Curry seems to be everywhere nowadays. It’s in all kinds of dishes in all kinds of restaurants, right? Well, did you know curry actually isn’t a particular ingredient? The term "curry" is actually sort of a generic word for various spices, like "soup," that covers a wide variety of dishes, many of which provide plenty of health benefits.
- Arthritis: Tumeric is a common ingredient in curry, and studies done by researchers at the University of Kansas have shown that tumeric helps to prevent the onset of arthritis and other inflammatory joint disorders. At least in rats. More research needs to be done on humans, but it’s interesting to not that curcumin is a common substance found in over-the-counter medications for arthritis, and curcumin is common in tumeric.
- Alzheimer’s: A study at the University of California, Los Angeles, has shown that curcumin also helps to prevent the brain from building up bad protein deposits that can lead to the disease Alzheimer’s. Again, more research needs to be done, but the signs are positive.
- Digestion: Cinnamon is often found in curry powders and cinnamon is commonly used to treat stomach disorders such as bad digestion, stomach cramps and other disorders. Talk with your physician before major changes in your diet, but it you suffer from stomach problems, you might want to consider adding some curry with cinnamon to your diet.
- Cystic fibrosis: Yes, curry might actually be able to help those coping with cystic fibrosis. A study at Yale University shows that curcumin, commonly found in curry, might be able to improve the protein functioning levels for patients with cystic fibrosis. Talk to your doctor.
- Skin cancer: According to Dr. Ray Sahelian, the curcumin from tumeric in curry has the benefit of interfering with melanoma cells, which means those cells are more likely to self-destruct. Apparently the curcumin helps to block two proteins that are needed by melanoma cells to continue growth and life.
- Multiple sclerosis: Curcumin in curry seems to have all kinds of potential benefits. During the annual Experimental Biology conference of 2002, Dr. Chandramohan Natarajan announced findings of a Vanderbilt University study in which studies of mice showed that curcumin helped to slow or even stop the progression of multiple sclerosis.
- Immunity: Curry does often contain chili peppers, which contain lots of Vitamin B6, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. All those vitamins mixed together makes one powerful ally in fighting infections and helping the body combat other illnesses.
- Memory: In case you didn’t know, it’s all that curcumin in curry that often causes curry powders to appear yellow. And curcumin also is coming to be known to help with retaining memories. But according to studies one has to eat curry on a regular basis, almost daily, to gain these memorable benefits.
- Healthy appetite: Do you need to eat more? Most of us need to eat less, but some people need to eat more. Curry that contains black peppers is excellent for increasing the appetite, stimulating the stomach juices to make us hungry. So eat hardy!
- Congestion: Have a cold? Maybe a summer flu? What you need to help break up all that congestion in your lungs and throat is some good old garlic. Guess what often has plenty of garlic in it? If you guessed curry, then you are correct.
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