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Yellow turmeric (Curcuma aromatica), used mostly as a cosmetic, and orange turmeric (Curcuma longa), used as a food.
Turmeric is a major antioxidant and anti-inflammatory food, so it's good
for lots of things! Good for humans and their pets, cats, dogs, chickens, pigs,
horses, goats, lizards, birds, even old crocodiles! It's good for bodies.

The "Golden Spice" has been revered and used in religious ceremonies
for millennia, added daily to meals for better immunity - well-documented
in Asian cuisine - over 4,000 years of safe, benefiting usage.

From ancient Ayurvedic medicine, it has become one of the most
researched plants in the world with over 21,000 cited articles finding
nearly 300 pharmacological properties that can help in over 800 diseases.

Turmeric may even improve conditions that are resistant to
conventional treatment, is excellent preventive care and may help with

diabetes, dementia, arthritis, depression, cancer, etc.

What does turmeric actually do??

ANTICOAGULANT: Allowing blood to flow correctly and inhibiting abnormal blood clot formation (thrombosis). (If already on anticoagulants, please consult your doctor to be certain turmeric would be appropriate with your medication.)

ARTHRITIS: Curcumin inhibits the breakdown of cartilage and has been shown in some studies to be as effective as hydrocortisone and phenylbutazone in relieving the symptoms of arthritis such as inflammation, swelling and joint stiffness. Even better, it does so without the significant side-effects of those drugs and has been shown to be safe at very large doses.

BLOOD PRESSURE: Reduces and normalises blood pressure. Those on blood pressure medications may be able to work with your doctor to reduce your dose.

CANCER: Curcumin defends the body against cancer via multiple actions: it detoxifies carcinogens thereby preventing the initiation of cancer cells; suppresses the progression of cancerous cells by inhibiting their proliferation while simultaneously increasing their death and removal; and inhibits the spread of cancerous cells to other areas of the body. It can also reduce the side effects of chemotherapy treatment and enhance the action of some chemotherapy agents. Various studies have demonstrated either turmeric (as a whole food) or curcumin/curcuminoids (as isolates) to have beneficial results in preventing or treating a wide range of cancers. These include skin including melanoma, ovarian, breast, lung, oral, stomach, liver, colon and prostate cancers.

CARDIOVASCULAR EFFECTS: Curcumin improves the liver’s ability to reduce LDL ("bad" cholesterol) and increase HDL ("good" cholesterol). In addition, it prevents the oxidation of both LDL and HDL (oxidised cholesterol leads to blood vessel damage and plaque build-up that can result in heart attack or stroke).

COGNITION and BRAIN health: Alzheimer’s Disease In addition to the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant protection turmeric affords against neurodegenerative diseases, curcumin has been shown, after crossing the blood-brain barrier, to inhibit the formation of the plaques between neurons (nerve cells) that disrupt brain function.

TYPE 2 DIABETES: Along with cinnamon and ginger, turmeric is effective at reducing blood sugar and increasing insulin sensitivity. It can enhance glucose uptake in skeletal muscle and other tissue. Blood sugar levels should be monitored, as your diabetes meds or insulin may need to be reduced.

DEPRESSION: Mood lifting, mentally energising anecdotes are common in the T.U.G group page. If you are already on antidepressants you need to run it past your doctor because there can be some additive effects.

ENERGY: Increases metabolic rate and normalises blood glucose and alertness. Diabetic animals fed curcumin not only had a significant reduction of blood cholesterol levels (LDL fraction) but also of blood triglycerides and phospholipids (elevated levels of both are associated with the disturbed lipid metabolism characteristic of type 2 diabetes).

FERTILITY: Improves fertility in dogs, cattle, horses and presumably humans. Chicken egg production was improved by 30% and old hens can lay again.

GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT: Inhibits the growth of Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium associated with both gastric duodenal ulcer formation and gastric and colon cancers. Other studies have indicated that turmeric (in appropriate amounts) can enhance the healing of gastric ulcers via an increase in gastric wall mucus production. Further, turmeric has been shown to have an antispasmodic effect on the gastrointestinal tract. In addition, turmeric and curcumin have been investigated and found to be protective against Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

LIVER health: Turmeric has a liver-protecting action. It both prevents and repairs liver damage. It protects the liver from inflammation and improves the clearing function of the liver when it has been damaged and dramatically increases the clearance of alcohol from the system.

SKIN, nails and hair growth: Significant reduction of itchiness in the skin of humans, horses and dogs. Improves the quality of fingernails and hair in humans and hooves of horses. Deepens coat colour in horses and dogs. Counteracts sunburn even after redness appears. Does this by antioxidant effect, e.g. scavenges radiation-induced, reactive, free radicals.

WEIGHT LOSS: Above effects may contribute to weight loss.

WOUND HEALING: Promotes rapid healthy healing of wounds.

As well as all the above, turmeric has demonstrated the ability to suppress cataract development, and have a topical anti-fungal effect. We will add lots more to this soon.

Now you just need to cook your turmeric and you're golden.

It works on other animals as well!