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Turmeric's "Weight Loss Secret": It Turns Bad Fat Good

A groundbreaking new study found that turmeric extract is capable of turning the "bad" white fat cells in our body into the "good" brown ones, potentially providing a completely new approach to winning the battle of the bulge.
A groundbreaking new study published in Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry reveals that curcumin, a golden-hued compound in turmeric, may provide a unique solution for overweight individuals by altering the composition of fat cells in their bodies in favor of the calorie-burning type.  Obesity and overweight are global epidemics today, and are largely due to the now virtually universal Western type diet of highly processed, genetically modified, chemical contaminated, and evolutionarily incompatible foods, and which can have severe if not sometimes lethal adverse health effects.   Diet, however, is not the only contributing factor. Like all conditions, the problem is multi-factorial, with exposure to a host of endocrine disrupters, chronic stress, a dramatically altered and/or depleted microbiome, and a lack of sufficient movement and exercise, all playing key roles. Every year, billions of dollars are spent on weight loss gadgets, bariatric surgeries, and both synthetic and natural pills, and yet the problem only appears to be growing worse. What if we could strike closer to the root causes of serious weight problems using something as familiar, affordable, and safe as a common spice on our spice rack? Indeed, turmeric contains a golden-hued compound called curcumin which appears to be capable of changing "bad" fat cells into "good" ones, among a whole host of additional beneficial properties.  Know the Difference Between Brown and...
10-15 2015
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Why All Diabetics Should Know About Turmeric

Many diabetics already know about the benefits of a low-glycemic diet and regular exercise, but why haven't they heard about turmeric, one of the world's most extensively researched anti-diabetic plants?
Many diabetics already know about the benefits of a low-glycemic diet and the need for regular exercise, but why haven't they heard about turmeric, one of the world's most extensively researched anti-diabetic plants? A recent literature review published in the International Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism titled, "Anti-Hyperglycemic Effect and Insulin Sensitizing Effects of Turmeric and Its Principle Constituent Curcumin," adds promising new support to the notion that the ancient Indian spice turmeric may provide an ideal drug alternative to treating and perhaps even preventing type 2 diabetes, which has become of the world's most prevalent diagnoses. The study reviewed research published between 1998 to 2013 that indicates the active polyphenol in turmeric known as curcumin may provide an ideal intervention for type 2 diabetes, capable of mitigating characteristic pathophysiological hallmarks of the disease such as elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) and insulin resistance. Nineteen of the studies reviewed were cell (in vitro) and animal (in vivo), all which showed beneficial effects.  Five of the studies were human clinical trials using turmeric or curcumin, three of which were performed in those with either diabetes or prediabetes.  Amazingly, the animal and cell research literature review concluded that curcumin could improve the type 2 diabetic state through 10 distinctly different mechanisms, such as: Reduction in liver glucose...
04-17 2018
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Turmeric Superior to Prozac and Pain-Killers for PMS

Could this ancient spice be superior to drugs for treating premenstrual syndrome (PMS)?
PMS afflicts millions of women each month, some with debilitating symptoms. Pain killers and antidepressants are standard treatments, both of which carry serious side effects. A new study finds turmeric extract may be superior in addressing some of the root causes of the disorder.  A new study published in the journal Neuropeptides titled, "Effect of curcumin on serum brain-derived neurotrophic factor levels in women with premenstrual syndrome: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial," has revealed that the primary polyphenol in turmeric known as curcumin is capable of improving symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), including increasing an important hormone in the nervous system called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), and which is known to undergo significant decreases in women who suffer from challenging PMS cycles. Millions of women take pain-killers to reduce PMS symptoms without realizing NSAIDs like ibuprofen can have life threatening adverse effects, including thousands of heart attacks each year.  Also, aspirin is far more dangerous than the public has been told, with evidence-based alternatives like pycnogenol going almost completely unacknowledged. Tylenol is not only one of the most dangerous drugs for the liver, leading one health advocate to suggest the FDA should pull it from the market, but has also only recently been found to have psychiatric effects by numbing emotional states. Clearly we need safer...
12-02 2015
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Yeast Is A Cause of Cancer And Turmeric Can Kill Both, Research Confirms

