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Do You Know Nutrition? Turmeric commonly used in curry powders, mustards and cheese

June 28, 2011 at 1:28 a.m.

Phylis Canion

By Phylis Canion

A friend recently recommended that I start using turmeric. I am a cancer survivor, have changed my diet dramatically and am not taking anything at this time except a good multi vitamin. Can you please give me more information about this product before I start using it?

Turmeric is a spice made from grinding the rhizome root of curcuma longa, known as turmeric.

Turmeric is commonly used in curry powders, mustards and cheese. Turmeric, with its active ingredient cur cumin, has long been used in traditional Asian medicine to treat gastrointestinal upset, arthritis pain and low energy. Laboratory and animal studies indicate turmeric has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, substances thought to inhibit aging by inhibiting the breakdown of cells by oxidation, and anti-cancer properties.

Turmeric is also a natural liver detoxifier, which is why it can be beneficial in breaking down and eliminating toxins.

According to the National Institute of Health, more research is currently being conducted on the benefits of turmeric applied topically for eczema.

As I always suggest, it is important to inform your physician of any complementary practices that you use.

I am a trichotillomaniac and have OCD. Any nutritional suggestions would be very welcomed.

Trichotillomania is an irresistible urge to pull hair from the head, eyebrows or other parts of the body.

Obsessive compulsive disorder, defined as recurrent, unwanted thoughts and repetitive behavior is commonly associated with trichotillomania.

The John Kender Diet has proven to be very beneficial to those trichotillomania sufferers. The diet recommends eliminating sugars (including artificial sweeteners like aspartame), monosodium glutamate, caffeine, soy products of any kind, nitrites, egg yolk, chocolate, popcorn, corn, peanuts, alfalfa sprouts, crustaceans (lobster, prawns, shrimp, crabs), sardines, salmon, peas and legumes.

Foods that are recommended are cherries, oranges, kiwi, limes, garlic, onions, cabbage, mustard and Brussels sprouts to name a few.

Reducing carbohydrates to approximately 50 to 60 grams daily can make a significant difference. It is also very important to eliminate dietary toxins, such as cooking in non-stick pans, microwaving anything, drinking out of Styrofoam, and eating foods in cans and plastics.

Drinking more alkaline water helps flush out toxins and re-hydrates the body. It is very important to get at least six hours of sleep daily, but no more than eight.

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Phylis B. Canion is a doctor of naturopathic medicine and is a certified nutritional consultant, email her at doc.phyl@yahoo.com. This column is for nutritional information only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure.

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