Turmeric could possibly be THE most powerful, and most researched nutritional supplement known today.
I have absolutely fallen in love with it, and have it daily.
In fact, I think everyone should strongly consider adding turmeric not only to their daily diet, but also their daily supplement regimen.
For me, it now stands alongside omega 3 as my most important nutrient.
Ten Scientifically Proven Ways Turmeric Will Change Your Life:
1. Turmeric Fights Fatigue
Brand new research from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne (and published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology) shows curcumin from turmeric “significantly lowered levels of fatigue”.
The exciting part is that this addresses both acute fatigue (immediate) and chronic fatigue (ongoing).
After just one hour of taking curcumin, the people in the study showed significant improvements in two measures of attention (concentration) and memory.
If only I’d known this when I was doing exams at uni…
2. Helps With Heart Conditions & Cardiovascular Health
Curcumin has been demonstrated to be able to help prevent the oxidation of cholesterol in the body.
The word oxidation is important here. Cholesterol as a whole is actually needed by the body and especially the brain, but when it is oxidized it damages blood vessels and builds up in the plaques.
This is what can then lead to heart attack or stroke (i.e. not all cholesterol, OXIDIZED cholesterol).
Therefore, preventing the oxidation of new cholesterol can support protect us from the development of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease.
On top of this, in the heart health stakes, turmeric is a solid source of Vit B6. Why is B6 important for heart health?
It all comes down to something called homocysteine.
When homocysteine gets too high the knock-on effects are significantly damaging to blood vessel walls.
In fact, high homocysteine levels are a significant risk factor for heart disease.
In an incredible piece of research published in the Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, subjects who consumed 500 mg of curcumin per day for 7 days, saw their blood levels of oxidized cholesterol drop by 33% and their HDL (good cholesterol) increased by 29%.
3. Curcumin Fights Cancer: Fact
There are now SO MANY studies linking turmeric to cancer prevention and treatment it’s hard to know where to start.
Simply put – if you son’t get motivated by anything else in this article…swear solemnly to consume turmeric daily for it’s cancer prevention qualities!
Here are just a handful of the studies:
Overwhelming in vitro evidence and completed clinical trials suggests that curcumin may prove to be useful for the chemoprevention of colon cancer in humans
Curcumin for chemoprevention of colon cancer; Cancer Letters Journal; Jeremy James Johnson, Hasan Mukhtarb; Volume 255, Issue 2, 8 October 2007, Pages 170–181 [link]
“These data demonstrate that curcumin inhibits the growth of H. pylori cagA+ strains in vitro, and this may be one of the mechanisms by which curcumin exerts its chemopreventative effects.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) and curcumin inhibit the growth of Helicobacter pylori, a group 1 carcinogen; Journal of Anticancer Research; Mahady GB, Pendland SL, Yun G, Lu ZZ; [2002, 22(6C):4179-4181] [link]
Using an in vivo model of human breast cancer, dietary supplementation with curcumin was found to significantly inhibit cyclophosphamide-induced tumor regression.
Dietary Curcumin Inhibits Chemotherapy-induced Apoptosis in Models of Human Breast Cancer; The Journal of Cancer Research; Sivagurunathan Somasundaram, Natalie A. Edmund, Dominic T. Moore, George W. Small, Yue Y. Shi, and Robert Z. Orlowski; Cancer Res July 1, 2002 62; 3868 [link]
Curcumin could be a potentially therapeutic anti-cancer agent, as it significantly inhibits prostate cancer growth, as exemplified by LNCaP in vivo, and has the potential to prevent the progression of this cancer to its hormone refractory state.
Therapeutic potential of curcumin in human prostate cancer. III. Curcumin inhibits proliferation, induces apoptosis, and inhibits angiogenesis of LNCaP prostate cancer cells in vivo. Dorai T, Cao YC, Dorai B, et al. Prostate 2001 Jun 1;47(4):293-303. 2001. PMID:16280 [link]
Our findings suggest that curcumin has anti-metastatic potential by decreasing invasiveness of cancer cells. Moreover, this action was involved in the MEKK3, p-ERK signaling pathways resulting in inhibition of MMP-2 and -9 in human lung cancer A549 cells.
Overall, the above data shows that the anticancer effect of curcumin is also exist for the inhibition of migration and invasion in lung cancer cells.