A new study validates a controversial cancer theory, namely, that yeast in our body can contribute to not just feeding, but actually causing cancer. Can the ancient healing spice turmeric come to the rescue?
A new study validates a controversial cancer theory, namely, that yeast in our body can contribute to not just feeding, but actually causing cancer. Can the ancient healing spice turmeric come to the rescue? A recent study published in Critical Reviews in Microbiology lends support to the concept that opportunistic Candida albicans (yeast) infection may not just be a consequence of cancer, but is an actively contributing cause as well. Titled, "Candida albicans and cancer: Can this yeast induce cancer development or progression?", the study provided the following important background information on this controversial subject: There is currently increasing concern about the relation between microbial infections and cancer. More and more studies support the view that there is an association, above all, when the causal agents are bacteria or viruses. This review adds to this, summarizing evidence that the opportunistic fungus Candida albicans increases the risk of carcinogenesis and metastasis. Until recent years, Candida spp. had fundamentally been linked to cancerous processes as it is an opportunist pathogen that takes advantage of the immunosuppressed state of patients particularly due to chemotherapy. In contrast, the most recent findings demonstrate that C. albicans is capable of promoting cancer by several mechanisms, as described in the review: production of carcinogenic byproducts, triggering of inflammation, induction of Th17 response and molecular mimicry. We...
01-05 2016
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Turmeric Heals Spinal Cord Injuries Better Than Drugs/Surgery, Review Suggests

Spinal cord injury can have devastating, and often irreversible effects. Conventional treatment relies on steroid drugs and surgery with lackluster results. What if an extract of turmeric works better and is safer?
Spinal cord injury can have devastating, and often irreversible effects. Conventional treatment relies on steroid drugs and surgery with lackluster results. What if an extract of turmeric works better and is safer?  A promising new study published in Neurology Research International titled, “The Potential of Curcumin In Treatment of Spinal Cord Injury,” suggests that the ancient Indian spice turmeric, and its primary polyphenol curcumin, may provide victims of spinal cord injury (SCI) a safer and more effective approach than conventional treatment which relies primarily on surgery and corticosteroids, a class of anti-inflammatory drugs notorious for adverse health effects. Curcumin has been validated in hundreds of studies to have immense value in treating a wide range of inflammatory-based diseases. You can use the GreenMedInfo curcumin research portal to view the primary literature on the topic, where you will find over 200 studies demonstrating curcumin's potent anti-inflammatory properties. The GreenMedInfo.com Research Dashboard: Curcumin Despite this wealth of already published research demonstrating curcumin’s powerful anti-inflammatory properties, the new study was the first to systematically review all the available data on curcumin’s effect’s on spinal cord injury, enabling a clearer picture of its value in relationship to standard therapies. The study quickly points out curcumin’s potential superiority vis-à-vis corticosteroids: Because all studies...
06-22 2016
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800 Reasons Turmeric Threatens Big Pharma

No single herb threatens the pharmaceutical industry's global monopoly as much as turmeric. Here's why...
No single herb threatens the pharmaceutical industry's global monopoly as much as turmeric. Here's why... Turmeric has received a lot of attention in the past few years. The reason has everything to do with the power of social media to undercut traditional pharmaceutical industry controlled media channels, along with the reality that the available published literature that has accumulated on turmeric’s health benefits is astoundingly vast. The open access database MEDLINE, for instance, now contains over 10,000 study abstracts on turmeric and/or its components, such as the polyphenol known as curcumin. Our intention at GreenMedInfo.com is to save you time looking through these thousands of studies by putting all the relevant ones to natural and integrative medicine in one spot. In the case of the burgeoning volume of turmeric and curcumin literature, that spot is our Turmeric Research dashboard. Previously, we wrote an article titled “600 Reasons Turmeric May Be The World’s Most Important Herb,” which received a quarter of a million social media shares and many more views. Since then, the Greenmedinfo database on turmeric has grown to encompass 800 distinct potential health benefits linked to this ancient Indian spice. This is all the more amazing when you consider the fact that most pharmaceutical drugs are marketed for one major health benefit, but come with about 75 known side effects. Take a look at our article showing curcumin as effective as 14...
07-04 2016
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Turmeric: Better Than Aspirin For Heart Disease Prevention?

Could turmeric extract become the next "aspirin" in the ongoing effort to prevent heart disease?
  Turmeric: Better Than Aspirin For Heart Disease Prevention?    In a day and age where people identify heart disease prevention strategies with consuming what are essentally toxic chemicals like aspirin and statin drugs, it is refreshing to see clinical research being done on the powerfully cardioprotective properties of time-tested and much safer spices.   A compelling new study published in the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism has found that a daily dose of a novel form of turmeric extract (curcumin) significantly improved the functional state of the blood vessels of healthy adults within two months.   The randomized, controlled, double-blind parallel prospective study involved fifty-nine healthy adults who were assigned to either a placebo, 50 mg (50 mg), or 200 mg (200 mg) curcumin, for 8 weeks.   The study provided background on what is believed to be a primary underlying cause of cardiovascular disease, namely, the inability of the inner lining of blood vessels (endothelium) to dilate fully as a consequence of mostly symptomless damage that can start early in life:   “Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are often asymptomatic and can begin as early as childhood [1]. A putative mechanism leading to CVD is damage to the vascular endothelium, a monolayer of cells which releases antiatherosclerotic molecules, most notably including nitric oxide [2]. Endothelial function can be measured as a decreased flow-mediated dilation (FMD)...
09-22 2016
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Turmeric: Orange Is The New Black For Pain

