When we reach the age of 50 or somewhere “there abouts,” we begin to wonder if
our diets of Big Macs and french fries, are leaving us with a need for extra vitamins. Generally we start with a good multi- vitamin, one especially formulated for women, the other for men. That should do it. We should be all set. We’ll watch our eating a little closer and when we fail to eat properly the “multis” will fill in. But then, it’s not long before we women think its time for our husbands to take “zinc” to keep his prostrate healthy, and at this age we women begin to wonder if we should add some calcium tablets. Vitamin C might help eliminate the colds we fight every winter. Hmmmm, biotin is supposed to help with hair loss and keeping our nails strong. And, soon our vitamin cupboard is overflowing. I must confess, that is the case with me.
I keep telling myself that I’m not going to fall for the latest spice craze, but I’m afraid I have. Recently, I and my husband started on turmeric. I would tell you why I added this to our regimen of vitamins, but I don’t remember why. Just kidding!! I do remember. The reason is that I thought it was time to take something to improve our memories and its been said that turmeric will do that. That and also help many other health conditions.
Can you truthfully say that the vitamins you take are benefiting you? I can’t say that I can, but once on them you become afraid to stop for fear you’ll fall apart. Oh, there is one, adding extra magnesium has definitely stopped night time leg cramps.
Now wait a minute, I say I’m falling for the latest craze, and is it just another myth?
Turmeric has long been a staple in Indian curries as well as in foods like mustard. It’s known for providing that golden yellow color. I will say, the turmeric capsules we’re taking leave all the other vitamins looking very anemic.
Curry dishes are thought to be anti inflammatory due to the turmeric used in them. The key curry ingredients are ginger, garlic and turmeric. The Indian culture eats much of this type of food and it’s been noted that there a fewer instances of inflammation based disease and conditions there. We may not even be aware of how often turmeric is used to make medicine. The claim to improve the memory was my down fall but there are many other claims like cancer fighting, can help you lose weight and it also detoxs the body.
It’s difficult to separate myths from facts, so while we’re on this subject, I wonder if you have ever used Emu Oil? Yes, I’m talking about the oil taken from the fat of the Emu, the flightless bird that resembles a small ostrich. I recently went to the drug store and asked the girls behind the prescription counter where I would find Emu Oil. Two of them looked at me with unbelief, “You mean from the bird,” one asked. A third girl knew where the Emu Oil was. The other two were still shaking their heads in disbelief. Although it may take me a long time to determine if turmeric’s health claims are viable, it’s been said that the health benefits of Emu Oil are a fact and it is doctor recommended.
Emu Oil is used to relieve sore muscles, aching joints, carpal tunnel syndrome,
shin splints and gout. It’s applied to the skin to reduce pain and irritation from shingles, bedsores, hemorrhoids, diabetic nerve pain, insect bites, earaches, eye irritation, “growing pains,” and frostbite. Actually the list of ways Emu Oil can be used is nearly endless. It is also used in veterinary practice.
I don’t know rather or not this Shirl and You will increase the number of bottles on your
vitamin shelf, mine, however, seems to keep growing. How can anyone resist a pill that will improve the memory, or so it is believed. If I remember to, given a few months to let turmeric do its job, I will let you know what I find out. In the meantime, I hope you’ll give me your opinions on the vitamin” myth or fact” issue. To
make a comment, just click on the heading of this post, scroll down to the bottom where there is a form for you to use. Til next time, I’m truly yours, Shirl (of Shirl And You.)