The Most Powerful Herb on the Planet

The Most Powerful Herb on the Planet

 

 

Turmeric, the main spice in curry, is arguably the most powerful herb on the planet at fighting and potentially reversing disease. It has so many healing properties that currently there have been 6,235 peer-reviewed articles published proving the benefits of turmeric and one of its renowned healing compounds curcumin.

 

This puts turmeric on top of the list as one of the most frequently mentioned medicinal herbs in all of science and the next most popular studied herbs include garlic, cinnamon, ginseng, ginger and milk thistle.

 

Of the 6000+ studies referencing curcumin, the most interesting finding is that when turmeric is compared to conventional medicine its benefits equal that of many pharmaceutical medications. 

 

In fact, a number of studies have even reported that using curcumin is more advantageous than certain prescription drugs.

 


Health Benefits of Turmeric

 

 

When examining the research, turmeric benefits go beyond that of these 10 drugs:

 

  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Anti-depressants (Prozac)
  • Chemotherapy
  • Anti-coagulants (Aspirin)
  • Pain killers
  • Diabetes drugs (Metformin)
  • Arthritis medications
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBS) drugs
  • Cholesterol drugs (Lipitor)
  • Steroids

 

Now let’s jump deeper into the research on turmeric benefits at potentially reversing specific diseases.

 


Turmeric Benefits Trump Medications

Although the list is much longer, I’ve selected 10 drugs that pale in comparison to turmeric in potentially reversing disease. As you read this report, keep in mind that one of the most powerful advantages curcumin has over the traditional medical approach is the lack of side effects.

 

 

Red Blood Cells Circulation1. Anticoagulants/Antiplatelets

Medical intervention generally includes the following medications to slow and prevent blood clotting:

  • Aspirin
  • Clopidogrel (Plavix)
  • Diclofenac
  • Enoxaparin (Lovenox)
  • Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others)
  • Naproxen
  • Warfarin (Coumadin), and others.

 

Unfortunately, for people with conditions that are treated by these drugs (i.e. deep-vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism), this approach may not always be the wisest decision. Ibuprofen overdose is one such common problem. In addition to common side effects like excessive bleeding and hemorrhage, the risks associated with anticoagulants abound and include everything from back pain to headaches to difficulty breathing.

 

Turmeric, on the other hand, has relatively no known side effects unless taken in extremely excessive amounts.

 

Additionally, ever since several groundbreaking studies in the mid-1980s, the curcumin in turmeric has been suggested by researchers as actually being a better option for those with vascular thrombosis.

 

seratonin molecular formula2. Anti-depressants

Although few studies have been conducted on humans, dozens of research trials have proven that turmeric is especially effective in correcting depression symptoms in laboratory animals.

To address this issue, the journal Phytotherapy Research published the results of an amazing, innovative study this past year.  The study took 60 volunteers diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD), such as manic depression, and split the group to determine how patients treated by curcumin fared against fluoxetine (Prozac) and a combination of the two. 

Not only was it discovered that all patients tolerated curcumin well, but they discovered curcumin was as effective as Prozac in managing depression.

According to the authors, “This study provides first clinical evidence that curcumin may be used as an effective and safe therapy for treatment in patients with Mild Depression.”

 

 

anti inflammatory medications tablets 3. Anti-inflammatories

Arguably, the most powerful aspect of curcumin is its ability to control inflammation. 

 

The journal Oncogene published the results of a study that evaluated several anti-inflammatory compounds and found that aspirin and ibuprofen are least effective, while curcumin, is among the most effective anti-inflammatory compounds in the world. 

This news should have reached every household in the world after the study was conducted because inflammation puts people at risk for almost every disease process known to man.

Diseases today such as cancer, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, high cholesterol and chronic pain can be the result of inflammation.

As you will see below in several other articles related to chronic illness, keep this in the back of your mind: Turmeric’s key to disease reversal may be its ability to keep inflammation at bay.

