Simple Health Benefits from Turmeric


Turmeric is a spice I try to eat each day.  Turmeric is inexpensive, easy to use, and enhances many delicious recipes, plus has profound health benefits.

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Turmeric is the friend of our livers and a healthy liver is vital to our overall good health!

The importance of our liver is described by Dr. Stephen T. Chang in his book “The Tao of Balanced Diet”. Chang wrote that we live in a toxic world with no hope of immediate change so we cannot avoid toxins all the time for as long as we live.  “We must thank God for giving us livers for our livers are toxin filters and detoxifiers, without which we cannot live.

He goes so far as to suggest eating junk food once in awhile to temper the liver.  He wrote:  “Living strictly on pure foods in pure environments can weaken the liver’s ability to tolerate toxins, a single exposure can be fatal.”

Now Scientific studies shows another benefit of turmeric.

A recent article “Turmeric’s ‘Smart Kill’ Properties Put Chemo & Radiation To Shame” tells about a  new study published in the journal, Anticancer Research, that finds turmeric extract selectively and safely killing cancer stem cells in a way that chemo and radiation cannot.

The research was looking at natural compounds for cancer treatment and polyphenol, known as curcumin, has the ability to selectively target cancer stem cells, which are at the root of cancer’s growth.  The good news is that curcumin has little to no toxicity on normal stem cells.

This is really important because cancer stem cells resist chemo, radiation, and can even be stimulated to increase invasiveness through surgery.  These factors are believed to be at the root of tumor recurrence and the failure of conventional treatment.

There are simple ways to have good natural health in our increasingly complex world.  One simple yet effective way is by adding turmeric into our meals.

For those interested in healthier nutrition, here is a tip about turmeric sent to us by our friend, Blaine Watson.

 

A diet high in turmeric may help reduce weight gain by suppressing the growth of new fat tissue, according to a study conducted by researchers from Tufts University and published in the Journal of Nutrition.The study was funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a grant from the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.

“Weight gain is the result of the growth and expansion of fat tissue, which cannot happen unless new blood vessels form, a process known as angiogenesis,” senior author,  Mohsen Meydani said. “Based on our data, curcumin appears to suppress angiogenic activity in the fat tissue of mice fed high fat diets.

“Curcumin is an antioxidant chemical in the polyphenol family that naturally occurs in turmeric. In contrast to some phytochemicals, it is easily absorbed by the body.

Researchers fed two groups of mice identical high-fat diets, supplementing the diets of the half the mice with 500 milligrams of curcumin per kilogram of body weight per day. They found that mice in the curcumin group had significantly lower blood cholesterol and significantly less microvessel density in fat tissue than the mice in the control group, implying less blood vessel growth and thus less overall growth of fat tissue. The livers of mice in the curcumin group also contained significantly less fat than those of the mice in the control group.

“In general, angiogenesis and an accumulation of lipids in fat cells contribute to fat tissue growth,” Meydani said.The researcher also noted that “curcumin appeared to be responsible for total lower body fat in the group that received supplementation.

“In a similar study conducted on cells rather than animals, the researchers also found curcumin to suppress angiogenesis. The chemical also appeared to suppress the expression of two genes linked to angiogenesis in both the mouse and cell experiments.”

I wanted to remind everyone  that turmeric is to be used with some degree of awareness. We never eat it raw. It must be cooked in our food. Capsules are therefore not an option.  We use only organic turmeric. The regular turmeric you buy for example in an Indian store is heavily adulterated with chalk and talcum powder and food coloring.

We also use turmeric sparingly. It is highly, highly effective in purifying the liver. The North American/Western diet and lifestyle is highly toxic with many many sources of impurities which are metabolized and stored in the liver. When turmeric is introduced to the diet these toxins/impurities are squeezed from the liver (this would be a contributing factor to weight loss) and this is a good thing but not if it is overwhelming to the body. Detox crisis is a real possibility.

A gentle and universal curry for western palates would be something like:

3 parts powdered coriander

3 parts powdered fennel

1-2 parts powdered cumin

1-2 parts turmeric

Blaine

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Delicious food is one of the great spices of life.  One way to make food delicious and healthy is with the spice turmeric.

Gary

Another way to protect the liver is to avoid statins by creating good heart health in other ways. See why below.

 

 


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