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The Health Benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin

The Health Benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin

What gives ballpark mustard its bright color and Indian curry its exotic flavor? Turmeric, the deeply hued orange-yellow spice, has long been revered in Southern Asia for its saturation of color (used to dye textiles), its characteristic taste, and its plethora of health benefits.

Today, the root is a hot topic among scientists. Turmeric's active compound, providing many of the health benefits of turmeric, is curcumin, which has proven to be a powerful anti-inflammatory, offering relief for those suffering from conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease and rheumatoid arthritis.

Regular curcumin consumption may reduce bowel symptoms and the need for medications in patients with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. It can also lessen swelling and stiffness in arthritis sufferers. In India, diseases such as prostate and colon cancers and Alzheimer's are extremely rare, possibly due to a diet rich in turmeric.

Curcumin: Health Benefits

Curcumin, in combination with quercetin (an antioxidant found in onions) has been shown to reduce the size and number of precancerous intestinal lesions in those with colon polyps; curcumin combined with a phytochemical found in cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower led to reduced tumor growth in prostate cancer sufferers. Curmumin may also arrest the progression of breast cancer and leukemia cells. The root boosts the liver's capacity to detoxify the body of dietary carcinogens.

Preliminary research in lab mice suggests that turmeric consumption may slow the progression of Alzheimer's.

Turmeric's antioxidant properties may also account for its ability to prevent oxidation of cholesterol in the bloodstream and reduce total cholesterol.

Curcumin has also been shown to protect the eyes from free radicals, which are one of the leading causes of cataracts.

Though curcumin is available in supplement forms, as mentioned below, you can also sprinkle some turmeric spice on any of your foods such as a dish of onions and cauliflower, into a lentil curry, mixed in a tofu-vegetable sauté, or added to soups and sauces. To get the health benefits of turmeric, I order turmeric powder and all of my spices (Nature's Wonderland Premium Spices) from the Penn Herb Company because of their freshness and low prices. For more information on their entire line of flavorful and fresh spices or to order, please click here, or call either of the two telephone numbers below.

Almost daily, I also take a liquid extract of turmeric made by Nature's Wonderland and usually add a dropper full in my tea. Especially when I'm going on a long and arduous hike or engaging in a longer than usual workout with weights, I always take this liquid turmeric in water, tea, or juice to help my muscles and joints feel much better and to augment my body's antioxidant level. To order, visit PennHerb.com or call the numbers below.

While I frequently use the above turmeric spice and the turmeric liquid extract, I also take and recommend Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract Curcumin w/ Bioperine in capsule form made by Wakunaga of America. It's a synergistic combination of Curcumin C3 Complex®, BioPerine®, and odorless, organic Aged Garlic Extract™ to provide nutritional support for the healthy inflammation response. Bioperine is a standardized form of piperine extract derived from black pepper. It increases the absorption of curcumin by significantly increasing its bioavailability. This capsule supplement helps to provide a powerful and natural support for joint function, cardiovascular benefit, healthy inflammation response, and colon and liver health, as well as a variety of other nutritional benefits too long to elaborate on here. For more information on this curcumin-based product, visit Kyolic.com or you can order it through the numbers below in green. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, you might want to open the capsule and stir the powder in water, juice, or tea until it's available in vegetable capsules. For a FREE sample of Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract -- a product that I have taken and recommended for 39 years -- please visit the website in blue in the above line or call Wakunaga of America at: 800-421-2998 (US & Canada) or 949-855-2776 (Intl).

Some excerpts were taken from Susan's popular package, Renew Your Life, and her booklet/CD combo Culinary Herbs: Discover the Healing Secrets in Your Spice Rack. For more "hot and spicy" tips on selecting the right spice for specific health conditions, using spices in recipes, and making your meals more flavorful, this is the booklet for you; it's available for purchase at SusansRemedies.com. You also can get a copy FREE with any purchase of The Joy FactorBe Healthy~Stay Balanced, Recipes for Health Bliss, Health Bliss, The Healing Power of NatureFoods, Vegetable Soup/The Fruit Bowl, or Walking on Air by calling: 1-800-523-9971 (US & Canada) or 215-632-6100 (Intl), both ET, M - F • 8:30 - 5:00.

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