The Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric, like Neem, has been used for many thousands of years in Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine and increasingly evidence shows that turmeric is a preventive agent for a wide range of diseases and some tumours due to its anti-inflammatory effect.

The Benefits of Turmeric include:
* enhanced antioxidant protection against free radicals
* improves stress tolerance levels within the body
* helps maintain normal cholesterol levels within the body
* helps to balance the digestive tract
* aids the body in keeping blood sugar levels to within the normal accepted range needed for good health
* Turmeric promotes: healthy skin, eyes, blood, circulation, healthy joints, liver function, and helps to both provide, and support a healthy and strong immune system.

Curcumin is the principal curcuminoid found in Turmeric, and has many health benefits.

A study conducted at M.D. Anderson Cancer Centre’s Department of Experimental Therapeutics, published in 2007, found:
“Curcumin has been shown to exhibit antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anticancer activities and thus has a really significant potential effect against various malignant diseases, diabetes, allergies, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and other chronic illnesses.”

In 2007, ethno botanist James Duke published a comprehensive summary of turmeric studies in
Alternative and Complementary Therapies.

Duke reviewed around 700 studies that concluded:
“… turmeric appears to outperform many pharmaceuticals in its effects against several chronic debilitating diseases, and does so with virtually no adverse side effects.”

One of the conditions turmeric has been found to be beneficial for is arthritis. Turmeric contains more than two dozen anti-inflammatory compounds, including six different COX-2 inhibitors. The COX-2 enzyme promotes pain, swelling, and inflammation, so inhibitors selectively block that enzyme.

Studies of the usefulness of curcumin have demonstrated positive changes in arthritic symptoms.

Duke found more than 700 citations for curcumin and cancer as well. He noted that in the handbook Phytochemicals: Mechanisms of Action, curcumin and/or turmeric were effective in animal models in prevention and/or treatment of colon cancer, mammary cancer, prostate cancer, and liver cancer in rats.

Researchers at Colorado State University’s Animal Cancer Centre are evaluating the potential for curcumin to treat feline cancer, specifically feline vaccine-associated sarcoma.

Researchers at Vanderbilt University have found curcumin to be very beneficial in slowing the progression of autoimmune diseases in the animal model.

Offer your pet up to a quarter of a teaspoon per day for every 10 pounds of your pet's weight

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2012/11/12/turmeric.aspx


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