 

 

Pain In A Hand, joint pain, arthritis 4. Arthritis management 

Because curcumin is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory and pain reducing characteristics, a study was conducted on 45 rheumatoid arthritis patients to compare the benefits of curcumin in turmeric to arthritis drugs (diclofenac sodium), that put people at risk of developing leaky gut and heart disease.

The study split these volunteers into three groups: curcumin treatment alone, diclofenac sodium alone, and a combination of the two. The results of the trial were eye-opening:

The curcumin group showed the highest percentage of improvement in overall [Disease Activity Score] scores and these scores were significantly better than the patients in the diclofenac sodium group. More importantly, curcumin treatment was found to be safe and did not relate with any adverse events. Our study provides the first evidence for the safety and superiority of curcumin treatment in patients with active RA, and highlights the need for future large-scale trials to validate these findings in patients with RA and other arthritic conditions.

Published by Phytotherapy Research in 2012, the results of this study has encouraged more human research to evaluate the amazing effects curcumin-rich plants like turmeric has on people suffering from various different types of arthritis.

 

 

Cancer Word Cloud 5. Cancer treatment 

Of all the various topics scientists have tackled in regards to the curcumin and disease reversal, cancer (of various types) is one of the most thoroughly researched topics. In the words of global authorities like Cancer Research UK,

A number of laboratory studies on cancer cells have shown that curcumin does have anticancer effects. It seems to be able to kill cancer cells and prevent more from growing. It has the best effects on breast cancer, bowel cancer, stomach cancer and skin cancer cells. 

A 2007 American study that combined curcumin with chemotherapy to treat bowel cancer cells in a laboratory showed that the combined treatment killed more cancer cells than the chemotherapy alone. 

States-side, the American Cancer Society states,

Laboratory studies have also shown that curcumin interferes with cancer development, growth, and spread. Researchers have reported that curcumin blocked the formation of cancer-causing enzymes in rodents.

Recently, curcumin has received a great deal of focus because of it’s ability to reduce tumor size and kill cancer cells.

Bottom line: Turmeric works incredibly well to help naturally treat cancer and is especially effective at treating breast cancer, colon cancer and skin cancer.

I personally use and recommend Schwartz Bioresearch Premium Ultra Pure Turmeric Curcumin.

 

 

diabetes Word Cloud 6. Diabetes management 

For lowering blood sugar and reversing insulin resistance there’s arguably no better natural treatment than adding turmeric into your diet.

In 2009, Biochemistry and Biophysical Research Communications published a study out of Auburn University that explored how supplementing with turmeric can help reverse diabetes.

The study discovered that curcumin in turmeric is literally 400 times more potent than Metformin (a common diabetes drug) in activating AMPK which improves insulin sensitivity which can help reverse Type 2 Diabetes.

In addition to correcting the causes of diabetes, curcumin has also been proven to help reverse many of the issues related to insulin resistance and hyperglycemia.

Take, for instance, diabetic neuropathy and retinopathy. One of the most common complications of diabetes is damaged blood vessels which cause blindness.

A study found that supplementing with curcumin can delay this horrible complication of diabetes because of its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

 

 

Human Digestive System7. Gastrointestinal treatments

Oftentimes, people with digestive and stomach complaints become intolerant to medical interventions because the stomach flora is already compromised and drugs can literally tear up the mucosal lining.

An in-depth analysis of all the studies evaluating curcumin’s ability to manage inflammatory bowel disease (IBS, Crohn’s disease, and Ulcerative Colitis) found that many patients were able to stop taking their prescribed corticosteroids because their condition improved so dramatically by taking curcumin! 

For many patients with IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) corticosteroids reduce their pain symptoms, but damage the intestinal lining over time actually making the condition worse.

However, supplementing with curcumin did not have these side effects and, because of its anti-inflammatory properties, actually helped heal the gut and supported the growth of good bacteria (probiotics).

