A Potent, Yet Safe Anti-Inflammatory
The volatile oil fraction of turmeric has demonstrated significant anti-inflammatory activity in a variety of experimental models. Even more potent than its volatile oil is the yellow or orange pigment of turmeric, which is called curcumin. Curcumin is thought to be the primary pharmacological agent in turmeric. In numerous studies, curcumin's anti-inflammatory effects have been shown to be comparable to the potent drugs hydrocortisone and phenylbutazone as well as over-the-counter anti-inflammatory agents such as Motrin. Unlike the drugs, which are associated with significant toxic effects, curcumin produces no toxicity.
Boosts Amyloid Plaque Clearance in Human Alzheimer's Patients
Using blood samples from Alzheimer's patients, Drs. Milan Fiala and John Cashman have shown that curcumin boosts macrophage activity to normal levels, helping to clear amyloid beta. They also observed that curcumin was more effective in promoting the clearance of amyloid beta in some patients' blood than others, hinting at a genetic element. Further study revealed the genes involved are also responsible for a number of other key immune functions. Curcumin enhances the transcription of these genes, correcting the immune defects seen in Alzheimer's patients. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2007 Jul 31;104(31):12849-54.
Relief for Rheumatoid Arthritis Clinical studies have substantiated that curcumin also exerts very powerful antioxidant effects. As an antioxidant, curcumin is able to neutralize free radicals, chemicals that can travel through the body and cause great damage to healthy cells and cell membranes. This is important in many diseases, such as arthritis, where free radicals are responsible for the painful joint inflammation and eventual damage to the joints.
Curcumin's antioxidant actions enable it to protect the colon cells from free radicals that can damage cellular DNAâ€"a significant benefit particularly in the colon where cell turnover is quite rapid, occurring approximately every three days. Because of their frequent replication, mutations in the DNA of colon cells can result in the formation of cancerous cells much more quickly. Curcumin also helps the body to destroy mutated cancer cells, so they cannot spread through the body and cause more harm. A primary way in which curcumin does so is by enhancing liver function. Additionally, other suggested mechanisms by which it may protect against cancer development include inhibiting the synthesis of a protein thought to be instrumental in tumor formation and preventing the development of additional blood supply necessary for cancer cell growth.
A whole book could be written on the many benefits of using turmeric, though I wanted to share a few key studies so that you may better understand why incorporating this ageless ingredient can benefit you and your entire family. There's some debate about the timing of turmeric's first use as a healthy spice. But one thing is certain. Thousands of years ago, people in India and China used the spice. In fact, some stories suggest usage dates back 10,000 years in India. So now you may be asking yourself how can you incorporate it into your home. Here are some of the numerous suggestions available. Also be sure to read about the precautions as this spice is powerful and can interact with prescriptions and we want you to be well informed on all the aspects of using Turmeric in your life!
1 cup Almond Milk
1/2 tsp. Turmeric
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp. Honey
1/4 tsp. Ginger
Heat Almond milk, stir in Turmeric, Cinnamon and ginger. Drizzle with Honey to taste. Enjoy
4 cups of water
2 teaspoons of turmeric powder
lemon & honey (optional)
Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Add turmeric powder and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain using a cheesecloth or mesh strainer. Add lemon, honey or substitute with your favorite spice. Save the remaining tea in the fridge to drink later.
1 banana (very ripe, peeled and frozen) 1/2 avocado (ripe)
1/2 tsp. ground turmeric
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1 pinch cayenne (optional)
1 pinch ground black pepper (optional)3/4 cup water (or milk, dairy/non dairy)
Combine Banana, water, avocado and ginger. Blend until smooth. Add in turmeric, cayenne and ground pepper, blend lightly and serve.
1 tbsp. of honey
1 cup of chickpea powder
1/4 of a tsp. of turmeric powder
2/3 of a cup of milk (more milk or water if needed)
Mix chickpea powder, turmeric, honey and milk. Create paste texture, adding water or yogurt (to help acne). Layer thin amount over face and let dry for 20mins. Wash face well. May cause skin staining if used on thin skin or with a thick mask. Staining is washable. Best done before a shower. Use Vitamin E and Aloe for a bonus moisturizer after mask.
Chicken Stir Fry
1 Pound Chicken
1 Head Broccoli
5 Cloves Garlic
2 Inches Ginger
1 Tbsp. Turmeric
1 Tsp. Cumin
2 Tbsp. Butter
1/2 Tsp. Chile Powder
Slice the onions and chicken into strips. Cut the broccoli into bite size chunks. Mince the garlic and ginger together into one chunky paste. Sauté the onions in the butter until softened. 5 minutes. Add the Ginger and Garlic Paste. Cook 1 minute. Add the Spices. Cook 1 minute. Add the chicken and broccoli and cook until the chicken is no longer pink in the center and the broccoli has reached your desired texture. Add the juice from the lemon and mix. Serve over rice. For a thicker sauce add coconut milk or chicken stock.