Gold Coast Naturopath: Anti inflammatory effects of tumeric

6 Aug 2015 2:33 PMLicensee Person Gold Coast Naturopath: Anti inflammatory effects of tumeric

My favourite use for turmeric besides in cooking and easy to grow since; Is its anti-inflammatory affects. Tumeric also inhibits the growth of new blood vessels in tumours and it's a powerful antioxidant plus much more.

How important is tumeric in your daily life?

We use it cooking particularly Indian food but do you know all the other amazing benefits of this amazing bright yellow coloured spice - Curcuma Longa - TURMERIC.

My favourite use for turmeric besides in cooking and easy to grow since; Is its anti-inflammatory affects. Tumeric also inhibits the growth of new blood vessels in tumours and it's a powerful antioxidant plus much more.

The Anti-inflammatory Effects of Turmeric

Studies have shown that turmeric has the strongest anti-inflammatory effect in the plant world. Curcumin (the main ingredient in turmeric) stops the enzyme activity that cause inflammation. Inflammation is associated with a large number of diseases - including skin (psoriasis, dermatitis), joint inflammation, autoimmune diseases (allergy, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis) and the gut lining. Turmeric’s highly affective anti-inflammatory properties make it a good substitute for synthetic anti-inflammatory agents (corticosteroids) that cause serious and permanent side effects.

Turmeric it is one of the most thoroughly researched plants today. In the past five-years scientists discovered more than 600 potential preventive and therapeutic applications, as well as 175 different beneficial physiological effects.

 

Given the number and the density of studies carried out on this important spice, it is not surprising that a growing number of studies have found that turmeric is more useful than a variety of conventional drugs, including:

  • Lipitor / atorvastatin (cholesterol drug):  
  • Corticosteroids (steroid drugs): 
  • Prozac / Fluoxetine & Imipramine (antidepressant): 
  •  Aspirin (blood thinner): 
  •  Anti-inflammatory drugs: 
  •  Oxaliplatin (chemotherapeutic drugs)
  • Metformin (diabetes drug): 

 

Obviously do not stop any current prescription doctors medication without professional advice.

 

Other benefits of Turmeric

  1. Wards off Alzheimer's disease - Researchers believe that curcumin's antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties may be strong enough to break down the amyloid plaques in the brain that contribute to Alzheimer's disease.  
  2. Helps to prevent cancer - Numerous research from around the world  are proving the anti-cancer benefits of turmeric. For example - inhibiting the growth of human colon cancer; when combined with vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower may also help treat and prevent prostate cancer. There are also indications that it may help to prevent breast, skin and pancreatic cancer, childhood leukaemia and multiple myeloma. Whilst no one is claiming cures to cancers – research is giving plenty of reasons to believe some great benefits.
  3. Reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes - Curcumin also has a positive effect on cholesterol; it may help lower cholesterol and prevent the build-up of LDL ("bad" cholesterol) in the blood vessels. It could stop the build-up of plaque (atherosclerosis) that can block arteries and cause heart attacks and strokes. A great preventative especially when family history is a factor.
  4. Combats inflammatory diseases - I have explained turmeric's natural anti-inflammatory qualities and therefore may work as well as some anti-inflammatory medications, without the side effects.
  5. Fights colds and flu - Our immune system is forever under attack, a daily dose of turmeric will help reduce the severity of bacterial and viral infections.
  6. Helps indigestion and weight loss - Curcumin stimulates the gallbladder and produces bile. Because bile helps digest fat, hence improves digestion and may help control weight. It also has an effect on indigestion, reducing symptoms of bloating and gas.
  7. Assists diabetes sufferers - Glucose control is improved with Turmeric and has been shown to drop blood sugar levels. Obviously monitoring your blood sugars is very important as not too drop too low.

Wow !!! what a great herb. Turmeric can be added to your diet but easiest and most therapeutic is to consume in tablet or capsule form. If you currently see a naturopath you will be surprised to see that most of your herbal tablet formulations will contain turmeric.

If you are looking for natural solutions and treatments for better everyday living contact my team to make a naturopathy appointment.