• 21Mar

    Science Confirms Turmeric As Effective As 14 Drugs 

    Turmeric is one the most thoroughly researched plants in existence today.  Its medicinal properties and components (primarily curcumin) have been the subject of over 5600 peer-reviewed and published biomedical studies.  In fact, our five-year long research project on this sacred plant has revealed over 600 potential preventive and therapeutic applications, as well as 175 distinct beneficial physiological effects. This entire database of 1,585 ncbi-hyperlinked turmeric abstracts can be downloaded as a PDF at our Downloadable Turmeric Document page, and acquired either as a retail item or with 200 GMI-tokens, for those of you who are already are members and receive them automatically each month.


    Turmeric Getting a Lot of Attention

    Given the sheer density of research performed on this remarkable spice, it is no wonder that a growing number of studies have concluded that it compares favorably to a variety of conventional medications, including:

    • Lipitor/Atorvastatin(cholesterol medication): A 2008 study published in the journal Drugs in R & D found that a standardized preparation of curcuminoids from Turmeric compared favorably to the drug atorvastatin (trade name Lipitor) on endothelial dysfunction, the underlying pathology of the blood vessels that drives atherosclerosis, in association with reductions in inflammation and oxidative stress in type 2 diabetic patients. [i]  [For addition curcumin and ‘high cholesterol’ research – 8 abstracts]
    • Corticosteroids (steroid medications): A 1999 study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research found that the primary polyphenol in turmeric, the saffron colored pigment known as curcumin, compared favorably to steroids in the management of chronic anterior uveitis, an inflammatory eye disease.[ii]  A 2008 study published in Critical Care Medicine found that curcumin compared favorably to the corticosteroid drug dexamethasone in the animal model as an alternative therapy for protecting lung transplantation-associated injury by down-regulating inflammatory genes.[iii] An earlier 2003 study published in Cancer Letters found the same drug also compared favorably to dexamethasone in a lung ischaemia-repurfusion injury model.[iv]  [for additional curcumin and inflammation research – 52 abstracts]
    • Prozac/Fluoxetine & Imipramine  (antidepressants): A 2011 study published in the journalActa Poloniae Pharmaceutica found that curcumin compared favorably to both drugs in reducing depressive behavior in an animal model.[v] [for additional curcumin and depression research – 5 abstracts]
    • Aspirin (blood thinner): A 1986 in vitro and ex vivo study published in the journalArzneimittelforschung found that curcumin has anti-platelet and prostacyclin modulating effects compared to aspirin, indicating it may have value in patients prone to vascular thrombosis and requiring anti-arthritis therapy.[vi]  [for additional curcumin and anti-platelet research]
    • Anti-inflammatory Drugs: A 2004 study published in the journal Oncogene found that curcumin (as well as resveratrol) were effective alternatives to the drugs aspirin, ibuprofen, sulindac, phenylbutazone, naproxen, indomethacin, diclofenac, dexamethasone, celecoxib, and tamoxifen in exerting anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative activity against tumor cells.[vii] [for additional curcumin and anti-proliferative research – 15 abstracts]
    • Oxaliplatin (chemotherapy drug): A 2007 study published in the International Journal of Cancer found that curcumin compares favorably with oxaliplatin as an antiproliferative agenet in colorectal cell lines.[viii] [for additional curcumin and colorectal cancer research – 52 abstracts]
    • Metformin (diabetes drug): A 2009 study published in the journal Biochemitry and Biophysical Research Community explored how curcumin might be valuable in treating diabetes, finding that it activates AMPK (which increases glucose uptake) and suppresses gluconeogenic gene expression  (which suppresses glucose production in the liver) in hepatoma cells. Interestingly, they found curcumin to be 500 times to 100,000 times (in the form known as tetrahydrocurcuminoids(THC)) more potent than metformin in activating AMPK and its downstream target acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACC). [ix]


    Turmeric Studied as Cancer Treatment

    Another way in which turmeric and its components reveal their remarkable therapeutic properties is in research on drug resistant- and multi-drug resistant cancers.  We have two sections on our site dedicated to researching natural and integrative therapies on these topics, and while there are dozens of substances with demonstrable efficacy against these chemotherapy- and radiation-resistant cancers, curcumin tops both lists:

    We have found no less than 54 studies indicating that curcumin can induce cell death or sensitize drug-resistant cancer cell lines to conventional treatment.[x]

    We have identified 27 studies on curcumin’s ability to either induce cell death or sensitize multi-drug resistant cancer cell lines to conventional treatment.[xi]

    Considering how strong a track record turmeric (curcumin) has, having been used as both food and medicine in a wide range of cultures, for thousands of years, a strong argument can be made for using curcumin as a drug alternative or adjuvant in cancer treatment.