 

 

 

clogged cholesterol artery 8. Cholesterol regulators 

One of the reasons heart disease is such a problem in the U.S. is that people are developing pre-diabetes (excessive blood sugar) at an alarming rate.

In turn, diabetics and non-diabetics alike are suffering from a common complication called oxidative stress, which damages the inside of blood vessels.  Because of this damage to the arteries, cholesterol begins to build up to patch up the damaged areas which leads to high levels of LDL cholesterol. 

Traditionally, statin drugs (like Lipitor) are widely known to harm the kidneys and liver and cause a number of deadly side effects.  They do bring cholesterol down but never address that actual cause which is oxidative stress that is caused by high blood sugar levels and inflammation.

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Thankfully, medical doctors are becoming more and more aware of the dangerous side effects of statin-drugs and prescribing natural alternatives like curcumin and fish oil instead!

A study done by Drugs in R & D found that curcumin was equal or more effective than diabetes medications at reducing oxidative stress and inflammation in the treatment of high cholesterol.

Studies like these are causing pharmaceutical companies to try and design a synthetic form of curcumin that unfortunately, will not work as well as the real thing.

 

 

 

medication bottle with pills 9. Painkillers 

One of the more widely accepted properties of curcumin in scientific communities is its ability to manage pain.

Just this past year the European Journal of Pharmacology published research that discovered curcumin naturally activates the opioid system in diabetic rats. Typically manipulated by drugs, this natural process serves as the body’s inherent pain-relieving response. 

Not being limited to diabetic pain conditions, an interesting study also published late last year gives us a clue as to the wide array of pain conditions that can be treated by curcumin.

Take, for instance, severe burns. Typically, burn victims are treated by dangerous opioids and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories. However, because of its anti-inflammatory benefits, U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research suggests that, curcumin should be used to treat burns instead of these conventional medications.

The trend should becoming clear at this point. Therapeutic use of turmeric and other curcumin-rich plants are displacing conventional medical treatments and proving it’s a legitimate natural painkiller.

 

 

steroid shot10. Steroids 

Lastly, let’s take a look at how turmeric benefits the many conditions normally treated by corticosteroids such as:

  • Psoriasis
  • Lupus
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Chronic pain                                                                                                                                                                                  

In a 1999 breakthrough clinical study, it was found that curcumin has the ability to cure chronic inflammation of the eye.  Typically this condition was only treated with steroids but today it’s common for medical doctors who practice functional medicine to prescribe curcumin instead.

What cannot be overstated, however, is that although statistically “comparable” to steroids in managing and reversing chronic disease, “The lack of side effects with curcumin is its greatest advantage compared with corticosteroids,” as stated by the authors in the above study out of K.G. Medical College.

To give you a sense of the amount of suffering alleviated by curcumin, the following is a sample of steroid side effects listed by the UK’s National Health Services (NHS):

 

  • Acne
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Cataracts
  • Delayed wound healing
  • Diabetes onset
  • Glaucoma
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Increased appetite (oftentimes leading to increased weight)
  • Indigestion
  • Insomnia
  • Kidney and thyroid issues
  • Mood disturbances (including aggression, irritability, and rapid mood swings mimicking bipolar disorder)
  • Muscle weakness
  • Nausea
  • Risk of infection
  • Stunted growth in children
  • Tachycardia (rapid heartbeat)
  • Thinning skin (leading to easy bruising)

 

Ultimately, when taking into account the large amount of deadly complications these 10 drugs puts your body at risk for, it is easy to see how taking therapeutic curcumin is superior to most medicines.

If you have any of the diseases above, you will want to consider this natural approach first. For those of you who aren’t sick, taking turmeric will serve you well as a preventative measure.

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Turmeric Side Effects

 

Some people have reported allergic reactions to turmeric, especially after skin exposure. Typically this is experienced as a mild, itchy rash. In addition, high doses of turmeric have been observed to cause:

People taking certain medications should also be careful when using turmeric in their food or supplementing with it. Turmeric may interfere with anti-coagulants like aspirin, clopidogrel and warfarin. It also can affect medications such as non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs. As with any herb or supplement, use as directed.

