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A new study sheds light on the powerful neuroprotective properties of curcumin, the active ingredient in everyone’s favorite yellow spice. A twice-daily dose of this natural supplement led to a nearly 30% improvement in memory and a boost in mood for adults suffering from mild memory loss It has become commonly accepted that the bright yellow spice, turmeric. is one of the world’s most potent medicinal plants. Championed by sports and fitness enthusiasts for its anti-inflammatory properties, stories abound of athletes making the switch from post-workout pain-relievers to daily curcumin supplementation—allowing them to avoid countless negative side effects of NSAIDs. Curcumin, the main active ingredient in turmeric, is responsible for its bold, yellow hue. A powerful antioxidant, curcumin is one of several compounds called curcuminoids that possess potent medicinal properties. These biologically active micronutrients do more than ward-off inflammation; they have been studied for their role in the prevention of degenerative diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and dementia. When it comes to supplementation, curcumin is not without its detractors. Taken in isolation, curcumin has reduced bioavailability and becomes destabilized. Taken as a whole-food in either fresh turmeric root or ground spice, the full-range of beneficial properties of this miracle plant are conveyed. Research is building into the wide range of uses, as well as optimal dosage and formulation...
Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition affecting millions of people worldwide. Thanks to a recent study, turmeric, a spice prized by sufferers of chronic joint aches and pains, may become the go-to natural way to treat this irritating skin condition without risks posed by conventional psoriasis drugs In a cooperative study performed by researchers at the Clinical Pharmacy Department at Azad University in Tehran, the Skin and Stem Cell Research Center in Tehran, and Kassir Dermatology in Dallas, Texas, turmeric, the golden-orange spice known worldwide for powerful anti-inflammatory properties, was found to be an effective treatment for psoriasis, a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that has no known cure. The randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial was conducted in late 2017, with the research paper being accepted for publication in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology in April, 2018. The findings provide another layer of evidence supporting the efficacy of holistic, diet and lifestyle-based interventions for autoimmune conditions. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, psoriasis is the most prevalent autoimmune disease in the United States. It is estimated by the World Health Organization (WHO) that as many as 125 million people, or nearly 3% of the population worldwide, suffer from psoriasis. The WHO’s Global Report on Psoriasis defines the condition as “a chronic, noncommunicable, painful, disfiguring and disabling disease for which there is no...
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