Curcumin, the bright yellow medicinal compound present in the spice turmeric, has unquestionably emerged as one of the safest, yet most powerful and promising dietary polyphenols based upon~6000 scientific published studies. This “miracle herb” has not only garnered the interest of scientists, but most everyone - from an everyday person seeking a safe, natural dietary supplement to improve their overall health and well-being - to individuals suffering from various health issues including pain, arthritis, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, depression and even a variety of human cancers . Robust epidemiological, scientific and clinical data clearly highlight that populations that consume curcumin as part of their diet on a regular basis have much lower incidence of many diseases, including cancer. These effects of curcumin are surprising, considering its potent ability to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress, as well as its recently recognized ability to restore normal epigenetic patterns in human cells- all of which has tremendous impact on both human health and life span. There is no question in my mind that curcumin would easily be a go-to choice if one were to look for an all-natural, safe and scientifically vetted dietary supplement.
Dr. Goel is Director of Epigenetics and Cancer Prevention at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, TX. He has spent 20 years researching cancer and has been the lead author or contributor to over 100 scientific articles published in peer reviewed international journals and several book chapters. He is currently researching the prevention of gastrointestinal cancers using integrative and alternative approaches, including botanical products. Two of the primary botanicals he is investigating are curcumin (from turmeric) and boswellia.
Dr. Goel is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research and the American Gastroenterology Association and is on the international editorial boards of World Journal of Gastroenterology and World Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology. He also performs peer-reviewing activities for almost 50 scientific journals, as well as serves on various grant funding committees of the National Institutes of Health.
I consider curcumin one of the superstars of natural medicine, and one of my top go-to supplements for daily use. It's superbly anti-inflammatory, is terrific for our overtaxed livers, and is a wonderful antioxidant. Some research suggests it may have anti-cancer properties-- it's been found to reduce development of several types of cancer in animals, and it can kill cancer cells in laboratory dishes.--
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Curcumin: The ULTIMATE HELPER
Being a born "helper", if I could be any plant compound, I would be curcumin! Curcumin is the ultimate of "helpers" in my book when it comes to plant medicines having spectacular anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and anti-cancer properties. I recommend it every day that I am in my practice for anything from pain relief and healing to prevention and protection.
Dr. Holly Lucille A.K.A. “Dr. Holly” is a nationally recognized licensed Naturopathic Physician, author and educator and natural products consultant, graduating from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ where she received the prestigious “Daphne Blayden Award” for her “Commitment to Naturopathic Medicine, academic excellence, compassion, perseverance, a loving sense of humor and a positive, supportive outlook”.http://www.DrHollyLucille.com
There's a good reason why one billion Indians use turmeric/curcumin as their main spice. Over 1000 studies have shown the dramatic benefits that this remarkable life saving and health promoting herb offers. These have been remarkably expanded and made more available by technology that adds back in the herbs natural oils, increasing its absorption by almost sevenfold.
These health benefits include (but are not at all limited to):
Pain relief. With the modern diet triggering high levels of inflammation and pain, curcumin is like the cavalry– coming in just in the nick of time. Especially when combined with one of my other favorite anti-inflammatory herbs, Boswellia, curcumin is more effective than standard arthritis medications. The good news? Instead of causing side effects, such as the approximately 30,000 unnecessary US deaths a year from bleeding ulcers and increased heart attacks and strokes coming from arthritis medications, it causes "side benefits". These include:
Lowering the risk of Alzheimer's disease. Animal model studies are showing a virtual "melting" of the amyloid plaques the clog the brains of people with Alzheimer's. Interestingly, people in India with a high curcumin intake have a 70% lower risk of Alzheimer's than people living in the United States. Treating with curcumin, plus what we' call the "DEMENTIA Protocol" – which tunes up brain function, dementia and Alzheimer's can often be reversed. Research looking at curcumin in people of Alzheimer's is currently underway
Cancer prevention and treatment. Numerous studies show that curcumin has a strong effect on both decreasing cancer risk and in helping to shrink cancers once they have begun. In the past, much of this research focused on colon cancer because the curcumin was poorly absorbed from the gut, but as it stayed in the gut, it still helped the colon cancers. Now that curcumin can be highly absorbed, its use is being explored for numerous types of cancers. Personally, I think is a good idea for anybody with cancer to take one or 2 softgel capsules of a highly absorbed curcumin product each day.
I consider curcumin research to be some of the most important medical research of this decade! I think the one billion Indians have the right idea . . .
Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, is Director of the Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Practitioners Network and author of the popular free iPhone & Android application “Cures A-Z,” and of the best-selling book From Fatigued to Fantastic!, Pain Free 1-2-3—A Proven Program for Eliminating Chronic Pain Now, the Beat Sugar Addiction NOW! series, Real Cause, Real Cure, and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. He is the lead author of 4 studies on effective treatment for fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, and a study on effective treatment of autism using NAET. Dr. Teitelbaum does frequent media appearances including Good Morning America, CNN, Fox News Channel, the Dr Oz Show and Oprah & Friends. He lives in Kona, Hawaii.
Chris Kilham, the Medicine Hunter, is an author, educator, and advocator for the responsible use of herbal medicines. Chris has written fourteen books, including Hot Plants, The Five Tibetans, Psyche Delicacies, Tales from the Medicine Trail and Kava, Medicine Hunting in Paradise. He also writes articles on plant medicines for several publications, and is a contributing columnist for FOX News Health. Chris is a frequent guest on, and member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Dr. Oz show. Chris travels the world to lecture on medicinal plants and conduct medicinal plant research.http://www.medicinehunter.com