Turmeric/Curry Powder ★★★
This spice and spice blend may be the healthiest thing on earth. Curry power contains Turmeric, which is what gives the powder its yellow color. Turmeric contains special antioxidants called curcuminoids. These compounds along with a host of others in Turmeric are responsible for a range of things from lowering your cholesterol to fighting and even killing several different types of cancers in both lab studies (in vitro) and in humans.
Turmeric and Ginger (a close cousin of Turmeric) are probably the most powerful anti inflammatory foods in the world. This means that if you are suffering from things like digestive disorders, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease or cancer, Turmeric and Ginger should be at the top of your food list.
Here is a list of some of the health benefits from Turmeric:
- Slows down the onset of Alzheimer’s
- Ease arthritis pain, especially rheumatoid arthritis
- Ease gastrointestinal problems like IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
- Improve your mood
- Reduce insomnia
- Kill bad bacteria, parasites and worms in your gut
- Detoxifies your liver
- Heal wounds
- Lower LDL cholesterol levels
- Helps dissolve gallstones
- Helps protect the skin from UVB radiation from the sun when taken at high doses
- Stop, reverse and prevent several types of cancers
What makes turmeric unique as a mood booster is that it can stop the brain from naturally breaking down neurotransmitters like dopamine that your body releases when you feel happy. As a result, you may begin to build up more of these neurotransmitters in you system and your mood improves. This is especially useful in the winter time to help deal with seasonal awareness disorder (SAD). Studies are showing that the curcumin in turmeric is almost as effective as antidepressants when it comes to improving your mood. This is great because turmeric doesn’t have any side effects. The downside is that you would have to take up to 7 teaspoons of turmeric per day to see significant results. In this case, your best bet is to take a curcumin supplement. Look for Curcumin supplements that say standardized 95% curcuminoids. The supplement should also contain black pepper extract. Piperine, a compound in black pepper, helps our body absorb curcumin. Take 500 mg twice per day and give it a few weeks to stark kicking in. It’s best to have some black pepper even when you eat turmeric as part of your diet since the body has a hard time absorbing it on its own.
Turmeric vs Cancer
Not only is Turmeric good at fighting cancers but it has been proven in many different studies. Here is a list of cancers Turmeric has been shown to fight off. The list was obtained from an article in the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists journal (AAPSJ).
|ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia)||1 cited study|
|ATL (Acute T cell Leukemia)||4 cited studies|
|AML (Acute Myelogenous Leukemia)||1 cited study|
|Promyelocytic leukemia||6 cited studies|
|Erythromyeloblastoid leukemia||1 cited study|
|Burkitt’s Lymphoma||2 cited studies|
|Hodgkin’s lymphoma||2 cited studies|
|Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma||3 cited studies|
|Follicular lymphoma||1 cited study|
|Primary effusion lymphoma||1 cited study|
|Multiple myeloma||3 cited studies|
|Esophagus||1 cited study|
|Intestine||1 cited study|
|Liver||8 cited studies|
|Pancreas||2 cited studies|
|Colorectal||18 cited studies|
|Bladder||2 cited studies|
|Kidney||1 cited study|
|Prostrate||13 cited studies|
|Brain tumors||14 cited studies|
|Breast cancer||10 cited studies|
|Cervix||1 cited study|
|Ovary||2 cited studies|
|Thoracic/Head & Neck cancers|
|Lung||7 cited studies|
|Melanoma||6 cited studies|
|Endothelial cells||2 cited studies|
|Lymphocytes||3 cited studies|
|Hepatocytes||3 cited studies|
|Fibroblasts||7 cited studies|
|Thymocytes||1 cited study|
|Mammary epithelial cells||1 cited study|
Please note that although some cancers listed here have no cited studies, it does not mean that Turmeric cannot help fight off these cancers. It only implies that the authors could not locate a study that effectively shows cancer cells destroyed or slowed down by turmeric. It may also mean that a study has not been done yet.
Also, note that Turmeric does not kill normal cells. In fact, it does quite the opposite. Turmeric helps make normal cells stronger by neutralizing free radicals inside them
As amazing as Turmeric can be, it may interact with some medications that you may be taking. Click here to see a list of some medications that Turmeric may interact with.
To get the best out of Turmeric, take 1 teaspoon per day. If you have cancer and want to take Turmeric as a part of your diet you may, and perhaps should, take even more than 1 teaspoon per day. However, clear this with your doctor as Turmeric may interfere with some chemotherapy medicines.