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Curcumin...A Powerful Spice!

Oct 30, 2013

Turmeric is a yellow-colored spice used in many Indian dishes. Researchers have found the herb contains numerous health benefits. The chemical anti-oxidant compound in turmeric is called curcumin. It is an anti-oxidant, has anti-inflammatory properties and helps decrease the risk of cancer development.

What makes curcumin unique is that it is also capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier. This capability makes this herb have the potential to be used in treatment for multiple neurological afflictions including Alzheirmer's, Parkinson's and some forms of depression.

A recent study in India compared the effectiveness and safety of curcumin with one of the most popular and over-used pharmaceutical drugs Prozac.

What did they find? They found that subjects responded equally to curcumin as they did to Prozac measured by the recognized medical scale noted as the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale.

In another impressive study, curcumin exhibited clear neuroprotective features in an animal model of Parkinson's disease. This was attributed to the molecule's anti-oxidant properties, as well as the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier.

Dopamine agonist drugs are the current treatment for Parkinson's disease. The drugs can provide relief of some early symptoms. As with a lot of pharmaceuticals, these drug treatments come with a list of side effects including nausea, insomnia, dizziness, halucinations, psychosis, and motor skill complications that mimic symptoms of the disease itself.

Curcumin is of special interest to researchers because this powerful herb is free of these potential side effects!

Some other benefits of including curcumin in your health quest are support for optimal cholesterol levels, protection of the liver, wound healing, tumor reduction, and suppression of symptoms of type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and some forms of dementia.

Curcumin is able to accomplish this by being able to actually modulate genes!

Eastern cultures have known for thousands of years that turmeric is a powerful healing spice.

In order to reap the full benefits of curcumin, you should purchase an organic turmeric extract containing 95% curcuminoids, free of fillers, additives and excipients.

For additional ways to add curcumin in your diet, you can purchase the spice turmeric and add it to some of your favorite dishes. I enjoy it on eggs and curry chicken dishes.

Good health to you!


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