Curcumin inhibits the migration and invasion of human A549 lung cancer cells through the inhibition of matrix metalloproteinase-2 and -9 and Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF); Cancer Letters Journal; Song-Shei Lin, Kuang-Chi Lai et al; Volume 285, Issue 2, 28 November 2009, Pages 127–133; [link]
How and why is turmeric so powerful in fighting cancers?
There are so many ways that the curcumin in turmeric helps fight and prevent cancer.
Here are just a handful, to give you the gist!
- Curcumin has an ability to induce apoptosis (natural cell death) in cancer cells.
- Curcumin’s antioxidant actions enable it to protect the cells from free radicals that can damage cellular DNA
- Curcumin also helps the body to destroy mutated cancer cells, so they cannot spread through the body and cause more harm
- It has also been shown to inhibit vascular epithelial growth factors. Every tumour needs a blood supply – the growth factors build one, but curcumin seems to stop them.
- It has been shown to re-awaken a key tumour suppressor gene.
In fact, it’s so highly regarded as being a powerful cancer-fighter, very expensive trials with nano-technology are being funded to find ways to delivery curcumin from turmeric more specifically and more powerfully in medical cancer treatments.
4. Turmeric Rapidly Reduces Inflammation
There are four factors I believe are critical to optimal health:
- Reducing/preventing chronic inflammation
- Consuming high levels of antioxidants
- Supporting the immune system
- Supporting the body’s pH balance (of course!)
Consuming turmeric hugely supports all four of these.
In terms of inflammation, I doubt that there is anything more powerful to consume than turmeric.
Inflammation, acidity, compromised immunity and oxidation are intrinsically linked, and a combination of them is at the root cause of most preventable diseases and conditions such as cancers, type-2 diabetes, brain diseases, arthritis, excess weight, skin conditions, fatigue conditions and more.
And the simple fact is, turmeric is scientifically proven beyond doubt to be highly effective at preventing chronic inflammation.
In this study, “A Randomized, Pilot Study to Assess the Efficacy and Safety of Curcumin in Patients with Active Rheumatoid Arthritis” the subjects were split into three groups:
1. 500mg of curcumin from turmeric
2. 50mg of the NSAID drug diclofenac sodium
3. Both together
Interestingly, while all three groups showed improvement, the group who took JUST the 500mg curcumin supplement showed the highest improvement in Disease Activity Score (DAS) and the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) criteria for reduction in tenderness and swelling of joint scores.
Yes, taking JUST curcumin was more powerful than taking the NSAID drug! [source]
5. Turmeric Has Huge Antioxidant Capacity
In terms of antioxidant capacity, turmeric also rules here too!
Clinical studies have proven beyond doubt that curcumin exerts very powerful antioxidant effects.
As an antioxidant, curcumin is able to neutralize free radicals, chemicals that can travel through the body and cause great amounts of damage to healthy cells and cell membranes.
This is one of the principal causes of many cancers, fatigue conditions such as fibromyalgia, heart conditions, cognitive conditions and more.
Curcumin itself is a powerful phytonutrient proven to (as mentioned) neutralize free radicals, prevent cell aging and death, support the production of further antioxidant proteins, inhibits lipid peroxidation and so much more.
6. Potent Immune System Booster
The third factor here that turmeric ticks, and the combo that makes it so powerful is its ability to support and strengthen the immune system.
Turmeric contains a substance known as lipopolysaccharide, which helps specifically stimulate the body’s immune system.
Its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal agents also help strengthen the immune system.
In a 2007 study published in the Journal of Immunology the research found that:
Curcumin’s beneficial effects in arthritis, allergy, asthma, atherosclerosis, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and cancer might be due in part to its ability to modulate the immune system.
This research states that turmeric goes so much further than most foods (which boost the immune system with nutrients). Turmeric can actually help to modulate the immune system to work more efficiently and effectively.
7. Turmeric Proven to Help Prevent & Reverse Alzheimer’s
As I’ve discussed, chronic, low-level inflammation plays a major role in almost every chronic, common, Western disease including heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, and various degenerative conditions.
And the same is true when it comes to cognitive/mental conditions – especially Alzheimer’s.
Dr David Permutter, Neurologist, Fellow of the American College of Nutrition and author of the NYT Bestseller “Grain Brain” states that:
But the relationship of turmeric to brain health, and specifically to Alzheimer’s, goes much deeper.
