Turmeric for Infammatory Conditions

I’ve posted on this blog before about the healing properties of turmeric, both here and here.   It is a tasty spice that I make sure to include in my cooking as much as possible for both the flavor and the health benifits.  I strongly feature it in Wellness Wisdom, including a couple of my favorite recipes that include the spice. 

Looking for more inspiration to bring the bright golden spice into your life?  Check out this new study:

Curcumin, which gives the curry spice turmeric its bright yellow color, could be helpful in treating painful inflammatory conditions, such as tendinitis and arthritis, according to researchers at the University of Nottingham in the U.K. and Ludwig-Maxmillians University in Munich, Germany. Their studies show that curcumin can be used to suppress inflammation in tendon diseases.

Ali Mobasheri, DPhil, of the University of Nottingham’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, who co-led the research, says, “Our research is not suggesting that curry, turmeric, or curcumin are cures for inflammatory conditions such as tendinitis and arthritis. However, we believe that it could offer scientists an important new lead in the treatment of these painful conditions through nutrition.”

Turmeric has been used for centuries in traditional Indian, or ayurvedic, medicine as an anti-inflammatory agent and remedy for symptoms related to irritable bowel syndrome and other disorders. Based on its potential anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, researchers in several countries are investigating curcumin for use in a variety of diseases, including some types of cancer and cirrhosis of the liver. via http://arthritis.webmd.com/news/20110809/curry-spice-offers-hope-tendinitis-pain

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