If you’re in the position where you must be on prescription medications, don’t discount the need to include ample amounts of fresh, organic turmeric into your diets because it will help reduce the adverse affects of the medicine.

A study that was published in the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology describes how combing curcumin with prednisolone (a steroid) effectively reduces the side effects of this dangerous medication.

 


Turmeric Recipes

 

One of my favorite recipes for including turmeric benefits into your diet is turmeric tea “liquid gold”.

Also, consuming turmeric eggs for breakfast and curried carrot soup is an excellent way to get more turmeric in your diet.

Amazingly, anti-arthritic activity and a marked reduction in steroid toxicity was seen when supplementing with curcumin.

At the end of the day, the research speaks for itself and we cannot think of one reason why EVERYONE shouldn’t be taking some form of turmeric every day.

Whether as a supplement or a spice to flavor your food, you will certainly be satisfied with turmeric benefits for your body!

 

Turmeric Tea Recipe

Turmeric Tea

Total Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp Turmeric (powder or grated root)

Directions:

  1. Pour coconut milk and water into the saucepan and warm for 2 minutes
  2. Add in butter, raw honey and turmeric powder for another 2 minutes
  3. Stir and pour into glasses.

 

 

Turmeric Eggs Recipe

 

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Total Time: 25 minutes

Serves: 1–2

Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 ounces shredded raw cheese
  • 3 tablespoons ghee
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onions
  • 8 chopped green onions
  • 1 cup chopped yellow pepper
  • 6 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon basil
  • 2 tablespoons turmeric

Directions:

  1. Sauté onions, green onions and garlic in pan with ghee over medium-low heat for 10 minutes.
  2. Add in eggs, cheese and herbs.
  3. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring continuously and add in turmeric.

Curried Carrot Soup Recipe

 

Total Time: 45 minutes
Serves: 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 5 cups of peeled carrots, thinly sliced into rounds
  • 2 cups fresh chopped onions
  • 2 tsp curry
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds, powder
  • 3/4 tsp yellow mustard seeds, powdered
  • 2 tsp lime peel, finely grated
  • 3 tsp fresh lime juice
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • kefir or goats milk yogurt for garnish

Directions:

  1. Melt coconut oil over medium heat in soup pot
  2. Add coriander, mustard seed powder, curry powder and ginger powder. Stir for a minute.
  3. Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper
  4. Add onions and sauté until soft
  5. Add Chicken broth and sliced carrots and cook on medium low heat for about 30 mins
  6. Puree in blender until smooth, then return to pot.
  7. Stir in lime juice and season with more sea salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Serve garnished with Yogurt and Parsley

 


Turmeric Supplements 

 

Along with adding turmeric into your diet you may also consider taking it or curcumin in supplement form. I personally recommend consuming a CO2 extracted form of turmeric.

Also, according to a study, published in Planta Medica, taking turmeric in combination with black pepper, which contains bioperine, improves turmeric absorbability throughout the entire body. They added 20mg of piperine to 2000mg Turmeric, and it increased the bioavailability of Turmeric 154 percent!

There are plenty of  turmeric curcumin choices available; I personally use and recommend Schwartz Bioresearch Premium Ultra Pure Turmeric Curcumin.

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  • HIGHEST QUALITY INGREDIENTS: Not only is this tumeric curcumin supplement more potent, it contains a  patented BioPerine (10mg per serving) for increased absorption and bioavailability. Turmeric with black pepper is essential in good curcumin supplements (turmeric supplement).  According to a study, published in Planta Medica, taking turmeric in combination with black pepper, which contains bioperine, improves turmeric absorbability throughout the entire body. They added 20mg of piperine to 2000mg Turmeric, and it increased the bioavailability of Turmeric 154 percent!

