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I've used turmeric a long time. I make that warm milk with turmeric and other spices. It's good stuff. Good sleep aide. Good article.
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Here's another turmeric recipe. This fish recipe is slated as preventing cancer (not beating, preventing):



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Over the years turmeric has been 'accused' of wielding some amazing power. According to Web MD, this traditional east Indian spice has been used to fight everything from skin conditions to Alzheimer's.


Seriously. Look at this list! Web MD: "Turmeric is used for arthritis, heartburn (dyspepsia), joint pain, stomach pain, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, bypass surgery, hemorrhage, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems, Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection, stomach ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gallbladder disorders, high cholesterol, a skin condition called lichen planus, skin inflammation from radiationtreatment, and fatigue.

It is also used for headaches, bronchitis, colds, lung infections, fibromyalgia, leprosy, fever, menstrual problems, itchy skin, recovery after surgery, and cancers. Other uses include depression, Alzheimer's disease, swelling in the middle layer of the eye (anterior uveitis), diabetes, water retention, worms, an autoimmune disease called systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), tuberculosis, urinary bladder inflammation, and kidney problems.

Some people apply turmeric to the skin for pain, ringworm, sprains and swellings, bruising, leech bites, eye infections, acne, inflammatory skin conditions and skin sores, soreness inside of the mouth, infected wounds, and gum disease.


Turmeric is also used as an enema for people with inflammatory bowel disease."


That's an impressive spice!*


Too much of a good thing can bring on side effects, so read this Web MD page about specific conditions and side effects before ordering a truck load of turmeric.


OK. You've checked the side effects, you've talked with your doctor and you are thinking about adding turmeric to your healthy living arsenal. So, how much turmeric does it take to cure a person of practically every disease known to man, or at least help fight inflammation? (Which has been implicated as a gateway condition for many diseases.)


Here's what this site says about turmeric dosage: "What's an appropriate dosage to avoid the side effects of turmeric? According to the medical community, about 2,000mg is the maximum amount of standardized turmeric curcumin you should take per day.


When cooking with ground turmeric powder, the University of Maryland recommends 1 to 3 grams per day. One gram of ground turmeric powder is about ½ teaspoon. Three grams is about 1½ teaspoons of ground turmeric powder.


According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, there is no recommended dose for children. For adults, the general recommended dose is 400-600mg of standardized curcumin powder 1-3 times per day. The NIH suggests you can take up to 500mg up to 4 times per day."


Need more data? Alrightythen. Smiley Happy Check out the Authority Nutrition site, which posted this article titled 10 Proven Health Benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin:


Did that win you over? Let's get to it!


There are many ways to ingest turmeric besides mustard and curry, though those are good avenues as well. I prepare a spice blend consisting of powdered turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, clove, allspice, cardamom, cayenne plus freshly ground nutmeg and vanilla bean. I sprinkle this onto oatmeal, yogurt, into hot tea, a cup of warm milk. I won't detail all the health benefits of these spices here, but you're on the Internet: you can research them easily enough. I'll just say that this is an excellent health supporting spice mix.  I don't have a written recipe, though those ingredients are listed in order of volume.


In addition to the liberal use of my spice mix, I sprinkle a bit of plain turmeric into scambled eggs, frittatas, brown rice. It melds beautifully into chicken soup, stir fries, and many Asian dishes. Turmeric adds a healthy golden glow to drop biscuits and pancakes.


Bon Appetit has more ideas for cooking with turmeric:


As does Eating Well:


And The Kitchn: Twice!:


Two questions for those already cooking with turmeric: How do you use this spice? Have you additional tips to offer others? Please do so!




*Just to be clear: Web MD is saying turmeric is effective against some of these ailments, while they feel more study is needed regarding its benefit against others.





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