This was written by Dr. Jan McBarron and the way she explains it, is really easy to understand. And God I do hope this is all true.
Curcumin has proven antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. This takes in most, if not all, of the chronic diseases of aging known to modern science. Think about rust on the bumper of a car. Rust is caused by oxidation or damaging oxygen molecules that corrode and eventually destroy the structure of metal. Those same corrosive oxygen molecules ( sometimes called free radicals ) are found inside the human body, and while they are part of the aging process, they are an unpleasant part of it because they contribute to the deterioration of cells. When these “rusty” cells reproduce, each generation is just a little different from the last and a little bit less able to perform its function properly. That, in a nutshell, is how and why we age.
The oxidative aging process is escalated by environmental factors:
Polluted air and water
Plastics and other toxic materials that contaminate nearly everything we touch, eat and drink
Pesticides and other poisons and hormones in our food and even in our clothing. Processed foods, smoking, obesity, lack of exercise and other unhealthy lifestyle choices
OXIDATION AND INFLAMMATION CAUSE DISEASE
So, what happens when we get “rust” or oxidative damage in our cells? Our brain cells begin to deteriorate, so memory becomes fuzzy; our hearts don’t beat effective as they once did; our arteries become clogged; our blood sugars spike and cellular division is thrown so far out of whack that our cells begin to divide wildly, creating cancers than can kill us.
This oxidative stress can also cause brain chemistry to malfunction, resulting in depression, one of the most common and debilitating diseases of modern times. Worst of all, these nasty free radical oxygen molecules cause inflammation, with obvious results if you think of arthritis, joint pain and other forms of chronic pain, but less obvious ones as under lying causes of all of the degenerative diseases already mentioned.
In addition, obesity and inflammation go hand-in hand. Most likely, obesity causes inflammation, although the scientific community isn’t quite convinced yet. More than 40% of all Americans are obese. When we add in those 30% who are overweight but not yet obese, we find that excess weight plagues 70% of all American adults. That makes the inflammation associated with obesity a serious contributing factor in all of the diseases of aging.
THE GOLDEN KNIGHT
Like a golden knight on a palomino charger, curcumin rides to the rescue! Curcumin is by far the most powerful antioxidant known to science, hundreds of times more powerful than blueberries, which have substantial antioxidant capabilities themselves.
On the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) scale that rates the antioxidant power of foods, only BCM-95, Curcumin rates over 1.5 million per 100 grams, while antioxidant-rich blueberries have only a 6,000 ORAC rating 100 grams! This means that just one high-quality Curcumin capsule delivers more than 25 times the antioxidants as the same amount of blueberries. Curcumin literally scrubs the oxidative “rust” from your cells, preventing serious disease and reversing diseases you may already have. It helps stop cell deterioration and restore the cellular genetic codes to youthful levels, ensuring those cells will reproduce more like they did when you were young.
More important, from the viewpoint of damage cell division found in cancer, curcumin also tells these cells to die when their time comes, as ordained by nature, which stops tumor growth.
That wonderful yellow curcumin stops the inflammation and all of its obvious and not-so-obvious damaging effects, relieving inflammatory problems like arthrities and joint pain and eliminating the building blocks for heart disease, diabetes and other diseases that have a foundation in chronic inflammation.
In addition, curcumin has unique ability to cross the blood-brain barrier, a membrane that protects the brain from invaders like bacteria infections and keeps out most other substance as well, including those that might be helpful. This gives curcumin the ability to deliver its antioxidants and anti-inflammatories directly to the brain, which is particularly helpful in cases of dementia and depression.
In the case of cancer, cutting-edge research shows curcumin has a variety of ways of stopping abnormal cell growth, including an ability to affect cell division on the genetic level.
If that’s not enough, studies also show that curcumin protects the liver and kidneys. Curcumin has been compared to pharmaceutical drugs for the treatment of a wide variety of diseases, and it has come out on top in every case.