Turmeric curcumin uses include help for heart disease, arthritis, cancer, depression and more. Curcumin, which is an extract of turmeric, is a favorite natural anti-inflammatory of Julian Whitaker, M.D., who says it reduces systemic inflammation, relieving pain.
Turmeric curcumin uses also include boosting brain function and helping clear the gunk that accumulates in the brains of patients of Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Whitaker also recommends curcumin supplements for neuropathy, back and neck pain, sprains and strains, and other pain.
Turmeric extracts can improve symptoms of indigestion, such as pain, belching, and flatulence as well as ulcerative colitis.
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A 2014 study showed it to be as effective as Prozac for depression, without the side effects.
Liver disease, diabetic retinopathy, chronic gum disease and psoriasis are among the many turmeric curcumin uses.
It also interferes with tumor growth, resulting in studies about using it as an adjunct therapy for colon, breast and other cancers, to ease side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.
Still skeptical than an herb can do so much? Read this study, Curcumin: the Indian Solid Gold, which includes he following quote:
"...numerous therapeutic activities have been assigned to turmeric for a wide variety of diseases and conditions, including those of the skin, pulmonary, and gastrointestinal systems, aches, pains, wounds, sprains, and liver disorders. Extensive research within the last half century has proven that most of these activities, once associated with turmeric, are due to curcumin. Curcumin has been shown to exhibit antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anticancer activities and thus has a potential against various malignant diseases, diabetes, allergies, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease, and other chronic illnesses."
Turmeric curcumin is not absorbed by the body well. In India, this is solved by combining it with black pepper and oil or ghee (clarified butter). Supplement makers got the message. One brand of supplement, Meriva, combines curcumin with phosphatidylcholine, a lipid (fat), a combo that significantly increases blood levels.
A brand named Longvida was used by UCLA scientists in their Alzheimer's research. It is combined with lipids (fats) to get it across the blood-brain barrier.
These combos make lower doses possible, because so much more curcumin gets absorbed.
Another way to enhance absorption is to reconstitute purified curcumin with some of the natural oils and other components of the turmeric root. When the curcumin-plus turmeric complex is administered orally, the absorption into the bloodstream is nearly 7-fold that of curcumin alone, and 6.3-fold greater than a curcumin-lecithin-piperine formula designed to enhance absorption.
More than 7000 scientific papers have been published on curcumin. Source: Health & Healing newsletter, October 2014 and July 2015.
The wide variety of turmeric curcumin health benefits could make it a modern panacea.
Curcumin "...has been shown to inhibit the proliferation of cancer cells..."
Curcumin hits all the major targets in the cancer development process."
Pure curcumin has a low rate of absorption, beneficial for gastrointestinal cancers because higher levels of the compound stay in the intestinal tract longer. Curcumin has been shown to help in treatment of colorectal cancer, as this study shows.
Curcumin has shown promise in treating deadly pancreatic cancer. In one study, a patient remained stable for an astonishing 18 months without progression. Another showed temporary reduction of the existing tumor size by 73%.
Curcumin has gone through Phase I drug studies, determining the safety and idea dose of new therapies. In a group of patients with high-risk or premalignant cancerous lesions, curcumin led to numerous improvements, and in 33 % of patients, the tumors didn't progress, even when they had not responded to chemotherapy previously.
Source for curcumin and cancer: Life Extension Magazine, 9/16
Curcumin cleans out amyloid-beta plaques in the brains of Alzheimer's patients. These tangles in the brain slow or stop the connections between brain cells that allow us to think.
James A. Duke, Ph.D., published one of the biggest reviews of turmeric's effect on alzheimer's in HerbClip, 10/07, a publication of the American Botanical Council. His review of more than 50 studies indicated the turmeric dramatically outperforms many synthetic drugs for preventing and treating Alzheimer's plaques.
For details on how it works, see this study: The effect of curcumin (turmeric) on Alzheimer's disease
Here are quotes from the study:
"Due to various effects of curcumin, such as decreased Beta-amyloid plaques, delayed degradation of neurons, metal-chelation, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and decreased microglia formation, the overall memory in patients with AD has improved."
"Curcumin has a potent anti-inflammatory effect. Through its various anti-inflammatory effects, it may have a role in the cure of AD."
And here is another study that zeroes in on the behavioral and psychological symptoms of Alzheimer's, specifically "...irritability, agitation, anxiety, and apathy, two patients suffer from urinary incontinence and wonderings..."
"...The present cases suggest a significant improvement of the behavioral symptoms in the AD with the turmeric treatment, leading to probable benefit of the use of turmeric in individuals with the AD with BPSD."
(BPSD is Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia.)
Turmeric curcumin interacts with a wide variety of drugs and should not be taken by patients with certain conditions. See this page from the Memorial Sloan Cancer Center for patient warnings.
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