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Other Health Benefits of Turmeric Curcumin


Turmeric Curcumin May Decrease Alzheimer’s Risk

Turmeric Curcumin is known for a variety of health benefits. New discoveries continue to be found with various studies of this wonder spice. Let’s delve right into all this root has to offer!

We know turmeric curcumin is effective in relieving joint and muscle inflammation and treating arthritis and osteoarthritis, but it also has the ability to treat and possibly cure many other ailments.

The percentage of people with Alzheimer’s disease in India is quite low and researchers think it may be due to turmeric curcumin being added in abundance to the foods people eat. For each person, an estimated 125 mg of turmeric curcumin is consumed daily.

Since the spice has a low bioavailability, it is best absorbed in the bloodstream when combined with just a small amount of pepper. In addition to preventing Alzheimer’s, curcumin may be able to treat patients already suffering with the disease. 

Turmeric’s ideal for anyone who is sick or injured and for anyone who wants to prevent getting sick or injured.

Wellington Pham, PhD, an assistant professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt, stated in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, “Curcumin has demonstrated ability to enter the brain, bind and destroy the beta-amyloid plaques present in Alzheimer’s with reduced toxicity.”

The process is quite complex and researchers are currently studying how to best deliver the spice in drug/supplement form in the most effective way to reverse the destructive disease associated with memory loss.

Role Of Turmeric Curcumin

Turmeric curcumin has been shown to increase levels of BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor) which indicates that it may very well delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and possibly even reverse it.

Until recently it was thought that the neurons in the brain were unable to divide and multiply after early childhood, but it is now known that this does occur. In some areas of the brain neurons not only form new connections, but also divide and multiply.

BDNF is a type of hormone which is one of the chief architects causing neurons to multiply. Some common brain diseases have been shown to be connected to low levels of BDNF, including Alzheimer’s and depression. A study conducted in November 2006 put rats through a 20 day regimen of stress which reduced their normal levels of performance in a “shuttlebox test” and produced several physiological side effects.

Turmeric curcumin has been shown to increase levels of BDNF which indicates that it may very well delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and possibly even reverse it.

It was found that the rats’ BDNF was severely reduced. When the rats were then put on a course of curcumin it reversed the effects. The study found that there was “compelling evidence” that the reduced levels of BDNF were reversed in the rats, and that by extension the same thing would occur in humans.

Certainly, the percentage of the population with Alzheimer’s in India is very low, and it is thought that this may be due to the relatively large amounts of turmeric curcumin that are consumed.

It is also thought that curcumin could actually help to improve memory and make a person smarter, but further trials need to be carried out in order to conclude whether this is indeed the case.

Cancer-Fighting Curcumin

In-depth research has been done to determine the effectiveness of utilizing turmeric curcumin to fight a variety of cancers. Because curcumin is powerful antioxidant that is antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral, and antifungal, it has great potential to be a great cancer-fighting spice, and even more specifically, for colorectal cancer. It is suggested that turmeric curcumin should be added to every cancer-fighting diet (with the combination of black pepper, of course). 

Turmeric Curcumin:

- Has been found to destroy cancer cells (B lymphoma cells)

- Is able to hinder metastases from forming

- Has been found to activate a crucial tumor-suppressing gene 

- Has the ability to block the growth of the enzyme, COX-2 which causes chronic inflammation and can create cancer

- Is non-toxic  and completely safe with no known side effects

- Can stop the formation of cancer stem cells

Other Ways to Take Curcumin-

Other than ingesting curcumin by eating foods with the spice added to it or by taking an all-natural supplement orally, studies are being done to see the effectiveness of turmeric curcumin when taken via intra-abdominal, intramuscular, by under-the-skin injections, directly into the veins or arteries, topically (on the skin), into the bladder, through the nose, breathed in through a device similar to an inhaler, and a variety of other ways. 

Fascinating research was done to see the effectiveness of curcumin when rubbed directly onto the skin where cancer was found including in the mouth, breast, vulva, skin, and other areas of the body. Patients were studied that had not had success with surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation – they were simply instructed to apply the curcumin to their skin with some Vaseline three times per day.

