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Uses of Turmeric and how it amazingly relieved my pain

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I’m a breast cancer patient fighting for my rights to live. I created to show that BIG C is not the end of the world. But a beginning of a fight and a new life. I encourage those who are at the same shoes to fight even if you feel exhausted, even your wallet was drained. That, there are reason to fight back and a reason not to give up. Cheers!

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In this article, I will show you what are the uses of turmeric that cancer patients will benefit from. And how to incorporate this spice in your diet.

Turmeric as spice originated from India. It comes from a turmeric plant and commonly used in Asian food. It has warm, slightly bitter taste with deep yellow color usually used to flavor or color food and cosmetics. The chemical curcumin that presents in turmeric has significant help in curing some diseases and inflammation. Laboratory experiment shows the evidence of the effectivity of turmeric in medicinal use.

Dating back 4000 years ago, turmeric is part of Indian holistic medicine known as “Ayurveda”.

“Ayurveda” uses plant-based formulation to treat various diseases, including cancer.

Turmeric shows positive results in treating illnesses from ancient medicinal practice up to modern-day medicine.

I use turmeric for my joint pains?

I find it helpful when I feel pain in my joints after chemotherapy. I feel that my proximal interphalangeal joint (PIP) or the joint in the middle of the fingers are swelling.

The doctors had given me some medicine to reduce the pain. But I decided not to take the prescription because of the fear that it may lead to another side effects.

On that day, I started to use turmeric as my morning buddy. I drink boiled turmeric with black pepper every day. I noticed that the pain is slowly disappearing. If I rank the pain from 1-5, and 5 is the most painful, I will say that as of now I’m at 4.

Stay here and join me as I will share with you some tips on how to incorporate this spice in your diet to improve your symptoms.

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Uses of Turmeric in Cooking

I used turmeric when I cooked Tilapia in coconut milk

The first step, choose live tilapia. Clean it, scaled and cut the fins.

Season the fish with black pepper and salt from outside to inside, including the head. Then set aside.

Prepare 4pcs chopped of garlic, sliced onion, a thumb size of ginger, and 2 thumb size of turmeric root( or you can add more), pechay, and 1 cup coconut milk, ½ cup of coconut cream. Ground black pepper and salt.

How to do it?

Insert ginger in the head of tilapia, then wrap it with petchay. Arrange in a pan, then add all remaining ingredients except coconut cream. Put in a fire and let it boil for about 5 mins. When it’s done, add the coconut cream and let it boil for another 3 mins. Dash with turmeric powder for additional flavor.

There you have it. Tilapia in coconut milk with turmeric. One kind of dish that can be classified in the use of turmeric for your dish.

Uses of turmeric in cooking tilapia
Uses of Turmeric in Tilapia with coconut milk

Enjoy the rich and luscious taste of coconut milk, with a natural taste of tilapia and petchay, and colorful and healthy turmeric!

While being a cancer patient, chicken is the only meat that I can enjoy so much. In this another dish, I will show you the simplest form of fried chicken with turmeric. Here are the ingredients.

1 chicken breast- take off the remaining bones and skin.

Salt and black pepper, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder,

1 tsp. onion powder, and turmeric powder. Coconut oil for frying.

Here’s how.

Mix all the ingredients and rub it on chicken breast. Make sure that all parts are coated with mixture. Heat the pan and put some coconut oil. Test the oil if it is ready for frying by dipping the wooden stick into the oil. If the oil shows bubbles around the stick, then it’s ready to go. Fry the chicken breast 3 mins. each side. After frying, drain, and enjoy!

Using turmeric in fried chicken
Turmeric spiced chicken

Cancer patients are sometimes restricted from consuming fried food. Don’t worry about it, you can enjoy fried food once in a while by using coconut oil. Don’t use any other oil. I will tackle soon how this coconut oil can help cancer patients to recover from the side effects of cancer. But for now, we have to focus on the amazing effect of turmeric.

Uses of Turmeric to fight disease

Why is it so powerful?

Turmeric has a potent and powerful Bioactive compound that can be used for Medicinal purposes.

It was known by Indians long ago and now science is accepting this fact.

Turmeric has a compound called curcuminoids and curcumin is the most important active ingredient of turmeric. It has potent anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant that decreases swelling. Therefore, using turmeric can cure diseases related to inflammation like cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, conjunctivitis, and many more.

You can read the study about turmeric here.

Curcumin can suppress chronic inflammation

Short term inflammation is important in your body system. Without inflammation, your body cannot repair the damage caused by foreign invaders. Pathogens like bacteria could easily take over your body and may harm you.

But inflammation can become the main problem when it becomes chronic and mistakenly attacks your body’s tissue. Hence, anything that can suppress chronic inflammation is important for treating these diseases.

Curcumin is a natural anti-inflammatory that matches the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs. It is so powerful without the side effects.

Using Turmeric can fight Cancer 

Cancer is characterized as uncontrolled cell growth. It is a terrible disease in many different forms. Though cancer varies in different types, there are common things that affect its growth. 

Most of them show that they are affected by curcumin supplements.

Check this for a trusted source

Curcumin has been proven as a valuable herb for cancer treatment and been found to prevent the development of cancer cells. It hampers cancer growth and contribute to the death of cancer cells and lessen angiogenesis and metastasis.

How using turmeric can reduce the pain of Arthritis

One of the side effects I encountered after chemotherapy is Arthritis. Though it varies in different type, one thing is for sure, there is inflammation at my joints.

Curcumin with its potent anti-inflammatory compound helps lessen my pain. 

The effect of curcumin on arthritis was backed up by several studies and justify that it was more effective than an anti-inflammatory drug.

Some note to remember:

Uses of turmeric vary in different ways. But please note that curcumin is poorly absorbed and difficult to reach the blood vessels. Therefore, adding black pepper may help. It contains piperine that enhances the absorption of curcumin by 2000%.

Curcumin in turmeric has only 3% by weight, not that high compared to extracted one.

To use as supplements, WHO recommends 1.4 mg per pound ( 0-3 mg/kg) of body weight for daily intake.

To give you an idea of how to calculate the right amount of intake, 2000-2500 mg of turmeric is just 60-100 mg of curcumin. Therefore, if you consume 2000—2500 mg in extract form you will have 1900- 2375 mg of curcumin. 

Overall, if you are up for medication using curcumin, it is better to use the extracted one.

Nonetheless, using turmeric as spice still has benefits. And I proved it by myself.

See you at my next post!

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