    Or, better yet, use certified organic (non-irradiated) turmeric in lower culinary doses on a daily basis so that heroic doses won’t be necessary later in life after a serious disease sets in.  Nourishing yourself, rather than self-medicating with ‘nutraceuticals,’ should be the goal of a healthy diet.  [learn more at Sayer Ji’s new collaborative project EATomology]

    For sources see GreenMedInfo.com




  • 13Mar

    Here’s another fun smoothie recipe for you! Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-viral properties. It also helps to promote beautiful and healthy skin. heart emoticon – Margaux Authentic Self Wellness

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  • 19Jun

    Posted: 18 Jun 2014 09:19 AM PDT

    [You can fight inflammation with common ingredients from your own kitchen. Here’s a list of the top nine anti-inflammatory herbs and spices, plus some of my favorite recipes using them.] You may think that “inflammation” only occurs after a bee sting, when you scald your hand on a hot…


    Turmeric:  This common spice used so often in Indian cooking (it’s the main ingredient in curry powder, and what lends it its golden hue) has been noted over and over as a top anti-inflammatory herb. The reason is curcumin, the pigment that provides that glorious color.  Curcumin has been shown to improve symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, cystic fibrosis, reduce the risk of various cancers, and even help with liver function. as well as showing promise preventing and treating Alzheimer’s disease. Turmeric has a very subtle, slightly nutty and fragrant taste.

    Ginger: You’ve probably heard that ginger can help treat nausea and improve digestion, but its anti-inflammatory properties are also impressive, courtesy of compounds called gingerols. But note that the powdered form is more effective than the fresh to treat inflammation. According to Studio Botanica, ginger pairs up with turmeric as the two most potent anti-inflammatory spices.

    [Watermelon-Basil Cooler –basil]

    Basil:The base of your favorite pesto is also a potent anti-inflammatory, shown to work in a similar fashion to anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen or Tylenol. In addition, the natural oils in this herb are anti-bacterial and can help fight infection. Plus, like most herbs, basil is chock full of vitamins and minerals, too.

    Black Pepper: Yes, it does more than make you sneeze! Black pepper not only decreases inflammation, but also helps to reduce the pain associated with it.  Interestingly, it also helps improve digestion by preventing intenstinal gas; and it can help to increase the bio-availability of turmeric by up to 1000 times when the two are ingested together.  So don’t pass by the pepper grinder next time you have that plate of pasta, soup or salad.

    Cloves: I love cloves in all kinds of festive baked goods and puddings, so I was thrilled to discover their anti-inflammatory properties, too. Like many other spices or herbs, the major benefits are derived from cloves’ volatile oils, which contain eugenol, an anti-inflammatory compound.  Clove oil has long been known as a remedy for toothache pain, providing both analgesic and antibacterial properties to soothe pain and prevent infection. There’s also some evidence that, when combined with other existing anti-inflammatory compounds, cloves will increase the overall effects of the other spices or herbs. Gingerbread, anyone?


    [Grown-Up Superfood Cookies–cinnamon]

    Cinnamon: This common household spice is not only slightly sweet tasting, fragrant and delicious; it also helps to keep blood sugar stable, lowers cholesterol, is anti-fungal and anti-bacterial, and possesses a slew of other health-promoting properties. Among these, of course, is that it decreases inflammation in the body.

    Garlic: Garlic is another staple household superfood that confers multiple health benefits along with its anti-inflammatory properties. Containing sulfur compounds called allicins, garlic (and to a lesser extent, onions) work to prevent the body’s inflammatory response from following through, much the way nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as ibuprofen) do. The anti-inflammatory effects also work to help prevent heart disease and perhaps even obesity.

    Cayenne: Spice lovers, rejoice! Feel free to sprinkle your cayenne pepper with abandon, knowing that the compound called capcaisin in it helps to decrease inflammation in your body. It’s even been used topically for arthritis with good results. Furthermore, contrary to what many people may think, cayenne is actually good for stomach upset and may even help to protect against ulcers due to its anti-inflammatory properties.