It is suggested that turmeric curcumin should be added to every cancer-fighting diet.

The end results were that patients noticed the foul smell of their cancer was minimized by 90% and most noticed “remarkable relief” for the pain and irritation they had with their cancer. And that was with just applying a small amount of curcumin on the skin a few times a day with some Vaseline – imagine the amazing results they could have if a more potent “curcumin rub” was created specifically to fight cancers near the skin!

In 1987, Kuttan and others conducted a clinical trial involving 62 patients with skin cancer.  Topical curcumin was applied to the lesions and was found to considerably reduce the foul smell, size of the lesions, itching, and pain associated.

The effects continued for several months in most of the patients and only one of the 62 had any adverse effects.

Since that time, curcumin – either alone or in combination with other agents – “has demonstrated potential against colorectal cancer, pancreatic cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, multiple myeloma, lung cancer, oral cancer, and head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC).”

Stomach Problems
Curcumin And Irritable Bowel Syndrome 

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic disease of the large intestine and can produce cramping, abdominal pain, gas, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. The causes of IBS are not known, and there is no accepted cure.

A total of 207 patients were put on curcumin in tablet form with 102 of them given one tablet of 72mg turmeric extract a day and 105 of them given two tablets a day, both for a period of eight weeks. It was found that the symptoms of IBS were reduced by 53% in the one tablet group and by 60% in the two tablet group.

Peptic Ulcers

In a clinical trial in Thailand a study was done on 45 patients who appeared to have peptic ulcers. 25 of the patients who had an endoscopy were found to have peptic ulcers while the other 20 did not have ulcers, but appeared to suffer from erosions, dyspepsia, and gastritis.

Two capsules of turmeric were given orally to the patients five times a day. After four weeks ulcers were absent in 12 patients, after eight weeks this rose to 18 patients, and after 12 weeks ulcers were absent in 19 patients. The remaining patients experienced relief of the symptoms.

Eye Problems
Uveitis

Uveitis is an inflammation of the uvea which is the central layer of the eye. The disease can be acute, chronic – lasting for longer than three months – and recurrent. A study of 32 patients with chronic anterior uveitis was undertaken with 18 patients receiving curcumin alone, and the other 14 receiving curcumin together with an anti-tubercular treatment.

After two weeks, both groups showed significant improvement. All patients who had curcumin alone showed improvement, but the group having anti-tubercular treatment in addition had a response rate of 86%. A three year follow-up period showed that 55% of the first group had a recurrence whereas only 36% of the second group did. However, the efficacy of curcumin on recurrences after treatment was similar to that after corticosteroid treatment but without any of the side effects.

Curcumin And Idiopathic Orbital Inflammatory Pseudotumor (IOIP)

IOIP is the third most common disease of the eyes and is usually treated with radiotherapy, oral corticosteroids, or anti-metabolites. However, between one quarter and one half of patients do not respond to this treatment.

A study was carried out in 2000 on eight patients who were given curcumin three times a day for between six and 22 months. Of the eight patients, five completed the study and four of them recovered completely, while the fifth had the swelling reduced completely but still had some limitation of eye movement. The authors of the study concluded that curcumin could be safely and effectively used in the treatment of IOIP, although further clinical trials would be needed to confirm this.

Atherosclerosis

This is a condition in which fatty materials such as cholesterol combine to thicken the wall of the artery. A study was undertaken to evaluate the use of curcumin for reducing the serum levels of cholesterol and lipid peroxides in ten healthy volunteers. They were given 0.5g of curcumin a day for seven days.

At the end of the trial serum lipid peroxides were reduced by 33% and total serum cholesterol levels by 11.63%. At the same time HDL cholesterol (“good” cholesterol) levels increased by 29%. As a result of the trial it was suggested that curcumin could be used to prevent atherosclerosis.

Curcumin For Diabetes

Diabetes is a chronic condition which raises the blood sugar levels of a patient. There are three main types of diabetes, type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes. Type 1 is the failure of the body to produce insulin, while type 2 (T2DM) is when the body does not use the insulin properly.  

