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Curcuma longa(Turmeric)

Common Name: Turmeric, turmeric root, Indian saffron, pasupu.
Plant name: Curcuma longa.
Chemical constituents: The  turmeric contains  Curcumin, which is a diferuloyl methane. Other constituents are curcuminoids and an essential oil called zingiberine. Its chemical study shows that it contains proteins, carbohydrates and fibre. Its mineral and vitamin contents are calcium, thiamine, phosphorus, iron, caroteneand niacin.
Uses:
1.Turmeric  is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.
2. Is a natural liver detoxifier.
3. Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.
4. Is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.
5. Has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumors.
6. Prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in mice.
7. May prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to commit suicide.
8. May aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management.
9. Speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin.
10. May help in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.
11. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
12. May prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer.
13.  May prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain.
14. . It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.

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