Turmeric, a long-used ancient spice in eastern cultures, has shown in recent research to help with arthritis, inflammation, Alzheimer’s, cancer, and even digestion and weight loss. Turmeric is commonly used in eastern curry dishes. The most highly recognized component of turmeric is curcumin which gives turmeric (and the dishes it is used in) its yellow color. Here’s a summary of some of the potential health benefits of turmeric.
Curcumin is turmeric’s “anti-inflammatory” ingredient which has been shown to influence more than 700 genes and can inhibit the activity and synthesis of COX-2 and 5-LOX which are enzymes implicated in inflammation. Turmeric has even shown to benefit rheumatoid arthritis which is commonly believed to be progressive and irreversable. Here’s a link to Mercola’s article on the benefits of curcumin to RA.
In another Mercola article, he reveals some research that points to potential benefits of a combination of turmeric and vitamin D3 in helping Alzheimer’s patients. Some of turmeric’s powerful benefit to the brain and immune system is in its enhanced anti-oxidant properties; 5- to 8 times stronger than vitamin C and E. Other research has also shown turmeric’s potential ability to help inhibit the accumulations of beta amyloids, associated with the plague build-up common in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.
Turmeric may be the most researched natural ingredient for its anti-cancer properties. A 2008 study found that curcumin inhibits breast cancer cell motility and invasion. A 2009 study found that curcumin inhibits pancreatic cell growth. Another 2009 study found that curcumin induces cell death in lung cancer. In 2010, a study showed that curcumin has the potential to target cancer stem cells. These are just a few of th studies. For more information search “curcumin” at greenmedinfo.com.
Turmeric may also help with weight loss and keeping those pounds off after you lose them. In one European study, turmeric interacted signal transduction pathways that may help reverse insulin resistance, hyperglycemia, hyperlipenemia, and other inflammatory symptoms associated with obesity and metabolic disorders.
Turmeric is a wonderful tonic for the body as well as a delicious spice. The benefits go on and on including heart, brain, and liver health.
There is still mass belief that the FDA is here to keep us safe. In my opinion, nothing is further from the truth.
I recently received a disappointing e-mail from one of our manufacturers, RainTree Nutrition. They informed us that they are permanently going out of business. For over a year, the FDA has prohibited them from importing bulk plant materials from the Amazon. They have been in an ongoing fight with the FDA regarding over “claims” made on their website. Here’s an excerpt from their email:
“Between the additional high costs in meeting the new GMP standards, the falling US dollar affecting our import prices, and battling the FDA over our website while still providing factual information about our products, we simply cannot go on any longer.”
Based on personal conversations with the folks at RainTree and our personal experiences, our best guess is that the primary target of the FDA focus is a product which has shown to benefit cancer patients. RainTree’s commitment to telling the truth to the best of their knowledge and conscience is what got them in trouble in the first place. If you want to shut down a company, just take away their raw materials.
It is hard to understand how a government agency such as the FDA could be protecting us when, according to their own website, the very drugs that they watch over cause over 100,000 deaths a year and over 2 million adverse drug reactions (ADR: those serious enough to require medical attention). It goes on to say that ADRs are the 4th leading cause of death ahead of pulmonary disease, diabetes, AIDs, and pneumonia. To see it for yourself, google "FDA ADR deaths". Can you think of any other industry which is allowed to operate with this level of risk?
On the other hand, more people died from eating cantaloupe during the summer of 2011 than from taking dietary supplements over the last 25 years. The safety record for dietary supplements is better than the food we eat. That’ pretty good since most supplements are, by definition, food-based themselves. It’s a record that the natural health industry should be proud of.
One of the challenges that we face in helping people discover and use natural remedies is that it seems impossible to many that something found in nature, in your yard or herb garden even, can have a positive, powerful effect on your health. Anything that good must cost a billion dollars and require a prescription. For this reason, I decided to do a series on the health benefits of some of the most common herbs, most found in your kitchen pantry, to help reprogram our thinking to recognize the health power of simple, natural foods and remedies. My first choice is the king spice of pizza lovers everywhere: oregano.
Oregano is a culinary herb that grows practically everywhere. It has long been recognized as a “functional food” for its nutritional, anti-oxidants, and disease fighting properties. It contains an impressive list of compounds known for their health-enhancing properties and has been a part of our natural medicine chest for many years.
Oregano has been shown to have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflamatory properties which makes it useful in recovering from colds, flu, mild fevers, indigestion, stomach upsets, and painful menstruation conditions.
Oregano also has shown to perform as an anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory in which it counteracts the histamine response common in colds, flu, and allergies.
Oregano is rich in anti-oxidants such as vitamin A, carotenes, lutein, zeaxanthin and cryptoxanthin. Oregano also contains calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium, vitamins A and C, and niacin. Although these components don’t directly impact upper respiratory problems, all of them are required by the systems within the body including the immune system.
Even more amazing, Fox News did a story on ongoing research as to oregano’s ability to kill prostate cancer cells. According to early results from the study, carvacrol, one of the main components of oregano, could eliminate nearly all prostate cancer cells it came into contact with within 96 hours.
Can you believe that all of this comes from a pizza ingredient? While I’m not advocating that oregano is the new wonder drug, it does demonstrate how eating a variety of healthy foods including (organic, non-irradiated) spices could contribute to a healthier body.
Do you own research by googling oregano or carvacrol and find out the details. Here’s some of the links I used in my research.
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