Turmeric: A Non-Infectious Disease

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The term “disease” is a general term used to refer to any condition that impairs the normal functioning of the body. Human diseases can cause pain, dysfunction, distress, social problems, and even death. Obesity is a disease and is now considered to be one of the nation’s leading health threats. Cancer is a non-infectious disease that often has the ability to spread throughout the body and is the second-leading cause of death in the United States. Turmeric is effective in promoting weight loss, reducing the incidence of obesity-related diseases, and is effective in decrease the tumor formation in many different cancers.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a perennial shrub native to southern Asia and cultivated extensively throughout Asia and Africa (Asher, G. N., & Spelman, K, 2013). It is in the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. The plant grows best in temperatures between 68 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. The plants are gathered annually for their rhizomes (massive roots). The plant can be used fresh or the deep-orange-yellowish root is dried and ground into a powdered. This deep-orange-yellow powder is the commercially available spice known as curry powder. It is used worldwide. Besides being used in most Asian cuisines, turmeric roots were originally used as a fabric dye and food additive. Also used an indicator paper, turmeric root can
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The popular website WEBMD list the following as common uses for turmeric; arthritis, heartburn (dyspepsia), joint pain, stomach pain, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, bypass surgery, hemorrhage, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems, Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection, stomach ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gallbladder disorders, high cholesterol, a skin condition called lichen planus, skin inflammation from radiation treatment, and fatigue (TURMERIC: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions and Warnings,
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