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    Did You Know? Turmeric is Helpful, and Not Just for those with Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity

    Yvonne (Vonnie) Mostat, RN

    Reviewed and edited by a celiac disease expert.

      As a powerful antioxidant herb, turmeric can stimulate neural activity and prevent cognitive degradation, which often come in the form of Alzheimer's and dementia

    Caption: In India it is a custom in Hindu marriages to hold a Haldi (turmeric) ceremony at both bride and groom's place. Image: CC--Aritra Sen

    Celiac.com 04/26/2019 - Did you know that there are twenty-two benefits of the spices turmeric (which contains curcumin)?  And this just isn't just for people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivities. Look up the “22 Proven Health Benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin,” last updated in February 2019. An article written by John Slaughton, BASc. BFA and reviewed by Dr. Sandesh Krishna Bhosale (BAMS), PGDHA lists these proven health benefits for people who use this supplement. 

    Celiacs with brain for issues take note: As a powerful antioxidant herb, turmeric can stimulate neural activity and prevent cognitive degradation, which often come in the form of Alzheimer's and dementia. In studies the herb has been shown to improve memory.

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    These spices are low cost, and you can use them to flavor soups or stews, or sprinkle them on your main meals and sandwich products. It is actually exciting to look up the health benefits of turmeric because the benefits go from helping eliminate depression, pain, protecting the digestive tract (those with celiac disease need as much help as they can get). 

    Turmeric is closely related to the ginger plant family. It is a perennial herb native to India, derived from the rhizome of the plant. When dried it is ground up into the typical powdered form. It does need a rather specific temperature and environment to thrive, and it should never be frozen. Keep in a dry cool place, like on your spice shelf without any sunlight.

    Other benefits include the alleviation of pain, slowing down aging, protecting the digestive tract and preventing cancer. It does smell slightly like mustard, but has a hot, almost pepper-like bitterness to it that complements a variety of dishes. This herb has also been praised as one of the most comprehensive and powerful herbal medications in Ayurvedic treatments.

    Curcumin is the most important active ingredients of this "super herb". And due to the presence of curcumin, it acts as an anti-inflammatory agent says researchers from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. As  a topical salve it can reduce the inflammation of hemorrhoids. It is also a nutritionally rich herb, and as per the USDA it contains good amounts of protein, vitamin C, calcium, iron, dietary fiber, and sodium, all in a 24 calorie tablespoon serving, and it also provides a rich supply of Vitamin B6, potassium, magnesium and manganese.

    Turmeric can help keep your skin healthy in many ways. It keeps pimples at bay by inhibiting the growth of pimple-causing bacteria and reducing the oil secretion by the sebaceous glands. The constant use of turmeric clears acne scars, which makes your skin flawless and glowing.  You can even make a paste of turmeric and use it as a facial. In the past few years we have been bombarded with clay masks, and Vitamin C cleansers, along with Retinol, but women want a healthier skin clear of pimples and acne scars, so if we get an anti-inflammatory natural herb that is inexpensive with so many proven claims, including digestive tract aids, and the extensive research on turmeric's cancer prevention, specifically colon cancer that is one of the cancers that celiac people are concerned about, we should be "all over it". 

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    I am a freelance journalist. I am a retired registered nurse. I write regularly for the Celiac Journal of Gluten Sensitivity which publishes in the United States and British Columbia. I write under Dr. Ron Hoggan out of Victoria. I write for several secular magazines, and also five or six religious magazines, both Protestant and Catholic. Since retiring as a nurse, journalism, my second major in University, has been a life saver for me, both my poetry and articles. My husband and I recently arrived home from an all inclusive holiday to the Mayan Riviera, The Grand Sirenis Mayan. The Assistant Manager was unaware of celiac disease, but he was very interested in learning about it. I had my "Safe" and "Sorry" list translated into Spanish before we left home and several sheets of information laminated. I was so impressed at how they handled my meals I wanted to write about it. My Gluten Free Canada FREE Magazine.

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