Studies have shown that T2DM occurs as a result of pro-inflammatory cytokines and oxidative stress. We know that curcumin is anti-inflammatory and is therefore a promising option for T2DM in reducing the blood sugar levels.

This was first demonstrated in 1972 on a patient who had had T2DM for 16 years. He was given turmeric curcumin and it reduced his blood sugar levels from 140 to 70 mg/dl. When his insulin dosage was reduced to the minimum the effect of the turmeric curcumin continued.

When the turmeric was discontinued for a week, his blood sugar levels went straight back up to 140 mg/dl. He was put back on curcumin and the level immediately fell to 110 mg/dl. There were no adverse effects: on the contrary it increased the patient’s appetite and had a laxative effect.

More recently, a double blind clinical trial was conducted on 240 patients with prediabetes. Patients were given either curcumin or a placebo. After nine months treatment, 16.4% of the placebo group had T2DM whereas nobody in the curcumin group developed T2DM. The authors of this study concluded that curcumin may be of value in the prediabetes population.

Curcumin And Kidney Transplants

Kidneys for transplantation come from either a living or a deceased donor. Where the kidney comes from a deceased donor, delayed graft function is common and has been linked to reduced graft survival and complete rejection.

A study was undertaken on 43 patients who received a kidney from a deceased donor. Curcumin and quercetin were given to patients in a single capsule for a month after surgery. They were randomly divided into three groups, one placebo, one low dose (one capsule, one placebo) and one high dose (two capsules).

Delayed graft function was defined as the need for continued dialysis in the first week, slow graft function was defined as failure of creatinine levels to reduce within the first 48 hours and/or creatinine less than 2.5 mg/dl by the tenth day after transplant, and early function as the rest of the patients.

The results were that two patients in the control group had delayed graft function while none of the patients in the other two groups did. Early function took place in 43% of the control group, 71% of the low dose group, and 93% of the high dose group. Incidences of complete rejection within 6 months were 14.3% in both the control and low dose groups and 0% in the high dose group.

The authors of the study concluded that curcumin combined with quercetin can improve results in the transplant of kidneys from deceased donors.

Other Benefits

Turmeric curcumin has been shown to have beneficial effects in other diseases such as acute coronary syndrome, lupus nephritis, biliary dyskinesia, gallstones, chronic arsenic exposure (from contaminated groundwater which is common in Bangladesh and West Bengal), chronic bacterial prostatitis, and has even been shown to inhibit alcoholic intoxication in humans.

“Curcumin has been shown to exhibit anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-cancer activities, and thus has a potential against various malignant diseases, diabetes, allergies, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and other chronic illnesses. Considering the recent scientific bandwagon that multi-targeted therapy is better than mono-targeted therapy for most diseases, curcumin can be considered an ideal ‘Spice for Life’.”

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A Miracle Medicinal Herb

As a medicinal herb, turmeric curcumin has the ability to fight a vast array of health issues. People with stomach problems like diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, bloating, colic, and gas issues can find incredible relief when ingesting curcumin – Especially in a supplement form. Allergies can be relieved with curcumin and it can also treat liver problems. Basically, there is nothing that can stop turmeric curcumin from healing ill or hurting people.

It’s ideal for anyone who is sick or injured and for anyone who wants to prevent getting sick or injured. This spice is ideal for everyone. 

Turmeric Curcumin is and has been used to help the body:

- Minimize inflammation in the joints

- Heal open wounds and lesions

- Fight Cancer

- Reduce one’s risk of getting heart disease

- Potentially treat Alzheimer’s Disease

- Potentially prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

- Treat neurological issues

- Treat Multiple Sclerosis 

- Prevent Cataracts

- Fight Diabetes Type II

- Heal skin issues

- And so much more

As you can see, turmeric curcumin truly is a miracle medicinal herb that can prevent and heal a huge list of health problems. Its golden hue not only makes it aesthetically beautiful – It also symbolizes how valuable it is like that of real gold. It offers true wealth for the body…health is wealth after all.

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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