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All You Need To Know About Turmeric Curcumin


The A – Z Of Turmeric Curcumin – Everything You Need To Know

Products created from natural plants have been used throughout human history, and many of the plants themselves have evolved alongside animal life and are billions of years old. They have produced natural materials to defend themselves against disease and infection, and in turn humans have used them to cure ailments for centuries.

Indeed, in India the system of Ayurvedic medicine employs mostly plant-based drugs and formulations to treat a wide range of diseases and health problems, including cancer.

Turmeric curcumin has been used for over 5,000 years as a spice and to treat ailments

This is known because traces of turmeric have been found on cooking pots and artefacts dating back to 3,300 BC at the site of the birth of the Indus civilization on the Indus River which flows from Tibet into Kashmir in India, and into Pakistan. The Indus is one of the seven sacred rivers of the Hindus.

Indian Saffron

Not only was turmeric used as a spice, but it was also used in religious ceremonies, and because of its’ brilliant yellow color it is alternatively known as Indian saffron. Indeed, India today produces the vast majority of the world’s turmeric and consumes most of it. Erode, a city in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu is the largest producer and trading center of turmeric in the world, followed by the city of Sangli in Maharashtra in Northern India. Erode is also known as “Yellow City” and “Turmeric City”.

Different Places, Different Names

Turmeric is widely cultivated in Asia and is known by a number of different names. In South India it is called manjal while in North India it is haldi which is derived from the Sanskrit word haridra. The name turmeric is derived from the Latin terra merita meaning “meritorious earth” and refers to the color of ground turmeric resembling a mineral pigment. In French it is called terre merite, while in many languages it is just called “yellow root”.

In Sanskrit, turmeric has at least 53 known different names including bhadra (lucky), bahula (plenty), haridra (dear to hari, Lord Krishna), kanchani (exhibits golden color), kaveri (harlot), jayanti (one that wins over diseases), mehagni (killer of fat), pitika (which gives yellow color), ratrimanika (as beautiful as moonlight), varavarnini (which gives fair complexion), vishagni (killer of poison), and yuvati (young girl) to name just a few.

Worldwide Use Of Turmeric

Dyes made from turmeric have been used for centuries to color food and clothing. Children in Kerala, India, wore clothing during the Onam Festival that had been dyed with turmeric, and it was also traditionally used to dye the robes of Buddhist monks. In Hawaii, turmeric was used to treat ear infections, sinus problems, and for the healing of gastric ulcers. 

It is thought that turmeric reached China by 700 AD, East Africa by 800 AD, West Africa by 1200 AD, and Jamaica in the 1700’s. Certainly, Marco Polo wrote in 1280 about his travels in China and said “There is also a vegetable here which has all the properties of the true saffron, as well as the color, and yet it is not really saffron. Turmeric is held in great estimation, and being an ingredient in all their dishes, it bears, on that account, a high price.”

A cookery book produced in 1747 by Hannah Glasse used turmeric in a recipe for Indian pickles and in a later edition of the book it was used to flavor a curry. Turmeric also appeared in an advertisement by a company called Sorlies Perfumery Warehouse who created a blend of spice and curry powder claiming that “it renders the stomach active in digestion – the blood naturally free in circulation – the mind vigorous – and contributes most of any food to an increase in the human race.”

Turmeric’s Use in Cooking

Turmeric has many uses in Asian cooking. It is used almost universally as a spice and gives a curry its’ yellow color and distinctive flavor. It is used not only in savory dishes but sweet dishes also, and is used to create fresh turmeric pickle widely enjoyed in Eastern countries. It is employed as a coloring agent in butter, cheeses, and other foods.

It is used in South Africa to turn boiled white rice a pretty golden color. It is also used in an extremely wide range of manufactured foods and drinks including biscuits, sweets, cake icing, sauces, cereals, ice cream, cakes, orange juice, canned drinks, dairy products, yoghurts, baked products, and popcorn, and of course it is a chief component of most commercial curry powders.

