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Natural Anti-Cancer Protocol for Dogs and Other Animals http://wakeup-world.com/2012/11/01/natu ... r-animals/ Yes Curcumin/Turmeric features here of course.xx

1st November 2012

By Tony Isaacs - tbyil.com

(The Best Years in Life)

(Please Note: Though this is written primarily with dogs in mind, most of it should also apply to cats and other pets and animals. To be sure about any single recommended vitamin, mineral, herb or other supplement it is suggested strongly that you do a search such as Google for the item and the type of animal, such as “selenium and cats”.)

“Cancer” is probably the word we most dread to hear, yet one that all of us who have dogs, cats or other pets and animals are likely to hear at some time. It is estimated that one in ten dogs will have some form of tumor. It is also a subject on which there are many misunderstandings and misconceptions, not only among owners but in the veterinary profession. The last is probably due to the fact that widespread treatment of cancer in animals is still relatively new.

What is cancer?

The proper name is neoplasia – literally “new growth” – and the features which define it are persistence/purposelessness/proliferation. There are two types of neoplasia: malignant which destroy, invade, and metastase (spread); and benign, which grow locally and by expansion rather than invasion. A benign tumor is like an egg, with well defined edges which can be felt around. It can usually be removed by surgery. Even a benign tumor, though, can cause problems through pressure, for example if it occurs in the brain. A malignant tumor has no clear edges and will ulcerate and spread. Since the boundary cannot be defined it is usually impossible to remove all the cancer cells by surgery. Malignant tumors metastase by lymphatic invasion, via the blood stream, or transcoelonic spread. Such metastasis in dogs is generally to the lungs but it can be to any part of the body. The only way to tell the difference between a benign and malignant tumor is to examine a sample under a microscope. Benign tumors can become malignant.
What kinds of cancer occur in dogs?

In dogs generally 50 per cent of all tumors are of the skin (of which about 40 per cent are malignant and 60 per cent benign), 20 per cent are of the mammary glands (which account for 58 per cent of tumors in bitches, of which about 50 per cent are benign), only 10 per cent are of the alimentary system (which is one of the prime sites in Man), 10 per cent of the lymphatic system, 5 per cent of the reproductive system, and 5 per cent others.

However, bone tumors are much more common in the large and giant breeds. They are most likely to occur at the ends of long bones in the growth plates but may occur on the skull, pelvis, etc. Bone tumors are mostly extremely malignant. Signs are swelling, pain, heat, and lameness (if the tumor is in a limb bone). However, although bone tumors on the forelimb (especially at the distal [lower] end of the radius/ulna – just above the knee joint and a favorite site) or those on the distal end of the tibia/fibula (just above the hock joint) on the hind leg are easy enough to detect, particularly when the typical hard swelling starts, those in other sites can be much more difficult to diagnose. This is especially so if they are on bones where there is heavy surrounding musculature, such as the shoulder-blade, upper arm, or thigh. These are all too likely to be diagnosed as pulled muscles, damaged tendons, arthritis, etc. Also, osteosarcoma (the most common form of bone cancer in these breeds) often starts up after some kind of trauma such as a collision or fall and is most likely to occur in the age range of 6 to 8 years, so the tendency is for a diagnosis of bruising, arthritis, etc. in any case.

Oral tumors are quite common and mostly malignant. One problem is that they are often well advanced before being noticed. Signs are bloody saliva, bad breath, difficulty in eating, or unwillingness to eat. Malignant melanoma are particularly dangerous and spread rapidly.

Nasal tumors are quite rare but mostly malignant. Signs are sneezing, difficulty in breathing, discharge from the nose, or nosebleeds. They do not spread quickly but cause much local damage.

Tumors of the gut are rare but usually malignant and generally well advanced by the time they are noticed. Spleen tumors are usually malignant with early secondaries. Signs of internal tumors are non-specific but include weight loss (sometimes rapid), diarrhea or constipation, pain which may be shown by a stiffness of movement, passage of blood or vomiting of blood or “coffee-grounds”, and loss of appetite.

Tumors of the lungs (a prime site in Man) do not occur as primaries in dogs but frequently as secondaries. Signs are difficulty in breathing, particularly after exercise, coughing, and wheezing.

Cancer of the lymph system is quite common and can involve a combination of lymph glands, bone marrow, circulating blood, and internal organs. Signs are enlargement of glands, depression, anorexia, and weight loss. These cancers include lymphosarcoma and leukemia. There are two types of canine lymphoma: the multicentric which affects the whole body, and one which develops only in the alimentary, cutaneous, and thymic glands.

Skin tumors can vary from granuloma, which are pea-sized, to vast lumps. Not all lumps which appear on the skin are tumors. Sebaceous cysts are very common, particularly in the elderly dog, but are only blocked sebaceous glands and quite harmless, although they do sometimes burst. It is a good rule, though, to have any lump tested.
Treating Cancer

Treating cancer, including canine and feline cancers with chemotherapy drugs is plagued with dangers. Most veterinarians are against the use of these drugs since the side effects are sometimes worse than the ailment. Mostly veterinarians suggest chemotherapy if the dog owner insists and is adamant to prolong the life of his dog, irrespective of its quality.

If you are looking for a better quality of life rather than just adding to the number of years, you should look towards a holistic treatment for cancer. A natural approach is devoid of toxicity, has no side effects and attempts to fight cancer cells in a natural way. You may have a good chance of success, but even if not you can provide a comfortable life to an already ailing animal.

The first step should be to clear the pet’s environment of all potentially carcinogenic materials and chemicals. Change his environment so that there is no contact with harmful pesticides, chemicals and toxic materials. Clean the household where remnants of these tend to accumulate. Throw out the plastic feeding bowl and use ceramic or metal. Start giving filtered water to the dog.

When a dog is fighting cancer, the first concern is to get the immune function back to normal. The next most important issue is diet. A dog with cancer is building a lot of new tissue, and adequate proteins and cell membrane compounds (omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids) are required to do this. When the adequate amounts of the correct proteins and fats are not present in the diet, the body will rob it from other places, leading at best to muscle wasting, but more likely complications with the functions of the kidneys and liver. This can lead to kidney and liver failure, which is something your poor dog does not need on top of the cancer. Fortunately, these secondary liver and kidney complications can usually be avoided by watching the dog’s diet.

Homeopathy can do wonders if a remedy is found that meets all the symptoms present in your dog. Such a remedy can prove to be one of the best tools to manage cancer.

There is a strong correlation between nutrition and cancer. Commercial foods available in the market contain preservative and synthetic substances that may be carcinogenic and may cause harm to the process of healthy cell multiplication. Home cooked and organic food is best for your dog’s health. If home cooked food is not an option, opt for health foods for dogs that are available in health stores. Before buying, make sure that they do not contain hormones, pesticides or antibiotics.

You may also choose to give therapeutic-level supplements of antioxidants, Vitamin C and Vitamin A. Many herbs also help in fighting cancer and can be given directly or along with a meal. Discuss this with your veterinarian and select a few herbs and natural foods that are rich in zinc, selenium and omega 3 fatty acids. Fish oil or flaxseed oil have cancer-fighting properties and increase oxygen uptake to cells.

Caring for a dog with cancer requires dog owners to be well-conversed with the minute details of how symptoms of cancer manifest in pets. Cancer tends to remain concealed for a long time. For example, the symptoms of liver cancer in dogs are vague and are normally ignored or associated with milder conditions. Creating a program for home cancer care will help to curb the growth of cancer cells. If you can start such a program right from the time you bring your dog home, it may even prevent the dreaded disease.

Make sure that your pet has plenty of clean, filtered water. Cats can be fussy drinkers and may only want to drink from a running tap, out of your glass of water or from rain puddles.

Ensure your pet is eating a balanced, high-quality diet with plenty of raw and unprocessed food, (preferably organic), and avoid onions and chocolate, as they can be toxic to animals.

Try and eliminate the use of pesticides and herbicides, and make your house a no-smoking zone. Your pets need to have healthy lungs as well – and the whole household will benefit!

Talk to a holistic vet before immunizing your pet every year. Conventional over-vaccination may stress the immune system unnecessarily, leading to negative side effects.

Food and water bowls should be made of glass, stainless steel or porcelain, and not plastic. Wash your pet’s water bowl and food bowls regularly using hot water. Make sure to rinse them well, so as not to leave any harmful chemical residue behind.

Exercise, exercise, exercise! A good ball throwing session in the park or a catnip mouse ‘seek and destroy mission’ will benefit your pet, as a fit, healthy pet is less likely to develop illness.

Provide your pet with the herbs he would usually eat in the wild. These could include liver-cleansing herbs like Milk Thistle and Dandelion, and immune system tonics like Echinacea and Astragalus.

Be sure that your dog or other pet gets plenty of fresh air, sunshine and indirect sun from being outside even if in the shade.

Eliminate stress and give your pet plenty of love, affection and understanding. Just as stress and trauma have been proven to be associated with higher cancer risk and impediments to recovery in humans, the same is likely true for dogs and other pets. Note: pets, especially dogs, pick up on human stress so it is imperative for the owners to eliminate stress from their own life and environment.

The BARF Diet (slightly modified)

“Dogs rarely die of cancer. They usually succumb to secondary liver or kidney failure. These are cancer side effects that can usually be avoided by controlling the diet”

Dogs are descended from a common ancestor of the grey wolf and are very closely related. As such they are predominately carnivores (meat eaters) whose digestive system is most suited to a diet of raw meat and meaty bones – although it might actually be more appropriate to use noted authority Dr. David Mech’s description:

“What scientists do know about wolves is that they are opportunistic omnivores. Left to their own devices, they will eat whatever they can whenever they can.”

This is not to say that Dr. Mech has suddenly decided that wolves are not carnivores; however, it does illustrate the point (that) canines are carnivores that also eat omnivore foods. Dogs tend to be even more scavenger like than their close cousins the wolve and, contrary to what some would have you believe, some vegetables and fruits are well tolerated and even healthy.

Most canine cancer patients will do best on a grain free partially cooked or raw food diet. If you are concerned with how your dog will react with a raw diet, start off with rare cooked meat and slowly wean them to raw.

Due to the high acid in their stomach, dogs are not susceptible to the bacteria that humans are and a raw diet is a benefit to them. Their stomach acid also allows them to digest bone.

The raw food diet (or BARF diet – Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods) should consist of 75% to 80% meat and 20-25% vegetables and fruit (and fruit is optional).

BARF Diet Ingredients:

Bones – they MUST be raw – cooked/smoked bones are never safe as they will splinter
Meat – chunked or ground (beef, lamb, chicken, pork, etc)
Offal (liver, kidneys, heart, unbleached green tripe (which can be purchased in a can at your local gourmet pet food store))
Vegetables – broccoli, spinach, celery, bok choy, carrot, capsicum, broccoli, cabbage (red and green), collards turnip greens, summer squash (zucchini and crook neck), Chinese cabbage, parsley and kale.
AVOID grapes, raisins, avocado, onions, green peas, potatoes (except small amounts of yams), asparagus, plums, pineapple, rhubarb, tomato, black cherry, lima beans pumpkin, and corn and other grains. Grapes, raisins and avocado are quite toxic to dogs, onions are toxic to dogs and very toxic to cats.
Fruit – In general, limit fruits to small amounts and use fruits such as cored apples, cored pears, blue berries, honey dew, water melon, cantaloupe, orange sections (no pits), grapefruit sections, and bananas
Other Goodies – Whole egg, flax seed, garlic (except not for cats), kelp, alfalfa, kefir, ground raw non-irradiated almonds (make sure there is no mold and note that walnuts are poisonous to horses)
Yogurt and cottage cheese are good to mix with the fruit/veggies to entice the dog to eat them
Never feed a dog chocolate – it can be fatal in even small amounts.

Recipe for 1 week of raw meat patties for a 50 pound active dog:

4 lbs ground meats – beef and/or lamb and/or chicken and/or turkey
2 cups raw goat milk or 1 cup yogurt or cottage cheese
3 raw eggs
1 apple (cored, no seeds)
1 glove garlic (not for cats though)
2 carrots
1 to 1.5 pound mixed veggies (such as sweet potato, broccoli, zucchini, kale, spinach)
Mix in food processor and make into patties to freeze.

No two dogs are alike in the amount of food they require; dogs typically eat 2% of their body weight, but more active or dogs with a high metabolism may require 3-4%.

It is a good idea to give the raw diet in the morning and some dry, grain-free kibble in the evening.

You can also be creative and give chunked meat along with a mix of fruit/veggies/yogurt. Change is good to ensure a variety of nutrients.

NOTE: Once you determine how much your dog eats, you can mix in many of the recommended supplement items you choose.
Recommended Cancer Fighters, Immune Boosters and other Supplement Items

Inositol/IP6

Inositol/IP6 is a rising star in natural health that has been very effective at removing many cancers and other tumors – sometimes in as little as a few weeks. It has been especially effective in eliminating tumors in animals. It also enhances health at the cellular level and is highly recommended.

