Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2011
20 Health Benefits of Turmeric
The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin.
The medicinal properties of this spice have been slowly revealing themselves over the centuries. Long known for its anti-inflammatory properties, recent research has revealed that turmeric is a natural wonder, proving beneficial in the treatment of many different health conditions from cancer to Alzheimer's disease.
Here are 20 reasons to add turmeric to your diet:
. It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.
. When combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer.
. Prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in mice.
. May prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to commit suicide.
. Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.
. Is a natural liver detoxifier.
. May prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain.
. May prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer.
. It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.
10. Has shown promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice.
. Is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.
. May aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management.
. Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.
. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
. Boosts the effects of chemo drug paclitaxel and reduces its side effects.
. Promising studies are underway on the effects of turmeric on pancreatic cancer.
. Studies are ongoing in the positive effects of turmeric on multiple myeloma.
. Has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumors.
. Speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin.
. May help in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.
Once you start using turmeric on a regular basis, it's fun to find new ways to use it in recipes. My favorite way to use it is to add a pinch of it to egg salad. It adds a nice flavor and gives the egg salad a rich yellow hue.
Contraindications: Turmeric should not be used by people with gallstones or bile obstruction. Though turmeric is often used by pregnant women, it is important to consult with a doctor before doing so as turmeric can be a uterine stimulant.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
ScienceDaily (May 19, 2011) — A primary reason that head and neck cancer treatments fail is the tumor cells become resistant to chemotherapy drugs. Now, researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center have found that a compound derived from the Indian spice curcumin can help cells overcome that resistance.
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Friday, May 20, 2011
People with cancer often wonder if they're eating the correct foods, or if they should change their diet to help fight the disease.
The best general advice is to make sure that your diet is varied and balanced. This is vital to ensure that you feel better and have more energy, improve your body's ability to heal and to fight infection, tolerate your treatment with fewer side effects and keep your weight at an appropriate level.The information provided here is for people who have been diagnosed with cancer, or for those who are concerned about staying healthy and preventing the disease.