Among Indian people aged 70 to 79, the rate of Alzheimer’s is less than one-quarter that of the United States. Epidemiologists have hypothesized that the turmeric that is part of daily curries eaten in India may help explain the low rate of Alzheimer’s disease in that country.
Study after study has shown amazing health benefits of Turmeric. The National Institute of health cites 24 studies on the medicinal benefits of turmeric and its major active component curcumin.
If you want to get the benefits of turmeric right away, I suggest you try my recipe for Turmeric Tea “Liquid Gold”. Turmeric has many benefits, but in medical studies it has been proven very effective at improving three specific health conditions.
1. Alzheimer Studies
There are so many wonderful reasons to add turmeric to your diet. It tastes wonderful in soups, stews and curry dishes and you can even sprinkle it on roast chicken. According to scientists turmeric added to your daily diet will help prevent or slow the progression of Alzheimer disease by eliminating amyloid plaque buildup in the brain. Not only that but it has shown to improve brain function and performance.
According to Dr. Sally Frautschy of the University of California, her studies show that elderly individuals living in Indian villages appear to have the lowest incidence of Alzheimer’s disease in the world. Her studies show that only 1 percent of elderly Indian men and women get Alzheimer’s.
This is great news but let’s not forget that we should look at all components to good health and not just one spice or herb. For instance, the spice turmeric eaten daily, coupled with eating a diet based on whole foods is preventing brain degeneration in the Indian population.
It’s interesting that this study was done on the villagers who do not eat processed foods because they are much too expensive for the villagers to buy. Therefore they only eat whole foods most likely grown right there in India.
Anytime manufacturing/processing of whole food stuffs come into the equation, it will not matter where you live, if processed, dead foods are a major part of your diet, your body will degenerate much quicker, and that includes the brain.
It’s interesting to note that most Asian peasants are healthier than their city counterparts because they eat more whole foods (brown rice vs. white) than those folks who live in the city and can afford to buy processed food items.
2. Arthritis Studies
According to researchers at the University of Arizona College of Medicine turmeric may help with different forms of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and even osteoporosis. During their research they discovered an extract from turmeric called curcuminoid that blocks a protein called NF-KB factor from being activated in the joints. According to the researchers when NF-KB is activated it causes inflammation and degeneration of joint tissue.
The scientists doing the study did conclude that more research needs to be done on the effectiveness of turmeric. They are now looking at the benefits of turmeric for multiple sclerosis and bowel disease.
Research has also shown in numerous studies that eating a diet high in refined flours and sugar will negatively impact our joints tremendously. The saying “you are what you eat” rings very true in this case. Adding Turmeric to your daily diet will help with quieting down inflammation caused from joint diseases and so will eating a good daily, organic, whole foods diet.
3. Cancer Studies
Scientists believe that the active ingredient in Turmeric, curcumin is responsible for preventing some types of cancer. One study in Texas showed that the antioxidant properties of curcumin can slow and even stop reproduction of cancer cells in myeloma, a deadly form of cancer. Studies are positive and are mounting up with evidence that turmeric extract with curcumin does fight skin and breast cancers.
Doctors at the University of Texas, after following up on previous studies that they had been working on, found that turmeric extract helped stop the spread of breast cancer cells to the lungs! The doctors were very excited about these new studies. The researchers also found that this great tasting yellow spice may also diminish the occurrence of prostate and colon cancers.
Turmeric the Powerful Antioxidant
Curcumin has been shown to be a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants are potent elements found in most raw fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants protect the body against free radicals, which is everything we are exposed to in a given day, such as processed foods, environmental pollution, pharmaceuticals, and exposure to radiation.
Free radicals run havoc in our body where they cause cellular damage, and degeneration of the immune system, all of which lead to infections, degenerative organ diseases and cancer.
If we expose ourselves to more free radicals than we expose ourselves to antioxidants, eventually our body will begin to give way to these environmental free radicals in the form of negative health issues. It is very important that every individual and family work at improving their health by doing everything possible to make positive change for themselves according to their circumstances.
You can prevent degenerative disease from happening to you by taking care of your health in all areas of your life. This would include diet, fitness, mental and emotional outlook, and anything you may be negatively exposed to in your environment. It’s up to you.
Don’t depend on your doctor for your fitness and well being because he or she cannot do anything for you like what you can for yourself. You are your best friend so be nice to yourself.