Enough can't said about the health benefits of Turmeric.
Active ingredient is a substance called curcumin.
I eat it with almost everything.
20 Health Benefits of Turmeric
One of the biggest health benefits of turmeric is in the prevention
and treatment of cancer. Research has found that curcumin induces
cell death in medulloblastoma, a pediatric brain tumor. Other studies
ave found that it may induce cell death in glioblastomas, an aggressive
type of brain tumor that is resistant to chemo and radiation.
One study found that turmeric, when combined with cruciferous
vegetables, may prevent prostate cancer and stop or slow the
rowth of existing prostate cancer.
A study found that curcumin caused melanoma cells to commit
suicide. Topical curcumin has shown promise in fighting squamous
Curcumin was found to have an inhibitory effect on WT1 gene
expression in childhood leukemia cells. A study on Chronic
Myelogenous Leukemia (CML) at the University of Palermo in
Italy found that mice treated with curcumin developed smaller
tumors than the control group.
A French study published in 2014 in Cancer Biology & Therapy found that several
different multiple myeloma cell lines were sensitive to curcumin. The study
authors concluded that the results indicate more clinical trials are worth
doing on curcumin and multiple myeloma. MD Anderson Cancer Research
Center at the University of Texas has been studying the effects of curcumin
on multiple myeloma for several years. For an interesting anecdotal story of
a woman with multiple myeloma who has been keeping her cancer at bay for
years using MD Anderson’s curcumin protocol, check out Margaret’s Corner.
Multiple studies have found that one of the most exciting health benefits
of turmeric is the prevention of metastasis, the spread of cancer from
the primary site to other areas of the body.
Cachexia is one of the biggest hurdles for many cancer patients with solid
tumors. It causes weight loss and muscle wasting even when large amounts
of food are ingested. A Chinese study found that patients with colorectal
cancer who were given oral curcumin while waiting to undergo surgery
experienced weight gain. The same study also found that curcumin induced
cancer cell death in patients with colorectal cancer.
Researchers at UCLA found that curcumin enhances the effects of cisplatin,
a chemotherapy used in the treatment of many different cancers. Cisplatin
nd curcumin together worked better at suppressing tumors than cisplatin
alone. In addition, a study published in the Nutrition and Cancer journal found
that curcumin not only makes cancer cells more susceptible to chemo but it
also protects healthy cells from the toxic effects of chemo.
One of the most exciting turmeric benefits is in the realm of brain health. It has
long been noted that elderly people in India have low rates of Alzheimer’s disease.
One reason may be that they consume a lot of turmeric in their diets. A study
found that curcumin may prevent or slow the progression of Alzheimer’s
disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain.
A study at the UC San Diego found that curcumin may be able to treat some
types of retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative group of eye diseases that can
lead to blindness. Another study found that it may be helpful in the treatment
of macular degeneration.
Research has found that curcumin may be a powerful tool in the fight against
obesity and its related symptoms. Curcumin reduces leptin resistance, lowers
insulin resistance, reverses hyperglycemia, reduces inflammation, and
activates fat burning gene signals.
NATURAL PAINKILLER & ANTI-INFLAMMATORY
Curcumin is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor. One study compared
curcumin to ibuprofen for pain relief in knee osteoarthritis patients and found
that the curcumin worked just as well as ibuprofen. Several studies have found
that curcumin has potent anti-inflammatory properties. According to the
Arthritis Foundation, several studies have found turmeric to be effective at
reducing joint inflammation and pain, with one of the studies even finding
curcumin to be better at reducing pain and swelling in patients with
rheumatoid arthritis than diclofenac, an NSAID that is commonly prescribed
for people with RA.
Is your liver taxed to the limit? One of the health benefits of turmeric that is
believed to be a natural liver detoxifier. One study found that it may protect
against alcohol-induced liver damage as well as damage caused by a high fat diet.
Curcumin crosses the blood-brain barrier and is a known neuroprotective agent.
Several studies have found that curcumin may be beneficial in the treatment of
Parkinson’s disease. According to Michigan State University researchers,
curcumin can prevent clumping of a protein that leads to Parkinson’s.
Curcumin has shown promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis.
A study at Vanderbilt University found that curcumin prevented the onset of an
autoimmune disease in mice that is similar to MS in humans. In fact, the study
authors said that MS is a rare disease in India and China, where turmeric is
consumed on a regular basis.
Oral curcumin has been shown to be effective against psoriasis. The National
Psoriasis Foundation recommends turmeric as a natural remedy for psoriasis.
An Indian study found that curcumin may be an effective treatment for people
with major depression. The study compared people who were taking Prozac,
urcumin, or Prozac and curcumin together. The group who took Prozac and
curcumin together had the best results, while those taking either Prozac or
curcumin had very similar results indicating that curcumin may work just as
well as Prozac.
Curcumin has been found to stop the growth of H. pylori (helicobacter pylori),
a bacterium that is found in the stomach and other parts of the body. If left
untreated, it can lead to stomach ulcers and stomach cancer.
Curcumin may protect against the effects of sleep deprivation. A study found
that it prevented anxiety, oxidative damage, and other impairment in mice
deprived of sleep for 72 hours.
Several studies have found that curcumin has antibacterial properties and is
useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.
Turmeric can be taken in powder or capsule form. Capsules are usually sold in
250-500 mg increments.
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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