 

 

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-Laurie

 

 

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Studies Prove Turmeric Treats Prostate Cancer

Studies Prove Turmeric Treats Prostate Cancer

 

 

 

Turmeric offers many positive health benefits, especially to prostate health. A double-­blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial published in the Journal of Cancer Science & Therapy cited radioprotective effects of curcumin in prostate cancer patients.

 

Furthermore, of two patient groups (one that received the curcumin supplement and one that received placebo), the group receiving the curcumin supplementation showed significant, long lasting, improvement in urinary ease and frequency. 

 

Another study investigated the potential effects of curcumin on prostate cancer cells in­ vitro. When curcumin was administered to the cancer cells, researchers observed a notable increase in cancer cell death as the curcumin concentrations increased. 

 

 

Curcumin (From Turmeric) for Prostate Enlargement

 

A study published in the December 2012 issue of Italy’s Panminerva Medica evaluated the effect of a curcumin supplement taken by persons with BPH (enlarged prostate). Sixty­-one patients were divided into two groups for the 6-month study.

The results showed that the group who received curcumin supplementation experienced fewer urinary infections and less incontinence than the control group. Significant improvements in urinary stream and quality­ of­ life were also reported. 

Researchers surmise that curcumin may actually help the body inhibit the compounds that cause prostate enlargement.

 

Sources:

Ledda A1, Belcaro G, Dugall M, et al. Meriva®, a lecithinized curcumin delivery system, in the control of benign prostatic hyperplasia: a pilot, product evaluation registry study. Panminerva Med. 2012 Dec;54(1 Suppl 4):17­22. PMID: 23241931.

Kim HJ, Park JW, Cho YS, et al. Pathogenic role of HIF­1α in prostate hyperplasia in the presence of chronic inflammation. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2013 Jan;1832(1):183­94. doi: 10.1016/j.bbadis.2012.09.002.

 

Turmeric for Prostate Cancer

 

After skin cancer, prostate cancer is most common among men in US.

The prostate gland is located near the bladder of men, surrounding the urethra. This tiny gland, the size of a walnut makes seminal fluid and when a cancerous tumor forms here, it is known as prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer is the third highest cause of cancer deaths among men – especially over the age of 75. These tumors can be benign or cancerous and when caught early, can be successfully treated.

Symptoms of prostate cancer include difficult, painful and frequent urination, back and hip pain, blood in the urine and so on, when the cancer is localized.

When it spreads, a patient can suffer from kidney failure, weight loss, anemia or bone pain. Genetics, ethnicity, diet, environment or hormones could cause prostate cancer. Once diagnosed treatment of prostate cancer may consist of surgery, radiation therapy or hormone medication.

Prostate cancer is often diagnosed only after metastases – i.e. when the cancer has spread and tumors form in other organs. In 3% of all cases, prostate cancer can prove fatal after metastases.

Here is some of the scientific evidence that proves turmeric’s efficacy in prostate cancer treatment.

 

1. Curcumin Has Chemopreventive Potential

 

Chemopreventive agents are those that prevent or reduce the risk of developing cancers.

Alcoholic extract of turmeric is proven to inhibit the migration and invasive potential of prostate cancer cells .

This extract contained compounds other than curcuminoids thus demonstrating that curcumin alone it not responsible for the anti-cancer potential.

Teiten et al conducted a study to assess how curcumin exhibits its chemopreventive potential in case of prostate cancer.

It was observed that for proliferation of cancer cells activity of 60 proteins was influenced and curcumin could alter the activity of 19 such proteins in order to prevent growth of such cells.

Inflammation of the prostate gland serves as a risk factor for development of prostate cancer.

A novel way by which curcumin prevents onset of prostate cancer is by serving as an anti-inflammatory agent and reducing any inflammation in the gland.

 

What does this mean?  

 

 

Curcumin has the potential of being developed as a chemopreventive agent against prostate cancer and therefore can be used as primary treatment for prevention of prostate cancer.