It’s estimated that 100 million Americans live with chronic pain, but pain-killers can have serious side effects. Here's why turmeric may provide an ideal alternative.
Turmeric: Orange Is The New Black For Pain America is in pain. It’s estimated that 100 million of us live with chronic pain, which far exceeds the 60 million people living with cancer, heart disease, stroke or diabetes. Pain exacts a physical, psychological, emotional and often, financial toll on each victim and is an expensive public health problem. Conventional solutions available for treatment are costly, have limited efficacy, and risk serious side effects including addiction. Widely available over-the-counter (OTC) pain killers are labeled with strongly worded language listing dangers, and many of the prescription versions now carry a black box warning, the highest level of caution issued by the FDA for drugs found to have serious and/or life threatening risks. Consumers seeking safe, effective analgesic alternatives are turning to turmeric, making orange the new black for pain.  There are six FDA approved oral analgesic categories, each with specifics risks and benefits: 1. Acetaminophen, the most popular over-the-counter analgesic in the US, is effective for mild to moderate pain. It has a low margin of safety and overdose complications can easily occur beyond the recommended maximum of 4 grams/day. Risks include liver damage which can lead to death. Acetaminophen is the most common cause of acute liver failure in the US, and combining it with alcohol or drugs that are metabolized in the liver, raises the risk of toxicity. The FDA has continuously upgraded...
01-12 2017
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Forbes Leads Media Attack Against Turmeric's Health Benefits

Tired of turmeric latte sipping hipsters and health nuts lauding the anecdotal health benefits of this legendary golden spice, the Mainstream Media strikes back with the anvil of hard Science (capital "S")...
Forbes Leads Media Attack Against Turmeric's Health Benefits Tired of turmeric latte sipping hipsters and health nuts lauding the anecdotal health benefits of this legendary golden spice, the Mainstream Media strikes back with the anvil of hard Science (capital "S")... Forbes just published an op-ed titled, “Everybody Needs To Stop With This Turmeric Molecule,” intended to warn consumers and scientists alike that curcumin (the primary polyphenol in turmeric), and presumably turmeric itself, is a “waste of time and money.” What is their seeming unequivocal conclusion based on? According to the assessment of Forbes writer Sam Leminick, a new paper published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry entitled, The Essential Medicinal Chemistry of Curcumin, reveals: “...there’s really no evidence that curcumin (and a couple related compounds lumped in for convenience) does anything for you health-wise.” What Mr. Leminick is referring here to as “evidence,” or the lack thereof, is the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, human clinical trial (RCT). The RCT has become the epistemiological holy grail of Scientism and the Medical Monotheism it informs. In this belief system, it doesn’t matter if something has had cross-cultural validation as a healing agent, even after thousands of years of safe human use; nor does it matter if you personally have experienced (N-of-1) direct and measurable health benefits from consuming it. This is essentially a pyramidal control...
02-02 2017
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Curcumin from Turmeric Inhibits Zika, HIV, Herpes and Other Viruses

The turmeric compound curcumin has been found to inhibit a number of significant viruses, including zika virus, hepatitis, herpes, chikungunya virus, influenza-A, HIV and HPV.
Originally Posted on Heal Naturally. The turmeric compound curcumin has been found to inhibit a number of significant viruses, including zika virus, hepatitis, herpes, chikungunya virus, influenza-A, HIV and HPV. Turmeric has been used as a medicinal food for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine. I have discussed its ability to slow cancer growth, help prevent Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, help resolve Lichen Panus, and reduce type-2 diabetes. More recently, research has confirmed that the central medicinal compound in turmeric – curcumin – blocks the growth of the zika virus, hepatitis, herpes, chikungunya virus, influenza-A, HIV and HPV. These are all serious viruses. Collectively, they affect hundreds of millions of people around the world. Some of these viruses are transmitted by mosquitoes. For example, zika and the chikungunya viruses are transmitted by the Aedes species of mosquito.  Last year, researchers found that zika is linked with birth defects such as microcephaly. Zika virus has recently spread from South and Central America into Southern states in the U.S., including Texas and Florida. The chikungunya virus is also spreading in South and Central America. This virus will cause joint pain, high fevers, rashes and sometimes even death. There are no vaccines for either zika or chikungunya viruses. There are also no real treatments either. One of the problems with these viruses is due to the viral cell being enveloped. They have...
04-27 2017

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