The Golden Herb to Protect Your Heart

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The golden herb turmeric, botanically called curcuma longa, is a symbol of life and prosperity in India. Recently, it has been proved that the rich antioxidant ingredient of turmeric lowers the risk of post bypass operation heart attacks. Turmeric powder is an important ingredient in every South Indian dish. The rhizome is dried and used for its medical and culinary benefits.

The golden spice to protect your heart


From ancient days, turmeric (curcuma longa) has been used as food, medicine, and as cosmetic. It has been traditionally used in several Hindu rituals. Cultivated in tropical countries such as India and China, turmeric has been extensively used for medical and culinary purposes. Marco Polo, the Italian traveler who visited Asian countries in the 12th century, has mentioned in his memoirs that turmeric is a vegetable with the properties of saffron, yet it is not really saffron.

Rhizome of turmeric used for various purposes

The underground stem of turmeric, called rhizome, is the part mainly used. It is usually boiled, cleaned and dried before usage. Raw turmeric is also used in South India for medical purposes. Turmeric plant with its rhizome is used in South Indian rituals. Ancient Indian and Chinese medicines have been using turmeric as an important medical ingredient. Ayurveda says that turmeric is a highly effective anti-inflammatory without adverse side effects. In modern medicinal systems, curcumin, the most powerful property of turmeric, is extracted from turmeric and placed into capsules.

Turmeric protects your heart


1) Ayurveda, an ancient Indian medical system, has been treating heart diseases by medicines having turmeric as one of the main ingredients. It suggests regular consumption of turmeric for lowering cholesterol.

2) Modern researches have proved that curcumin, the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric, have the ability to protect heart. Recent studies, involving heart bypass surgery patients in Thailand led by the team of Dr. Wanwarang Wongcharoen, revealed that curcumin lowered the risk of postoperative heart attacks.

3) The heart muscle can easily be damaged during bypass surgery because of prolonged lack of blood flow. This may increase the risk of heart attack. Researches have revealed that curcumin, the yellow pigment in turmeric, significantly lowers inflammation and oxidative stress markers in the blood.

Curcumin to protect you

4) Curcumin is said to turn off certain genes which cause scarring and enlargement of the heart. Studies show that curcumin helps to reduce the heart muscle and, as a result, prevents enlargment of heart.

5) Regular consumption of turmeric helps to reduce bad cholesterol and high blood pressure. It increases blood circulation and prevents blood clotting, thereby preventing heart attack.

6) Bharat Aggarwal, who has researched the use of curcumins in cancer therapy at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, says that curcumin controls inflammation which develops in many diseases, including heart disease.

7) Turmeric prevents angina pectoris, a heart problem with recurring chest pain or discomfort that happens due to poor blood circulation. It also prevents hardening of arteries by lowering cholesterol and inhibiting fat oxidation.

For centuries, turmeric has been used to treat a wide range of ailments, including heart diseases. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin are still under study. It is a very powerful remedy for lowering cholesterol, which leads to many heart problems.

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Anti-Inflammatory, Antioxidant, Ayurveda, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Curcumin, Heart Diseases, Post Surgery Heart Attack, Turmeric

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author avatar Judy Ellen
29th Apr 2012 (#)

Congratulations on your star page! You are a great writer and have a wealth of very helpful information for us!!! Thank you so much!! I use turmeric too!! Love it!!!

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author avatar vpaulose
29th Apr 2012 (#)

Great. Thank you dear.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
29th Apr 2012 (#)

You write with such aplomb and this as your other articles are filled with great information...tomorrow I will get tumeric..many thanks love..

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author avatar vpaulose
30th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you dear CN.

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author avatar mistyleaf
29th Apr 2012 (#)

I never knew that turmeric is very good for the heart. I use turmeric powder in cooking curry and in Philippine cuisine. I thought that it's only used as food coloring. I will use turmeric in my other recipes from now on. Thank you for this informative article.

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author avatar vpaulose
30th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you dear Misty

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
29th Apr 2012 (#)

Well shared article, thank you for reminding us about, vpaulose .

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author avatar vpaulose
30th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you dear friend.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
29th Apr 2012 (#)

vpaulose I did not realize how beneficial this wonderful spice is many thanks:0)!

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author avatar vpaulose
30th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you dear sister.

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author avatar The Elements
29th Apr 2012 (#)

i will try to look for turmeric and include it on our menus from now on

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author avatar vpaulose
30th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you dear.

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author avatar NEERAJ BHATT
29th Apr 2012 (#)

GREAT POST,NAMASTE SIR.

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author avatar vpaulose
30th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you dear Neeraj

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author avatar Buzz
29th Apr 2012 (#)

Great information, my friend. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar vpaulose
30th Apr 2012 (#)

Thanks a lot.

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author avatar Don Rothra
30th Apr 2012 (#)

Interesting

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author avatar vpaulose
9th May 2012 (#)

Thank you dear Don

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author avatar Alan Steve
1st May 2012 (#)

You have given us a lot of information on ayurveda. It is really good to know about turmeric and its benefit. It was used in many rituals from ancient time.


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Excellent write up on one of the major spices used in regular Indian cooking.
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author avatar Piero farneda
3rd Oct 2015 (#)

uso la curcuma in cucina mi piace ho 85 anni malgrado l by pass al cuore sto bene .come dose come usare la curcuma grazie

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