They put it on their Band Aids to heal scrapes and cuts faster. When J & J learned of this, they seized the opportunity.
You might know of turmeric as a yellow spice used in curries and other foods. Recently, the Western medical establishment has noticed people in cultures who eat a lot of turmeric don’t face the same health issuesWesterners do. Indian and Chinese medicine have long used this colorful spice as a food and a medicine. In the past few years, it’s been tested in Western laboratories and found extremely useful for many chronic ailments.
It speeds up healing of cuts and scrapes. Next time you have a cut, sprinkle some turmeric on it before you bandage it. You’ll be surprised at how quickly it heals.
Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory effects are found similar to drugs like Motrin and even hydrocortisone – without the dangerous side effects.
Curcumin is the medicinal component of turmeric and research shows is a powerful cancer-fighting element. Studies show it blocks the creation of new cancer cells and can stop them from spreading.
Turmeric is a powerful anti-oxidant. It negates the free radicals flying around your body and causing swelling and joint pain. Studies show it comparable with drug treatments like phenylbutazone – without the hefty price tag.
Studies show curcumin may prevent the oxidation of cholesterol in the body. Oxidized cholesterol damages blood vessels and can lead to heart attack or stroke.
The curcumin in turmeric enhances your liver functions. It sends the message to your liver to create more of the receptors needed to clear the “bad” cholesterol from your body.
Rates of Alzheimer’s are quite low among the elderly Indian population who eat lots of turmeric. Researchers believe it triggers a certain gene that makes antioxidant proteins. It also reduces the plaque that disrupts brain function in Alzheimer’s patients.