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Amazing benefits of Turmeric

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Turmeric, a spice used to flavor traditional Indian dishes, is emerging as
a powerful weapon against disease. The active compound in turmeric is
curcumin, a potent anti-inflammatory that gives the spice its bright yellow
color. Although it has been used for centuries in the folk medicine of
different cultures, modern medicine is showing that it is effective against a
number of chronic diseases, including Alzheimer's and several types of cancer.


Turmeric's amazing benefits include fighting the following conditions:

Alzheimer's.
A study at the University of California, Los Angeles, found curcumin may
treat Alzheimer's by slowing the build-up of amyloid plaques — one of the
hallmarks of Alzheimer's — in the brain, and a laboratory study at the
University of Illinois revealed that curcumin protected cells from damage caused
by beta-amyloid.


Cirrhosis of the liver.
Austrian researchers treated mice with chronic liver inflammation, the
condition that causes damaging and scarring of liver cells. Research
published in the journal Gut revealed that curcumin appeared to delay the liver
damage that causes cirrhosis. The curcumin reduced the blockage of bile ducts
and slowed liver damage and scarring.


Pancreatic cancer.
A Phase II clinical trial at MD Anderson Center involved 25 patients with
pancreatic cancer who were given 8 grams of turmeric a day for two months.
Tumor growth stopped in two patients, one for eight months and another for
two-and-a-half years. Another patient's tumor temporarily regressed by 73
percent. Since the only two drugs approved by the FDA are effective in no
more than 10 percent of patients, turmeric's effectiveness was similar, and
with no side effects.

In another study, turmeric reduced tumor growth in mice with pancreatic
cancer by 43 percent. When combined with fish oil, which helps the body
absorb turmeric, tumor growth was reduced by 70 percent.


Parkinson's.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University Medical School showed that
curcumin protected against the nerve cell damage associated with Parkinson’s.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center website, the suggested
adult dosage of curcumin is 400 to 600 mg of the standardized powder three
times a day.


Breast cancer.
A study at the University of Missouri found that curcumin, the active
ingredient in turmeric, decreased the incidence of progestin-accelerated breast
tumors in animals. It also delayed onset of the disease and reduced the
incidence of multiple tumors. Another animal study published in the journal
Clinical Cancer Research found that curcumin appeared to shut down a protein
that helps breast cancer metastasize and spread to the lungs.


Colon cancer.
Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, which is a staple of Indian
cuisine, is believed to account for the significantly lower incidence of
colon cancer within the Indian population. Researchers at the University of
Texas Medical Branch at Galveston found that curcumin blocked the activity of
a gastrointestinal hormone that spurs the development of colon cancer.
"Our findings suggest that curcumin may be useful for colon cancer treatment,
as well as potential colon cancer suppression," said Dr. B. Mark Evers,
formerly of the University of Texas and currently at the University of
Kentucky College of Medicine.


Pain.
Studies show that turmeric reduces inflammation as powerfully as the
prescription drug phenylbutazone (Butazolidine). "It works really well," Dr.
Tanya Edwards, M.D., medical director of the Center for Integrative Medicine
at the Cleveland Clinic, told WebMD. "I’ve had patients with arthritis who
start using turmeric and are able to go off their NSAIDs entirely."


Arthritis/Gout.
Italian researchers found that supplementing regular arthritis medication
with a turmeric-based compound decreased pain and stiffness by 58 percent.
Dr. Ray Sahelian, author of "Mind Boosters," recommends a 300 mg capsule of
this natural inflammatory herb three times daily to reduce the swelling
and pain of gout. A study at the University of Arizona College of Medicine
found that curcumin stopped the onset of rheumatoid arthritis in mice.


Multiple sclerosis.
Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center injected curcurmin
into rats that were specially created to develop MS, and their symptoms
vanished. In the same experiment, mice with MS that didn't have the curcumin
injections developed severe paralysis. In human terms, the amount of curcumin
given to the mice was roughly equal to the amount found in a regular Indian
diet.


Although safe, curcumin can interfere with some drugs, including those
that thin the blood, so consult with your physician before taking this or any
other supplement.





