5 Benefits of Turmeric!
Turmeric a beautiful vibrant orange Indian and middle eastern spice has long been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines for its healing properties and health benefits. Treating everything from infections to inflammation to calming and stabilizing mood its no wonder that western medicine is now paying attention. Here are 5 benefits to using turmeric and why we should be incorporating this spice into our daily nutrition routine.
- Blocks Cancer Cells– Some research has shown that curcumin (Turmeric) can help decrease cancer cells with best results seen in breast, colon, stomach and skin cancer. In studies chemo and curcumin combined worked more effectively in killing cancer cells than chemo alone and curcumin stopped the spread of cancer from cancer cells to other parts of the body. More research is needed but if we also look at lower rates of cancer occurrence in those countries where between 100-200 mg of Turmeric is consumed there is validity to the argument.
- Anti-Oxidant – Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants seek out and eat up molecules in the body known as free radicals, that cause to damage cell membranes, alter DNA, and even cause cell death. Antioxidants can fight free radicals and may reduce or even help prevent some of the damage they cause. In addition, curcumin lowers the levels of two enzymes in the body that cause inflammation. It also stops platelets from clumping together to form blood clots.
- Anti- Inflammatory & Pain Relief Turmeric and its most potent active ingredient Curcumin contain more than two dozen anti-inflammatory compounds, including six different COX-2-inhibitors (the COX-2 enzyme promotes pain, swelling and inflammation; inhibitors selectively block that enzyme) Dr. Weil. Turmeric research has shown positive results in the treatment of arthritis showing better pain relief when compared to NSAIDS such as Diclofenac (Voltaren) without the dangerous side effects we often see with conventional medicine. Other studies have also show good results in conditions influenced by inflammation such as fibromyalgia, Crohns and IBS
- Diabetes – Great news for pre-diabetics (those with HGBA1C between 5.7 and 6.4 and blood glucose levels between 100 -125). In one 9-month study use of curcumin significantly lowered the number of individuals who would go on to become diabetics. Additional curcumin seemed to improve overall β-cells performance. Curcumin is a good adjunct to prediabetes treatment.
- Antibacterial: In a March, 2015 Study against 4 common bacteria Gram-positive (S. aureus and E. faecalis) and Gram-negative (E. coli and P. aeruginosa). It was found that Curcumin worked effective as a broad-spectrum antibacterial by damaging cell membranes so that bacteria could not proliferate. In these days of increasing antibiotic resistance it we need to find additional antimicrobials with low cytotoxicity (poison threat) and turmeric’s membrane damaging property may work either by itself or synergistically with other antibiotics to treat more resistant bacterial strains and super infections.
- Bonus Tip : Fights depression – Some studies have shown that Turmeric worked more effectively than Prozac in tests. Chronic inflammation can decrease serotonin and dopamine levels. Turmeric is a powerful anti inflammatory and antioxidant agent which can help restore these neurotransmitters and protect the brain, eventually leading to improvements in mood.
Turmeric is a Spice: Add it to chicken, meat or fish along with curry powder, make tea with it, and add to vegetables
Turmeric Tea – Blend Turmeric Root, Ginger, Lemon Juice into a Paste (I make enough for 1 week and store in Fridge). Add Cayenne pepper to the paste and add boiling water and natural white honey. Steep and then strain.
Recommended Dose: 1.5 – 3 Gm of Root Daily
Contraindications: As with all medications please consult with your doctor before using and especially if you take anticoagulants such as Warfarin as Turmeric may increase the effects, with diabetic medications as Turmeric may increase events of hypoglycemia and if taking acid reflux medications.
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