Turmeric’s Use in Beauty Products

Turmeric is also used in the manufacture of several sun creams, and some very large companies use it in the production of face creams. In parts of India a paste made of turmeric is used by women to remove unwanted hair, and in some areas of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh it is applied to the skin of a bride and groom before their wedding as it is believed to make the skin glow and keep harmful bacteria away.

Turmeric As A Medicine

Turmeric has been used as a traditional medicine for centuries. In Ayurvedic medicine it has been used for improving digestion, dissolving gallstones, relieving wind, the regulation of period pains, dispelling worms, relieving the pain of arthritis, and was believed to improve the overall strength of the body.

Many Asian countries believe that turmeric has similar properties to aloe vera so it is used to clean cuts and burns and to hasten their healing. In both Afghanistan and Pakistan turmeric is applied to a piece of burnt cloth which is placed on a wound. In Pakistan, turmeric is used as an anti-inflammatory and also for removing the discomfort cause by irritable bowel syndrome. 

Many Asian countries believe that turmeric has similar properties to aloe vera so it is used to clean cuts and burns and to hasten their healing.

Turmeric curcumin also has many other uses in Ayurvedic medicine. It is used for coughs and colds, sore throats, sinusitis, liver disorders, asthma, rheumatism, and even anorexia. It is also used to treat swellings and sprains. In addition, turmeric is used to treat digestive problems when mixed with some milk or water. Turmeric also stimulates the production of bile in the liver and promotes the excretion of it via the gall bladder: this in turn improves the body’s ability to digest fats.

Over the last 30 years or so, very many studies of turmeric curcumin have been done in order to ascertain just how useful it is in treating many different conditions. Of course, today we have many medicines produced in the laboratory, but modern medicine is less than 100 years old while traditional medicine has been used for thousands of years and has been found to be both reliable and safe to use.

More Medical Uses For Turmeric Curcumin

Turmeric curcumin has been found to have many benefits in treating a wide number of health problems including such things as depression.

Depression

Depression involves inflammation and oxidative damage in the brain and while millions of prescriptions are given every year for treatment of depression, the medications generally only modify nerve signals to the brain. They cannot deal with inflammation and oxidative damage.

Curcumin has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties and in one recent test was found to be better than Prozac or Tofranil without producing any of the side effects such as drowsiness and some loss of motor skills that the other medications might do. This result was thought to be due to an increase in serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine levels in the brain caused by curcumin.

Chronic Pain

There are many causes of chronic pain, but one thing that all of them have in common is inflammation and cellular damage. Osteoarthritis begins when the cartilage between joints wears down causing damage to the ligaments and bones, and creates inflammation which is the trigger for pain. Inflammation is caused by the release of prostaglandins – in particular PGE2. This is sustained by an inflammatory enzyme called COX-2.

COX-2 has been treated by various drugs now off the market because it was later found that they caused strokes and heart attacks, as they also caused blood clotting. Aspirin also fights COX-2, but unfortunately additionally produces ulcers and damage to blood vessels.

Curcumin has been found to stop inflammation caused by COX-2 while at the same time producing no side effects. One study into knee arthritis found that curcumin was extremely effective in the management of the problem.

Obesity And Diabetes

Studies from the Center for Disease Control have shown that as of 2010 over 35% of American adults and 16% of children were obese. Obesity goes hand in hand with diabetes. Add to this the number of Americans who are overweight but not yet obese and it shows that 2/3 of the population are overweight with serious health implications, including increased blood sugar levels which lead to Type 2 diabetes.

Studies have shown that curcumin may be able to regulate blood sugar levels, stop the growth of fat cells, and in effect “reset” the body’s metabolism. One such study looked at various spices that can help to reduce obesity, and curcumin in particular. It found that curcumin “reversed insulin resistance, hyperglycemia, hyperlipidemia, and other symptoms linked to obesity”.

Heart Disease And Stroke

One in every three deaths in the US is a result of heart disease or stroke. Oxidation and inflammation are the primary causes of many chronic diseases and can cause serious damage to the heart. Inflammation can cause weakened blood vessels and blockages in the arteries. Higher than normal blood sugar levels increase the level of inflammation which is one reason why people with diabetes have a greater risk of heart attack.