Colloidal Silver

Is a supreme anti-pathogen which has been very effective against many cancers in pets, particularly fatty tissue cancers. Colloidal silver helps prevent and treat parvo, restores lost energy and vitality and is effective against arthritis and other joint problems. Highest recommendation. For fighting active cancers, use from two tablespoons per day for small dogs up to two ounces per day for large dogs.

Black Seed Oil (Nigella sativa)

Black seed is an amazing plant that has been effective against cancer and many, many other conditions in both humans and animals with a history of use dating back thousands of years. Physicians of the pharaohs used the seeds as a digestive aid after opulent feasts and as a remedy for colds, headaches, toothaches, infections, inflammatory disorders and allergies. Black seed oil has been a beauty secret of women since ancient times. Queen Nefertiti, praised for her exquisite complexion, was an avid user of black seed oil.

Pliny the Elder crushed black seeds, mixed them with vinegar and honey, and applied the paste to snake bites and scorpion stings.

Black cumin and its oil have been used to purge parasites and worms, detoxify, ameliorate amoebic dysentery, shigellosis, abscesses, old tumors, ulcers of the mouth and rhinitis. Recent research confirms these uses for humans, dogs, cats and horses.

It is also reported to be very good for the skin and coat of animals.

Artemisinin

Artemisinin has been shown to induce cell death in several types of canine cancer cells in vitro and has been reported to be particularly successful against bone cancers (osteosarcoma), lymphoma, and metastases from osteosarcoma.

Fish Oil

Flax seed oil contains ALA, which can be converted into EPA and DHA by dogs and humans. If you instead have a cat, you should ideally give it fish oil instead of flax seed oil for dog, because the cat body does not convert ALA very efficiently. In coldwater fish, ALA present in algae has already been converted into EPA and DHA, which means that the cat does not have to do it. For dogs, you can use flax seed oil, fish oil, or ideally a combination of both.

Flaxseed Oil

Flaxseed oil, particularly when mixed with cottage cheese as is used in the Budwig Diet for humans, has also been reported to be effective against dog cancers. Like blackseed oil and fish oil flaxseed oil is good for the skin and coat, as well as other conditions.

Curcumin

Has strong anti-cancer properties, is an immune modulator, and also helps older dogs with arthritis and other joint problems.

Grapeseed Extract

Grapeseed extract is a supreme anti-oxidant with proven cancer fighting and other health benefits.

NOTE: Grapes and raisins are considered toxic to dogs and cats but grapeseed extract has been used successfully with both. Recent unpublished data indicates that the toxic component is water soluble, and within the flesh of the grape/raisin, not the seed. Thus the current thinking is that grape seed may be safe to use.

Medicinal Mushrooms

Medicinal mushrooms have essential cancer fighting and immune boosting compounds like beta-glucans and other long-chain polysacharrides. Although in general it is not a good idea to mix dogs and mushrooms, the following mushrooms are recommended:

Agaricus Blazei Murrill (ABM)

Cordyceps

Lentinula

Grifola

Ganoderma

Coriolus versicolor

Laetrile

Also known as Amygdalin or Vitamin B-17, Laetrile is famous for it’s anti-cancer properties in humans, particularly when combined with a good diet and nutrition program. Do not exceed 10-15 mg per pound of body weight.

Bromelain

Recent research indicates that Bromelain, an enzyme that comes from pineapples, may have an anti-cancer effect. Bromelain is used with dogs as an anti-inflammatory and for many other conditions, and should be safe to give. It may work best when given away from meals.

Chlorella, Spirulina, and other green superfoods

A great source of protein and antioxidants, Chlorella and Spirulina have had many reports of success against cancer and a wide variety of conditions in both humans and dogs.

Shark Cartilage

Cartilage supplements may inhibit tumor growth. One anecdotal report came from someone with a toy poodle that had a major mass in his chest. After two bottles of Cartilage supplements, the mass was almost gone, and he went on to live another six years. Since cartilage is safe and inexpensive (and may help with arthritis as well).

Recommended Vitamins and Minerals:

Vitamin A

Vitamin C

Vitamin E

Selenium

Iron

Herbs

These are herbs that have been listed for immune boosting, please use the tinctures for best results. Look for glycerine based tinctures for dogs. Some of these may be found in combinations for easier administering.

Goldenseal

Echinacea

Dandelion

Pau D’Arco

Red Clover

Miscellaneous Nutrients:

Glutamine

Arginine

Therapeutic enzymes, especially those containing L-asparaginase

Garlic

Green and Black Tea

Common Supplement Amounts:

Small Dogs

Vitamin A: 1,000 mg twice a day

Vitamin C: 500 mg twice a day

Bioflavonoid & Quercitin: 1/4 human dose

Vitamin E: 50 IUs twice a day

Vitamin B complex: 1/4 human dose

Selenium: 10 mcg

Bromelain: 50 mg twice a day

Digestive enzymes with pancreatin: 1/4 human dose

Glutamine: 1/4 human dose

Arginine: 1/4 human dose

Flaxseed Oil: 1 tsp. twice a day

Garlic: 1/4 chopped Clove

Medium Dogs

Vitamin A: 2,500 mg twice a day

Vitamin C: 1,000 mg twice a day

Bioflavonoid & Quercitin: 1/2 human dose

Vitamin E: 200 IUs twice a day

Vitamin B complex: 1/2 human dose

Selenium: 25mcg

Bromelain: 100 mg twice a day

Digestive enzymes with pancreatin: 1/2 human dose

Glutamine: 1/2 human dose

Arginine: 1/2 human dose

Flaxseed Oil: 1/2 tbs. twice a day

Garlic: 1/2 chopped Clove

Large Dogs

Vitamin A: 5,000 mg twice a day

Vitamin C: 2,000 mg twice a day

Bioflavonoid & Quercitin: Human dose

Vitamin E: 400 IUs twice a day

Vitamin B complex: Human dose

Selenium: 50mcg

Bromelain: 200 mg twice a day

Digestive enzymes with pancreatin: Human dose

Glutamine: Human dose

Arginine: Human dose

Flaxseed Oil: One tablespoon a day

Garlic: One or two chopped Cloves

Three Essential Supplements from PetAlive

DetoxPlus™

Promotes system detoxification to eliminate harmful wastes and toxins

DetoxPlus Benefits:

Supports the body’s natural processes of cleansing and elimination

Support healthy skin, coat, joints and digestive system

Facilitate healthy energy levels and general well-being

DetoxPlus contains the following ingredients:

Fucus vesiculosis (Kelp) is a sea vegetable that is a concentrated source of minerals, including iodine, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and iron. As a source of iodine, it helps to maintain the production of thyroid hormones, which are necessary for healthy metabolism in all cells of the body. Regular use will act as a tonic for skin and coat condition. (Clark CD, Bassett B, Burge MR. “Effects of kelp supplementation on thyroid function in euthyroid subjects.” Endocr Pract 2003;9(5):363-369. ) Please note: When using kelp as a therapeutic supplement, always make sure that the kelp used is sourced by a reputable and trusted company. Kelp harvested from the beach or near to the coast may be contaminated with industrial waste, sewerage, lead, mercury or other toxins. Kelp used in Native Remedies Thyroid Assist has been harvested only from uncontaminated areas and screened for the presence of toxins and contamination.

Aloe ferox has been used as a therapeutic plant for thousands of years and has been depicted in paintings and hieroglyphics on the walls of Ancient Egyptian temples. An effective digestive tonic, regular use of Aloe ferox helps to maintain healthy bile flow, thus ensuring the breakdown of dietary fat. Aloe ferox also helps to support regular bowel movements and is also valuable for a wide range of other uses related to systemic health. (Odes HS, Madar Z. “A double-blind trial of a celandin, aloe vera and psyllium laxative preparation in adult patients with constipation”. Digestion. 1991;49(2):65-71). Aloe ferox also has documented use from more than three thousand years ago, when it was used by Indian healers to assist with weight management. Modern science has established that this succulent is rich in nutrients and modern research has shown that Aloe contains 18 amino acids as well as Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C and E.

Medicago sativa (Alfalfa) is rich in nutrients including calcium, magnesium, potassium and beta carotene. It is regarded as an effective systemic cleanser and also helps to support fluid balance in the body. Like Aloe ferox, Alfalfa also helps to maintain regular bowel movements.

Arctium lappa (Burdock) is widely known as a systemic cleanser and blood purifier, Burdock is also an effective digestive tonic and helps to maintain blood sugar within normal levels. It is invaluable as a cleansing and purifying agent. Burdock is also highly regarded as a skin and joint tonic and also helps to support healthy immune systems. It has been studied for its ability to promote and support health in cells and to support routine detoxification carried out by the body. (Lin, C. C., Lu, J. M., Yang, J. J., Chuang, S. C., and Ujiie, T. “Anti-inflammatory and radical scavenge effects of Arctium lappa”. Am J Chin Med 1996;24(2):127-137.)

Taraxacum officinalis (Dandelion) is known to contain bitter principles which have a beneficial effect on the liver and digestive system. Dandelion is also a rich source of vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin A, D, C, various B Vitamins, iron, lecithin, silicon, potassium, magnesium, zinc and manganese. It supports healthy liver and gall bladder functioning as well as fluid balance. Dandelion supports the routine excretion of retained water and is also considered to be an excellent cleansing tonic for the liver. Studies have investigated this herb for its ability to support urine production and excretion. (Rácz-Kotilla E, Rácz G, Solomon A. “The action of Taraxacum officinale extracts on the body weight and diuresis of laboratory animals.” Planta Med. 1974 Nov;26(3):212-7.)

DIRECTIONS

A three week course is recommended and can be repeated as necessary.

Cats and small dogs: 1/2 capsule twice daily.

Medium dogs: One capsule twice daily.

Large dogs: One to two capsules twice daily.

C-Caps™

Promotes immune system functioning and complete cellular health

C-Caps Benefits:

Maintains health in all organs, tissue and cells

Supports a healthy appetite

Supports healthy waste and toxin elimination

Supports vitality and healthy energy levels

C-Caps contains the following ingredients:

Astragalus membranaceous (Huang Qi) is well known in traditional Chinese medicine. More recent research has highlighted the ability of this remedy to support the functioning of the immune system . Astragalus also helps to maintain blood sugar and blood pressure levels within the normal range, support vitality and a healthy appetite and maintain regular water metabolism. Currently, much of the pharmacological research on Astragalus is focused on its immuno-supportive polysaccharides and other active ingredients useful in supporting a healthy immune system. (Wang DC. “Influence of Astragalus membranaceus (AM) polysaccharide FB on immunologic function of human periphery blood lymphocyte”.Zhonghua Zhong Liu Za Zhi 1989;11:180-183).

Viscum album (Mistletoe) is used to support normal blood pressure and maintain a healthy immune system. Viscum album has been widely tested in both human and animal studies with many positive findings. In a recent study, it was determined that cellular components of the body’s natural immune system (such as monocytes and granulocytes) bound Viscum album agglutinin-I molecules to a higher degree than lymphocytes, suggesting that this herb can support natural immune responses. (Hajto T, Hostanska K, Fischer J, Saller R. “Immunomodulatory effects of Viscum album agglutinin-I on natural immunity”. Department of Internal Medicine, University Hospital Zürich, Switzerland. PMID: 9179367).

Echinacea purpurea is well known for its excellent benefits for immune functioning. Echinacea is also effective as a tonic for the lymphatic system. Regular use can help to keep your pet healthy. Over 500 scientific studies have been documented on this herb. Specific studies have investigated the immune-supportive action of Echinacea ( Barrett BP, Brown RL, Locken K, et al. “Treatment of the common cold with unrefined Echinacea: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial”. Ann Intern Med 2002;Dec 17, 137(12):939-946).

Withania somnifera (Indian ginseng) is one of the most important Ayurvedic tonic herbs, supporting growth, health and vigor. Regular use can help to nourish the blood and support healthy hemoglobin levels. This herb is often recommended as a strengthening and restorative tonic and has been shown to have a tonic effect on the immune system. (Davis L, Kuttan G. “Immunomodulatory activity of Withania somnifera”. J Ethnopharmacol 2000;71:193-200.)

Sylibum marianus (Milk Thistle) is regarded as one of the most important herbal liver tonics and restoratives, and therapeutic use of Milk Thistle may be traced back more than 2000 years. Milk Thistle has been subject to many clinical trials which clearly demonstrate its effectiveness. Scientific analysis of Milk Thistle shows that it contains a flavonoid complex called silymarin, which is largely responsible for the therapeutic benefits of this herb. Silymarin is a powerful anti-oxidant and its positive effect on maintaining healthy liver functioning would have a direct impact on the overall systemic health of your pet as the liver is one of the most important organs in the body. (Pares A, Planas R, Torres M, et al. “Effects of silymarin in alcoholic patients with cirrhosis of the liver: results of a controlled, double-blind, randomized and multicenter trial.” J Hepatol 1998;28(4):615-621.)( Benda L, Dittrich H, Ferenzi P, et al.”The influence of therapy with silymarin on the survival rate of patients with liver cirrhosis (author’s transl)”. Wien Klin Wochenschr 1980;92(19):678-683.) Milk Thistle is also regarded as a potent antioxidant.