    [Roasted Squash and Apple Bisque–rosemary]

    Rosemary: Perhaps the least familiar ingredient in this list, this herb from an evergreen shrub is another useful anti-inflammatory food  that works by inhibiting the pro-inflammatory response in the body. Rosemary has been shown to reduce pain, to reduce cortisol levels (which are raised by stress) and–perhaps most interesting–to stimulate hair growth! It’s also a delicious addition to many vegetable-based dishes.

    Of course, there are many other foods that can help reduce inflammation, such as Omega 3 fatty acids (the most common source is fish oils, but walnuts, flax seeds, chia seeds and seaweeds and many other foods are also good sources); nettle and licorice (both available as tasty teas); berries; or cruciferous vegetables; all topics for a future post!

    Not sure how to incorporate these powerhouse herbs and spices into your daily regime??  Here’s a list of some of my favorite recipes that contain them.

    Carob-Buckwheat Breakfast Bake (cinnamon)

    My All-time Favorite Tofu Scramble (turmeric)

    Almost Instant Pumpkin Porridge (cinnamon)

    Baked Pumpkin-Cranberry Oatmeal Pudding (cinnamon, cloves, ginger)

    Watermelon-Basil Cooler (basil)

    Holiday Nog (cinnamon)

    Meal-in-a-Bowl Pesto Bean Topped Salad (basil, garlic)

    Apple and  Red Wine Soup (cinnamon, cloves)

    Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad (basil, garlic)

    Roasted Squash and Apple Bisque (rosemary)

    Almond “Feta Cheese” (rosemary)

    Raw Gingersnap Cookie Bon Bons (ginger)

    Soba Noodles with Ginger, Chard and Walnuts (garlic; use gluten-free noodles–and forgive the awful photo!)

    Vegan Cassoulet (garlic, cloves)

    Vegan Tortière (cinnamon, cloves)

    African Sweet Potato Stew (turmeric, cayenne)

    Gingered Potatoes with Browned Onions and Tomato (ginger, turmeric)

    Tempeh “Bourguignon” (garlic, cloves)

    Grown Up Superfood Cookies (cinnamon)

    Cinnamon-Crumb Coffee Cake (cinnamon, of course!)

    Cinnamon-Spiced Coconut Bark (yep, more cinnamon)

  • 15Jun

    D -A friend of mine says she just gave turmeric to her teenage daughter, and in 3 days her acne disappeared! She’s says to get the one with black pepper,

    and make sure you eat it with fat. But I read you must take with vitamin D3, so don’t know the answer to that!

    So they gave it to another teenage guy friend of hers, and same thing happened!

    Here’s a story from the NET -http://freefromacne.com/turmeric-acne/

    My Experience With Turmeric for Acne Troubles

    by Anna Stacy November 15, 2012 Follow me on Twitter

    My Experience With Turmeric for Acne Troubles

    It is one thing to have a not so healthy skin, but entirely another to have acne problems.

    We are so conscious of our skin that we treat skin problems as a burden or a sin; hiding away somewhere while it lasts. Even a small zit seems to threat to our personality and looks. From expensive dermatologists to Ayurvedic treatment, every type of remedy is desperately sought by men and women alike as soon as acne hits the stage.

    Though there are many topical and oral medicines that help you get rid of acne, but here we are about to disclose about a natural herbal remedy that not only removes acne but also prevents it from attacking again.

    Yes, you heard it right.

    Let me tell you about the turmeric acne relief. It is an inexpensive, easy to use and highly effective ingredient that can save the day, just when you are about to lose hope.

    Turmeric is an amazing gift of nature; it is the root of a plant named Curcumin Longa that has antibacterial qualities. This Curcumin ingredient contains antiseptic, pain killer, anti-inflammatory qualities. But that’s not all…

    All over the world, dermatologists and beauticians are starting to realize and further investigate the astonishing benefits of turmeric for skin and body.

    Here are a few benefits that might interest a person suffering from any type of acne:

    1) Worried about pigmentation?

    A little turmeric added with either cucumber or lemon extract can work wonders for you. Not only can the application of it on face reduce pigmentation but it can also even out the skin discoloration.

    2) Giving up on acne solutions?

    Mix a little turmeric with sandalwood powder and plain water. This harmless paste does not have any side effects, even in prolonged use.

    3) Need to Exfoliate?

    Using turmeric powder to make a scrub mixed with gram flour is a great way to exfoliate and dry out mild acne. Face masks made from turmeric have skin softening and glowing affects.

