Some of the midicinal properties for which turmeric has been studied include balancing blood sugar, supporting and detoxifying the liver, reducing inflammation, relieving allergies, and cancer.
Jiang Huang, Dr. Bharat Aggarwal, head of a 12-member team of researchers at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, was quoted as saying that his clinical research has found not only the "The master switch to turn off cancer, but also a cure for it. Turmeric contains two to five percent of curcumin. It was already known that curcumin can prevent cancer, we are providing evidence that curcumin can work on at least one dozen cancers." "In fact", he added, "we have not found a single cancer on which curcumin doesn't work."
Turmeric has long been used as a food preservative, a coloring agent, a spice to flavor food. Turmeric has been used extensively in foods in India and Pakistan where the incidence of cancer, especially breast, colon prostate and lung cancer is a lot less.
Turmeric has been shown to relieve arthritis as well, he added. The UT team's research focused on how Turmeric stops laboratory strains of melanoma from proliferating, and pushes the cancer cells to commit suicide.
A UCLA study shown that Turmeric inhibits the accumulation of destructive beta amyloids in the brains of Alzheimer's patients. Turmeric is more effective in inhibiting formation of the protein fragments than many other drugs being tested to treat Alzheimer's.
We have known all along about the anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric and now there is documented proof of Turmeric's other benefits. The dose is between 1.5 gm and 3 gm per day.