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mssreader
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07:46 PM on 12/29/2010
I always add tumeric to beans and practically dump it into my dal along with loads of ginger. I use it in all my Indian recipes.
05:55 PM on 12/29/2010
I vote for the pills because the yellow, powdery spice stains teeth.
Yummy but not attractive.
02:12 PM on 01/02/2011
i'm from india and i've eaten turmeric all my life and it doesn't stain teeth unless you're brushing teeth with it. we've always used it carefully (as in carefully sprinkling it into whatever you're cooking) and in moderation (i.e., a teaspoon or so, not tablespoons).
02:16 PM on 01/03/2011
Hi Opinionate and DsMyre...

You might find it funny that - I even brush with Haldi/Turmeric once a week (with a separate brush of course n have the whitest and healthiest teeth among my friends) ... in addition to adding it to my cooking.. and of course I am from India as well.
05:25 PM on 12/29/2010
I make lamb stew with turmeric, cumin, basil, chick peas, peppers, tomatoes, garlic, onion, rice, and olive oil. Every time I eat it, it seems somehow magical, a feeling that all is right with the world. Now it makes sense.
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07:48 PM on 12/29/2010
Hurloon, now I think leaving out the lamb and adding ginger to the the rest of the ingredients would be yummy. I shall try next week as a matter of fact. Thanks for the ingredients.
03:25 PM on 12/30/2010
Instead of ginger, try a 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of cinnamon (not much, a pinch, as it were). I use that in mine for the pesto I make for marinating the lamb. Also, serve topped with crumbled feta cheese.
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08:03 PM on 12/31/2010
When's dinner?
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04:14 PM on 12/29/2010
fat also helps the absorption of turmeric...indian cooking uses ghee...south east asians -coconut milk..i use olive oil
02:14 PM on 01/02/2011
maybe some use ghee but no indian i know cooks with ghee, we use a little canola or olive oil. in fact, i don't know any indians with ghee in their homes.
03:55 PM on 12/29/2010
Well does someone know. Is there tumeric or curry etc in grainy mustard. I could put mustard on
tuna or turkey sandwich.
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robin360
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04:19 PM on 12/29/2010
There is turmeric in American mustard, i.e. Gulden's and French's. Sadly, not in Grey Poupon.
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06:35 PM on 01/04/2011
Yes, there is turmeric in American mustard, but it listed at the end of ingredients, i.e. not much of it there.
Usually, I buy not expensive mustard without any artificial ingredients and add turmeric, some raw apple cider vinegar (Bragg is the best brand I could find so far) and some fresh coarse ground mustard seeds. You also could add Tabasco or any hot sauce without preservatives and/or coarse ground coriander.
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mssreader
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07:49 PM on 12/29/2010
I don't know but you could always add and mix in a little dish to see if you liked it.
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robin360
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02:42 PM on 12/29/2010
When my father was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, his doctor at UCLA Nueropsychiatric Institute asked him if he would like to be in a research study using Cumin. The reason, he said, is that there are very low rates of A.D. in India and a high use of Cumin. Could there be a correlation? It seems so. My dad declined b/c he didn't want to be in the control group and miss out on the health benefits but we threw everything in the pot in order to help him, Western medication and supplements alike. He had about 3 much imporved years with a fairly high quality of life. Whatever works, is my philosophy.
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mssreader
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07:53 PM on 12/29/2010
robin, there's quite a bit of info on the internet regarding cumin/tumeric and Alzheimer's which I've read. I'm glad researchers are recognizing that spices could be a help in the fight against this dreadful disease. I buy Indian spices at our co-op in the bulk department so I know it's fresh and use lots in my plant based diet cooking.
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robin360
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01:07 PM on 02/19/2011
Thanks for that info; I will follow-up. And sorry for the very late response!
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Chuck Bluestein
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02:22 PM on 12/29/2010
The book Anticancer: A New Way of Life (2008), that was written by an MD who had cancer and got rid of it, says that tumeric is the best anti-inflammatory food. That means that it reduces and prevents cancer and is good for athritis. He also says (like mentioned above) that using it with black pepper makes it 100 times more bio-available. http://bit.ly/can-cer In India a great deal of curry is used that is a mixture of spices. It always has tumeric in it, but some have black pepper in it and some do not. You have to read the label.


Some curry has cayenne pepper in it and since this is great for circulation it should help the tumeric to circulate around the body. "Cayenne pepper increases metabolism by immediately influencing the venous structure. It is nothing short of amazing with its effects on the circulatory system as it feeds the vital elements into the cell structure of capillaries, veins, arteries and helps adjust blood pressure to normal levels."
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12:35 PM on 12/29/2010
I make lemon tea with maple syrup and cayenne( instant lung clearing tea) now I will try tumeric. It does stain clothing, so be careful!
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StephenJK
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03:52 PM on 12/29/2010
That is similar to a "tonic" I make to knock out viruses and upper respiratory illness.

I juice 6 cloves of garlic, an entire lemon, teaspoon of cayenne and a tablespoon of honey. It is potent.
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vippy
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07:15 PM on 12/29/2010
I tried that and I got so sick though I am a health food nut!  I don't have an explanation for this. 
04:34 PM on 12/31/2010
lemon tea with maple and cayenne is a laxative cleanse, didnt know about the lung clearing.
12:12 PM on 12/29/2010
Shhhh We have to keep this quiet.

Next thing some big pharma company will patent turmeric and we will end up paying a lot for it.
04:37 PM on 12/31/2010
i buy tumeric supplements on line through Swanson health products high potency, at an excellent price.
11:23 AM on 12/29/2010
Have been on a turmeric-laced regime for months now and love it. Superb flavor. It goes into everything, broccoli, cauliflower, sauteed fish and chicken.....
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StacyM
11:14 AM on 12/29/2010
Great tip, Dr. Weil, thank you. It's amazing how a single ingredient can benefit our health. I'll be adding this to our spice cabinet for sure.
10:19 AM on 12/29/2010
Curry powder (main ingredient turmeric) is great added to soups, especially if you have a cold or asthma. This usually contains the pepper recommended in the article but I always add more.
When I make chicken soup, I always add turmeric; in addition to health benefits it makes the broth a pretty yellow color. But be careful, turmeric is also used as a dye - it stains!
11:25 AM on 12/29/2010
Stains everything! plates, countertops, shirts, everything!
The yellow in oriental carpets - turmeric.
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texasprogressive
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09:57 AM on 12/29/2010
I love Turmeric! I use it all the time. Now there's even more of a reason to use it.
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10:48 AM on 12/29/2010
Me2! Who knew? tra la ;-) ☮
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PJsThreeDogLife
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08:20 AM on 12/29/2010
Never used to believe in supplements until I went to behavioral nutritionist's workshop on healing the gut..(in kids). Started doing 3 supplements and was fine in a few days.
So, thanks Doc...I'm going to try this.
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Indigo1941
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08:15 AM on 12/29/2010
Turmeric with butter and a bit of sugar, melted together, makes a fine throat lozange.