The more researchers study the health benefits of curcumin, the more they find. Curcumin is being found to have very real and measurable positive effects on a range of illnesses and disease, including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, cancer and more.
Curcumin is the core component of the spice we know as turmeric. Turmeric is a very beautiful orange-colored spice that has been revered for centuries by Ayurvedic medical practitioners.
Ayurvedic medicine is based on a foundation of belief that natural remedies are to be found in nature. Specifically, Ayurvedic medicine practitioners use herbs, spices, and teas to treat ailments ranging from mild headaches and skin rashes, all the way to the most serious diseases and conditions.
Essentially, modern science is proving in the lab what Ayurvedic medicine practitioners have known all along – that curcumin is a potent remedy for human illness.
Curcumin has been the subject of many recent scientific studies conducted at top laboratories and educational facilities around the world. The stunning findings have been reported in the most respected and prestigious professional publications that exist in the world.
Here are some of the amazing benefits that have been reported with the integration of curcumin:
Curcumin Combats Brain Aging
Several factors can contribute to neurodegeneration, including chemical and biological stresses, head trauma, age, stroke, and symptoms due to disease.
The underlying processes involved with neurodegeneration are complex mechanisms that respond positively to treatment with curcumin.
Because curcumin passes through the blood-brain membrane, it is uniquely able to deliver its healthful benefits directly into the brain region. Curcumin has been shown to be effective against all eight of the biological mechanism malfunctions that precede neurodegeneration. In some studies, cognitive decline, especially as evidenced in patients with Parkinson’s disease, has been reversed in experiments done with laboratory test animals.
Curcumin Slows or Prevents Alzheimer’s Disease
In lab tests, curcumin actually slowed or prevented the onset of Alzheimer’s disease by drastically reducing the markers associated with this disease, oxidative stress and brain inflammation.
Curcumin has been proven to reduce the amount of beta amyloid deposits, which lead to plaque formation and subsequent cognitive decline as shown in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s patients.
Curcumin Battles Cancerous Tumors
Curcumin has been shown in labs to have the ability to battle lung, colon and prostate cancer. In one study, the diets of lab animals with lung cancer cells were supplemented with curcumin. After the study, the cancerous tumors were reduced by a whopping 36 percent. Other indications based on body chemistry tests showed that their survival expectancy increased by three times.
In another study, lab animals with colon tumors were given a dietary supplement of curcumin. The incidence of tumors was reduced by 40% in the animals, and their overall body inflammation was decreased.
Finally, a study conducted to find out how curcumin affects prostate cancer cells had similar results. The month-long curcumin supplementation in lab animals up-regulated the genes that inhibit tumor growth and down-regulated the genes that promote tumor growth. Subsequently, the animals given curcumin experienced reduced tumor number and size.
How to Incorporate Curcumin in Your Diet
As stated, curcumin is the core component in the spice turmeric. Turmeric is available in its original root form and, more commonly, as a powder that can easily be used during cooking. When sourcing turmeric, it’s essential to seek organic turmeric. Organic India provides high quality organic turmeric in bulk packages at reasonable rates.
Turmeric is best absorbed by the body in hot liquids. Therefore, making a tea with this spice is not only the easiest way to ingest it; it is the most efficient.
Turmeric is a bitter spice and the taste does require some getting used to. The flavor of turmeric tea can be enhanced with the addition of some cinnamon, along with a drop of honey if you desire a little sweetness. Turmerin Tea, as I call it, is delicious and filling, and even better because of its health benefits due to curcumin.
You can also incorporate curcumin into your diet by adding it to your Homemade Curry Sauce. Sprinkle it on your morning eggs, or stir some into your sandwich mayonnaise.