What is Turmeric Benefits?
Forget everything I wrote, all you need is Turmeric or Curcumin the main ingredient in Turmeric. This Spice does everything. This is the article from Dr. Axe and the next article is written by Dr. Jan McBarron and neither one is selling anything so I tend to believe what they are saying about Turmeric,but the bottom line is you have nothing to lose It has no side effects. My granddaughter , has Juvenile arthritis and for several years she has taken Turmeric and at 16 no symptoms. My next post will tell how Turmeric works and even killing Cancer!
Turmeric, is the main spice in curry, is arguably the most powerful herb on the planet at fighting and potentially reversing disease. It has so many healing properties that currently there has been 6,233 peer reviewed articles published proving the benefits of Turmeric and one of its renowned healing compounds Curcumin.
This puts Turmeric on top of the list as one of the most frequently mentioned medicinal herbs in all of Science and the next most popular studied herbs include garlic; cinnamon, ginsing, ginger and milk thistle. Of the 6000 studies referencing Curcumin, the most interesting finding is that when Turmeric is compared to conventional medicine its benefits equal that of many Pharmacuetical Medication. In fact reported that using Curcumin is more advantageous that certain prescription drugs.
Health Benefits of Turmeric
When examining the research, Turmeric benefits go beyond that of these 10 drugs.
-Inflammatory bowel disease
Turmeric Benefits Other Medication
Although the list is much longer, we’ve selected 10 drugs that pale in comparison to Turmeric in potentially reversing diseases. As you read this report, keep in mind that one of the most powerful advantages Curcumin has over the traditional medical approach is the lack of side effects.
Medical intervention generally includes the following Medication to slow and prevent blood clots.
- Clopidogrel (Plavix)
- Enoxaparin (Lovenox)
- Warfarin (Coumadin)
Unfortunately, for people with conditions that we are treated by these drugs (i.e. deep-vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism), this approach may not always be the wisest decision. Ibuprofen overdose is one such common problem. In addition to common side effects like bleeding and hemorrhage, the risks associated with anticoagulants abound and included everything from back pain to headaches to difficultly breathing. Turmeric, on the other hand has relatively no known side effects unless taken in extremely excessive amounts. Additionally, ever since several ground breaking studies in the mid-1980s, the Curcumin in Turmeric has been suggested by researchers as actually being option for those with vascular thrombosis.
Although few studies have been conducted on humans, dozens of research trails have proven that Turmeric is especially effective in correcting depression symptoms in laboratory animals. To address this issue, the journal Physiotherapy Research published the results of an amazing, innovative study this past year. The study took 60 volunteers diagnosed with major depressive disorders (MDD), such as manic depression, 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 was 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 for treatment in patients with mild Depression”
Arguably, the most powerful aspect of Curcumin is its ability to control inflammation. The journal Ongcogene published the results of a study that evaluation several anti-inflammatory compounds and found that aspirin and Ibuprofen are least effective, while Curcumin, is among the most effective anti-inflammatory compounds in the world. This news should have reached every household after the study was conducted because inflammation puts people at risk for almost every diseases process known to man, Diseases today such as Cancer, Ulcertive Colitis, Arthritis, High Cholesterol and Chronic Pain can be the results of inflammation.As you will see below in several articles related to Chronic Illness, keep this in the back of your mind. Turmeric’s key to disease reversal may be its ability to keep inflammation at bay.
4) Arthritis Management
Because Curcumin is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory and pain reducing characteristics, a study was conducted on 45 rheumatoid arthritis patient to compare the benefits of Curcumin in Turmeric to Arthritis drugs (diclofenac sodium), that put people at risk of developing leaky gut and heart disease. The study split these volunteers into three groups; Curcumin treatment alone, diclofenac sodium alone and a combination of the two. The results were eye opening. The Curcumin group showed the highest percentage of improvement in overall [Disease Activity Score] scores and these scores were significantly better than the patients in the diclofenac sodium group. More importantly, Curcumin treatment was found to be safe and did not relate with any adverse events. Our study provides the first evidence for the safety and superiority of Curcumin treatment in patients with active RA, and highlights the need for the future large-scale trails to validate these findings in patients with RA and other arthritic conditions.
5) Cancer Treatment
Of all the various topics scientists have tackled in regards to Curcumin and reversal, cancer (of various types) is one of the most thoroughly research topics. In the words of global authorities like Cancer Research UK. A number of laboratory studies on Cancer cells have shown that Curcumin does have anticancer cells and prevent more from growing. It has the best effects on breast Cancer, Bowel Cancer, stomach Cancer and skin Cancer cells. A 2007 American study that combined Curcumin with Chemotherapy to treat cancer cells in a laboratory showed that the combined treatment killed more cancer cells than the Chemotherapy alone. Laboratory studies have shown that Curcumin interferes with Cancer Development growth and spread. Recently Curcumin has received a great deal of focus because of it’s ability to reduce tumor size and kill Cancer cells.Turmeric works incredibly well to help naturally treat Cancer and is especially effective at treating Breast Cancer, Colon Cancer, and Skin Cancer.
