TURMERIC…ANTIOXIDANT PROTECTION

8 Oct

The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. Tumeric has been used for over 2500 years in India, where it was most likely first used as a dye.

The medicinal properties of this spice have been slowly revealing themselves over the centuries. Long known for its anti-inflammatory properties, recent research has revealed that turmeric is a natural wonder, proving beneficial in the treatment of many different health conditions from cancer to Alzheimer’s disease.

Here are 20 reasons to add turmeric to your diet:

1. It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.

2. When combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer.

3. Prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in mice.

4. May prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to commit suicide.

5. Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.

6. Is a natural liver detoxifier.

7. May prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain.

8. May prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer.

9. It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.

10. Has shown promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice.

11. Is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.

12. May aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management.

13. Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.

14. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

15. Boosts the effects of chemo drug paclitaxel and reduces its side effects.

16. Promising studies are underway on the effects of turmeric on pancreatic cancer.

17. Studies are ongoing in the positive effects of turmeric on multiple myeloma.

18. Has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumors.

19. Speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin.

20. May help in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.

 

Turmeric can be taken in powder or pill form. It is available in pill form in most health food stores, usually in 250-500mg capsules.

Once you start using turmeric on a regular basis, it’s fun to find new ways to use it in recipes. My favorite way to use it is to add a pinch of it to egg salad. It adds a nice flavor and gives the egg salad a rich yellow hue.

Contraindications: Turmeric should not be used by people with gallstones or bile obstruction. Though turmeric is often used by pregnant women, it is important to consult with a doctor before doing so as turmeric can be a uterine stimulant.

 

 

 

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4 Responses to “TURMERIC…ANTIOXIDANT PROTECTION”

  1. donnareed October 10, 2011 at 5:35 am #

    Shouldn`t some caution be applied if you are Hashimotos TH2 dominant as Curcumin is one of the things listed as enhancing TH2. Great for those that are TH1 dominant tho`.

  2. JOT October 10, 2011 at 8:07 am #

    Does Datis say that in his book? I’ll have to re-read that and see what he says. I’m not a big fan of anyone who insists people stop taking iodine, as he does. Actually it’s the hashi’s people who need iodine more than regular folks but he would have you believe the opposite. Perhaps he’s wrong about Turmeric also? I don’t know. The only way to find out if it effects each individual is to experiment with your own body.
    Sometimes it feels like there is a conspiracy to keep the weak sick, to keep them down. It is times like these I ask for higher guidance and if the masses would understand that they have a Universe who listens and answers them, they’d be much better off.
    Cheers,
    JOT

  3. donnareed October 10, 2011 at 11:46 am #

    Don`t know what Datis says – I got it from here when I was looking for info on TH1/TH2 dominance :-

    http://www.precisionnutrition.com/rr-green-tea-hazards

    I don`t know enough about the iodine argument so still sitting on the fence with that one.

    • JOT October 10, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

      That’s a very interesting article and quite informative. Thanks for sharing that……

      Cheers,
      JOT

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