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Turmeric: Anti-Depressant, Anti-Cancer and More

5. Treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD): Research suggests that IBD’s such as Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis may be treated with curcumin.

6. Cystic Fibrosis: Preliminary studies have shown that curcumin may have the ability to correct the genetic defects that are responsible for cystic fibrosis.

7. Improved Liver Function: Studies suggest that turmeric may improve liver function by increasing the liver’s ability to perform its detoxification duties.

8. Cardiovascular Protection: Research suggests that curcumin may help protect the cardiovascular system from disease. It does this by helping to prevent the oxidation of cholesterol in the body. This is important because oxidized cholesterol is part of what builds up in plaque that damages blood vessels and can lead to heart attacks or stroke. Turmeric is also a good source of vitamin B6, which is important for cardiovascular health.

9. Lowering Cholesterol: Research has revealed that curcumin can act as a “messaging molecule” to communicate with genes in liver cells. It lowers cholesterol levels by telling the liver cells to create more receptors for LDL cholesterol. With these extra LDL-receptors, the liver cells can expedite the process of removing LDL-cholesterol from the body.

10. Protection against Alzheimers disease: A rising number of studies suggest that turmeric may help protect against neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s (and possibly multiple sclerosis). This is done, in part, through its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Curcumin can also cross the blood-brain barrier dissolving “amyloid dibrils” and inhibiting “amyloid-B aggregation,” both of which help prevent plaque from forming between cells (which is characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease).

The most active ingredient in turmeric root, bisdemethoxycurcumin, boosts the activity of the immune system in Alzheimers patients, helping them to clear the amyloid beta plaques characteristic of the disease.- whfoods

As you can see, there is plenty of information out there about the health benefits of enjoying turmeric and the phytochemicals it contains so enjoy some in your stir fry tonight, your tea tomorrow or even your morning smoothie.

 

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Sources:

[1]http://www.newsmaxhealth.com/Health-News/curcumin-tumeric-spice-antidepressant/2013/10/18/id/531801

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=78

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andrew-weil-md/turmeric-health-have-a-happy-new-year_b_798328.html
http://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/stories/the-amazing-health-benefits-of-turmeric

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8:50PM PDT on Apr 26, 2014

I recently read that the curcumin in turmeric and the piperine in peppercorns combine to make a powerful healing pair. I have been using it daily with positive effects.

5:27AM PDT on Apr 26, 2014

Thanks.

11:56PM PDT on Apr 25, 2014

Thanks for sharing

8:03PM PDT on Apr 24, 2014

I knew it was good for you, but I didn't know just how MANY ways it benefitted so many health issues. I am definitely incorporating this spice into my diet more often & buying it in supplement form as well. I was excited to read about it being so good for leukemia; I have a friend that has that disease & am hoping she will be open-minded to looking into it. I truly believe nature has provided us with all the "natural medicine" we need to stay healthy & cure diseases. Natural medicine has been used for centuries before toxic pharmaceutical drugs became the norm. People just have been brainwashed to believe that a little pill will cure everything & will bring about health; our bodies are not deficient of drugs!, our bodies are deficient in whole living foods which contain vitamins, minerals & phytochemicals that keep our immune system & cellular health intact. The "chemical world", be it crap food, toxic chemicals in the water, air, earth, personal care products, cleaning products & chemical drugs are the problem. Allopathic (standard medicine) has it's place; ER care is an example.of that; but for the most part it oversteps it bounds & disregards the natural world & our natural bodies.

5:05AM PDT on Apr 23, 2014

Links to "real" health sites would be appreciated - thanks for passing along a point of beginning!

11:10AM PST on Feb 26, 2014

yay curry!

2:13PM PST on Feb 23, 2014

I really enjoy a good curry and who knew it was soooooo good for us too.

6:03AM PST on Feb 23, 2014

Eat smart and exercise out

7:31PM PST on Feb 22, 2014

Thank you so much for this! My best friend has her breast cancer back! So I need to tell her about this asap!

10:15AM PST on Dec 28, 2013

Apparently you need to combine this with coconut oil and ground pepper for better absorption!

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