Monday, 7 November 2016

Tumeric comes from the ginger family

Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric, the main spice used in curry, is an extremely powerful herb at fighting and potentially reversing disease. There are 6000+ peer-reviewed articles proving its healing properties and many benefits of turmeric and curcumin.

Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric.

Curcumin is a Natural Anti-Inflammatory Compound
Although acute (short-term) inflammation is beneficial, it can become a major problem when it is chronic (long-term) and inappropriately deployed against the body’s own tissues. Chronic, low-level inflammation plays a major role in almost every chronic, Western disease.

Curcumin can help fight chronic inflammation and even treat these diseases.

Curcumin Boosts Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor, Linked to Improved Brain Function and Treating Alzheimer’s DiseaseThe neurons are capable of forming new connections of the brain with the help of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor, a type of growth hormone. Curcumin can increase brain levels of Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor hormone.

It is known that inflammation and oxidative damage play a role in Alzheimer’s disease. Curcumin can cross the blood brain barrier. Studies show that curcumin can help clear the build-up of protein tangles called Amyloidal plaques involved in Alzheimer’s.

  Study looks at the effect of curcumin (turmeric) on Alzheimer's disease: An overview

Curcumin may help reverse Heart Disease

Curcumin helps improving the function of the endothelium, which is the lining of the blood vessels.

Turmeric Can Help Prevent and perhaps Treat Cancer

Studies have shown that it can reduce angiogenesis, growth of new blood vessels in tumours, metastasis, the spread of cancer, as well as contributing to the death of cancerous cells “Curcumin, the King of Spices”: Epigenetic Regulatory Mechanisms in the Prevention of Cancer, Neurological, and Inflammatory Diseases

Curcumin May be Useful in helping with Arthritis

In a study of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, curcumin was even more effective than an anti-inflammatory drug. The spice for joint inflammation: anti-inflammatory role of curcumin in treating osteoarthritis

Curcumin Has Incredible Benefits against Depression

Depression is linked to reduced levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor and a shrinking hippocampus, a brain area with a role in learning and memory.
Discovery of Curcumin, a Component of the Golden Spice, and Its Miraculous Biological Activities

Curcumin boosts BNDF levels, potentially reversing some of these changes. There is also some evidence that curcumin can boost the brain neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine affecting one’s mood.

Turmeric Helps Wounds Heal

Studies concluded turmeric increased collagen synthesis rates, improved wound contraction, and increased tissue strength and cell proliferation around the wound. Curcumin-encapsulated nanoparticles as innovative antimicrobial and wound healing agent.

Helps with Cholesterol Optimisation

Turmeric has the ability to help the body regulate and balance cholesterol levels. Studies show an impressive reduction in lipid profiles and cholesterol markers in turmeric-supplemented groups.
Curcumin Supplementation Decreases Intestinal Adiposity Accumulation, Serum Cholesterol Alterations, and Oxidative Stress in Ovariectomised Rats

Please note that some people have reported allergic reactions to turmeric such as:

  1. Nausea
  2. Diarrhoea
  3. Increased risk of bleeding
  4. Increased liver function tests
  5. Hyperactive gallbladder contractions
  6. Hypotension (lowered blood pressure)
  7. Uterine contractions in pregnant women
  8. Increased menstrual flow

**Avoid Tumeric if breast feeding or pregnant.

Turmeric may interfere with anti-coagulants like aspirin, clopidogrel and warfarin and can affect medications such as non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs.

As with any herb or supplement, use as directed and get medical clearance to start taking it.

Turmeric Tea 

  •     1 teaspoon organic turmeric.
  •     Add a pinch of organic black pepper for better absorption
  •     1 cup of unsweetened coconut or almond milk (heat up)
  •     If you want to sweeten it then add organic honey.

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