What is Turmeric?
Turmeric, also known as Curcuma longa,.is a member of the ginger family. Turmeric’s main component called curcumin or curcuminoids, a unique phytonutrient complex, has been shown to naturally block inflammatory COX-2. Research is proving curcumin to have many health benefits with its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anticarcinogenic properties. Turmeric’s longstanding benefit as a treatment for digestive and liver problems has largely been confirmed by scientific study. It also has broad spectrum bactericidal and fungicidal properties. *
• A powerful antioxidant that protects against free radical damage* • Helps in reduction of inflammation and lowering histamine levels* • Inhibits production of lipid peroxides, which fuel the inflammatory process* • Contains potent anticancer and antimutagenic properties* • Helps to improve liver function* • Enhances overall energy and improves digestion* • Promotes clearance of toxic compounds* • Exhibits antibacterial activity*
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What are the benefits?
Turmeric has been used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine as a tonic for the stomach and blood purifier; to relieve flatulence and arthritic conditions; to strengthen overall energy and improve digestion. Curcumin has demonstrated significant liver-enhancing activity in clinical studies, it improves liver function and promotes clearance of toxic compounds. It is a powerful antiinflammatory agent and works to inhibit all steps of cancer formation: initiation, promotion and progression. Numerous research has found it suppressed the proliferation of cancer cells; inhibited the growth of estrogen-positive, human breast cancer cells; increased counts of CD4 immune cells in AIDS patients and contributed to regression of precancerous lesions in the mouth;. Thus it may be beneficial for smokers. Research also indicates Curcumin useful in the areas of atherosclerosis, gallbladder disorders and rheumatoid arthritis. It does have a marked irritant effect on the gastric mucosa so caution should be taken with hyperacidity or irritable stomach. *
For the most effective benefits, look for a product that has 95% Curcumin; naturally extracted and grown or wild crafted without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides or preservatives; preferably in a vegetarian capsule. Be sure it is a standardized true spectrum herbal supplement without fillers, binders or common allergens.
* This information has not been evaluated by the FDA. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.