 

2. Curcumin Destroys Prostate Cancer Cells and Prevents Metastases

 

Curcumin based anti-prostate cancer agents are being developed on the premise that it acts as a multitarget drug and has the potential to treat castration resistant prostate cancer.

Study reports that out of the three curcuminoids, demethoxycurcumin shows the most efficient anti-tumor activity against prostate cancer cells.

Curcumin acts on many biochemical pathways in order to prevent cell proliferation and also to cause cancer cell death.

For example protein kinase D1 is a biological molecule that is expressed in high amounts in normal prostate cells but is reduced in prostate cancer cells.

Curcumin activates this protein and thereby prevents growth and spread of prostate cancer.

This multi targeted action of curcumin leads to apoptosis or cell death of cancerous cells which suggests its value as a chemopreventive agent.

It also prevents metastases- spread of cancer to other parts of the body. Curcumin suppresses the activity of nuclear factor-kappaB which reduces the production of pro-inflammatory chemicals CXCL1 and -2.

These if not controlled can induce metastases formation.

Researchers at Columbia University have extensively studied the effects of curcumin on prostate cancer.

Their findings reveal that curcumin can treat both hormone dependant and independant prostate cancer.

It inhibits colony forming ability or prostate cancer cells and also destroys them. It also prevents metastases.

 

What does this mean?  

 

 

Curcumin prevents proliferation and cause apoptosis of prostate cancer cells.

It acts on hormone dependant and independant prostate cancer and prevents spread of this cancer. Other curcuminoids also show anti-tumor effect.

3. Curcumin is a Chemosensitizer and Radiosensitizer

 

Goel A and Aggarwal BB in the paper describe as to how curcumin specifically chemosensitizes and radiosensitizes tumor cells but at the same time protects normal cells from the harmful effects of chemotherapeutic agents and radioactivity.

Tumor necrosis factor is perhaps the principal protein involved in inflammation. Additionally modulation of its activity can induce cell death.

TRAIL mediated immunotherapy works on the principle of activating this protein to destroy cancerous cells. But cancer cells develop a resistance towards it.

Research shows that curcumin reverses this resistance and sensitizes prostate cancer cell to this treatment.

Curcumin also increases the efficacy of first line treatment drugs like bicalutamide and docetaxel which are used to treat prostate cancer.

 

What does this mean?  

 

 

Curcumin increases sensitivity of cancer cells to chemotherapeutic agents and radiotherapy. At the same time it protects normal cells from side effects of these treatments.

4. Curcumin is Therapeutic for Prostatitis

 

Prostatitis is the inflammation of the prostate gland. It can serve as a risk factor for prostate cancer.

As mentioned earlier, curcumin displays its chemopreventive potential by reducing inflammation in the prostate gland.

Prostatitis is characterised by pain in the genitals and lower back and discomfort while urinating.

A study was conducted where curcumin along with other herbal extracts were evaluated for their effect on bacterial prostatitis.

Experimental group received antibiotics and herbal extracts while the other group received only antibiotics.

Within 6 months of treatment, the experimental group was completely treated with no sign of recurrence. Animal study proves that curcumin is effective in treating non bacterial prostatitis.

 

What does this mean?  

 

 

Prostatitis is inflammation of prostate gland that increases the risk of developing prostate cancer.

Curcumin can help treat inflammation of prostate gland.

Scientists have developed different formulations with curcumin to treat prostate cancer

 

Structural analogs (compounds with variation in structure of parent compound) of curcumin also show anti-cancer activity towards prostate cancer.

Due to its poor bioavailability scientists are preparing different formulations of curcumin such as nanoparticles to treat prostate cancer.

Lab studies show that extracts of turmeric and ginger in combination are potent enough to prevent growth of prostate cancer cells.

Curcumin in combination with phenethyl isothiocyanate found in cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts etc shows anti-prostate cancer activity.

Different bioactive ingredients found in plants have been identified for their anti0cancer potential.