    4) Need first aid at home?

    Turmeric mixed with Aloe gel, can instantly sooth a burn. The anti- oxidant qualities in this ingredient can help fight off mild skin abrasion and rashes.

    5) Feeling exhausted?

    Turmeric mixed in hot milk can not only help you fight fatigue, but it is also a great remedy for throat infections.

    6) Want to learn about an ultimate health booster?

    Turmeric when combined with honey is ideal to counter anemia. These two amazing ingredients work together to restore body energy and increases the infection fighting stamina.

    These are only a few of the numerous benefits of turmeric. One simply cannot leave the topic without mentioning the amazing benefits of turmeric tea. Tea with turmeric, either fresh brewed or out of a dried tea pack, can leave long lasting impacts on a person’s health and the skin.

    Here are a few of its amazing effects:

    • It helps in the fading of acne scars.
    • It helps to cleanses and detoxifies the blood, thus leaving the skin fresh and healthy.
    • It works as a preventive measure against skin disease attacks, Gingivitis, Alzheimer disease, cholesterol and diabetic complications.
    • It is very beneficial against stomach infections.
    • It helps in shedding extra pounds off the body.

    So you see, this amazing natural ingredient is an all rounder. What’s more, this turmeric acne relief remedy will not become a burden on your budget. A dried out root can easily go a long way, if you preserve and use it right

  • 30May


    3 Reasons to Eat Turmeric

    Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a culinary spice that spans cultures – it is a major ingredient in Indian curries, and makes American mustard yellow. But evidence is accumulating that this brightly colored relative of ginger is a promising disease-preventive agent as well, probably due largely to its anti-inflammatory action.

    One of the most comprehensive summaries of turmeric studies to date was published by the respected ethnobotanist James A. Duke, Phd., in the October, 2007 issue of Alternative & Complementary Therapies, and summarized in the July, 2008, issue of the American Botanical Council publication HerbClip.

    Reviewing some 700 studies, Duke concluded that turmeric appears to outperform many pharmaceuticals in its effects against several chronic, debilitating diseases, and does so with virtually no adverse side effects. Here are some of the diseases that turmeric has been found to help prevent or alleviate:

    • Alzheimer’s disease: Duke found more than 50 studies on turmeric’s effects in addressing Alzheimer’s disease. The reports indicate that extracts of turmeric contain a number of natural agents that block the formation of beta-amyloid, the substance responsible for the plaques that slowly obstruct cerebral function in Alzheimer’s disease.
    • Arthritis: Turmeric contains more than two dozen anti-inflammatory compounds, including sixdifferent COX-2-inhibitors (the COX-2 enzyme promotes pain, swelling and inflammation; inhibitors selectively block that enzyme). By itself, writes Duke, curcumin – the component in turmeric most often cited for its healthful effects – is a multifaceted anti-inflammatory agent, and studies of the efficacy of curcumin have demonstrated positive changes in arthritic symptoms.
    • Cancer: Duke found more than 200 citations for turmeric and cancer and more than 700 for curcumin and cancer. He noted that in the handbook Phytochemicals: Mechanisms of Action, curcumin and/or turmeric were effective in animal models in prevention and/or treatment of colon cancer, mammary cancer, prostate cancer, murine hepatocarcinogenesis (liver cancer in rats), esophageal cancer, and oral cancer. Duke said that the effectiveness of the herb against these cancers compared favorably with that reported for pharmaceuticals.

    How can you get more turmeric into your diet? One way is via turmeric tea. There are also extracts in tablet and capsule form available in health food stores; look for supercritical extracts in dosages of 400 to 600 mg, and take three times daily or as directed on the product.

    And, of course, one can simply indulge in more curried dishes, either in restaurants or at home. However you do it, adding turmeric to your diet is one of the best moves toward optimal health you can make.

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    Healthy Turmeric Tea

    f you would like to try it, here’s a recipe. Feel free to experiment with the ingredients and flavorings until you find a combination that suits your taste:

    • Bring four cups of water to a boil.
    • Add one teaspoon of ground turmeric and reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes.
    • Strain the tea through a fine sieve into a cup, add honey and/or lemon to taste.
    • http://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/stories/discovered-indian-spice-reduces-alzheimers-symptoms-by-30

    Preliminary clinical studies show curcumin helps reduce beta amyloid plaque in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s (and prevent plaque buildup in people who don’t have the disease).

