Curcumin, the active constituent of turmeric root, has been used for hundreds of years by Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for its broad range of health benefits. In recent years, more than 8000 studies have documented the vast benefits of curcumin! It has been proven to be a potent antioxidant and a formidable natural anti-inflammatory. It helps strengthen our liver, heart, kidneys, GI tract, lungs, and also boosters our immunity and promotes healthy cell proliferation. It drastically reduces free radical damage and inflammation – the initial triggers for many disease states. Based on the numerous studies conducted, curcumin has been shown to provide significant benefits for the following conditions:
A Few Facts About Curcumin:
CANCER - To put it simply, curcumin has been shown to stop cancer from starting (causing apoptosis to kill the cancer cell), to stop cancer from growing (tumor formation), and to stop cancer from spreading (metastasis). And if you do have cancer, taking curcumin can increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy drugs by helping them target the fast growing cancer cells, while protecting the healthy cells. Curcumin can also decrease drug resistance in cancer cells, and protect healthy cells from the toxic effects of radiation and chemotherapy. It has also been shown to re-activate our body’s own tumor-suppressing genes to help stop cancer from ever initiating.
Alzheimer’s disease - Patients with this condition are found to have clusters of beta-amyloid proteins amongst dying and dead brain and nerve cells. These plaques are thought to inhibit the normal transmission of messages between brain cells. Inflammation is known to be involved and further enhances the devastating effects of these plaques. Curcumin is one of the best protectors of your brain cells from free radical damage and inflammation. In experimental models, curcumin has been shown to decrease the decrease the accumulation and shrink the size of these plaques by over 30%, more effective than many of the drugs being tested for Alzheimer’s. Curcumin can also calm overactive microglial in the brain. Microglial can trigger destruction of brain connections and brain cells if left in this overactive state. This calming effect also reduces the secretions of excitotoxins such as glutamate, aspartate, and quinolinic acid.
Depression - Curcumin is primarily known for its anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and neuroprotective effects, but a recent study looked at its potential for major depressive disorder. 1000mg of BCM-95® Bio-Curcumin® was compared to the prescription drug fluoxetine at 20mg daily. The response rate on the HAM-D17 scale was almost identical at 62.5% for BCM-95® and 64.7% for fluoxetine, but the BCM-95® had negligible adverse effects and no significant side effects! Earlier studies also showed curcumin to work as well as four other anti-depressant drugs. Curcumin is also known to increase the overall effectiveness when added to the prescription regimens! So far it looks very promising and safe for depression. Recent research has also shown that curcumin promotes the process of neurogenesis – brain cell formation.
Heart Disease - Curcumin has been shown very effective in preventing atherosclerosis and some research indicates it may actually reverse it! Curcumin powerfully reduces inflammation, immune over activation, and smooth muscle overgrowth – three processes responsible for the lesions that cause heart attacks and strokes. It has also been shown to protect against the effects of a high-cholesterol diet by increasing HDL levels up to 29%, decreasing triglycerides by 27% and by preventing the damaging effects of inflammation that lead to plaque build-up in the arteries.
Diabetes – Curcumin was found to be equally effective in decreasing insulin resistance as the prescriptions drug rosiglitazone. It can lower glucose levels as fast as two weeks and help normalize HbA1c levels. Curcumin also protects against the side effects of diabetes such as neuropathy, heart disease, and eye problems.
Obesity - Recent evidence has discovered that curcumin can help your body burn fat for energy more effectively, regulate and normalize blood glucose levels, and stop new fat cells from forming and expanding! It is thought to inhibit the growth of fat cells much like it inhibits the growth of cancer cells – by preventing the formation of new blood vessels that feed these cells. Curcumin has also been shown to increase levels of the protein adiponectin, which is vital for regulating insulin metabolism and blood sugar levels.
Gastrointestinal disease - Most of the common diseases like IBD (Inflammatory bowel disease) and IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome) are the results of inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract. This inflammation if left unchecked can lead to gas, pain in the abdomen, acidity, bloating, constipation, diarrhea and more. A recent study conducted on over 200 IBS patients given curcumin experienced a 25% decrease in the pain associated with IBS. Two-thirds of the patients reported an overall improvement in all of their other symptoms as well.
Another study on patients infected with Crohn’s disease revealed that they were able to either completely stop or reduce their medications drastically while supplementing with curcumin. Curcumin not only suppresses inflammation in the intestines but actually strengthens the intestinal lining to help prevent leaky gut syndrome, a condition where harmful bacteria actually leak through the lining of the GI tract and enter the bloodstream. This condition is known to cause a vast array of hard to treat problems and symptoms.
Skin and Wound Healing - Curcumin has been observed to improve the vascular density in wounds so that enough nutrients are carried to the damaged tissue for proper healing. It also improves collagen deposition which is vital for healthy skin repair. It is commonly known that people suffering from diabetes have a slow healing time for even the smallest of wounds. Diabetes can cause also delay the formation of new cells and clearing of the damaged ones. An experimental study revealed that curcumin, applied both topically and orally was able to speed up the recovery process. For cancer patients, radiation treatment can cause considerable skin damage which takes time to heal. Curcumin is found to speed up this process when used prior to treatment. It has also been found that curcumin has the ability to fight psoriasis, skin cancer and eczema.
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Not only is the curcumin natural, it is not known to have any side effects and zero toxicity issues have been reported from the use of curcumin! It has also been found to be successful in treating many other diseases like liver, kidney, eye, lungs, pancreatitis, allergies and more. Vast research and numerous studies are still underway to determine the various other properties of this miraculous supplement.
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