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Daily Turmeric Could Save Your Life

What Is Turmeric?

It’s a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. It is known as one of the world’s healthiest foods. It’s a spice many enjoy in Indian inspired dishes.

But did you know it is also super healthy? Let’s have a look at some research into the goodness of this amazingly powerful spice. 

Curcumin is the natural compound found in turmeric. It is known to greatly reduce inflammation. An inflamed body is an unhealthy body.

Tumeric is known to help protect the brain from cognitive issues, such as Alzheimer’s and even dementia. Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) is a growth hormone linked to brain disorders. Curcumin has been shown to reduce or even delay these effects. (source)

Tumeric is said to slow (or stop) the growth of cancer. According to Cancer Research UK, one study showed that turmeric could stop precancerous cells from becoming full-blown cancer. Additionally, specific cancers have been shown to be much lower in countries which consume a lot of turmeric. Here’s some additional research posted from the same linked source.

A number of laboratory studies on cancer cells have shown that curcumin does have anticancer effects. It seems to be able to kill cancer cells and prevent more from growing. It has the best effects on breast cancer, bowel cancer, stomach cancer and skin cancer cells.

A 2007 American study that combined curcumin with chemotherapy to treat bowel cancer cells in a laboratory showed that the combined treatment killed more cancer cells than the chemotherapy alone.

A 2007 American study in mice seemed to show that curcumin helped to stop the spread of breast cancer cells to other parts of the body.

Doctors think that curcumin stays in the digestive system and is absorbed by the cells in the bowel. To find out more, a small study in the UK looked at how curcumin is absorbed from the human gut into liver cells. This study looked at how much of the curcumin is absorbed into both cancer cells and normal cells. This was a very small study of people with bowel cancer that had spread to the liver. They were given curcumin for 7 days before surgery.

Try it in water

 

Tumeric could improve your digestion by reducing inflammation inside of your digestive track. A study at the University of Maryland’s Medical Center turmeric might be a good solution for indigestion and ulcerative colitis.

Indigestion or Dyspepsia

Curcumin stimulates the gallbladder to produce bile, which some people think may help improve digestion. The German Commission E, which determines which herbs can be safely prescribed in Germany, has approved turmeric for digestive problems. And one double-blind, placebo-controlled study found that turmeric reduced symptoms of bloating and gas in people suffering from indigestion.

Ulcerative colitis

Turmeric may help people with ulcerative colitis stay in remission. Ulcerative colitis is a chronic disease of the digestive tract where symptoms tend to come and go. In one double-blind, placebo-controlled study, people whose ulcerative colitis was in remission took either curcumin or placebo, along with conventional medical treatment, for 6 months. Those who took curcumin had a significantly lower relapse rate than those who took placebo.

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What You Should Know About The Beautiful Powerful Cranberry

The Cranberry is super powerful. It can help prevent certain types of cancers. It can help heal urinary tract infections. Are you eating them, though?

Though it is almost two weeks off the mark, the people of Wisconsin have began to reap the benefits of their official state fruit, the cranberry. The mark was missed due to warmer temperatures, but they’ve now hit their stride.  Cranberries need cooler air to ripen into the perfect edible color.

According to JSOnline.com.

“Before the growers can deliver, the fruit needs to reach a certain minimal color. Because of the warm weather, the fruit hasn’t colored up,” Lochner said

Wisconsin leads the country in cranberry production with about 60% of the nation’s supply — grown on 21,000 acres in 20 counties in the northern and central parts of the state.

So what are the benefits of these beautiful, often forgotten, fruits?

Help Fight Cancer: Cranberries help slow the growth progression of Tumors. (source). “Growing evidence from tissue culture, animal, and clinical models suggests that the flavonoid-rich fruits of the North American cranberry and blueberry (Vaccinium spp.) have the potential ability to limit the development and severity of certain cancers and vascular diseases including atherosclerosis, ischemic stroke, and neurodegenerative diseases of aging.”

Also, resveratrol, piceatannol, and pterostilbene are present in cranberries. You’ve probably heard of the first one before (dark chocolate, red wine), but maybe not so much the following two. (Source) “These naturally occurring stilbenes, known to be strong antioxidants and to have cancer chemopreventive activities, will add to the purported health benefits derived from the consumption of these small fruits.”

Improve Immune System: proanthocyanidins are found in cranberries. And they help the body’s immune system fight off colds and flus. (source) “A study published in December 2013 states that cranberry supplementation enhances immunity and resulted in fewer symptoms of the cold and flu. Cranberry contains organic acids and phytochemicals including proanthocyanidins and anthocyanins with significant antioxidant activity.”

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs): This is its most popular function which most people already know, but it can’t be stated enough. (source) “One study looked at women who had a history of urinary tract infections caused by E. coli bacteria. Women who drank 1.7 ounces of cranberry-lingonberry juice concentrate every day for six months lowered their risk of getting a UTI by 20% compared to women who didn’t use any intervention.”

Cranberries are also said to be able to help prevent tooth decay, help you lose weight, and help prevent kidney stones. They truly are a super power when it comes to nutrient density. And what else, they aren’t super expensive, either? So why then aren’t more people eating them? Well, they are, especially the people of Wisconsin.

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