Here's why some call turmeric a 'miracle spice'

A main component of many Eastern traditions, including medicine, the peppery spice turmeric is also a common ingredient in numerous Indian dishes, according to Mercola. This herb is not only strong in flavor, but in possible health benefits too.
Turmeric as a cancer fighter
Some studies show that a combination of turmeric and cauliflower may help prevent prostate cancer and stop or slow the growth of already-present cancer. In addition, turmeric has been linked to the prevention of breast cancer, childhood leukemia, and stopping or reversing the production of melanoma cells, according to MindBodyGreen
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Turmeric may ward off Alzheimer's
Some scientists believe that a steady diet of turmeric could result in a lower risk for Alzheimer's. Turmeric is a main ingredient in many dishes in India where the Alzheimer's rate is 25 percent lower than in the United States. In addition, scientists studied rats that consumed curcumin (the key player in turmeric) and discovered that they had fewer of the plaques associated with Alzheimer's than other rats, according to Reader's Digest. 
Turmeric can ease digestive problems
In one experiment scientists discovered that patients given a curcumin pill had fewer relapses of ulcerative colitis (sores on the lining of the digestive track), over the course of six months, than patients who took a placebo. However, individuals with stomach ulcers may want to avoid using turmeric as it can actually make ulcers worse, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. 
Turmeric as an anti-inflammatory
If you suffer from inflammation of the joints or other parts of the body, frequent use of turmeric may help. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, curcumin may help reduce swelling of the eyes and joints. The anti-inflammatory properties also seem to benefit patients with degenerative neurological conditions (such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis). 
Turmeric and the heart
While taking turmeric won't lower your cholesterol, it can help prevent the buildup of plaque in the arteries. Preventing this buildup can reduce your risk of a heart attack. Turmeric also prevents blood from clumping together, which can reduce the risk of blood clots, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. 
A note: According to The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, individuals with hemophilia should avoid adding turmeric to their diet as it could "make bleeding more severe." 
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How to add turmeric to your diet
Are you interested in taking advantage of the health benefits this yellow-orange spice may offer? Consider adding the spice to eggs, roasted vegetables, rice or cooked greens. You can also take a turmeric capsule, blend it in a smoothie or make a turmeric tea, according to The Kitchn.
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