Turmeric Miracles: A Myth or a Fact?

Turmeric! It seems that this old Asian plant becomes famous again, due to its strong flavor and color, it has been used for thousands of years in Asia, and was introduced by Arab merchants to Europe. Turmeric is popular in Southeast Asia, where it is used to flavor a wide variety of dishes: Meat, poultry, fish, rice, and veggie food, it is one of the main ingredients in Indian Cuisine with "Garam Masala" spice blends, curry and Indian chutneys. In Ayurvedic medicine, Turmeric has an important place in Indian and Chinese medicine, it was and still used to treat shoulder pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, colic and menstrual cramps. It also treats conjunctivitis, coughs and  indigestion. According to http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/cancer-in-general/treatment/complementary-alternative-therapies/individual-therapies/turmeric, Turmeric can kills cancer: "A number of laboratory studies on cancer cells have shown that curcumin does have anticancer effects. It seems to be able to kill cancer cells and prevent more from growing. It has the best effects on breast cancer, bowel cancer, stomach cancer and skin cancer cells". What about a Turmeric powder facial mask? Turmeric has a powerful antioxidant properties, that slow cell damage. It has the power to regenerate the cells and to fight wrinkles, but, you'll get a yellow-orange skin, for 2 or 3 days! May be, you're wondering about nutritional information: Per 1 tsp. (teaspoon=2 g) Potassium=56 mg, Phosphorus=6 mg, Calcium=4 mg, magnesium=4 mg, Iron=0.9 mg, Omega-3 fatty acid, Vitamin B-6 and Vitamin C.
My gastronomical tip: Turmeric taste is more bitter and icreases with cooking, so, use wisely. To keep turmeric powder fresh, store in a cool, dry and dark place, in an airtight container.
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