6) Diabetes Management
For lowering blood sugar and reversing insulin resistance there’s arguably no better natural treatment than adding Turmeric into your diet. In 2009, Biochemistry and Biophysical Resting with Research Communication published study out of Auburn University that explored how supplementing with Turmeric can help reverse diabetes. The Study shows Turmeric is literally 400 times more potent than Metformin in activating AMPK which improves insulin sensitivity which can help reverse diabetes. In addition to correcting the cause of diabete’s, Curcumin has also been proven to help reverse many of the issues related to insulin resistance and by hyperglycemia. Take, for instance, diabetes neuropathy and retinopathy. One of the most common complications of diabetes is damaged blood vessels which can cause blindness. A study found that supplementing with Curcumin can delay this horrible complication of diabetes because of its ant-inflammatory and antioxident properties.
7) Gastrointestinal Treatments
Often times, people with digestive and stomach complaints become intolerant to medical intervention because the stomach flora is already compromised and drugs can literally tear up the mucosal lining. An in-depth analysis of all the studies evaluating Curcumin , ability to manage inflammatory bowel disease (IBS, Crohn’s disease, Ulcertive Collitis) found that many patient were able to stop their prescribed corticosteroids because their condition improved dramatically by taking Curcumin ! For many patients with IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) cortiosteroids reduce their pain symptoms, but damage the intestinal lining over time actually making the condition worse. However, supplementing with Curcumin did not have these side effects and, because of its anti-inflammatory properties , actually helped heal the gut and supported the growth of good bacteria (probioics).
8) Cholesterol Regulators
One of the reasons heart disease is such a problem in the U.S. is that people are developing pre-diabetes at an alarming rate. In turn, diabetes and non-diabetes alike are suffering from a common complication called oxidative stress, which damages the inside of blood vessels. Because of this damage to the arteries, Cholesterol begins to build up to patch up the damage areas which lead to high levels of LDL cholesterol. A study done by Drugs in R&D found that Curcumin equal or more effective than diabetes medication at reducing oxidative stress and inflammation in the treatment of high cholesterol. Studies like these are causing pharmaceutical companies to try and design a synthetic form of Curcumin that will unfortunately, will not work as the real thing.
9) Pain Killers
One of the more widely accepted properties of Curcumin in scientific communities is its ability to manage pain. Just this past year the European Journal of Pharmacology published research that naturally activates the opioid system in diabetic rats. Typically manipulated by drugs, this natural process served as the body’s inherent pain-relieving response. Take for instance, severe burns, Typically, burn victims are treated by dangerous opioids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory. However,because of it’s anti-inflammatory benefits. U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research suggests that, Curcumin should be used to treat burns instead of the conventional medications. The trend should become clear at this point. Therapeutic use of Turmeric and other Curcumin-rich plants and displacing conventional medical treatments and proving it’s legitimate natural painkiller.
Lastly we’ll take a look at how Turmeric benefits the many conditions treated by corticosteroids such as; Psoriasis, Lupus, Rheumatoids Arthritis, Scleroderma, Chronic Pain In 1999 breakthrough clinical study, it was found that Curcumin has the ability to cure chronic inflammation of the eyes. Typically this condition was only treated with steroids but today it’s common for medical doctors who practice functional medicine to prescribe Curcumin instead. What cannot be overstated, however, is that although statistically “Comparable” to steroids in managing and reversing chronic disease, ” The Lack of side effects with Curcumin is the greatest advantage compared with Coricosteroids as stated by the authors in the above study out of K.G. Medical College. To give you a sense of the amount of suffering alleviated by Curcumin, the following is a sample of steroids side effects listed by the U.K.’s National Health Services (NHS) Acme, Asthma, Cancer, Cataracts, Delayed wound healing, Diabetes, Hypertension, Increased appetite, Indigestion, Insomnia, Muscle weakness, Kidney and Thyroid issues, Mood disturbance, Nausea, Tachycardia (rapid heartbeat), Thinning Skin. Ultimately, when taking into account the large amount of deadly complications these 10 drugs you put in your body at risk for, it is easy to see how taking therapeutic Curcumin is superior to most medicines. If you have any of the diseases above, you want to consider this natural approach first. For those of you who aren’t sick, taking Turmeric will serve well as a preventative measure. I have started taking Curcumin today so in a month I will let you know if it works.