Eleven Curcumin-Benefits for Longevity and Quality of Life

One of the many Curcumin-benefits is that it is a very powerful antioxidant. It is one of the most powerful dietary supplements available today. Curcumin is the active component of turmeric that gives it its distinctive yellow color.  

Turmeric has been used from ancient times as a condiment, a textile dye, and medically as an aromatic stimulant. In biblical times it was used as a perfume as well as a spice. Turmeric is widely used in India where the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease is about one fourth the rate of that in the United States.

Turmeric is the ingredient that gives mustard its’ color and is used in curry powder, relishes, in fish and egg dishes, and with poultry, rice, and pork. Native to southern India and Indonesia, turmeric is cultivated on the mainland and in the islands of the Indian Ocean. It has a mild barely perceptible flavor and from that standpoint should not be confused with curry. My wife uses it in among other things dishes such as Lentil soup, chili and casseroles. The taste impact is minimal but the health impact is tremendous.

Turmeric and Ginger help prevent many chronic diseases and Organic Pink Fijian Ginger and Organic Fijian Turmeric from Wakaya Perfection are super stars. Wakaya Perfection has the purest, most potent turmeric available. It is organic, hand cultivated and baked at low temperatures to maintain its integrity.

Curcumin, a component of turmeric, has been studied extensively and while it is best known as an antioxidant it has many other health benefits. Among the many Curcumin-benefits are: it is anti-arthritic, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and has anti-tumor properties. Curcumin is one of the more powerful anticancer flavonoids. For a real synergistic health benefit try turmeric and ginger from Wakaya Perfection.

The following are eleven Curcumin-benefits.

  1. Curcumin has been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer in all six stages of cancer growth and in high doses can cause cancer cell apoptosis (cell death).
  2. It has been found to inhibit hormone driven cancers such as breast cancer and prostate cancer.
  3. A University of Michigan study found that Curcumin when combined with black pepper inhibits the growth of stem cells in breast cancer. Cancer stem cells are responsible in part for metastasis of cancer and the resistance to cancer therapies such as chemotherapy.
  4. Curcumin can help improve the response to conventional cancer therapies and reduce the side effects of those therapies.
  5. Enhancing brain health is another of the Curcumin-benefits. Curcumin helps protect the brain from inflammation. Inflammation has been linked to degenerative diseases of the brain such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Curcumin may also help increase energy to the brain and improve cognition.
  6. Curcumin is anti-amyloid – Amyloid is an abnormal protein in the connective tissues and organs of the body that inhibits normal functioning.
  7. Curcumin appears to protect against diabetes by stimulating enzymes in the liver that play a role in regulation of glucose levels. Curcumin aids in the detoxification of the liver. Curcumin also protects the kidneys from inflammation and improves kidney function.
  8. Curcumin helps protect the heart by lowering cholesterol and triglycerides and helps prevent blood clotting. Curcumin has a slight anticoagulant effect, so it should not be combined with aspirin or other blood thinning medications.
  9. Curcumin has been shown to improve lung function in cystic fibrosis patients by thinning mucous secretions. It is also said to be helpful in the treatment of asthma.
  10. Curcumin is anti-arthritic, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial. It has been used to treat wounds for generations. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled a U.S. patent on the wound-healing properties of turmeric because the Indian government proved that records had existed for this use for centuries.
  11. Curcumin aids in fat metabolism and weight management.

Take advantage of Curcumin-benefits either as a supplement or as a spice (Turmeric) in your food. It can be absorbed best if dissolved in extra-virgin olive oil or combined with black pepper.  Some supplements are formulated in capsules with oil or black pepper.

References and suggested reading: ·        

  • Go to retirement-resources·       
  •  "turmeric." Encyclopedia Britannica. Encyclopedia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite.  Chicago: Encyclopedia Britannica, 2011.
  • "Alternative Medicine." Encyclopedia Britannica. Encyclopedia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite.  Chicago: Encyclopedia Britannica, 2011.
  • Russell L. Blaylock, MD, Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients., Kensington Publishing Corp, Heath Press, 2003. 
  • Patrick Quillin, PhD, RD, CNS. "Beating Cancer with Nutrition." Nutrition Times Press, 1994.

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