Uncaria tormentosa (Cat’s Claw) has been used by the natives of Peru for hundreds of years. Cat’s Claw boasts many therapeutic benefits, among them its supportive role in maintaining immune system strength. It has been studied for its ability to support healthy cells. (Rizzi, R., Re, F., Bianchi, A., De, Feo, V, De Simone, F., Bianchi, L., and Stivala, L. A. “Mutagenic and antimutagenic activities of Uncaria tomentosa and its extracts.” J.Ethnopharmacol. 1993;38(1):63-77)

Rice Powder (inactive ingredient)

DIRECTIONS:

C-Caps may be given whole or opened with the contents mixed with food or a treat, depending on your pet’s size and preferences.

Cats and small dogs: 1/2 capsule twice daily.

Medium dogs: One capsule twice daily.

Large dogs: One to two capsules twice daily.

Digestive Support™

Promotes healthy digestion

Digestive Support Benefits:

Maintains healthy digestive functioning

Soothes gastric mucus membranes

Maintains health energy levels and general well-being

Supports routine absorption of nutrition

Digestive Support contains the following ingredients:

Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) is an excellent tonic for the intestines, bladder, kidney and entire digestive tract. This herb is also very effective in soothing the lining of the digestive tract. It has long been used as an herbal remedy for gastro-intestinal health and is well known for its immune-supporting properties. Licorice also exerts a gentle relaxing action on the bowels, helping to support healthy digestion and waste removal and has been investigated for its promotion of liver health. (Arase Y, Ikeda K, Murashima N, et al. “The long term efficacy of glycyrrhizin in chronic hepatitis C patients”. Cancer 1997;79(8):1494-1500.)

Ulmus fulva (slippery elm) is known for its bark, which is an excellent digestive herb rich in trace minerals, manganese, iodine, protein and soothing mucilage. It is a very highly respected herb in naturopathic circles and is regularly used by holistic veterinarians to improve the health of the digestive tract. (DeHaan RL. Home remedies for pets. J Am Holistic Veterinary Med Assoc 1994;12:26.)

Althaea officinalis (marshmallow) is a well known remedy for digestive health and contains large sugar molecules, called mucilage, which exert a soothing demulcent effect on the mucous membranes of the digestive tract. This makes Marshmallow an ideal natural remedy to support a healthy lining in the digestive tract.

Rice Powder (inactive ingredient)

DIRECTIONS:

Cats and small dogs: 1/2 capsule twice daily.

Medium dogs: One capsule twice daily.

Large dogs: One to two capsules twice daily.

About the Author

Tony Isaacs is a natural health advocate and researcher and the author of books and articles about natural health including Cancer’s Natural Enemy. Mr. Isaacs is a contributing author for SANEVAX and his articles are regularly featured at Natural News, the Health Science Institute’s Healthiertalk website, CureZone, the Crusador online, AlignLife, the Cancer Tutor, the American Chronicle and several other venues. Mr. Isaacs also has The Best Years in Life website for baby boomers and others wishing to avoid prescription drugs and mainstream managed illness and live longer, healthier and happier lives naturally. In addition, he hosts the Yahoo Oleandersoup Health group of over 2000 members and the CureZone “Ask Tony Isaacs – Featuring Luella May” forum.

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Eating turmeric, the distinctive yellow spice in many Indian dishes, may help fight, or even prevent, a variety of viral infections. The main component, curcumin has shown a potential to combat Human Immunodeficiency Virus, or HIV as well as Human Papillomavirus Virus or HPV, the virus associated with cervical cancer. In addition, turmeric may also act against influenza viruses, such as the Swine Flu virus as well.
Anti-HIV Properties

Research at the studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research in Bangalore demonstrated the effectiveness of turmeric against the Human Immunodeficiency Virus or HIV virus. When curcumin, the active ingredient of turmeric, was added to HIV-infected laboratory cells, the virus stopped growing. This is not definitive proof that turmeric will be active against the virus in humans; however, it is promising. According to a December 2004 article in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, curcumin stops an enzyme called p300 from regulating gene expression in humans. Because Human Immunodeficiency Viral DNA integrates into human DNA upon infection, the expression of viral DNA is also inhibited when p300 is inhibited. This implies that curcumin acts by inhibiting viral DNA replication within cells.
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Anti-HPV Properties

Chronic infection with Human Papillomavirus Virus or HPV is associated with cervical cancer. HPV contains two genes, E6 and E7, which code for proteins that can lead to increased cell growth signaling and eventually cancer. Studies by Bhupesh Prusty and Bhudev Das of the Institute of Cytology and Preventive Oncology in New Delhi report that curcumin has anti-HPV activity because it binds to the same cellular protein that the E6 and E7 proteins bind to, but does not induce cell growth. Curcumin prevents HPV viral proteins from binding, and as a consequence decreases the potential for HPV-induced cancer. Importantly, curcumin can also unseat already bound E6 and E7 viral proteins, stopping the signaling that has already begun.
Influenza Virus

Curcumin possesses anti-influenza activity. A March 2009 study reported in Emerging Infectious Disease reported that laboratory cells treated with curcumin reduced virus replication by over 90 percent. Curcumin appeared to both decrease the amount of viral replication in infected cells, as well as decrease the number of cells that were infected by the virus to begin with.


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What Are the Benefits of Taking Turmeric?
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What Are the Benefits of Taking Turmeric? Photo Credit Turmeric in White Bowl: 3 image by Leena Damle from Fotolia.com

Turmeric, known scientifically as Curcuma longa, is an herb that has been in use for thousands of years. In cuisine, it is often used to give Indian curry its flavor and color, and in traditional herbal medicine it has been used to treat wounds and digestive disorders, according to the World's Healthiest Foods encyclopedia. The primary compound in turmeric responsible for its health benefits is curcumin. Turmeric is available for use as a spice or a dietary supplement.
Anti-inflammatory Benefits

Inflammation occurs when the body tries to protect itself from injury or invading organisms such as bacteria and viruses. While the inflammatory response is a natural, protective one, if the body is in a chronic state of inflammation it can lead to inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, lupus and hepatitis, according to a report from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The curcumin in turmeric has been shown to have anti-inflammatory benefits to help the body fight chronic inflammation. A report from researchers at the Cytokine Research Laboratory at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center explains that curcumin interacts with the body's cells, where it inhibits inflammation from taking place. The report, published in the April 26, 2010 issue of "Annual Review of Nutrition," also states that the anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin in turmeric help fight obesity and obesity-related diseases by improving insulin resistance, lowering blood sugar levels and cholesterol.

Anticancer Benefits

Turmeric plays an important role in cancer prevention. As an antioxidant, the curcumin in turmeric is able to fight off cellular damage to the body's DNA, according to the World's Healthiest Foods encyclopedia. Curcumin also helps prevent cancerous cells from growing and spreading, which prevents tumors from forming. In a report on curcumin's effects on prostate cancer, published in the October 6, 2009 issue of "Genes and Nutrition," curcumin promotes the death of prostate cancer cells, making it not only a preventive agent, but an option in cancer treatment as well.
Liver Protective Benefits

The liver is one of the most vital organs in the body. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders, the liver aids in metabolism of fats, produces blood proteins, removes bacteria from the blood and helps clean the blood of toxins. Cirrhosis of the liver occurs when the liver begins to deteriorate and cannot function as it should, and common causes include alcohol, medications, hepatitis and fatty liver disease. A report published in the November 2009 issue of "Liver International" states that curcumin in turmeric can reduce the risk of developing cirrhosis, and can even reverse some liver damage that may have already occurred.


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some more turmeric topics on www.livestrong.com

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What Does the Curcumin in Turmeric Do for Health?

The Health Effects of Turmeric

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Turmeric for Inflammation

Turmeric Facts

Does Turmeric Reduce Inflammation?

Curcumin for Joint Inflammation

What Is the Difference Between Curcumin & Turmeric?

Curcumin for Rheumatoid Arthritis Inflammation

Ground Turmeric Benefits

Medicinal Use of Turmeric

Turmeric Vs. Curcumin

Turmeric Root Extract Information

How Much Curcumin Is There in Powdered Turmeric?

Curcumin & Rheumatoid Arthritis

The Properties of Curcumin

Turmeric in the Diet

The Advantages of Turmeric Powder

Turmeric & Rheumatiod Arthritis



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Cancer is functional and curable, all down to mitochondria... Curcumin/Turmeric helps to restore the short circuit and allow cells to reproduce as normal again.
For anyone threatened by or living with cancer, please read this and discuss with oncologists.
http://www.ummafrapp.de/krebs/Kremer/kr ... ancer.html

Dr. med. Heinrich Kremer (Barcelona 2004)
The secret of cancer: "short-circuit" in the photon switch
Change in the medical world-view of tumorology - The rational Cell Symbiosis Therapy concept

In western countries every third person suffers from some form of cancer, every fourth person dies of it. The prognoses of the WHO state that by the year 2050 half of all mortalities will be due to a cancerous disease.

According to the prevailing cancer theories chance defects (mutations) in the DNA in the nucleus, which are regarded as irreparable, are considered to be the primary cause of the disease. Standard therapy in oncology (operations, chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy) is based on this assumption. The cure rates of cancer (minimum of 5 years survival after diagnosis) are given as being 45% (22% surgical treatment, 12% radiation therapy, 5% chemotherapy, 6% combined standard therapies). 60 –70% of patients with incurable cancer are palliatively treated with radiation therapy, 50% with chemotherapy and less than 1% of the patients are treated surgically (EU data, 2003). In the USA, for instance 20% of the overall health budget is spent annually on chemotherapy for cancer patients.

The Nobel Prize winner Professor Watson, who together with Crick discovered the double helix of DNA in the nucleus, the most prominent promoter of the 1971 "War on Cancer" succinctly declared in 2003: "First we have to understand cancer before we can cure it." The background to this sobering thought after decades of most intensive research efforts and a massive capital injection is the fact that the classic mutation theory of oncogenesis has been forever shaken by newer research. Under the mutation theory a tumor colony develops from a single "degenerated" body cell that through uncontrolled division is thought to pass on identical DNA defects to all daughter cells. However, it has become apparent that each individual cancer cell, even within the same tumor of a patient, features a different genetic variation.

The internationally respected cancer researchers Professor Weinberg from the MIT in Cambridge, USA and Professor Hahn from the Dana Farber Cancer Research Center in Boston, both supporters of the classic mutation theory, published in 2002 an overview of the ostensibly still puzzling six "diabolic acquired capabilities" of cancer cells. These attributes include the ability to:

resist exogenous growth-inhibitory signals

generate their own mitogenic signals

bypass apoptosis

acquire vasculature

gain potential immortality

invade and metastasize

The "Cell Dyssmybiosis Concept" (Kremer 2001) explained for the first time the six "acquired capabilities" of cancer cells as an evolutionary-biologically programmed natural (albeit overregulated) protective switch of the divisionally active human cells during permanent chronic cell stress. The origin of this concept was the evolutionary-biological discovery that humans owe their biological existence, like all nucleic single- or multi-cellular creatures (eukaryotes), to a unique act of integration deep in the history of evolution. Roughly 2 billion years ago two unicellular organisms without nuclei from the archaea and bacteria domains fused to a new single cell type that is now termed protista. Comprehensive comparative sequence analyses regarding the genetic make-up and specific proteins of archaea, bacteria and a multitude of eukaryotic organisms including humans produced an astonishing result: About 60% of the genes in a human nucleus originate from the primeval archaea (A genome) the remaining genes having a bacterial origin (B genome), which in particular in the nucleus are delegated by the bacterial symbionts that have survived up until today in all human cells as mitochondria (on average 1,500 per cell).

There is a controlled division of labour between the A genome and the B genome: The A genome dominates the late cell division phases, the B genome drives the early cell division phase and the differentiated cell performances of the respective cell types.

