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Antioxidants In Turmeric May Benefit Joint Health

September 29, 2010 by  

Antioxidants in turmeric may benefit joint health   With the many tasty temptations in today's society, choosing foods can be a difficult task. Many of the foods that are favorites among consumers also happen to be the least healthy.

However, choosing healthful foods doesn't have to mean sacrificing flavor. A new study from European researchers found that turmeric, a spice commonly used in Asian and Middle Eastern dishes, may provide significant support for joint health.

Researchers said that the spice has been shown to possess antioxidants that may be able to reduce inflammation. The nutrients may have the greatest effect on individuals who are struggling to control the symptoms of specific joint conditions.

Officials from the American Botanical Council, who sponsored the investigation, said that the findings add to a long tradition of using turmeric in folk medicine.

"Turmeric has long been known to have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties and this trial, on this special turmeric extract, is another important step towards validating the curcumin in turmeric as an increasingly popular herbal dietary supplement," said Mark Blumenthal, the founder and executive director of the group.
 

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  • Mike In MI

    Turmeric’s wonderful health effects, to my mind, seem like it’s one of those foods God preplanned for just such a time as our era. It’s anti-inflammatory potential effects reductions of the inner fires that contribute to diabetes, heart disease, arthritic and other auto-immune processes, allergies and various cancers (but, not all cancers accross the board). Any antioxidant is going to have cancer preventive activity. But turmeric and some other spices used commonly for flavoring food have an extraordinary anti-cancer action called “apoptosis”.
    Apoptosis is a bit of genetic programming beauty created in the DNA material of every cell in the body. It never gets turned on until certain pre-cancerous or frankly cancerous conditions exist in a cell. When those conditions exist in a cell then substances in turmeric provide the chemical button that initiates the apoptosis program. Apoptosis leads to production of chemicals that digest the cell from within, which kills that cell. The body recycles and uses up what it can and excretes what is toxic or useless. Otherwise, cells use the nutrients in turmeric for other cellular needs.
    Pretty neat, huh?
    The only problem is turmeric is difficult for the body to assimilate out of the gut and into the bloodstream. One way I have found to increase digestive uptake is eating ginger a couple times a week. (Ginger is in a class by itself as an herbal goldmine.) One of its benefits is to increase efficient digestion and uptake from the gut. Ginger is also useful for other processes since it balances the production of endproducts in the Cox 2 Cascade at the cellular level – voila, no need for NSADs. (Learn the trick of eating what your body likes, not just what YOU want. There is often a disconnect.)
    See how valuable reading Personal Liberty Alerts can be?
    So, using both together

    • ValDM

      I have been using turmeric root extract (curcumin) for more than two years as an inflamation weapon. I can’t tell it’s working until I don’t take it. It does take a bit of time before you reach “therpeutic” levels, but don’t give up. To start off well in your turmeric adventure, you must take more than 1200 mg./day, otherwise, there’s no effect. Other inflamation weapons in my arsenal are bilberry extract, pineapple and high doses of MSM (dietary sulfur). There may be others that may work for you, but I have to draw the line somewhere.

    • Granny Mae

      It improves memory and helps to heal cuts and wounds ! Definately a gift from God

  • Ellen

    I have for years used tumeric on minor wounds to stop bleeding. Works fast!

    • Mike In MI

      Ellen – Wow!!! Thanks, maybe I don’t have to grow a beard after all! I’ll just shave, dust on a little turmeric and go to the Halloween party as a curry. Maybe it’ll curry some favor with the hostess.

  • http://www.mxi.myvoffice.com/ahxocai Norma Sommers

    Xocai the healthy chocolate is “The highest whole food antioxidant on the planet” I eat 3 pieces of chocolate, patented cold processed chocolate. My heartburn/acid reflux gone since May 21 when I first ate this, my cholesteral is in normal range for the first time in 8 yrs and the only thing I did consistently was eat this chocolate. It is diabetic friendly and I personally know diabetics that have lowered or even been able to stop their meds (under drs supervision of course)It very simply is a natural anti inflamatory which is the root of all disease. check it out, see for yourself.

  • lorry hooker

    I’m very interested in the benefits of using turmeric as an inflamatory in helping with myarthritis and spinal stenosis as well in my health.I would appreciate any information you can give me.

  • http://allergy-and-immunology.findhealthinfo.net/north-carolina/allergy-and-immunology.aspx Allergy and Immunology in North Carolina

    Turmeric’s wonderful health effects, to my mind, seem like it’s one of those foods God preplanned for just such a time as our era. It’s anti-inflammatory potential effects reductions of the inner fires that contribute to diabetes, heart disease, arthritic and other auto-immune processes, allergies and various cancers (but, not all cancers accross the board). Any antioxidant is going to have cancer preventive activity. But turmeric and some other spices used commonly for flavoring food have an extraordinary anti-cancer action called “apoptosis”.
    Apoptosis is a bit of genetic programming beauty created in the DNA material of every cell in the body. It never gets turned on until certain pre-cancerous or frankly cancerous conditions exist in a cell. When those conditions exist in a cell then substances in turmeric provide the chemical button that initiates the apoptosis program. Apoptosis leads to production of chemicals that digest the cell from within, which kills that cell. The body recycles and uses up what it can and excretes what is toxic or useless. Otherwise, cells use the nutrients in turmeric for other cellular needs.
    Pretty neat, huh?
    The only problem is turmeric is difficult for the body to assimilate out of the gut and into the bloodstream. One way I have found to increase digestive uptake is eating ginger a couple times a week. (Ginger is in a class by itself as an herbal goldmine.) One of its benefits is to increase efficient digestion and uptake from the gut. Ginger is also useful for other processes since it balances the production of endproducts in the Cox 2 Cascade at the cellular level – voila, no need for NSADs. (Learn the trick of eating what your body likes, not just what YOU want. There is often a disconnect.)
    See how valuable reading Personal Liberty Alerts can be?
    So, using both together

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    Great post, thanks. Where is your contact details though?

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