In the spice rainbow, the bright yellow is the curcumin, or as you may probably know it – the turmeric.
Adored in the world of modern natural health and nutrition, turmeric’s popularity is currently on the rise.
With its ancient traditional history of Chinese and Indian medicine and with outstanding healing properties, no wonder people all around the world are turning to the turmeric and they just can’t get enough!
The Secret Is In The Pigment
More potent than its volatile oil is the yellow / orange pigment of turmeric. Numerous studies have shown turmeric to be comparable and even more effective than over-the-counter drugs, but without the side effects. Why? Because curcumin produces no toxicity.
A Treatment for Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Symptoms
Turmeric may provide an inexpensive, effective treatment for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) such as Crohn’s, Celiac and Ulcerative Colitis. It has shown to reduce mucosal ulceration, thickening of the intestinal wall, and the infiltration of inflammatory cells. These are linked to antioxidant activity and the good news reported from studies is the fact that although curcumin has been found to be safe at very large doses, the component it is effective at a concentration as low as 0.25 per cent—an amount easily supplied by simply enjoying turmeric in daily flavourful amounts.
Relief for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Clinical studies have substantiated that as an antioxidant, curcumin is able to neutralize free radicals – chemicals that travel through the body and cause damage to healthy cells. This is important in many diseases, such as arthritis, where free radicals are responsible for the painful joint inflammation and eventuate in great damage to the joints. Many people with joint disease find relief when they use the spice regularly. In a study of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, curcumin has shown to encourage improvements in shortened duration of after-rest stiffness, lengthened walking time, and reduction of joint swelling.
Turmeric’s medicinal properties enable it to protect the body from free radicals that can damage cellular DNA—a significant benefit particularly in the colon where cell turnover is quite rapid, occuring approximately every three days. Because of their frequent replication, mutations in the DNA of colon cells can result in the formation of cancerous cells more rapidly. Turmeric also helps in the process of mutated cancer cells elimination. A primary way in which it does so is by enhancing liver function. Additionally, other suggested mechanisms by which it may protect against cancer development include inhibiting the synthesis of a protein thought to be instrumental in tumor formation and preventing the development of additional blood supply necessary for cancer cell growth.
Turmeric Halts Prostate Cancer
Researchers found that the combination turmeric and cruciferous vegetables including cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, kohlrabi and turnips, could be an effective therapy not only to prevent prostate cancer, but to inhibit the spread of established prostate cancer cells.
Reduce Risk of Childhood Leukemia
Research presented at a recent conference on childhood leukemia, held in London, provides evidence that eating foods spiced with turmeric could reduce the risk of developing childhood leukemia. The incidence of this cancer has risen dramatically during the 20th century, mainly in children under age five, among whom the risk has increased by more than 50% cent since 1950 alone. Modern environmental and lifestyle factors are thought to play a major role in this increase.
Childhood leukemia is much lower in Asia than Western countries, which may be due to differences in diet, one of which, the frequent use of turmeric, has been investigated in a series of studies over the last 20 years by Prof. Moolky Nagabhushan from the Loyola University Medical Centre, Chicago, IL.
“Some of the known risk factors that contribute to the high incidence of childhood leukemia are the interaction of many lifestyle and environmental factors. These include prenatal or postnatal exposure to radiation, benzene, environmental pollutants and alkylating chemotherapeutic drugs. Our studies show that turmeric—and its colouring principle, curcumin—in the diet mitigate the effects of some of these risk factors.”
Improved Liver Function
In a recent study conducted to evaluate the effects of turmeric on the liver’s ability to detoxify xenobiotic (toxic) chemicals, levels of two very important liver detoxification enzymes (UDP glucuronyl transferase and glutathione-S-transferase) were significantly elevated. The researchers commented, “The results suggest that turmeric may increase detoxification systems in addition to its anti-oxidant properties…Turmeric used widely as a spice would probably mitigate the effects of several dietary carcinogens.”
Protects Cardiovascular and Lowers Cholesterol
Turmeric may be able to prevent the oxidation of cholesterol in the body. Since oxidized cholesterol is what damages blood vessels and builds up in the plaques that can lead to heart disease, preventing the oxidation of new cholesterol may help to reduce the progression of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease. In addition, turmeric is a good source of vitamin B6, which is needed to keep homocysteine levels from getting too high. Homocysteine, an intermediate product of an important cellular process called methylation, is directly damaging to blood vessel walls. High levels of homocysteine are considered a significant risk factor for blood vessel damage, atherosclerotic plaque build-up, and heart disease.
In research published in the Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, when 10 healthy volunteers consumed 500 mg of curcumin per day for 7 days, not only did their blood levels of oxidized cholesterol drop by 33%, but their total cholesterol droped 11.63% , and their HDL (good cholesterol) increased by 29%! (Soni KB, Kuttan R).
Protection against Alzheimer’s Disease
A number of studies have suggested that curcumin protects against Alzheimer’s disease by turning on a gene that codes for the production of antioxidant proteins. A study published in the Italian Journal of Biochemistry (December 2003) discussed curcumin’s role in the induction of the the heme oxygenase pathway, a protective system that, when triggered in brain tissue, causes the production of the potent antioxidant bilirubin, which protects the brain against oxidative (free radical) injury. Such oxidation is thought to be a major factor in aging and to be responsible for neurodegenerative disorders including dementias like Alzheimer’s disease.
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You may also wish to look at this link for some more comprehensive reading on the power and benefits of turmeric http://www.nutriinspector.com/turmeric-health-and-weight-loss-benefits/
Here’s to your health!
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Reference: The George Mateljan Foundation
For educational purpose only. Please consult a healthcare practitioner for any health problems.
Scott Mathias is a Certified Holistic Health Coach (CHHC) and a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP). Scott is a Digestive Health and Raw Food Educator who takes an integrative approach to solutions, based on functional aspects of the body and his own ‘self healing’ experience which led him to create his own iLifeFoods range of plant-protein healing products. A former television network presenter both in Australia and New Zealand, Scott is the author of‘Understanding The Divine Gut – How To Eat Your Way To Ultimate Digestive Health’ and the acclaimed, ‘Lets Eat RAW’Vegan recipe book. Scott lives in Noosa, QLD with his Scottish partner Clare.
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