From these fundamental cellular biological facts, on the basis of the integration of a large number of new experimental and clinical research data the cell symbiosis concept leads to the following conclusions about oncogenesis and cancer therapy:

There is a controlled alternate switch between the mitochondria and both nuclear subgenomes

Transformation to cancer cells is a functional (not structural) failure of this alternate switch, after the divisional phase cells are no longer sufficiently able to switch back to the differentiated cell performance phases

The cause of this permanent function failure is the gradual deficiency of one of the central functions of mitochondria, namely to supply ca. 90% of the "universal energy-storing and energy-transporting molecule" adenosine triphosphate (ATP) for practically all biosyntheses and metabolic processes. Under normal circumstances roughly one’s body weight of ATP has to be synthesized and then broken up every day. ATP cannot be stored and the actual stock in human beings is enough for only 5 seconds. When the mitochondrial functions are disturbed cancer cells switch intermittently or permanently to the archaic form of ATP synthesis in the cytoplasm (glycolysis) with, potentially, up to a 20-fold increase in the glucose turnover at the cost of the organism as a whole (cachexia resulting from the forced degradation, especially of muscle proteins for the benefit of carbon intermediary products for glycolysis, is one of the most frequent causes of death in cancer patients)

Hitherto perceptions about the synthesis and function of ATP molecules, the basis of all cellular biological medical theories, are, however, objectively false. ATP has 3 molecule groups: 1 base adenine ring molecule that absorbs the light quanta near to ultra-violet levels of 270 nm, 1 sugar molecule with 5 carbon atoms as well as a 1 molecule string with 3 phosphate groups.
The current dogma, based on a theory formed more than 60 years ago by the later Nobel Prize winner Lippmann, is that electron energy is transferred in the respiratory chains of mitochondria (of which there are literally thousands in every mitochondrion as shown by EM photographs) on discharge of "energy-rich" electrons from nutrients via a kind of electrochemical battery, to protons which for their part drive ATP synthesis energetically and store their surplus energy in the phosphate bonds of ATP. These "energy-rich" phosphate bonds of ATP transported into the cytoplasm then release this stored energy via hydrolysis mainly to maintain the energetic processes of cell metabolism. Biochemical experiments have clearly shown, however, that the phosphate bonds of ATP are not especially rich in energy and on hydrolysis only heat energy is released that can at the most be used for heat production by isotherm cells (constant cell temperature). The fundamental question of the actual mechanism for the acquisition of cell energy remains unanswered. This fact explains the predominant failure of cancer prevention and therapy up until now.

Biochemistry and medical science have failed to this day to explain the function of the adenine groups of ATP as no biochemical reaction with this adenine ring molecule is shown. However, an understanding can be gained, within the framework of the cell symbiosis concept, from the biophysical attributes of light absorption of the adenine group. All essential components of mitochondrial cell respiration are light absorbing molecules with characteristic "frequency windows" of absorption maxima from nearly UV spectrum to the longer wave yellow/orange spectral range of visible light up to ca. 600nm. Yet the source of the electromagnetic energy is not sunlight. In fact a low frequency pulsating electromagnetic field is induced by the constant flow of uncoupled, paramagnetic aligned electrons in the respiratory organelles. The electromotive power generated by this process is catalytically enormously strengthened by the enzyme complexes of the respiratory chain (acceleration factor1017). .This effects an interaction between the electrons and the protons likewise aligned parallel to the induced magnetic field dependent on the strength of the magnetic field between the antiparallel aligned electrons and protons. This process produces a quantum dynamic transfer of information via photon exchange energy. The source of photons is ultimately fluctuations of resonance frequencies of the physical vacuum (zero-point energy field). The transferred information is stored in the spin of the protons that proceed to the ATP synthesis complex via proton gradients. There the resonance information is transferred by a unique rotation system to the adenine group of ATP whose electrons can move freely in the alternating double bonds of the ring molecules. The ATP serves as an "antennae molecule" for the reception and relaying of resonance information from the "morphogenetic background field." Human symbiosis is consequently not a heat power machine but a light frequency modulated information transforming medium. All the time this cell symbiosis is resonance coupled with the lowest not yet materialized energy status (physical vacuum as inexhaustible "global information pool").

In oncogenesis, for a diversity of reasons, there is a functional disturbance especially to the 4th enzyme complex of the respiratory chain. The task of this complex, according to conventional opinions, is to transfer the inflowing electrons to molecular oxygen at the end of the respiratory chain and thus reduce it to water. In the cell symbiosis concept, however, the crucial factor is that in reducing O2 to water completed electron couplings induce an antimagnetic impulse, and the electromagnetic alternating field for resonance information transfer switches on and off at an extremely fast periodic time interval (in picoseconds). If the electron flows to O2, however, are permanently disturbed then a failure in the modulation of ATP occurs and increasing numbers of oxygen and other radicals form that can attack and damage the macromolecules (nucleic acids, proteins, lipids, carbohydrates). In order to prevent this danger the key enzyme hemoxygenase upregulates. This enzyme uses O2 as cofactor for the production of carbon monoxide (CO). In cases of long-term surplus production CO gas has crucial effects on cancer cell transformation:

CO gas effects a characteristic phase shifting of the absorption of visible light from components of the respiratory chain and as a result "short-circuits" the photon switch for the modulation of the information transfer to the mitochondrial ATP

CO gas activates in the cytoplasm certain regulator proteins for the stimulation of the cell division cycle also without external growth signals (see above: 1st "acquired capability")

CO gas effects via enzymatic overactivation of the important secondary messenger substance cyclic guanosin monophosphate (cGMP) the inhibition or blockade of communication between neighboring cells (2nd "acquired capability" of cancer cells)

CO gas blocks programmed cell death by bonding onto the bivalent iron in important key enzymes (3rd "acquired capability" of cancer cells)

The result is a polar program reversal: The transformed cancer cells remain trapped, dependent on the degree of malignancy, in a continuous cell division cycle and can not switch back to the differentiated cell performances of the respective cell types without biological compensatory aid. According to recent clinical knowledge the cancer cells become especially malign and disperse massive metastatic cells when the O2 supply to tumor cells via capillary blood vessels is impeded. In these cases chemotherapy and radiation treatment are no longer effective as without the presence of molecular oxygen programmed cell death of the cancer cells can no longer be induced. In this situation cancer patients are considered incurable by oncologists using standard cancer therapy.

The cell symbiosis concept postulates that when the cofactor O2 is deficient then the even more effective cyanide gas (CN-) is formed insteadof CO. CN- is in humans the strongest mitochondrial respiratory poison and produces an even stronger phase switching of the absorption of visible light, probably by the well known inhibition of the reduction of trivalent irons to bivalent irons of certain hemocytochromes of the respiratory chain. This hypothesis can support the evolutionary-biological views of the cell symbiosis concept as cancer cells regress de facto to unicellular organisms (as a result of the loss of cell to cell communication with neighboring tissue cells) and that is why they behave like "cell parasites" (4th, 5th, and 6th "acquired capability" of cancer cells). Cancer cells represent in this sense a regression to the early eukaryotic stage of a single cellular protista colony and so use as a strategy of survival the conserved archive of evolution in human nuclear genomes depending on the actual given milieu conditions of the individual cancer cells (for the individual genetic variations, see above)

In 2003, American cancer researchers confirmed a functional disruption of cancer cells in the 4th complex of the respiratory chain despite simultaneously intact messenger RNA and intact mitochondrial DNA, without being able to explain this phenomenon. However, at the end of 2002 a cancer research group from Helsinki University, after many years of animal experiments and clinical studies, were able to exactly document for the first time - using electronmicroscopes and mass spectrometers – that the transformation to cancer cells is actually caused by the loss of control of the cell division cycle of the mitochondria. The clinical research team could demonstrate that the tumor cells after a relatively short time had re-programmed to intact, normal differentiated cells without signs of programmed cell death by using a particular experimentally mediated bioimmunological compensation therapy on various human cancer diseases. These patients under conventional tumor therapy had a survival status of on average less than 12 months. In 2003 researchers from the Anderson Cancer Research Center of the University of Texas in Houston published the first wide-ranging overview about the hundreds of animal experiments on the effects of curcumin, the active ingredient of turmeric (Curcuma Longa, from the ginger family, biochemically, curcumin I from the molecular family of polyphenols, also termed bioflavonoids, synthesized from plants) on cancer cells and metastases. The researchers were amazed to discover that curcumin effectively inhibited nearly all signal paths in tumor cells and metastases. The researchers were unable to provide an explanation to this wide-ranging effect. The actions of curcumin can, however, be explained if you know that curcumin in the violet spectral range of visible light absorbs with nearly the same wavelength - 415 nm - as the electron-transferring molecule cytochrome c that is more rapidly broken up by the protective enzyme hemoxygenase in cancer cells. In cancer cells curcumin, so to say, bridges the III and IV complex photon switch “short-circuit” of the respiratory chain in mitochondria and thus normalizes the information transfer for maintaining modulation of ATP. The quoted research data show that (in opposition to the prevailing cancer theories of supposedly irreparable gene defects in the nucleus) the demonstrated functional disruptions of the transfer of information in cell symbionts can be re-normalized by means of an adequate biological compensation therapy. The concept of cell symbiosis therapy (Kremer 2001) derived from knowledge gained from cell symbiosis research has in the meantime led to spectacular therapeutic successes (in individual cases even in cancer diseases that had been declared incurable). There is a broad spectrum of classes of substances responding to natural light available and the potential is by no means exhausted. What is desperately needed, however, is a comprehensive overhaul of the current state of research with the aim of developing optimized therapeutic formulations and to make them available for clinical and therapeutic practice. Admittedly, achieving this purpose through an interdisciplinary research group within the established health system is not to be expected in the foreseeable future, as conventional medical science has largely remained stuck in the one-sided thermodynamic energy concepts of the 19th Century.

Recommended Literature:
Heinrich Kremer MD: The Silent Revolution in Cancer and AIDS Medicine
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Science Confirms Turmeric As Effective As 14 Drugs
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Science Finds Ancient Spice Turmeric As Effective As 14 Drugs

Turmeric is one the most thoroughly researched plants in existence today. Its medicinal properties and components (primarily curcumin) have been the subject of over 5600 peer-reviewed and published biomedical studies. In fact, our five-year long research project on this sacred plant has revealed over 600 potential preventive and therapeutic applications, as well as 175 distinct beneficial physiological effects. This entire database of 1,585 ncbi-hyperlinked turmeric abstracts can be downloaded as a PDF at our Downloadable Turmeric Document page, and acquired either as a retail item or with 200 GMI-tokens, for those of you who are already are members and receive them automatically each month.

Given the sheer density of research performed on this remarkable spice, it is no wonder that a growing number of studies have concluded that it compares favorably to a variety of conventional medications, including:

Lipitor/Atorvastatin(cholesterol medication): A 2008 study published in the journal Drugs in R & D found that a standardized preparation of curcuminoids from Turmeric compared favorably to the drug atorvastatin (trade name Lipitor) on endothelial dysfunction, the underlying pathology of the blood vessels that drives atherosclerosis, in association with reductions in inflammation and oxidative stress in type 2 diabetic patients. [i] [For addition curcumin and 'high cholesterol' research – 8 abstracts]
Corticosteroids (steroid medications): A 1999 study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research found that the primary polyphenol in turmeric, the saffron colored pigment known as curcumin, compared favorably to steroids in the management of chronic anterior uveitis, an inflammatory eye disease.[ii] A 2008 study published in Critical Care Medicine found that curcumin compared favorably to the corticosteroid drug dexamethasone in the animal model as an alternative therapy for protecting lung transplantation-associated injury by down-regulating inflammatory genes.[iii] An earlier 2003 study published in Cancer Letters found the same drug also compared favorably to dexamethasone in a lung ischaemia-repurfusion injury model.[iv] [for additional curcumin and inflammation research – 52 abstracts]
Prozac/Fluoxetine & Imipramine (antidepressants): A 2011 study published in the journal Acta Poloniae Pharmaceutica found that curcumin compared favorably to both drugs in reducing depressive behavior in an animal model.[v] [for additional curcumin and depression research – 5 abstracts]
Aspirin (blood thinner): A 1986 in vitro and ex vivo study published in the journal Arzneimittelforschung found that curcumin has anti-platelet and prostacyclin modulating effects compared to aspirin, indicating it may have value in patients prone to vascular thrombosis and requiring anti-arthritis therapy.[vi] [for additional curcumin and anti-platelet research]
Anti-inflammatory Drugs: A 2004 study published in the journal Oncogene found that curcumin (as well as resveratrol) were effective alternatives to the drugs aspirin, ibuprofen, sulindac, phenylbutazone, naproxen, indomethacin, diclofenac, dexamethasone, celecoxib, and tamoxifen in exerting anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative activity against tumor cells.[vii] [for additional curcumin and anti-proliferative research – 15 abstracts]
Oxaliplatin (chemotherapy drug): A 2007 study published in the International Journal of Cancer found that curcumin compares favorably with oxaliplatin as an antiproliferative agenet in colorectal cell lines.[viii] [for additional curcumin and colorectal cancer research – 52 abstracts]
Metformin (diabetes drug): A 2009 study published in the journal Biochemitry and Biophysical Research Community explored how curcumin might be valuable in treating diabetes, finding that it activates AMPK (which increases glucose uptake) and suppresses gluconeogenic gene expression (which suppresses glucose production in the liver) in hepatoma cells. Interestingly, they found curcumin to be 500 times to 100,000 times (in the form known as tetrahydrocurcuminoids(THC)) more potent than metformin in activating AMPK and its downstream target acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACC). [ix]

Another way in which turmeric and its components reveal their remarkable therapeutic properties is in research on drug resistant- and multi-drug resistant cancers. We have two sections on our site dedicated to researching natural and integrative therapies on these topics, and while there are dozens of substances with demonstrable efficacy against these chemotherapy- and radiation-resistant cancers, curcumin tops both lists:

Cancers: Drug Resistant
Cancers: Multi-Drug Resistant

We have found no less than 54 studies indicating that curcumin can induce cell death or sensitize drug-resistant cancer cell lines to conventional treatment.[x]

We have identified 27 studies on curcumin's ability to either induce cell death or sensitize multi-drug resistant cancer cell lines to conventional treatment.[xi]

Considering how strong a track record turmeric (curcumin) has, having been used as both food and medicine in a wide range of cultures, for thousands of years, a strong argument can be made for using curcumin as a drug alternative or adjuvant in cancer treatment.

