Turmeric The Spice Of Life

Turmeric, the spice of life

Could these golden stems be the true spice of life? Lee Cowan traveled all of the method to Hawaii to learn:

Not not even close to the surfer's utopia of Hanalei, on Kauai's north shore, grows a spice as golden as a Hawaiian sunrise that might just provide our anatomical bodies equivalent kind of healthy glow.

It's called turmeric - a member of the ginger family - that, before it's washed, appears a bit like an ugly carrot. Turmeric just isn't a root, but a rhizome, which means that its stem is where all of the good stuff is found.

Native to India, turmeric has been around for thousands of years, but only recently has it caught on here in the West.

And today, individuals can't get sufficient.

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When asked how many thousands of pounds of turmeric he expects to ship out this year, Phil Green responded, Major tonnage!”

Phil and their spouse, Linda, bought a 45-acre farm over a ten years ago. They had planned a semi-quiet retirement, until turmeric became probably one of the most talked-about new superfoods.

Cowan asked, are you aware what it was?”

Barely!” laughed Linda. To me, turmeric was a powdered spice in a jar that stayed on your own shelf until you needed it in a curry recipe, you understand?”

Curries are its most common use, but turmeric's taste is just part of its allure.

One of the most talked-about superfoods, turmeric is being tested for medicinal use against a variety of diseases, from Alzheimer's and diabetes to cancer tumors.

Spread towards the wind, it is a sacred part of Hindu ceremonies. It's also been used as a dye for fabrics - it's even what offers mustard its bright, yellow hue. But ab muscles thing that makes turmeric so colorful - a compound called curcumin - is what some researchers say also makes it a powerful weapon against infection.

Biophysicist Ajay Goel has been studying its medicinal characteristics at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.

We're doing medical trials on Alzheimer's infection, Parkinson's disease, joint disease, diabetes,” said Goel.

Also it appears to have an impact on all these different conditions?” Cowan asked.

Positively. It is such a wonderful compound that's been shown to work in every single instance people have tried.”

Goel claims several thousand research reports have shown that, in a concentrated-enough dosage, the curcumin in turmeric has not only proven to be a powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory, but also shows vow in preventing and also treating something because serious as cancer.

What we're attempting to comprehend is, what are the processes, do you know the mechanisms of how it functions?” Goel said.

So you realize it works for the many part, but you are not quite yes why?”

Yes, precisely.”

While he says more research needs to be done, the term in already out at trendsetting restaurants like Café Gratitude in Los Angeles. There, turmeric is combined with steamed almond milk, or blended into a shot served with a dose of cayenne pepper.

Café Gratitude's co-owner, Ryland Englehart, said, In a petri meal, that can knock out, like, diseases. I suggest, it's crazy. It's become a phenomenon. It's the buzz word in the health globe.”

Cowan asked Englehart if turmeric was just like its hype.

Individuals think it’s great, they return for it,” he replied. Do I exactly know very well what it's providing for individuals? No.”

The Greens are not sure, either. But if it is both healthier and a cash crop, so be it.

Farmers develop exactly what people want, just what people demand,” Linda Green said. And therefore we kept increasing because it kept selling.”

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