Many spices have powerful medicinal properties and been used to promote healing for thousands of years.
Turmeric and its bio-active compound Curcumin, “star players” of nature’s pharmacy, have been extensively studied for their therapeutic applications. Research has shown that they can:
• Support healthy cholesterol levels.
• Suppress thrombosis and myocardial infarction(blood clotting and heart attacks).
• Suppress symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
• Suppress tumor formation.
• Increase bile secretion.
• Suppress symptoms associated with type 2 diabetes.
• Enhance wound healing.
• Protect against cataracts.
• Suppress symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
• Protect against liver damage, etc.
According to DR. Andrew Weil, “One of the most comprehensive summaries of turmeric studies to date was published by the respected ethnobotanist James A. Duke, Phd., in the October, 2007 issue of Alternative & Complementary Therapies, and summarized in the July, 2008, issue of the American Botanical Council publication HerbClip.
Reviewing some 700 studies, Duke concluded that turmeric appears to outperform many pharmaceuticals in its effects against several chronic, debilitating diseases, and does so with virtually no adverse side effects. Here are some of the diseases that turmeric has been found to help prevent or alleviate:
• Alzheimer’s disease: Duke found more than 50 studies on turmeric’s effects in addressing Alzheimer’s disease. The reports indicate that extracts of turmeric contain a number of natural agents that block the formation of beta-amyloid, the substance responsible for the plaques that slowly obstruct cerebral function in Alzheimer’s disease.
• Arthritis: Turmeric contains more than two dozen anti-inflammatory compounds, including sixdifferent COX-2-inhibitors (the COX-2 enzyme promotes pain, swelling and inflammation; inhibitors selectively block that enzyme). By itself, writes Duke, curcumin – the component in turmeric most often cited for its healthful effects – is a multifaceted anti-inflammatory agent, and studies of the efficacy of curcumin have demonstrated positive changes in arthritic symptoms.
• Cancer: Duke found more than 200 citations for turmeric and cancer and more than 700 for curcumin and cancer. He noted that in the handbook Phytochemicals: Mechanisms of Action, curcumin and/or turmeric were effective in animal models in prevention and/or treatment of colon cancer, mammary cancer, prostate cancer, murine hepatocarcinogenesis (liver cancer in rats), esophageal cancer, and oral cancer. Duke said that the effectiveness of the herb against these cancers compared favorably with that reported for pharmaceuticals.”
Here are some easy ways to add turmeric in your diet:
1- Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s Calming Creamy Turmeric Tea:
• 1 cup almond milk
• 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
• 1 tsp cinnamon
• 1 tsp honey
• 1/4 tsp ginger
Heat the almond milk in a microwave, stir in the spices and drizzle the honey on top. Enjoy!
2-Creamy Green Smoothie
Note: Nutribullet works best for quick and easy prep and clean up
• A handful of mixed power greens- kale, spinach etc.
• 1 chopped celery or ½ sliced cucumber
• 1 well-scrubbed turmeric root ( available on line or at Indian, Asian or health food stores)
• ¼ avocado ( healthy fat helps with curcumin absorption)
• A handful of blueberries
• 1 tablespoon power boosters such as goji berries, flax seeds etc.
• Chilled coconut water or spring water
Pulverize all and enjoy!
3- Add chopped turmeric root to stir-fried veggies.
• Although Turmeric usually does not cause significant side effects, it is advisable to check with your healthcare provider before taking turmeric supplements.
• Nothing stated on this website should be construed as medical treatment, advice or diagnosis.