Turmeric is a well known and a very delicious Indian spice widely used around the world. Even though today it is mainly used as a spice, in ancient times it was a famous Chinese herbal medicine, due to the health properties of the curcumin contained in the turmeric. It was usually used in treating of liver disease, skin problems, respiratory and gastrointestinal ailments, sprained muscles, joint pains, and general wound healing. It exhibits over 150 potentially therapeutic activities, including anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial activity, as well as containing potent anti-cancer properties that have been studied intensely.
According to some scientific findings, curcumin can modulate around 700 of our genes and over 160 physiological pathways. It also regulates our cell membranes, allowing for more efficient transport of molecules in and out of the cell. Still, the most incredible fact about curcumin is its positive effect on signaling molecules, which, if gone awry, can lead to chronic inflammatory responses, autoimmune responses, issues with DNA and RNA regulation, and more. Moreover, curcumin has the ability to cross your blood-brain barrier, which is one factor that has led researchers to investigate its potential as a neuroprotective agent for neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.
“Curcumin may also be helpful. Previous research has shown that curcumin helps inhibit the accumulation of destructive beta-amyloids in the brain of Alzheimer’s patients, as well as break up existing plaques associated with the disease. People with Alzheimer’s tend to have higher levels of inflammation in their brains, and curcumin is perhaps best known for its potent anti-inflammatory properties. It can inhibit both the activity and the inflammatory metabolic byproducts of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX2) and 5-lipooxygenase (5-LOX) enzymes, as well as other enzymes and hormones that modulate inflammation” states Dr. Mercola in his article, Turmeric—A “Universal” Cancer Treatment.
According to Dr. William LaValley, curcumin can be effective in treating every type of cancer, which is strange since cancer consists of a wide variety of different molecular pathologies. Once it gets into a cell, it affects more than 100 different molecular pathways. Furthermore, curcumin is not toxic and won’t affect healthy cells.
Note that the turmeric found in the supermarkets doesn’t hold the same medicinal value as properly extracted and sourced curcumin. Also, when it’s consumed raw, only one percent is absorbed in the body. If you want to use curcumin therapeutically, you can try one of the following three alternatives recommended by Dr. Mercola:
Find a high quality turmeric extract that contains 100 percent certified organic ingredients, with at least 95 percent curcuminoids. It shouldn’t contain fillers, additives, and excipients, ), and the manufacturer should use safe production practices at all stages: planting, cultivation, selective harvesting, and then when producing and packaging the final product. The recommended dosage for cancer patients is three grams of good bioavailable curcumin extract, three to four times daily.
Second way is by using a hand blender mix one tablespoon of the powder with 1-2 egg yolks and a teaspoon or two of melted coconut oil. Keep in mind that curcumin can color any surface yellow, so cover your working ground.
Third way is to boil it. Add one tablespoon of the curcumin powder into a quart of boiling water. After boiling it for 10 minutes you will have created a 12 percent solution that you can drink once cooled. It is advisable to drink it as soon as possible.