Or, better yet, use certified organic (non-irradiated) turmeric in lower culinary doses on a daily basis so that heroic doses won't be necessary later in life after a serious disease sets in. Nourishing yourself, rather than self-medicating with 'nutraceuticals,' should be the goal of a healthy diet. [learn more at Sayer Ji's new collaborative project EATomology]

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Can Turmeric Alleviate 500+ Causes of Human Illness?

By Sayer Ji

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

There is a medicinal spice so timelessly interwoven with the origins of human culture and metabolism, so thoroughly supported by modern scientific inquiry, as to be unparalleled in its proven value to human health and well-being.

Indeed, turmeric turns the entire drug-based medical model on its head. Instead of causing more side effects than therapeutic ones – which you can read any drug insert to see is a universally true phenomenon and which ensures the infinite expansion of the pharmaceutical market and all the associated medical services – it has several hundred potential side benefits.

While no food or herb is right for everyone, and everything has the potential for unintended, adverse side effects, turmeric is truly unique in its exceptionally high margin of safety vis-à-vis the drugs it has been compared with, e.g. hydrocortisone, ibuprofen, chemotherapy agents. Furthermore, nothing within the modern-day pharmaceutical armamentarium comes even remotely close to turmeric’s 6,000 year track record of safe use in Ayurvedic medicine. [1]

Despite its vast potential for alleviating human suffering, turmeric will never receive the FDA stamp of approval, due to its lack of exclusivity, patentability and therefore profitability. Truth be told, the FDA’s “gold standard” for proving the value of a prospective medicinal substance betrays the age old aphorism: “he who owns the gold makes the rules,” and unless an investor is willing to risk losing the 800+ million dollars that must be spent upfront, the FDA-required multi-phased double-blind, randomized clinical trials will not occur. For additional details on this rather seedy arrangement read our article on the topic: Why The Law Forbids The Medicinal Use of Natural Substances.

At GreenMedInfo.com, we have reviewed over 4,000 study abstracts from the National Library of Medicine’s bibliographic database known as MEDLINE and have discovered over 580 potential health benefits of turmeric, and/or its primary polyphenol known as curcumin. These can be viewed on our turmeric research page which is dedicated to disseminating the research on the topic to a larger audience.

Some of the most amazing demonstrated properties include:

Destroying Multi-Drug Resistant Cancer
Destroying Cancer Stem Cells (arguably, the root of all cancer)
Protecting Against Radiation-Induced Damage
Reducing Unhealthy Levels of Inflammation
Protecting Against Heavy Metal Toxicity
Preventing and Reversing Alzheimer’s Disease Associated Pathologies

Again, what is so amazing is not that turmeric may have value in six conditions simultaneously, or that it may improve conditions that are completely resistant to conventional treatment, but that there are over five-hundred and eighty additional health conditions it may also be valuable in preventing and/or treating. Consider also the fact that turmeric grows freely on the Earth, and you will understand why its very existence threatens a trillion-dollar plus conventional medical establishment.

Article Source

[1] The Genus Curcuma (Medicinal and Aromatic Plants – Industrial Profiles); CRC; March 2007

About the Author

Sayer Ji is the founder and chair of GreenMedInfo.com. His writings and research has been published in the Wellbeing Journal, the Journal of Gluten Sensitivity, and have been featured on Reuters, Mercola.com, NaturalNews.com, Infowars.com, GaryNull.com, Care2.com. His critically acclaimed essay series The Dark Side of Wheat opens up a new perspective on the universal, human-species specific toxicity of wheat, and is now available for PDF download.

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The Power of Cooking with Turmeric
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It’s one thing to read all the studies, to keep informed through breaking news and research about natural health, but it’s another to hear it from the people who put it into practice. When you can combine the practical applications of natural health with the scientific background, the evidence can be awfully convincing. This is where Johns Hopkins medical oncologist Dr. Saraswati Sukumar comes in, explaining how you can get the most out of the amazing spice turmeric.
The Power of Cooking with Turmeric
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Dr. Sukumar is a cancer doctor, but she is also a frequent user of turmeric. She knows first-hand how curcumin (the active component in turmeric) can provide health benefits and how it can easily be incorporated into your daily life. She uses it daily in her kitchen and has built a good portion of her professional reputation on touting the benefits of this powerful root.

“The health benefits are many, many. For example, for those who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, who have painful swelling in the knees, turmeric is a great way to suppress the inflammation,” says Dr. Sukumar. “A Woman’s Journey.”“We have close to 300 publications (that cite turmeric) for its anti-cancer effects. Many diseases, such as colon cancer and other types of cancer, are being traced to inflammation.”

She can point to the research that shows how curcumin can not only regulate inflammation which leads to certain types of cancer, but also the other types of cancer where curcumin “actually seeks out malignany cancer cells and alters the regulation of DNA in order to kill them,” as stated by Natural News.

As Dr. Sukumar said, the benefits of turmeric are many—from inflammation of the joints as is common in arthritis, to reduced cancer risk and the treatment of diabetes. But, not all sources of curcumin are equal. As Dr. Sukumar points out, your body can get the most benefits when you add it to your cooking.

“The problem with the pill is that it is very insoluble in water,” said Dr. Sukumar. “The better way to take it, I feel, is to use it in your cooking very extensively. If you have any sauté, just sprinkle it in. The moment you heat oil and add turmeric to it, it now becomes completely bio-available to you.”

Fortunately, turmeric is versatile. It has a mellow, smoky flavor despite its bright color. It tastes great in sautéed veggies of all kinds and if you are a meat-eater, you can use it in a rub. Dr. Sukumar says she uses as little as one-quarter to one-half teaspoon in her cooking, depending on the dish. But there is nothing wrong with using more in intensely flavored dishes like curry.


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There is a medicinal spice so timelessly interwoven with the origins of human culture and metabolism, so thoroughly supported by modern scientific inquiry, as to be unparalleled in its proven value to human health and well-being.

Indeed, turmeric turns the entire drug-based medical model on its head. Instead of causing far more side effects than therapeutic ones, as is the case for most patented pharmaceutical medications, turmeric possesses hundreds of potential side benefits, having been empirically demonstrated to positively modulate over 160 different physiological pathways in the mammalian body.

While no food or herb is right for everyone, and everything has the potential for unintended, adverse side effects, turmeric is truly unique in its exceptionally high margin of safety vis-à-vis the drugs it has been compared with, e.g. hydrocortisone, ibuprofen, chemotherapy agents. Furthermore, nothing within the modern-day pharmaceutical armamentarium comes even remotely close to turmeric's 6,000 year track record of safe use in Ayurvedic medicine.[1]

Despite its vast potential for alleviating human suffering, turmeric will likely never receive the FDA stamp of approval, due to its lack of exclusivity, patentability and therefore profitability. Truth be told, the FDA's "gold standard" for proving the value of a prospective medicinal substance betrays the age old aphorism: "he who owns the gold makes the rules," and unless an investor is willing to risk losing the 800+ million dollars that must be spent upfront, the FDA-required multi-phased double-blind, randomized clinical trials will not occur. For additional details on this rather seedy arrangement read our article on the topic: Why The Law Forbids The Medicinal Use of Natural Substances.

Here at GreenMedInfo.com, we have reviewed over 5,000 study abstracts from the National Library of Medicine's bibliographic database known as MEDLINE and have discovered over 600 potential health benefits of turmeric, and/or its primary polyphenol known as curcumin. These can be viewed on our turmeric research page which is dedicated to disseminating the research on the topic to a larger audience.

Some of the most amazing demonstrated properties include:

Destroying Multi-Drug Resistant Cancer
Destroying Cancer Stem Cells (arguably, the root of all cancer)
Protecting Against Radiation-Induced Damage
Reducing Unhealthy Levels of Inflammation
Protecting Against Heavy Metal Toxicity
Preventing and Reversing Alzheimer's Disease Associated Pathologies

Again, what is so amazing is not that turmeric may have value in dozens of health conditions simultaneously, or that it may improve conditions that are completely resistant to conventional treatment, but that there are over six hundred additional health conditions it may also be valuable in preventing and/or treating. Consider also the fact that turmeric grows freely on the Earth, and you will understand why its very existence threatens billions of dollars in pharmaceutical industry revenue.

Video on exhaustive research. Learn more about this research in the video below (keeping in mind that it is several years old and needing some updating), and please spread the information to others who may benefit from learning more on the topic
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Turmeric is one the most thoroughly researched plants in existence today. Its medicinal properties and components (primarily curcumin) have been the subject of over 5600 peer-reviewed and published biomedical studies. In fact, our five-year long research project on this sacred plant has revealed over 600 potential preventive and therapeutic applications, as well as 175 distinct beneficial physiological effects. This entire database of 1,585 ncbi-hyperlinked turmeric abstracts can be downloaded as a PDF at our Downloadable Turmeric Document page, and acquired either as a retail item or with 200 GMI-tokens, for those of you who are already are members and receive them automatically each month.

Given the sheer density of research performed on this remarkable spice, it is no wonder that a growing number of studies have concluded that it compares favorably to a variety of conventional medications, including:

Lipitor/Atorvastatin (cholesterol medication): A 2008 study published in the journal Drugs in R & D found that a standardized preparation of curcuminoids from Turmeric compared favorably to the drug atorvastatin (trade name Lipitor) on endothelial dysfunction, the underlying pathology of the blood vessels that drives atherosclerosis, in association with reductions in inflammation and oxidative stress in type 2 diabetic patients. [i] [For addition curcumin and 'high cholesterol' research – 8 abstracts]
Corticosteroids (steroid medications): A 1999 study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research found that the primary polyphenol in turmeric, the saffron colored pigment known as curcumin, compared favorably to steroids in the management of chronic anterior uveitis, an inflammatory eye disease.[ii] A 2008 study published in Critical Care Medicine found that curcumin compared favorably to the corticosteroid drug dexamethasone in the animal model as an alternative therapy for protecting lung transplantation-associated injury by down-regulating inflammatory genes.[iii] An earlier 2003 study published in Cancer Letters found the same drug also compared favorably to dexamethasone in a lung ischaemia-repurfusion injury model.[iv] [for additional curcumin and inflammation research – 52 abstracts]
Prozac/Fluoxetine & Imipramine (antidepressants): A 2011 study published in the journalActa Poloniae Pharmaceutica found that curcumin compared favorably to both drugs in reducing depressive behavior in an animal model.[v] [for additional curcumin and depression research – 5 abstracts]
Aspirin (blood thinner): A 1986 in vitro and ex vivo study published in the journalArzneimittelforschung found that curcumin has anti-platelet and prostacyclin modulating effects compared to aspirin, indicating it may have value in patients prone to vascular thrombosis and requiring anti-arthritis therapy.[vi] [for additional curcumin and anti-platelet research]
Anti-inflammatory Drugs: A 2004 study published in the journal Oncogene found that curcumin (as well as resveratrol) were effective alternatives to the drugs aspirin, ibuprofen, sulindac, phenylbutazone, naproxen, indomethacin, diclofenac, dexamethasone, celecoxib, and tamoxifen in exerting anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative activity against tumor cells.[vii] [for additional curcumin and anti-proliferative research – 15 abstracts]
Oxaliplatin (chemotherapy drug): A 2007 study published in the International Journal of Cancer found that curcumin compares favorably with oxaliplatin as an antiproliferative agenet in colorectal cell lines.[viii] [for additional curcumin and colorectal cancer research – 52 abstracts]
Metformin (diabetes drug): A 2009 study published in the journal Biochemitry and Biophysical Research Community explored how curcumin might be valuable in treating diabetes, finding that it activates AMPK (which increases glucose uptake) and suppresses gluconeogenic gene expression (which suppresses glucose production in the liver) in hepatoma cells. Interestingly, they found curcumin to be 500 times to 100,000 times (in the form known as tetrahydrocurcuminoids(THC)) more potent than metformin in activating AMPK and its downstream target acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACC). [ix]

Another way in which turmeric and its components reveal their remarkable therapeutic properties is in research on drug resistant- and multi-drug resistant cancers. We have two sections on our site dedicated to researching natural and integrative therapies on these topics, and while there are dozens of substances with demonstrable efficacy against these chemotherapy- and radiation-resistant cancers, curcumin tops both lists:

Cancers: Drug Resistant
Cancers: Multi-Drug Resistant

We have found no less than 54 studies indicating that curcumin can induce cell death or sensitize drug-resistant cancer cell lines to conventional treatment.[x]

We have identified 27 studies on curcumin’s ability to either induce cell death or sensitize multi-drug resistant cancer cell lines to conventional treatment.[xi]

Considering how strong a track record turmeric (curcumin) has, having been used as both food and medicine in a wide range of cultures, for thousands of years, a strong argument can be made for using curcumin as a drug alternative or adjuvant in cancer treatment.

