6 Ways That Turmeric Fights Bacteria, Viruses, Free Radicals and Cancer

2. Turmeric Is the Superman of Spices

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Turmeric and, it’s MVP active ingredient curcumin, is one of the cornerstones of South Asian cuisine and it’s also been used medicinally for hundreds of years. More recently in the West, turmeric has been embraced as an anti-inflammatory agent with brain-boosting, anti-aging and heart-supporting effects. It’s also shown to be helpful in reducing pain and fatigue, improving mood by boosting serotonin and dopamine levels, as well as cognitive function by stimulating the production of brain growth hormones. An added bonus: it seems to also inhibit tumor growth. While perhaps not a ‘cure-all’ per se, it is an amazingly powerful antioxidant well worth getting to know better.

It’s Also an Instant Nutrition Booster

Interested in packing in as many nutrients as possible into your meals? One no-brainer solution – do it with turmeric! Each sprinkle of this golden powder adds vitamins C, E and K, plus key minerals such as iron, magnesium and zinc and even a little protein and fiber to boot. Turmeric also supports the health of your mitochondria (the power plants inside your cells), so adding it to diet can help your body access more of the energy it needs to function well and keep you feeling powered up.

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A pioneer and internationally recognized expert in the fields of Integrative and Functional Medicine, Dr. Frank Lipman is the founder and director of Eleven-Eleven Wellness Center in New York City and the creator of Be Well by Dr. Frank Lipman, a proprietary brand of dietary supplements, detoxifying cleanses and health coaching services. Dr. Lipman received his initial medical training at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Qualifying in 1979, he worked as a General Practitioner and immigrated to the United States in 1984. After 3 years as an internal medicine residency, he became board certified and served as Chief Medical Resident at Lincoln Hospital in New York City. While practicing Western Medicine, he became more and more aware of both the weaknesses and strengths of his training. Over time he found that by combining cutting nutritional science with age-old healing techniques from the East, he was able to help a lot of people – effectively, safely and without side effects. Dr. Lipman is the author of 3 books: Total Renewal – 7 Key Steps to Resilience Vitality and Long Term Health; Revive – End Exhaustion and Feel Great Again; The New Health Rules – Simple Changes to Achieve Whole-Body Wellness. Dr. Lipman sits on the Board of the Ubuntu Education Fund, a non-profit Educational Fund in South Africa, and lectures throughout the world on health related topics.