Here's another powerful ingredient to a healthy diet. I feel it is also timely to repost this information from June 2012 about curcumin and it's amazing benefits.
Curcumin is the active ingredient in the spice known as turmeric. It's a member of the ginger family and is used widely as turmeric in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine, particularly curries. Turmeric has a vibrant yellow color and has been used as a natural food colorant. This seemingly simple and innocent spice has incredibly powerful origins in curcumin. In fact, it has moved to the top of my essential supplements list. Here's why:
- powerful antioxidant
- incredibly powerful anti-inflammatory (inflammation is the major cause of all chronic disease)
- stimulates the emptying of the gallbladder
- powerful protector of the liver (our liver is a vital organ with a huge workload in ridding us of toxins we consume and are exposed to)
- helps to lower triglyceride levels
The most exciting news about curcumin is that it has been shown to have a profound effect on inhibiting cancer. Doctors are seeing dramatic results in pancreatic cancer patients. Pancreatic cancer is one of the hardest cancers to cure. This is incredible information. So, curcumin not only works to inhibit cancer, but has been shown to greatly affect people who already have been diagnosed with cancer. Curcumin targets the cancer cells, causing them to die. Even better, it protects against cell damage due to chemotherapy. Also, if you've had lots of radiation in the form of x-rays, CT scans, or mammograms - you would greatly benefit from the protection of curcumin.
As always, I recommend buying a quality supplement - you can find great deals online. Look to take between 500mg and 1000mg, up to three times a day depending on your health. Clearly, if you are a cancer patient you will want to take the larger dosage. If you have bad knees due to inflammation, you'll probably want to take a mid to high dose. Again, do your research and ask your doctor questions, if necessary. It has also been proven that taking curcumin with olive oil (or coconut oil) greatly increases absorption. So, when taking the curcumin, you could simply take a teaspoon of the oil at the same time.
*the amazing information regarding curcumin and cancer patients was sourced from Suzanne Somers' new book, Bombshell. See my link here.