Or, better yet, use certified organic (non-irradiated) turmeric in lower culinary doses on a daily basis so that heroic doses won’t be necessary later in life after a serious disease sets in. Nourishing yourself, rather than self-medicating with ‘nutraceuticals,’ should be the goal of a healthy diet. [learn more at Sayer Ji's new collaborative project EATomology]

[i] P Usharani, A A Mateen, M U R Naidu, Y S N Raju, Naval Chandra. Effect of NCB-02, atorvastatin and placebo on endothelial function, oxidative stress and inflammatory markers in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus: a randomized, parallel-group, placebo-controlled, 8-week study. Drugs R D. 2008;9(4):243-50. PMID: 18588355
[ii] B Lal, A K Kapoor, O P Asthana, P K Agrawal, R Prasad, P Kumar, R C Srimal. Efficacy of curcumin in the management of chronic anterior uveitis. Phytother Res. 1999 Jun;13(4):318-22. PMID: 10404539
[iii] Jiayuan Sun, Weigang Guo, Yong Ben, Jinjun Jiang, Changjun Tan, Zude Xu, Xiangdong Wang, Chunxue Bai. Preventive effects of curcumin and dexamethasone on lung transplantation-associated lung injury in rats. Crit Care Med. 2008 Apr;36(4):1205-13. PMID: 18379247
[iv] J Sun, D Yang, S Li, Z Xu, X Wang, C Bai. Effects of curcumin or dexamethasone on lung ischaemia-reperfusion injury in rats. Cancer Lett. 2003 Mar 31;192(2):145-9. PMID: 18799504
[v] Jayesh Sanmukhani, Ashish Anovadiya, Chandrabhanu B Tripathi. Evaluation of antidepressant like activity of curcumin and its combination with fluoxetine and imipramine: an acute and chronic study. Acta Pol Pharm. 2011 Sep-Oct;68(5):769-75. PMID:21928724
[vi] R Srivastava, V Puri, R C Srimal, B N Dhawan. Effect of curcumin on platelet aggregation and vascular prostacyclin synthesis. Arzneimittelforschung. 1986 Apr;36(4):715-7. PMID:3521617
[vii] Yasunari Takada, Anjana Bhardwaj, Pravin Potdar, Bharat B Aggarwal. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents differ in their ability to suppress NF-kappaB activation, inhibition of expression of cyclooxygenase-2 and cyclin D1, and abrogation of tumor cell proliferation.Oncogene. 2004 Dec 9;23(57):9247-58. PMID: 15489888
[viii] Lynne M Howells, Anita Mitra, Margaret M Manson. Comparison of oxaliplatin- and curcumin-mediated antiproliferative effects in colorectal cell lines. Int J Cancer. 2007 Jul 1;121(1):175-83. PMID: 17330230
[ix] Teayoun Kim, Jessica Davis, Albert J Zhang, Xiaoming He, Suresh T Mathews. Curcumin activates AMPK and suppresses gluconeogenic gene expression in hepatoma cells.Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2009 Oct 16;388(2):377-82. Epub 2009 Aug 8. PMID: 19665995
[x] GreenMedInfo.com, Curcumin Kills Drug Resistant Cancers, 54 Abstracts
[xi] GreenMedInfo.com, Curcumin Kills Multi-Drug Resistant Cancers: 27 Abstracts.

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How to Optimize Turmeric Absorption for Super-Boosted Benefits
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When we talk about eating foods for their specific health benefits, many people think simply eating the food is enough. For instance, if you struggle with inflammatory bowel disease and have read that turmeric is effective in healing many digestive issues, you may simply get a turmeric (curcumin) supplement to start taking. But you would be overlooking one crucial fact about turmeric that could mean the difference between simple consumption and full-absorption. That fact: turmeric is fat-soluble, and you want to be able to absorb is magnificent food to experience all of the health benefits it has to offer.

When something is fat-soluble, that means it dissolves in fat. Without fat, the active component in turmeric, curcumin, has a difficult time making it past the stomach, into the small intestine, and into the blood where it can offer the greatest benefits.

In order to make the most of turmeric, you must take it with a bit of fat.

With curry (where turmeric is most popular), your body is able to make the most of the curcumin because there is usually some oil in the recipe. We can learn from this by trying to take turmeric as part of a healing synergistic whole—one healing piece of an overall healthful meal.

But even when curry isn’t on the menu or when you simply want a “hit” of curcumin, you can use it’s fat-soluble qualities to ensure your body makes the most of it.

Golden Milk Tea, sometimes referred to as only golden milk, is an ancient way of experiencing the benefits of turmeric with helpful fat included. While there are many recipes for golden milk, they usually involve dissolving a paste of turmeric and water into a small cup of milk and coconut oil. Remember to use high-quality organic turmeric in the milk preparation. Also, as NaturalNews reports, you can prepare the paste in advance and keep it in your refrigerator for weeks.

Other ways to get the most out of your turmeric:

Sprinkle some on an avocado

Dissolve it in a tablespoon of coconut oil before adding it to a smoothie

Stir it into olive oil and then toss in fresh vegetables

Consume turmeric or curcumin with black pepper. ”Adding black pepper to turmeric or turmeric-spiced food enhances curcumin’s bioavailability by 1,000 times, due to black pepper’s hot property called piperine,” says nutritionist Stacy Kennedy.

A little fat plus a little turmeric equals a whole host of health benefits. From reducing blood pressure and inflammation to preventing Alzheimer’s and treating depression—making the most of this beautiful root could have immeasurable positive effects on your health.

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I think this GreenMedInfo video has become a little lost in amongst some of the pages of information:

Really worth watching.
http://youtu.be/s2AZOMu0bVA WATCH THIS VIDEO and read the article link below

Sayer Ji, founder of GreenMedInfo.com, discusses his findings after reviewing
all 5000 study abstracts on Turmeric (and its primary polyphenol Curcumin) on the US National Library Medicine's database (pubmed.gov). GreenMedInfo.com now houses 1500 carefully indexed studies on this plant, indexed across 600+ diseases and 160+ pharmacological actions.

See written article here: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/substance/turmeric

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The effect of curcumin (turmeric) on Alzheimer's disease: An overview
Shrikant Mishra and Kalpana Palanivelu
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2781139/

This paper discusses the effects of curcumin on patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD). Curcumin (Turmeric), an ancient Indian herb used in curry powder, has been extensively studied in modern medicine and Indian systems of medicine for the treatment of various medical conditions, including cystic fibrosis, haemorrhoids, gastric ulcer, colon cancer, breast cancer, atherosclerosis, liver diseases and arthritis. It has been used in various types of treatments for dementia and traumatic brain injury. Curcumin also has a potential role in the prevention and treatment of AD. Curcumin as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and lipophilic action improves the cognitive functions in patients with AD. A growing body of evidence indicates that oxidative stress, free radicals, beta amyloid, cerebral deregulation caused by bio-metal toxicity and abnormal inflammatory reactions contribute to the key event in Alzheimer's disease pathology. 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. This paper reviews the various mechanisms of actions of curcumin in AD and pathology.
Keywords: Alternative approach to Alzheimer's, beta amyloid plaques, curcumin, curcumin and dementia, epidemiology, turmeric
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Introduction
Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease. It is characterized by progressive cognitive deterioration together with declining activities of daily living and behavioral changes. It is the most common type of pre-senile and senile dementia. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 5% of men and 6% of woman of above the age of 60 years are affected with Alzheimer's type dementia worldwide.[1] In India, the total prevalence of dementia per 1000 people is 33.6%, of which AD constitutes approximately 54% and vascular dementia constitutes approximately 39%. AD affects approximately 4.5 million people in the United States or approximately 10% of the population over the age of 65, and this number is projected to reach four times by 2050. The frequency increases to 50% by the age of 80 years. Every year more than $100 billion is spent for health care in the U.S. to treat AD in primary care settings alone.

Neuropathology of AD:

The neuropathological process consists of neuronal loss and atrophy, principally in the temporoparietal and frontal cortex, with an inflammatory response to the deposition of amyloid plaques and an abnormal cluster of protein fragments and tangled bundles of fibres (neurofibillary tangles). Neurotic plaques are relatively insoluble dense cores of 5-10 nm thick amyloid fibrils with a pallor staining “halo” surrounded by dystrophic neuritis, reactive astrocytes and activated microglia. There is an increased presence of monocytes/macrophages in the cerebral vessel wall and reactive or activated microglial cells in the adjacent parenchyma.[2,3] The main protein component of amyloid in AD is the 39-42 amino acid (beta) amyloid peptide (A-beta) [Figure 1].
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Figure 1
Neuritic plaques are one of the characteristic structural abnormalities found in the brains of Alzheimer patients
Curcumin

Curcumin (Curcuma longa - Haldi) is the source of the spice Turmeric [Figure 2] and is used in curries and other spicy dishes from India, Asia and the Middle East. Similar to many other herbal remedies, people first used curcumin as a food and later discovered that it also had impressive medicinal qualities. It has been used extensively in Ayurveda (Indian system of Medicine) for centuries as a pain relieving, anti-inflammatory agent to relieve pain and inflammation in the skin and muscles. It has also proven to have anti-cancer properties.[4,5] Curcumin holds a high place in Ayurvedic medicine as a “cleanser of the body,” and today, science is finding a growing list of diseased conditions that can be healed by the active ingredients of turmeric.[6]
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Figure 2
(2a) Turmeric, (2b) Turmeric plant, (2c) Keto and enol form of curcumin
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The Plant

Botanical name: Curcuma longa; Family: Zingiberaceae, the ginger family. Turmeric is a sterile plant and does not produce any seeds [Figure 2]. The plant grows up to 3-5 ft tall and has dull yellow flowers. The underground rhizomes or roots of the plant are used for medicinal and food preparation. The rhizome is an underground stem that is thick and fleshy ringed with the bases of old leaves. Rhizomes are boiled and then dried and ground to make the distinctive bright yellow spice, turmeric.

Turmeric History:

Probably originating from India, turmeric has been used in India for at least 2500 years. It is most common in southern Asia and particularly in India. Turmeric was probably cultivated at first as a dye and later on it was used as cosmetic and as an auspicious and aromatic food substance. It possesses antiseptic, anti-inflammatory detoxifying properties as well as carminative properties. Turmeric has a long history of medicinal use in South Asia and was widely used in Ayurvedic, Siddha and Unani systems. It is thought to be a hybrid selection and vegetative propagation of wild turmeric (Curcuma aromatica), which is native to India, Sri Lanka and the eastern Himalayas and some other closely related species.
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Curcumin and Alzheimer's Disease

Worldwide, there are over 1000 published animal and human studies, both in vivo and in vitro in which the effects of curcumin on various diseases have been examined. Studies include epidemiological, basic and clinical research on AD.
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Epidemiological Studies

Various studies and research[9,10] results indicate a lower incidence and prevalence of AD in India. The prevalence of AD among adults aged 70-79 years in India is 4.4 times less than that of adults aged 70-79 years in the United States.[9] Researchers investigated the association between the curry consumption and cognitive level in 1010 Asians between 60 and 93 years of age. The study found that those who occasionally ate curry (less than once a month) and often (more than once a month) performed better on a standard test (MMSE) of cognitive function than those who ate curry never or rarely.[10]

Mechanism of action of curcumin on Alzheimer's disease:

The process through which AD degrades the nerve cells is believed to involve certain properties: inflammation, oxidative damage and most notably, the formation of beta-amyloid plaques, metal toxicity [Figure 3]. There have been several studies on effects of curcumin on AD. Outlined below are some of the studies and their conclusions.
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Different mechanisms of action of curcumin in AD
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Effects of Curcumin on Macrophages

A study conducted at UCLA found that curcumin may help the macrophages to clear the amyloid plaques found in Alzheimer's disease. Macrophages play an important role in the immune system. They help the body to fight against foreign proteins and then effectively clear them. Curcumin was treated with macrophages in blood taken from nine volunteers: six AD patients and three healthy controls. Beta amyloid was then introduced. The AD patients, whose macrophages were treated with curcumin, when compared with patients whose macrophages were not treated with curcumin, showed an improved uptake and ingestion of the plaques. Thus, curcumin may support the immune system to clear the amyloid protein.[11]

Curcumin on glial cells:

