Inflammation is a factor in 80 to 90% of all diseases, according to Curcumin research Ajay Goel, Ph.D., director of Epigenetics and Cancer Prevention at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.
What’s not to love?”
Curcumin demonstrates superior antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects and provides liver and heart-protective benefits as well. It is a potent antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral , anti-allergenic and has anti-tumor and anti-cancer properties, ” says Dr, Goel. By knocking out virus, bacteria and fungi, Curcumin offers the powerful possibility that we can use it to treat everything from colds and flu to pneumonia or even to help with something as serous as AIDS or Cancer, effectively and without dangerous side effects.
ALL CURCUMIN IS NOT CREATED EQUAL
Unless you are willing to eat curry three times a day, you probably can’t eat enough turmeric or Curcumin to make much of a difference to your health. That’s because in its most common form, Curcumin is not very absorbable or bioavailable to the human body. Fortunately, at least one company has found a way to make Curcumin highly absorbable. In chapter 10, you’ll find more on Curamin and CuraMed, supplements containing BCM-95, the highly absorbable form of Curcumin that has been well-researched to produce the protective and curative results in scientific studies. Launched in the U.S. market by EuroPharma Inc. under the Terry Naturally brand name, the amazing thing about BCM-95 is that it takes Curcumin- a nutrient that is notoriously difficult to absorb-and makes and makes it ready for the body to use. In fact, BCM-95 is up to ten times more absorbable (and retained in the bloodstream longer at more medicinal levels) than standard 95% Curcumin extracts.
Curcumin and Heart Disease
Since heart disease is the #1 killer in the Western World, any nutrient, like curcumin, that helps protect your heart and arteries and even reverses heart disease should be most welcome. Curcumin’s heart-protective effects become even more important when we add diabetes to the mix. Heart disease is the most common complication of diabetes, and the number of newly diagnosed diabetics is increasing dramatcically every year with nearly 2 million new cases reported among U.S. adults in 2010.
Keep Arteries Clear
Clogged arteries raise the risk of heart attack and stroke. Fatty deposits (called plaque) causes arteries to narrow, reduce blood flow, make your heart work harder to move blood through the circulatory system and harden the arteries. In time, cholesterol build-up can completely block an artery and cause a heart attack or stroke.
Curcumin raises the level of HDL or “good” cholesterol that helps move fats out of the cells, including the cells in the arteries. It also reduces the stickiness of the blood cells, preventing clots.
With Curcumin, cholesterol improvement can happen fast: An Indian study showed that human volunteers who took 500 milligrams a day for just a week increased their good (HDL) cholesterol by 29%. In addition, inflammation is a foundational cause of cardiovascular disease and there is abundant evidence that Curcumin is one of the most potent anti-inflammatory substance known to science. Therefore, it stands to reason that reduction of inflammation also reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke. Other studies suggest that Curcumin may actually change the message sent by genes that signal the body to build up those fatty deposits in the arteries.
Reduce Homocysteine and CRP Levels
Homocysteine is an amino acid naturally present in the human body. When homocysteine starts to build up in the bloodstream, it increases the hardening and narrowing of the arteries, may cause blood clotting, raises your risk of heart disease and can predictive of a heart attack, stroke and possibly Alzheimer’s disease. CRP (C-Reactive Protein) is a body signal of inflammation. It damages the arterial walls resulting in hardening of the arterial walls, resulting in hardening of the arteries and blood clotting. Curcumin helps to relax those arterial wall cells, reduces the hardening of the arteries and allows the blood to flow more freely, dissolving clots and preventing and even reversing plaque buildup.
Reverse Heart Failure
Congestive heart failure occurs when the heart can no longer pump enough blood to the rest of the body. It usually a slow process that gets worse over time. As the heart muscle loses its ability to pump oxygen-rich blood throughout the body, it causes fluid to build up in the lungs, liver gastrointestinal tract, arms and legs. This lack of oxygen damages vital organs, eventually causing death.
Curcumin prevents the creation of scar tissue in the heart muscle and helps failing hearts return to their normal pumping capacity, according to breakthrough Canadian research published in 2008. Scientist at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research discovered that Curcumin acts directly on the DNA of heart cells, preventing them from unraveling under physical stress. Curcumin was shown to switch off the”unraveling switch” in the heart cell DNA that keeps scar tissue from developing. In the Febuary 2008 edition of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, researchers at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre of the Toronto General Hospital reported that Curcumin may dramatically reduce the chance of developing heart failure.”When the herb is given orally, It can actually prevent and reverse hypertrophy, restore heart function and reduce scar formation,” researchers wrote.
Prevent Stroke and Stop Stroke Damage
Strokes have two major causes. The most common is a blood clot that travels to the brain and the second is a ruptured blood vessel in the brain. As we learned earlier in this chapter, the buildup of cholesterol, elevated homocysteine and CPR levels and even congestive heart failure are risk factors for stroke as well as heart attack. Since stroke is a cardiovascular disease, a stroke is a “brain attack” if you will, similar to a heart attack. We already know that Curcumin has powerful preventive and healing properties for all of these condition.
Stroke almost inevitably damage brain cells. But exciting new research shows that Curcumin, given intravenously, can minimize brain damage while a stroke is in progress because it can cross the blood-brain barrier, protecting the mechanisms that help regenerate brain cells. This is effective if it is administered in an emergency room within three hours of a stroke. Super Antioxidant
Curcumin’s antioxidant properties are one of its most potent weapons against all of the diseases commonly linked with the aging process, most notably cardiovascular disease. I like to think of antioxidants as “rust removers” of the body because they literally remove the “rust” or the foundational causes of the diseases of aging connected to excessive free -radical oxygen molecules.
Cholesterol or even excessive cholesterol in itself does nor clog arteries. It is the oxidized cholesterol that clogs the arteries, restricts blood flow to vital organs and eventually breaks away to cause heart attacks and strokes.
By preventing this oxidation in the first place, Curcumin’s antioxidant properties keep the arteries clear of that potentially fatal oxidized cholesterol or plaque.
Curcumin’s abilities to protect your heart, brain and cardiovascular system are beyond impressive. Consider the drugs commonly used to treat the heart conditions discussed in this chapter. The statin drugs alone ( Lipitor, Crestor and their cousins) carry with them huge health risks from side effects, including causing death from sudden heart failure. It only makes sense to use substance that are effective as well as harmless. Curcumin is natural and safe. Only rarely do people taking Curcumin get mild stomach upset at dosage of 10 grams per day or more. What’s more, even the highest quality products are very affordable. Who could ask for more.
This was all from Dr. Jan McBarron, I’m sorry I have to copy but this is way to important that I really want to make sure everyone gets this.