Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Tumeric: The Multitasker

Turmeric has been used as a substitute for saffron (an old world spice) in Europe for over 700 years. While in China, Marco Polo in 1280 AD recorded information on turmeric in his diary:
"There is also a vegetable which has all the properties of true saffron, as well the smell as the color, and yet it is not really saffron."  

One of the main healthful ingredients in turmeric is curcumin (a curcuminoid), which gives turmeric its yellow color.  Curcumin can potentially benefit you by:
• Promoting your immune system against stress*
• Helping maintain your healthy digestive system*
• Supporting your healthy bones, joints, and overall skeletal system*
• Helping you maintain cholesterol levels that are already within the normal range*
• Promoting your healthy blood and liver functions*
• Supports your healthy joint function*
• Promotes your radiant skin*
• Helps improve your digestion*

Turmeric has been used in Indian culture for thousands of years for a multitude of health-promoting reasons.* An estimated 500 million Indians still use the spice today. Turmeric can provide you whole person health benefits:
• Supports healthy joint function*
• Promotes radiant skin*
• Helps improve digestion*
• Boosts antioxidant protection against free radicals*
• Helps promote healthy skin*
• Supports overall eye health*
• Provides immune system support*
• Aids skeletal system and joint health*
• Encourages healthy liver function*
• Helps maintain healthy cells with support against free radicals*
• Balances the health of digestive system*
• Aids in support of healthy blood and your circulatory system*
• Helps maintain normal cholesterol levels to support your cardiovascular system*
• Assists neurological system's healthy response to stress*
• Promotes healthy female reproductive system*
• Helps maintain blood sugar levels already within the normal range*

Turmeric, like other herbs and spices, is a principle herb in Ayurveda -- India's ancient holistic health system.  Ayurveda means "knowledge of life" -- with herbs lying at the very heart of Ayurvedic practice.

Turmeric Ayurveda PracticeAnd Turmeric has multipleuses within Ayurveda, including blood cleansing and maintaining healthy skin.*

In Ayurvedic terminology, turmeric includes the following:

• Verdana sthapana -- promotes a healthy nervous system and helps with occasional discomfort*

• Sangrahani -- supports absorption of vitamins and minerals*

• Anulomana -- helps purge out wastes and building healthy blood*

• Rakta stambhaka -- promotes circulatory system wellness*

Turmeric provides antioxidant nutrients*, too.  As you know, antioxidants are important nutrients in supporting vibrant health.  They help you slow down free radical damage that can seriously damage cells, organs and DNA. Turmeric helps protect the cells and helps counteract this process with its antioxidant content.*  The antioxidant content within turmeric comes from active compounds called curcuminoids. 

These curcuminoids deliver antioxidants that may be:

• 5 to 8 times stronger than vitamin E -- and also stronger than vitamin C

• 3 times more powerful than grape seed or pine bark extract

• Strong enough to scavenge the hydroxyl radical -- considered by many to be the most reactive of all oxidants*

Dr Jospeh Merola says: "Antioxidants are your body's #1 way to neutralize free radicals and help you potentially slow down the signs of normal aging.* Oxidation by free radicals can damage cells and DNA -- and thus impact your aging process* -- something we all would like to put the brakes on."

Antioxidants are also key nutrients in:
• Supporting memory function*
• Promoting heart health*
• Boosting immune system*

Some of the first aging signs you may see as you get older are changes to your skin. Organic ingredients found in turmeric can help promote healthy skin.*  Curcuminoids support important blood and liver functions, healthy joints, and your overall well-being.* This in turn helps promote your radiant, supple skin.* 

Turmeric has been considered to be ‘skin food' for thousands of years in India and other cultures.*

Turmeric helps:
• Cleanse your skin and maintain its elasticity*
• Provide nourishment to your skin*
• Balance the effects of skin flora*

Turmeric can assist your cells by helping to neutralize stubstances that can cause cellular stress by*:  
• Maintaining cell integrity when threatened by occasional environmental stressors*
• Providing antioxidants needed to help support cells against excessive oxidation and free radicals*
• Turmeric is also recognized as an adaptogen -- helping to support the body against stress and providing immune system support.*

    * These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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