Recent histological studies reveal the presence of activated microglia and reactive astrocytes around A-beta plaques in brains from patients with AD. The chronic activation of microglia secretes cytokines and some reactive substances that exacerbate A-beta pathology. So neuroglia is an important part in the pathogenesis of AD. Curcumin has a lipophilic property and can pass through all cell membranes and thus exerts its intracellular effects. Curcumin has anti-proliferative actions on microglia. A minimal dose of curcumin affects neuroglial proliferation and differentiation. Its inhibition of microglial proliferation and differentiation were studied and researched by the University of Southern California Los Angeles (UCLA). Researchers[12] using doses of 4, 5, 10, 15, 20 microM concentration of curcumin in C-6 rat glioma 2B-clone cells, a mixed colony of both neuroglial cells in a six- day trial, showed that curcumin dose dependently stops the proliferation of neuroglial cells, by differentiate into a mature cell or undergo apoptosis. It inhibits neuroglial cells proliferation dose dependently (i.e.) higher the concentration, the greater the inhibition. It has shown to decrease the glutamine synthetase (GS) assay, a marker enzyme for astrocytes. In the same study, curcumin was shown to increase CNP (2′3′- cyclic Nucleotide 3′-phosphohydrolase), a marker enzyme for oligodendrocytes. The overall effect of curcumin on neuroglial cells involves decreased astrocytes proliferation, improved myelogenesis and increased activity and differentiation of oligodendrocytes.
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Curcumin as an Anti Inflammatory in Alzheimer's

One of the important pathogenesis in Alzheimer's disease is the chronic inflammation of nerve cells. Several studies have demonstrated the associated inflammatory changes such as microgliosis, astrocytosis and the presence of pro-inflammatory substances that accompany the deposition of amyloid-β (Aβ) peptide. Patients with the prolonged use of certain nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs such as ibuprofen have been shown to have a reduced risk of developing the symptoms of AD; however, the chronic use of NSAID can cause a toxic effect on the kidneys, liver and GI track. Curcumin has a potent anti-inflammatory effect. Through its various anti-inflammatory effects, it may have a role in the cure of AD. Curcumin inhibits Aβ-induced expression of Egr-1 protein and Egr-1 DNA-binding activity in THP-1 monocytic cells. Studies have shown the role of Egr-1 in amyloid peptide-induced cytochemokine gene expression in monocytes. By inhibition of Egr-1 DNA-binding activity by curcumin, it reduces the inflammation. The chemotaxis of monocytes, which can occur in response to chemokines from activated microglia and astrocytes in the brain, can be decreased by curcumin.[13,14]

Curcumin is found to inhibit cyclooxygenase (COX-2), phospholipases, transcription factor and enzymes involved in metabolizing the membrane phospholipids into prostaglandins. The reduction of the release of ROS by stimulated neutrophils, inhibition of AP-1 and NF-Kappa B inhibit the activation of the pro-inflammatory cytokines TNF (tumor necrosis factor)-alpha and IL (interleukin)-1 beta.[15,16] Overall, curcumin decreases the main chemical for inflammation and the transcription of inflammatory cytokines. Curcumin inhibits intracellular IL-12 p40/p70 and IL-12 p70 expression. The exposure to curcumin also impaired the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines (IL-1, IL-6 and TNF-). These studies indicate a potent inhibitor of pro-inflammatory cytokine production by curcumin and it may differ according to the nature of the target cells.
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Curcumin as an Anti-oxidant

Curcumin inhibits the activity of AP-1, a transcription factor involved in expression of amyloid, which is linked to AD. Curcuminoids are proven to have strong antioxidant action demonstrated by the inhibition of the formation and propagation of free radicals. It decreases the low-density lipoprotein oxidation and the free radicals that cause the deterioration of neurons, not only in AD but also in other neuron degenerative disorders such as Huntington's and Parkinson's disease.[16] In one study, curcuma oil (500 mg Kg(-1) i.p.) was given 15 min before 2 h middle cerebral artery occlusion, followed by 24 h reflow in rats. This significantly diminished the infarct volume, improved neurological deficit and counteracted oxidative stress.[17]

A study conducted at Nanjing Medical University (China) showed that a single injection of curcumin (1 and 2 mg/kg, i.v.) after focal cerebral ischemia/reperfusion in rats significantly diminished the infarct volume, improved neurological deficit, decreased mortality and reduced the water content in the brain.[18]

Curcumin has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties; according to the scientists, these properties believe help ease Alzheimer's symptoms caused by oxidation and inflammation.[19] A study conducted at Jawaharlal Nehru University (India) demonstrated that the administration of curcumin significantly reduced lipid peroxidation and lipofuscin accumulation that is normally increased with aging.[20] It also increased the activity of superoxide dismutase, sodium-potassium ATPase that normally decreased with aging. In another study, curcumin has been shown to protect the cells from betaA (1-42) insult through antioxidant pathway.[21] Curcumin protects brain mitochondria against various oxidative stress. Pre-treatment with curcumin protects brain mitochondria against peroxynitrite (a product of the reaction of nitric oxide with superoxide) a potent and versatile oxidant that can attack a wide range of cells in vitro by direct detoxification and in vivo by the elevation of total cellular glutathione levels.[22]
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Curcumin on Haemoxygenase Pathway

Natural antioxidant curcumin has been identified as a potent inducer of hemoxygenase, a protein that provides efficient cytoprotection against various forms of oxidative stress. By promoting the inactivation of Nrf2-keap1 complex and increased binding to no-1ARE, curcumin induces hemoxygenase activity. The incubation of astrocytes with curcumin at a concentration that promoted hemoxygenase activity resulted in an early increase in reduced glutathione, followed by a significant elevation in oxidized glutathione content.[23–25] Glutathione is an important water-phase antioxidant and essential cofactor for antioxidant enzymes protecting the mitochondria against endogenous oxygen radicals. Its level reflects the free radical scavenging capacity of the body. GSH depletion leads to tissue damage due to lipid peroxidation and oxidative damage.
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Beta-Amyloid Plaques

The most prominent characteristic feature in AD is the presence of beta-amyloid plaques. These plaques are basically an accumulation of small fibers called beta amyloid fibrils. Because the deposition of beta-amyloid protein is a consistent pathological hallmark of brains affected by AD, the inhibition of A-beta generation, prevention of A-beta fibril formation, destabilization of pre-formed A-beta would be an attractive therapeutic strategy for the treatment of AD. The levels of beta-amyloid in AD mice that were given low doses of curcumin were decreased by around 40% in comparison to those that were not treated with curcumin. In addition, low doses of curcumin also caused a 43% decrease in the so-called “plaque burden” that these beta-amyloid have on the brains of AD mice. Surprisingly low doses of curcumin given over longer period were actually more effective than high doses in combating the neurodegenerative process of AD.[26] At higher concentration, curcumin binds to amyloid beta and blocks its self assembly. The key chemical features in amyloid beta are the presence of two aromatic end groups and any alterations in these groups has profound effect on its activity.

Because of the lipophilic nature of curcumin, it crosses the blood brain barrier and binds to plaques. Curcumin was a better A-beta 40 aggregation inhibitor and it destabilizes the A-beta polymer. In in vitro studies, curcumin inhibits aggregation as well as disaggregates to form fibrillar A-beta 40. A Japanese study showed that using fluorescence spectroscopic analysis with thioflavin T and electron microscopic studies, curcumin destabilizes the fA-beta(1-40) and fA-beta(1-42) as well as their extension.[27] Curcumin-derived isoxazoles and pyrazoles bind to the amyloid beta peptide (Abeta) and inhibit amyloid precursor protein (APP) metabolism.[28] Curcumin given to APPswe/PS1dE9 mice for 7 days crosses the blood-brain barrier as demonstrated by muliti-photon microscopy and reduces the existing senile plaques.[29] In another study, curcumin has been shown to increase the phagocytosis of amyloid-beta, effectively clearing them from the brains of patients with AD.[30]
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Metal Chelation

Studies showed that metals can induce A-beta aggregation and toxicity and are concentrated on Alzheimer's brain. Chelators' desferroxamine and cliquinol have exhibited anti-Alzheimer's effects. A study at Capital University Beijing demonstrated the toxicity of copper on neurons. A greater amount of H2O2 was released when copper (2)-A(beta)-40 complexes were added to the xanthene oxidase system. Copper was bound to A(beta)1-40 and was observed by electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy. In addition, copper chelators could cause a structural transition of A(beta). There was an increase on beta sheet as well as alpha-helix when copper was introduced.[31] Another study reveals that copper and zinc bind A-beta inducing aggregation and give rise to reactive oxygen species. There was a conformational change from beta sheet to alpha helix followed by peptide oligomerization and membrane penetration, when copper (or) zinc is added to A-beta in a negatively charged lipid environment.[32] Brain iron deregulation and its association with amyloid precursor protein plaque formation are implicated in the pathology of AD.[33]

Curcumin, by interaction with heavy metals such as cadmium and lead, prevents neurotoxicity caused by these metals. The intraperitoneal injection of lead acetate in rats in the presence of curcumin was studied microscopically. The results show lead-induced damage to neurons was significantly reduced in rats injected with curcumin.[34] A study at Chinese University of Hong Kong showed that by using spectrophotometry, the curcumin effectively binds to copper, zinc and iron. In addition, curcumin binds more effectively with redox-active metals such as iron and copper than the redox-inactive zinc. It is suggested that curcumin suppresses inflammatory damage by preventing metal induction of NF-kappa.[35,36]
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Cholesterol Lowering Effect

High-fat diets and increased blood cholesterol are linked to increased amyloid plaques by the intracellular accumulation of cholestryl esters.[37] Researchers believe that by inhibiting cholesterol formation and decreasing serum peroxides, curcumin might exert beneficial effects on AD.[38]
Safety

Oral bioavailability:

Curcumin has poor bioavailability. Because curcumin readily conjugated in the intestine and liver to form curcumin glucuronides.[39] In a clinical trial conducted in Taiwan, serum curcumin concentrations peaked one to two hours after an oral dose. Peak serum concentrations were 0.5, 0.6 and 1.8 micromoles/L at doses of 4, 6 and 8 g/day respectively.[40] It is also measured in urine at a dose of 3.6 g/day. Absorption is poor following ingestion in mice and rats. 38% to 75% of an ingested dose of curcumin is excreted in the feces. Absorption appears to be better with food. Curcumin crosses the blood brain barrier and is detected in CSF.
Side Effect

No apparent side effects have been reported thus far. GI upset, chest tightness, skin rashes, swollen skin are said to occur with high dose. A few cases of allergic contact dermatitis from curcumin have been reported.[41]

The chronic use of curcumin can cause liver toxicity. For this reason, turmeric products should probably be avoided by individuals with liver disease, heavy drinkers and those who take prescription medications that are metabolized by liver. Curcumin was found to be pharmacologically safe in human clinical trials with doses up to 10 g/day. A phase 1 human trial with 25 subjects using up to 8000 mg of curcumin per day for three months found no toxicity from curcumin.[42]
Interaction

Curcumin is said to interact with certain drugs such as blood thinning agents, NSAIDs, reserpin. Co-supplementation with 20 mg of piperine (extracted from black pepper) significantly increase the bioavailablity of curcumin by 2000%.[43]
Contraindication

Curcumin is not recommended for persons with biliary tract obstruction because it stimulates bile secretion. It is also not recommended for people with gallstones, obstructive jaundice and acute biliary colic. Curcumin supplementation of 20-40 mg have been reported to increase gallbladder contractions in healthy people.[44,45]
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Human

Epidemiological studies have shown that prevalence of AD is 4.4 lower amongst Indian Asians as compared to people of western origin.[9] D ementia incidence in western countries (P < 0.21) and East Asian countries were lower than that of Europe (P < 0.0004).[49]
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Experimental studies: Statistical significance

Clinical -Vivo: Blood from six patients with AD and three healthy controls was taken and the macrophage cells were isolated. After treatment of macrophages with curcuminoids, Aβ uptake by macrophages of three of the six AD patients was found to have significantly increased (P < 0.001 to 0.081).[11]

Five animal and two human studies showed statistically significant P values.
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Conclusion

Based on the main findings detailed above, curcumin will lead to a promising treatment for Alzheimer's disease. The clinically studied chemical properties of curcumin and its various effects on AD shows the possibility to do further research and develop better drugs based on curcumin for treating AD. The recent review paper of John Ringman also supports some of the abovementioned properties of curcumin in AD;[50] however, large-scale human studies are required to identify the prophylactic and therapeutic effect of curcumin.

Several unanswered questions remain: What is the one main chemical property of curcumin that can be exploited in treating AD? What is the role of curcumin in other neurological disorders such as Parkinson's, Huntington's and other dementias? How does curcumin interact with neuronal plaques? Is it effective only as a food additive? Would it be effective when used alone or with other anti inflammatory drugs?
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 8:57 pm 

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The food you eat can be the safest and most powerful form of medicine….

Turmeric Milk

This is absolutely true as we are living in a world filled with deadly environmental toxins and harmful microorganisms, posing serious threats to our health and overall well-being. To counter these diseases, we turn to prescription and over the counter drugs, which do more harm than good However little do we realise that Mother Nature has provided everything in nature’s bounty with amazingly potent medicinal and healing properties required for optimum health. Besides, certain foods, available in our own kitchens, contain natural antibiotic properties, which when included in our daily diet helps keep diseases and infections at bay. One such wonder herb is turmeric, ‘the goddess of spice’, used from time immemorial as a natural cure to treat myriad ailments, owing to their astonishing magical properties.