Some of the drugs used to tackle inflammation have an unfortunate side-effect that can alter the immune system. However, curcumin reduces inflammation while at the same time playing an important role in reducing insulin resistance. It can also help to repair cardiac tissue, and researchers have concluded that it has a great potential as a therapy for patients who have survived a heart attack.

In another study, curcumin reduced levels of LDL cholesterol (“bad cholesterol”) which is linked to increased risk of heart attack, by 21%. At the same time, it increased the levels of HDL cholesterol (“good cholesterol”) by no less than 50%.

The study (Arafa HM. Curcumin attenuates diet-induced hypercholesterolemia in rats. Med Sci Monit. 2005 Jul;11(7):BR228-234.) concluded that curcumin clearly had a good effect on cholesterol levels despite the fact that the rats used in the test were fed a high fat diet.

Cancer

Cancer is another curse of the age. Our bodies have an ability to fight cancer using genes that suppress tumors. However, cancer cells can “turn off” these genes, thus allowing the cancer to spread.

However, a branch of science known as epigenetics holds that one of the ways to fight cancer is by enabling the “sleeping genes” to be turned back on, which is exactly what curcumin does. It has been shown to prevent and inhibit the formation of tumors. Studies so far have shown that curcumin can suppress skin, prostate, breast, liver, lung, and colon cancers.

Curcumin has been shown to prevent and inhibit cancer development by stopping the cells from dividing and proliferating, and cutting off the blood supply to cancer cells. It can differentiate between normal and cancerous cells, and encourages the destruction of cancerous cells by the immune system.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is caused by inflammation of the tissue in the small bowel and colon resulting in a signal being sent to the brain telling it that something is wrong. The digestive system reacts by going into high gear, causing diarrhea, or alternatively the opposite, which is constipation.

However, in a study of 200 people with IBS over an eight week period, curcumin was found to have reduced abdominal pain in 25% of them while 2/3 of those in the trial reported an overall improvement in their symptoms.

It can readily be seen that turmeric curcumin can help to prevent and/or reverse a large number of diseases and other health problems all without providing any unwanted side effects. It is a “miracle spice”. However, it does have one small drawback which is that it is not readily bioavailable. What that means is that it is not easily absorbed into the bloodstream. Indeed, if taken alone, only around 5% of curcumin will be absorbed.

There are no known side effects of turmeric curcumin which is why it has been used for centuries by the peoples of Asia.

Fortunately, science has the answer in the shape of another spice – black pepper. It has been found that black pepper when taken with curcumin increases the absorption rate of the curcumin by no less than 2000%. This is why IshaPur turmeric curcumin extract is mixed with ground black pepper enabling this miracle spice to be absorbed into your body easily in order to prevent and fight a whole range of different diseases and health issues.

There are no known side effects of turmeric curcumin which is why it has been used for centuries by the peoples of Asia. Now the amazing benefits of curcumin have spread to the western world and we too can start to improve our health and live better, longer lives than ever before.

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Ancient Wisdom In A Capsule!

Turmeric curcumin (Curcuma Longa) has been used for centuries in the East for its’ wonderful flavor when used in foods and for its’ abundance of health-giving properties. What Asians have known for thousands of years is now available in the Western World, and turmeric curcumin is now probably the most widely-used health supplement anywhere.

Turmeric curcumin is an anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, anti-mutagenic, anti-microbial, and anti-cancer agent which offers nothing but benefits to millions worldwide.

Ancient Wisdom in a Capsule!

Turmeric (Curcuma longa, Curcuma domestica) is used in a variety of curry dishes prepared in South East Asian countries. What has become a routine food habit is actually a centuries old wisdom. And For a good reason! Turmeric is perhaps among the most prominent health supplements naturally available today. The list of benefits are endless, among those is its “anti-inflammatory” property. Turmeric Curcumin extract from IshaPur is natural, animal friendly and clinically tested.

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