Turmeric! Good For Everything!
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US)
The great civilization of India has know for a long time that one special yellow spice has secret powers. It's Turmeric, and you've probably eaten it in chicken soup not to mention a variety of curries.
Turmeric has a slightly bitter or pungent and earthy taste, but it is best known for turning just about anything a deep yellow/golden color. It is used as a substitute for saffron, if that helps you picture it. What naturopaths have known for some time, researchers are just beginning to discover in laboratories:
Turmeric stops inflammation! In fact, it is one of the best systemic anti-inflammatory agents known to man. The reason for this spice's success has to do with its active natural compound, curcumin, which is currently being studied by scientists. Ok, that's enough introduction, how do you use it? There are many ways, and the are all simple, and involve oral ingestion.
For starters, you can cook with it. Put a teaspoon of turmeric in your next soup, stew, broth, sauce, or curry, and enjoy. Also, you can mix it with hot water and honey for a deeply soothing tea. Finally, if the taste is not for you or you want a more consistent method, companies are selling over the counter turmeric pills. I won't discuss dosing, but research is narrowing in on therapeutic ranges.
Overdose is not much of a concern, since this spice has been consumed by humans for tens of centuries. Give it a shot for any inflammation related ailments, many of which lie at the core of anti-aging treatments.