How curcumin can save (a lot of) your life…

Are you having inflammation issues, such as arthritis, brain fog, poor digestion; do you want to take steps to avoid Alzheimer’s, reduce your cancer risk, etc etc…the list goes on and on…if so, this note is for you…

An ancient remedy from Ayurveda, and currently sporting 1500 research papers (and counting) is curcumin, derived from the turmeric plant. The curcumin extracted from turmeric is about 40 times more potent than regular turmeric.

Curcumin matches the effectiveness of several anti-inflammatory drugs…it targets steps in the inflammation pathways. We could go into the molecular description of all this, but let’s not get lost in the chemistry just yet.

Contrary to what you may have heard, inflammation is good for you: in small doses, like when you get a cold or flu. But when inflammation goes on and on and on, it is labelled chronic inflammation, and that is what manifests as arthritis, Alzheimer’s, etc.

Curcumin & cancer

Cancer is a disease that is difficult to prevent or treat, but curcumin has been shown in research to retard cancer growth at the cellular level. It inhibits the creation of new blood vessels that feed tumor growth. Lab tests on animals also shows that it slows cancer growth. Good news, indeed.

Plus curcumin may prevent some cancers, such as colorectal cancer: lesions were reduced by 40 percent in a small study of men with colon lesions. These lesions can turn cancerous, so it is good thing when they are eliminated.

Because curcumin can cross the blood-brain barrier, and because it has been found to reduce the number of tangles which are correlated with Alzheimer’s disease, this is one compound that may help to prevent this scourge. As there is no cure for Alzheimer’s yet, our best efforts must be aimed at prevention. Curcumin to the rescue, again!

Curcumin & depression

A small study involving 60 depressed individuals compared prozac with curcumin… the results showed similar levels of change, with very few side effects in those who used curcumin. Curcumin raises brain-derived neurotrophic factor levels; depression is associated with low levels of this compound.

Curcumin counteracts inflammation and many of its troubling symptoms. It is easy to administer: typically one or two capsules per day is sufficient to get results. A variety of manufacturers make this highly bioavalable form of turmeric using several different extraction techniques.

Take your curcumin before meals or 3 hours after a meal to increase absorption. Avoid taking curcumin just before bed. If possible, take it with a bit of ground black pepper or piperine, which also helps absorption a lot.

Curcumin has been found to be well-tolerated in doses up to 8 grams per day, but you may want to slowly increase your dosages to ensure it reacts well with your system.

Please email or call us if you have any questions about curcumin. It is a miracle supplement, and most of us have ailments which curcumin can help with.

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