Turmeric Properties and Benefits

Originally from India, turmeric, a versatile herb, is the dry and ground rhizome of the Curcuma longa root. Turmeric PowderReferred to as the ‘Indian saffron’ they belong to the ginger family known as Zingiberacea. Cur cumin, the active ingredient in turmeric is responsible for its medicinal activity and pigmentation. A widely researched natural antibiotic, Turmeric is best known for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, anti tumour antioxidant, astringent, anti-allergic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, digestive properties, a very effective substitute for pharmaceutical medicines.



Antibacterial Turmeric, a natural antiseptic, prevents the growth of certain types of parasites, bacteria, and fungi and helps prevent fungal and bacterial infections.
The volatile oil in turmeric is anti-inflammatory, which prevents and protects against arthritis and stomach ulcers.
The powerful substance of turmeric is good for the digestive tract, heart, liver and in preventing formation of tumours.
The antioxidant properties in Turmeric are proved beneficial in boosting immunity and curing cancer.
Anti-bacterial in nature, they help protect and heal burns, wounds, and cuts faster.


Milk Properties and Benefits

Milk

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The cold, creamy white beverage is full of a unique balance of nutrients.
A rich source of calcium milk builds healthy bones and teeth maintaining bone mass.
Protein content in milk serves as a source of energy, builds/repairs muscle tissue.
Potassium helps maintain healthy blood pressure
Vitamin B12 helps maintain healthy red blood cells and nerve tissue
Vitamin A promotes a healthy immune system; helps maintain normal vision and skin
Niacin: Metabolizes sugars and fatty acids


Turmeric Milk in Ayurveda

Owing to their curative properties, Turmeric has been used as a spice in Indian recipes and as medicine in Ayurvedic for over thousands of years. Blended with the goodness and healthy nutrients of milk, they make a wonderful combination and a time tested natural cure for numerous ailments. To enjoy the benefits and goodness of this magical wonder, we primarily have to know the way of making this sweet nectar. So, here is how you do it, to get a daily dose of this exotic drink, popular among the traditional yogis.


Turmeric Milk – Basic Recipe

For a basic recipe of turmeric milk, boil ½ to 1 inch piece of turmeric along with 8 ounces of milk for up to 15 minutes or until the milk starts boiling. Strain the turmeric and drink this milk after allowing it to cool for a few minutes.



However, prepared this way, the raw turmeric powder tastes very bitter but tastes much better when cooked though.

Turmeric Paste

To make Turmeric paste you will need about ¼-cup turmeric powder and 2 ½ cups water. Stir and bring to a boil. Simmer over medium-high heat and stir constantly until it reaches a thick honey-like paste consistency. If it gets too dry while cooking, add some water. Once cool, transfer the contents into an airtight glass container or jar and can be stored in the refrigerator up to about a month.



Gold Turmeric Milk

To make Golden Turmeric Milk combine in a saucepan, 1 cup of milk with a teaspoon almond oil, ghee or olive oil, ¼ teaspoon of turmeric paste. Stirring constantly heat the mixture and bring to a boil. Finally add some sugar for taste.



Turmeric Milk with Spices

There are many variations for preparing this exotic concoction. A few spices are blended to enhance the taste flavour and health benefits.



In a saucepan, add ¼ cup water along with ½ teaspoon minced fresh ginger, a few corns of crushed fresh pepper, about ¼ teaspoon of ground/ whole cardamom, 1 teaspoon honey, ½ to 1 teaspoon of the turmeric paste. Stir this up and bring to a boil. Let it cook for about a couple of minutes or more. Add ¾-cup milk, lower the heat and cook until hot (not boil). Then add about ¼ teaspoon of coconut oil, almond oil, or sesame oil. Almonds, pistachios, dates, fig and saffron strands may be used for a healthy garnish.



Research indicates that black pepper ingested along with cur cumin increases the body’s ability to absorb and utilize cur cumin up to 2000 %. Hence, the age old Indian tradition of including peppercorn in this home remedy.


Health Benefits of Turmeric Milk

Turmeric Milk is Anti Inflammatory

A common folk remedy Turmeric is often referred to as “natural aspirin” in Ayurvedic medicine. Therefore, the drink is effective for curing headaches, reducing inflammation, swelling and pain.



Turmeric Milk for Cold and Cough

Due to their anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial properties a glass of turmeric milk provides instant relief from sore throats coughs and cold. Hence, this concoction is a very effective folk remedy in ancient ayurveda.



Turmeric Milk for Arthritis

Cur cumin, a component, provides the vibrant colour to this goddess of herbs. Anti-inflammatory curcumin helps treat swelling caused by rheumatoid arthritis. It aids flexibility of the joints and muscles reducing inflammation. Consuming the drink twice a day before meals will ease morning stiffness, reduce pain and swelling in the joint.



For Respiratory Illness

According to ayurvedic tradition, it is believed that spices heat up the body and provide immense relief from lung congestion and sinuses. Besides the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric help alleviate symptoms of asthma and bronchitis, reducing inflammation in the respiratory passages. Hence, the Turmeric-milk-ginger and black pepper combo makes an effective cure for respiratory illness.



Turmeric Milk for Aches and Pains

Golden Milk besides tackling inflammation provides relief from aches and pains strengthen the spine and joints in the body.



Cancer

Turmeric with potent anti-inflammatory properties contains cancer-fighting compounds. According to Research, consumption of turmeric milk once a day prevents cancerous cells from damaging DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) and helps combat the side effects of chemotherapy.



Free Radicals

Turmeric milk is commonly recommended because of the high antioxidant content in turmeric that helps fight free radicals that contribute towards various ailments



Turmeric Milk as Blood Purifier

Turmeric milk is a potent blood cleanser in Ayurvedic tradition as it revitalizes and boosts blood circulation in the body. It acts as a blood thinner imparting the blood a healing quality to cleanse the lymphatic system, blood vessels and tissues of all impurities.



For Natural Liver Detox

Turmeric is a well-known blood purifier encouraging liver function. Turmeric’s ability to support the liver while cleansing the lymphatic system makes it an ideal herb for natural detox. It stimulates the liver and bile flow, dissolving and preventing gallstones for most favourable liver function



Turmeric Milk Supports Bone Health

As we all know Milk is a good source of calcium that keeps the bones healthy and strong. Combined with the magical properties of turmeric they provide additional benefits to bone health. It is believed that India’s batting legend Sachin Tendulkar takes this health drink regularly for promoting bone health.



Osteoporosis

Adding turmeric to milk could decrease bone loss and alleviate symptoms of osteoporosis or osteoarthritis



For Digestive Health

A powerful antiseptic with anti-inflammatory qualities, Turmeric promotes intestinal health and work to treat stomach ulcers and colitis, bringing a truly holistic approach to digestive health. In addition, Turmeric milk guards the digestive tract from ulcers, diarrhoea and indigestion. All these aspects combined with improved blood flow enhance digestive health.



However, turmeric mixed with low fat milk make a better option for whole fat milk can increase diarrhoea.


For Menstrual Cramps

Turmeric milk works as an effective antispasmodic and helps ease menstrual cramps and pain.



Pregnancy

Taking gold turmeric milk during the final trimester of pregnancy enables easy delivery



Post Partum Recovery

The combination of milk and turmeric is good for new mothers soon after delivery. It improves general health condition improving lactation besides facilitating faster contraction of ovaries.



Rash and Skin Redness

It is believed that Cleopatra took milk baths to help keep her skin soft, supple and glowing. Similarly, drinking a glass of milk, combined with turmeric imparts a glowing skin. Besides, a face pack with turmeric milk soaked in a clean cotton ball, placed on the affected area for approximately 10 minutes will help reduce skin redness and blotchy patches, making the skin considerably more radiant and glowing than ever before



Eczema

To treat eczema, a glass of turmeric milk taken everyday can work wonders.



Insomnia

Some believe that warm turmeric milk can help produce an amino acid, tryptophan, believed to induce restful sleep, sure to bring sweet dreams. Read more natural ways to sleep blissfully.



Weight Loss

Turmeric aids in the breakdown of dietary fat, hence a glass of turmeric milk can help in controlling weight.



Instead of slurping on unhealthy energy drinks a daily cup of turmeric milk may be just what you need to enjoy a plethora of benefits.
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Curcuminoids from Tumeric For Clogged Arteries


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(NaturalNews) The humble spice that gives curry powder its characteristic yellow color may hold the key to helping people lower their cholesterol and fight heart disease naturally, research suggests.

The spice in question, turmeric, has a long history of use as a traditional medicine across Asia. In recent years, Western scientists have conducted numerous studies on turmeric and the trio of yellow pigments that it contains known as curcuminoids. The curcuminoids (sometimes simply called "curcumin," after the most famous of the three) are antioxidant polyphenols known to function as potent anti-inflammatories.

According to a study published in the journal Atherosclerosis in 2004, turmeric extract may reduce the susceptibility of LDL ("bad") cholesterol to oxidation, an important step in the development of atherosclerosis and heart disease. Turmeric extract also reduced overall LDL and total cholesterol levels. Notably, the study found the most benefit to turmeric extract at a lower rather than a higher dose.

Another, more comprehensive, study was conducted by French researchers in 2008, presented at the American Heart Association's Basic Cardiovascular Sciences Annual Conference in 2009 and published in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research in 2012. Mice predisposed to develop atherosclerosis were fed either a control diet or the same diet plus curcumin supplements for four months. At the end of this time, researchers found 26 percent fewer fatty artery deposits in the mice fed the curcumin-enhanced diet. Fewer atherosclerotic lesions were seen in these mice. In addition, the researchers found that curcumin seemed to actually change the expression of genes related to plaque buildup in arteries.

Turmeric outperforms cholesterol-lowering drugs?
Another study on mice predisposed to heart disease was conducted by researchers from Kyungpook National University in South Korea and published in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research in 2011. In this study, the mice were fed a high cholesterol diet that was supplemented either with curcumin, the cholesterol-lowering drug lovastatin or a placebo. After 18 weeks, the researchers found that just like lovastatin, curcumin lowered blood levels of cholesterol, triglycerides and LDL cholesterol, while increasing levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol. It also led to changes in gene expression that could be expected to reduce the risk of artery damage and heart disease.

"Long-term curcumin treatment lowers plasma and hepatic cholesterol and suppresses early atherosclerotic lesions comparable to the protective effects of lovastatin," the researchers concluded. "The anti-atherogenic effect of curcumin is mediated via multiple mechanisms including altered lipid, cholesterol and immune gene expression."

Turmeric for your heart and health
Lowering cholesterol and fighting arterial disease are not the only ways that turmeric improves the health of your heart, or of your body as a whole. In a trio of studies published between June and October 2012, researchers from the University of Tsukuba in Japan found that curcumin supplements improved two measures of heart health (vascular endothelial function and arterial compliance) as much as an aerobic exercise program, while a combination of the two lead to even more dramatic benefits. A combination of curcumin and exercise was also found to significantly slow age-related degeneration in the heart.

Studies have also suggested that turmeric and curcumin can help fight infection, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease, and numerous forms of cancer.

The body absorbs curcumin best from turmeric root (which is more commonly consumed in the West ground up, as a spice), rather than from supplements. As seen in the 2004 study, evidence suggests that the greatest health benefit comes from consuming curcumin and other "nutraceuticals" at low doses over a long period of time, rather than from short-term, high dosage schedules.

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http://www.sharecare.com/health/heart-d ... t-arteries

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Turmeric Benefits: Prevent Blocked Arteries
For healthy, flexible, clog-free arteries, add more ethnic flare to your favorite dishes with this spice: turmeric.
Turmeric is a favorite spice in Indian cooking. And the principal turmeric benefits -- curcumin, to be exact -- have been shown to help prevent arterial plaques from gaining a foothold in blood vessels. Nice!
Culinary Clog-Stopper
Squeaky-clear arteries are a very good thing. They mean less risk of atherosclerosis, a disease that ups the risk of stroke and heart attack. And the turmeric benefits of curcumin seem to help clamp down on blocked arteries in three ways: curbing inflammation-induced damage to the lining of your arteries, lowering blood cholesterol, and regulating blood-platelet production (think thinner, less clot-prone blood). Check out other foods that do wonders for your heart and arteries.
Wait, There's More . . .
Curcumin does more than protect your heart and prevent blocked arteries. Research suggests it may also curb the development of Alzheimer's disease, certain types of cancer, and arthritis -- just to name a few more turmeric benefits. So do both your palate and your health a favor by whipping up this turmeric-inspired creamy cruciferous curry recipe.

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Ayurveda...some explanations can be found at these links:

http://www.bioponic.com/pdfs/TurmericAyurveda.pdf

http://www.ayurvedacollege.com/articles ... s/turmeric

http://www.maharishi.co.uk/about/discov ... elines.htm

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