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Turmeric; Medicinal uses
Turmeric contains curcuminoids (which are a form of phenolic acid), and give the root its yellow colouring properties. They also have preservative, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects - so retard age-related diseases by preventing free-radical damage; protect the liver from toxins, lower cholesterol levels and reduce menstrual pain.
Studies with HIV patients have shown that turmeric also has a beneficial effect in the treatment of AIDS.
Used externally as a poultice, turmeric mixed with lime is an ancient household remedy for sprains, muscular pain and inflamed joints. It is available as a nutritional supplement in capsule form. See 'Turmeric'. For more information on Nutriition, see 'Nutrients A-Z' by Dr Michael Sharon