In a clinical trial participants received an oral capsule containing a blend of pomegranate, green tea, broccoli and turmeric for 6 months.

Prostate specific antigen (PSA) is a chemical that is secreted by prostate cells and is used as an indicator for detecting prostate cancer.

Treatment with this capsule lowered the levels of PSA thereby suggesting its efficacy as a primary treatment drug.

Zyflamend, a combination of herbal extracts-one of them being turmeric, is proven to be effective as maintenance treatment in order to keep the cancer dormant and prevent it from activating again.

ProstaCaid a dietary supplement containing BCM-95 extract of turmeric root (curcumin & turmeric oil) is also found to inhibit growth of prostate cancer cells.

 

What does this mean?  

 

 

Due to its low bioavailability, different formulations of curcumin are being developed to treat prostate cancer.

Herbal extracts containing curcumin are proven to efficacious in preventing onset of prostate cancer as well as preventing its recurrence.

Turmeric’s Bonus Benefit for Erectile Dysfunction

 

This is worth mentioning… A 12-week study published in 2014 used animal models to compare the effects of Viagra and curcumin. You can scour the details for yourself, but, in short, at the conclusion of the 12-week study, curcumin supplementation had produced a notably improved erectile response… making many wonder if curcumin may support erectile function? 

 

Source: Zaahkouk AM, Abdel Aziz MT, Rezq AM. Efficacy of a novel water­soluble curcumin derivative versus sildenafil citrate in mediating erectile function. Int J Impot Res. 2014 Aug 7. doi: 10.1038/ijir.2014.24. PMID: 25099638.

Precautions

 

Turmeric in food is absolutely safe. But if you plan on taking supplements consult a physician to decide the best dose for you and to avoid drug interactions.

Also do not take them if you are scheduled for a surgery in next 15 days.

The possible drug interactions include blood thinning medications, stomach acid reducing drugs and anti-diabetic medicines.

Dosage

 

Curcumin for Cancer – An 8 Week Regimen

Week 1: Start with small dosage of 1 gm curcumin per day. If you see no side effects, take it for a week and proceed to dosage of week 2.

 

Week 2: Increase the dosage of curcumin to 2 gm/ day. Again check for any issues side effects etc. If everything looks fine, take it for a week and proceed to dosage of week 3.

 

 

 

Week 3: Double the dosage again to 4 gm / day. Again if things look fine, continue for a week and go for final step.

 

 

 

Week 4-8: Double again to 8 gm / day. Continue this for 5 weeks

 

 Conclusion

 

There is a great deal of research going on in order to develop turmeric and especially curcumin as an anti-cancer agent.

Turmeric can not only destroy prostate cancer cells but also reduce the risk of developing it and also reduce its activation once it has become dormant.

Start including turmeric in your life  today!

 

 

There are plenty of  turmeric curcumin choices available; I personally use and recommend Schwartz Bioresearch Premium Ultra Pure Turmeric Curcumin.

 

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  • HIGHEST QUALITY INGREDIENTS: Not only is this tumeric curcumin supplement more potent, it contains a  patented BioPerine (10mg per serving) for increased absorption and bioavailability. Turmeric with black pepper is essential in good curcumin supplements (turmeric supplement).  According to a study, published in Planta Medica, taking turmeric in combination with black pepper, which contains bioperine, improves turmeric absorbability throughout the entire body. They added 20mg of piperine to 2000mg Turmeric, and it increased the bioavailability of Turmeric 154 percent!

 

Recommended

Cancer Treatment – 78 Effective Cancer Therapies Backed Up By Science You Probably Never Heard About

The cancer treatment and the therapies in this book go way beyond nutrition and diet each option is backed by scientific studies.

The therapies in this book are the ones your medical doctor may not mention to you, and yet, they have been scientifically proven to work (many of them work much better than any chemotherapy drug).  Many of these cancer therapies have helped millions of people to get rid of cancer once and for all.

 

 

 

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