    This plaque is the key to understanding — and preventing — the disease. As the NY Times recently reported:

    The disease is defined by freckles of barnacle-like piles of a protein fragment, amyloid beta, in the brain. So, the current thinking goes, if you block amyloid formation or get rid of amyloid accumulations — plaque — and if you start treatment before the disease is well under way, you might have a chance to alter its course.

    According to Terry Lemerond, founder and president of Europharma, “Most brain researchers and Alzheimer’s specialists believe that preventing or reducing beta amyloid plaque in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease is important. Beta amyloid plaque interferes with proper brain function and contributes to dementia.”

    D- A caregiver friend of mine says, with the approval of the spouse, she has been giving turmeric in regular doses to a woman with Alzheimer’s. The woman has now started using full sentences, a thing she has not done in years!

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  • 21May


    “According to Dr. William LaValley, one of the leading medicine cancer physicians I personally know, typical anticancer doses are up to three grams of good bioavailable curcumin extract, three to four times daily. One work-around is to use the curcumin powder and make a microemulsion of it by combining a tablespoon of the powder and mixing it into 1-2 egg yolks and a teaspoon or two of melted coconut oil. Then use a high speed hand blender to emulsify the powder.

    Another strategy that can help increase absorption is to put one tablespoon of the curcumin powder into a quart of boiling water. It must be boiling when you add the powder as it will not work as well if you put it in room temperature water and heat the water and curcumin. After boiling it for ten minutes you will have created a 12 percent solution that you can drink once it has cooled down. It will have a woody taste. The curcumin will gradually fall out of solution however. In about six hours it will be a 6 percent solution, so it’s best to drink the water within four hours. Dr. LaValley is also helping us beta test new curcumin preparations that will radically simplify this process.”

  • 04Dec

    Date: December 2, 2011
    By: Truth Calkins



    Description: Truth Calkins explains the ‘spice of the immortals’ and the organic compounds that make this one of the best spices on the planet.
    Health properties of turmeric:
    health tonic, medicinal substance,
    – known as ‘super ginger’,
    -a powerful liver tonic
    – boosts detoxification.
    – the special polyphenol contained in this herb can turn off nuclear factor kappa-b as well as other inflammatory molecules.
    -The super anti-oxidants contained in this herb that have been known to assist the body in producing its own free radical scavengers.
    – naturally increase glutathione in the liver as well as quench free radicals in the digestive tract.
    – a natural antibiotic
    -antioxidant (polyphenol)
    -anti-aging (cucuminoids)
    -anti-inflammatory for the prostate, esp. in connection with cruciferous vegetable
    -protects the heart, cardio-vascular – lowers LDL, for the entire immune system, crosses the blood brain barrier to protect the brain
    -great liver tonic, you can take it daily 1/4 tsp. on steamed vegetables or quinoa, with a little coconut oil and lecithin granules
    -combining with onions increases the Quercitin, add cruciferous vegetables
    -dissolves plaque
    -protects the nervous system
    -use the powder as a Ph tester – If the liquid you put turmeric in is below 7.4 it’ll turn yellow, above 8.6 and it’ll turn red
    -use turmeric oil on a toothache as an anti-inflammatory
    -used in cosmetic, as coloring agents
    -stops the mutations in genes, mucus is dramatically reduced
    -as an ant-repellent

    Truth reveals his top-secret recipes that incorporate this delicious spice with delicious superfoods and superherbs, making it an easy addition to your meals
    1 T. goji berries in a little lecithin powder and coconut oil, fresh ginger root with 2 ou. warm tea or water and 1 T. honey -Blend to make a nice gel. Throw in frozen fruit, veges or whatever to make a smoothie

    2nd recipe –
    2 T. Coconut oil, 2 T. goji berries and a little turmeric powder with tea

    3rd recipe –
    1/4 tsp. on steamed vegetables or quinoa, with a little coconut oil and lecithin granules

    4th –
    -turmeric combined with onions increases the Quecitin, add cruciferous vegetables

    5th –
    Juice cucumber- celery with 1 carrot, a stick of turmeric and ginger, some lemon with the peel

    6th –
    Eat it by itself – it’s mild and gentle
    Chop it fine in a salad – 18 tsp.
    Put it in a smoothie
    Put it in tea -goji berries, coconut oil and turmeric powder in tea

    The dried turmeric powder stores really long, retains its potency


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