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Turmeric

A gift from nature

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Spice with a healing history

Most people know turmeric as a primary spice in curries. The FDA considers it a "food color additive" for it's bright yellow-orange color.

For thousands of years, turmeric has been recognized for its healing properties. Studies show benefits for turmeric and its active component, curcumin, as an anti-inflammatory, in treating arthritis, slowing the growth of cancer, protecting against liver damage, and even protecting against Alzheimer's.

Some sources say that big pharma tried to get the FDA to change the classification of turmeric and call it a drug. What does that tell you?

Many people who have experienced the benefits of turmeric get their daily dose as a tea. Here's a simple recipe from Dr. Andrew Weil:

- Bring four cups of water to a boil.
- Add one teaspoon of ground turmeric and reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes.
- Strain the tea through a fine sieve into a cup, add honey and/or lemon to taste.