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Turmeric, a spice used to flavor traditional Indian dishes, is emerging as
a powerful weapon against disease. The active compound in turmeric is
curcumin, a potent anti-inflammatory that gives the spice its bright yellow
color. Although it has been used for centuries in the folk medicine of
different cultures, modern medicine is showing that it is effective against a
number of chronic diseases, including Alzheimer's and several types of cancer.


Turmeric's amazing benefits include fighting the following conditions:

Alzheimer's.
A study at the University of California, Los Angeles, found curcumin may
treat Alzheimer's by slowing the build-up of amyloid plaques — one of the
hallmarks of Alzheimer's — in the brain, and a laboratory study at the
University of Illinois revealed that curcumin protected cells from damage caused
by beta-amyloid.


Cirrhosis of the liver.
Austrian researchers treated mice with chronic liver inflammation, the
condition that causes damaging and scarring of liver cells. Research
published in the journal Gut revealed that curcumin appeared to delay the liver
damage that causes cirrhosis. The curcumin reduced the blockage of bile ducts
and slowed liver damage and scarring.


Pancreatic cancer.
A Phase II clinical trial at MD Anderson Center involved 25 patients with
pancreatic cancer who were given 8 grams of turmeric a day for two months.
Tumor growth stopped in two patients, one for eight months and another for
two-and-a-half years. Another patient's tumor temporarily regressed by 73
percent. Since the only two drugs approved by the FDA are effective in no
more than 10 percent of patients, turmeric's effectiveness was similar, and
with no side effects.

In another study, turmeric reduced tumor growth in mice with pancreatic
cancer by 43 percent. When combined with fish oil, which helps the body
absorb turmeric, tumor growth was reduced by 70 percent.


Parkinson's.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University Medical School showed that
curcumin protected against the nerve cell damage associated with Parkinson’s.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center website, the suggested
adult dosage of curcumin is 400 to 600 mg of the standardized powder three
times a day.


Breast cancer.
A study at the University of Missouri found that curcumin, the active
ingredient in turmeric, decreased the incidence of progestin-accelerated breast
tumors in animals. It also delayed onset of the disease and reduced the
incidence of multiple tumors. Another animal study published in the journal
Clinical Cancer Research found that curcumin appeared to shut down a protein
that helps breast cancer metastasize and spread to the lungs.


Colon cancer.
Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, which is a staple of Indian
cuisine, is believed to account for the significantly lower incidence of
colon cancer within the Indian population. Researchers at the University of
Texas Medical Branch at Galveston found that curcumin blocked the activity of
a gastrointestinal hormone that spurs the development of colon cancer.
"Our findings suggest that curcumin may be useful for colon cancer treatment,
as well as potential colon cancer suppression," said Dr. B. Mark Evers,
formerly of the University of Texas and currently at the University of
Kentucky College of Medicine.


Pain.
Studies show that turmeric reduces inflammation as powerfully as the
prescription drug phenylbutazone (Butazolidine). "It works really well," Dr.
Tanya Edwards, M.D., medical director of the Center for Integrative Medicine
at the Cleveland Clinic, told WebMD. "I’ve had patients with arthritis who
start using turmeric and are able to go off their NSAIDs entirely."


Arthritis/Gout.
Italian researchers found that supplementing regular arthritis medication
with a turmeric-based compound decreased pain and stiffness by 58 percent.
Dr. Ray Sahelian, author of "Mind Boosters," recommends a 300 mg capsule of
this natural inflammatory herb three times daily to reduce the swelling
and pain of gout. A study at the University of Arizona College of Medicine
found that curcumin stopped the onset of rheumatoid arthritis in mice.


Multiple sclerosis.
Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center injected curcurmin
into rats that were specially created to develop MS, and their symptoms
vanished. In the same experiment, mice with MS that didn't have the curcumin
injections developed severe paralysis. In human terms, the amount of curcumin
given to the mice was roughly equal to the amount found in a regular Indian
diet.


Although safe, curcumin can interfere with some drugs, including those
that thin the blood, so consult with your physician before taking this or any
other supplement.



 
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