One of the important elements of Alzheimer’s disease is the finding of elevated amounts of amyloid protein, which may be a highly damaging protein, in the brains of Alzheimer’s sufferers.
Indeed, amyloid is considered one of the hallmarks of this disease. New research published in the Journal of Neuroscience Research has shown that curcumin actually inhibits the formation of amyloid protein.
So promising were these findings that the author of the study concluded that curcumin “could be a key molecule for the development of therapeutics for Alzheimer’s disease.”
Hundreds of research papers now demonstrate that curcumin and curcuminoids have clear benefits towards the prevention and even treatment of Alzheimer’s and other degenerative cognitive diseases.
In fact, in the Journal Ayu, an in-depth study was conducted on three patients with Alzheimer’s Disease.
All three patients were described as “very severe” with irritability, agitation, anxiety, and apathy, two patients suffered from urinary incontinence and wonderings.
In other words, they had very, very bad cases of AD.
All three patients took turmeric capsules for 12 weeks and all saw significant improvements. Two of the patients even came to being able to recognize their family again after a year.
An absolutely life-changing result, simply from the addition of this little spice.
8. Curcumin Provides Arthritis Relief
As we’ve covered, curcumin from turmeric is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory and pain reducing characteristics.
In case you’ve skipped to this section, it’s worth touching on that earlier study again:
The study split arthritis patients into three groups:
1. curcumin treatment alone
2. diclofenac sodium alone (note: this is a Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug)
3. and a combination of the two.
The results of the trial were shocking.
The curcumin group showed the highest percentage of improvement out of all three groups! Outperforming the NSAID and even the NSAID with the curcumin.
Further, this study on 50 osteoarthritis patients showed curcumin to be clinically effective in treating the symptoms of OA.
And there are hundreds of studies just like these…
9. Turmeric Supports Liver Function
Turmeric has long been known for its power to support liver function.
One of the vital roles of the liver is to detoxify the blood, and it does this through the production of specific enzymes.
And guess what?
Turmeric increases the production of these exact vital enzymes that break down and reduce toxins in the body.
Turmeric also is believed to invigorate and improve blood circulation, thus supporting good liver health.
Further, incredible, groundbreaking new research just published in the Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand has found that curcumin is actually able to repair and even regenerate the liver tissues.
10. Proven to Beat Depression
The journal Phytotherapy Research recently undertook a six-week trial to compare the effects of curcumin on depression with the effects of fluoxetine (Prozac).
The study took 60 volunteers diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD) and split the group to determine how patients treated by curcumin fared against fluoxetine (Prozac) and a combination of the two.
Not only was it discovered that all patients tolerated curcumin well, but they discovered curcumin was as effective as Prozac in managing depression.
According to the authors, “This study provides first clinical evidence that curcumin may be used as an effective and safe therapy for treatment in patients with Mild Depression.”?
Bonus #11! Study Shows Turmeric Has HUGE Results With Type II Diabetes
A remarkable human clinical study published in the journal Diabetes Care, the journal of the American Diabetes Association, revealed that turmeric extract was 100% successful at preventing prediabetic patients from becoming diabetic over the course of a 9-month intervention.
This incredible study involved 240 volunteers with criteria of prediabetes.
They were assigned either a curcumin tablet or placebo. And after 9 months?
Well, after the 279 days of the study, 16.4% of the placebo group had gone on to develop Type II Diabetes.
And as for the turmeric group…
Absolutely NONE went on to develop Type II Diabetes.
This is not a fluke.
Can you imagine the impact on the World if all pre-diabetic patients were prescribed curcumin?
Simply Put – You HAVE to Include Turmeric In Your Diet & Supplement Regimen
The sheer volume of research puts it beyond question: turmeric is clinically effective at fighting, treating and/or preventing various cancers, arthritis, heart disease, liver disease, Alzheimer’s, skin conditions, inflammatory conditions, immune system disorders, depressive disorders, chronic fatigue and so much more!
Get it into your daily diet now!
Delicious Recipes Containing Turmeric
To get you started, here are 4 of my recipes that are rich in turmeric.
In the next few weeks, I’ll be posting more info on how to get more turmeric into your daily diet and how to pick and use a turmeric supplement – look out for those posts!
In the meantime, here are four delicious alkaline and turmeric-rich recipes:
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