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Orange Spice Turmeric Tea (and The Benefits of Turmeric)

Orange Spice Turmeric Tea (and The Benefits of Turmeric)

This isn’t my first rondevue with turmeric and making turmeric milk/tea. About a month ago I posted a simple recipe for Basic Turmeric Milk that I quickly fell in love with. Overall, that recipe was very basic and just combined the earthy flavor of turmeric with sweet and floral honey. Since then I have tweaked a few ingredients and added some local and in season foods

This new recipe for Orange Spice Turmeric Tea not only uses the healing power of turmeric, but it also combines the spicy flavor of real ginger with fresh orange and honey. It is a cup of deliciousness that will heal, balance and rejuvenate.

If you haven’t noticed, turmeric is the hot new food/herb/root that is popping up all over the social media scene and internet. That being said, I thought it was time to really put the spotlight on turmeric and give you the low down from an RD point of view.

One of the main compounds found in turmeric is Curcumin, which is responsible for it’s bright orange color as well as the amazing anti-inflammatory and health properties. There are other healthy and healing compounds in turmeric, however curcumin is the most studied and the most recognized.

When it’s orange season I use this delicious fruit with everything and in everything I possibly can. I mean, its not often that you can get delicious and in-season fruit that looks like a little piece of sunshine, and tastes like it too. Adding the fresh orange zest and juice as well as the fresh ginger and honey was undoubtedly the right decision for this blissful beverage. The perfect combination of vitamin c and beta-carotene boosting orange, healing and spicy ginger, sweet local honey, earthy turmeric and a little milk gives me reason to believe this drink is actually liquid gold.

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Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 1 cup coconut or almond milk
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 2 tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 -1 tsp fresh grated ginger root
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon (optional)

Directions

  1. In a sauce pan over low heat combine milk, orange zest, ginger and orange juice. Stir and let steep for 5 minutes.
  2. Add in honey and whisk until well combined.  Lastly add in turmeric, whisk and allow to reach a boil on low heat.
  3. Remove from heat and strain the grated ginger and orange zest out. Pour turmeric tea into a glass and enjoy!
Herbal Cure: Turmeric Can Help Fight Colon Cancer

Herbal Cure: Turmeric Can Help Fight Colon Cancer

Herbal Cure: Turmeric Can Help Fight Colon Cancer

Turmeric, a yellow indian spice commonly used as a food coloring, is already known to treat many health problems such as liver disorder, bacterial infections in wounds, eye disorders and many other conditions.

Now a new study from Belgium shows that a compound in turmeric has the potential to treat and prevent colon cancer, thanks to its medicinal properties.

In fact, the study suggests that a combination of two plant compounds – curcumin (an active ingredient in turmeric) and silymarin (a compound naturally found in milk thistle) – can effectively ward off colorectal cancer cells.

According to the study’s findings, both compounds, when used individually, were effective in preventing spread of colon cancer cells, but a combo-pack of them showed a synergistic effect against the colorectal cancer cells.

“A single phytochemical at high concentration may exhibit anticancer activity,” observed the Saint Louis University researchers while conducting a lab test in a line of colon cancer cells. “By combining two phytochemicals, anticancer activity at much lower doses has been sought.”

For the lab test, researchers used three different human colon cancer cell lines and treated them with varying doses of curcumin, silymarin, and a combo of curcumin and silymarin. Cell proliferation (increase in the number of cells) and apoptosis (a process of programmed cell death) were assessed after treating the cells with the compounds.

The research team observed a significant difference between single compound-treated cells and cells treated with a combo of both compounds. They found cells treated with either phytochemical alone had low levels of apoptosis, while treating the cells first with curcumin and then with silymarin resulted in an increased cell death, thus was more effective in fighting cancer.

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“The combination of phytochemicals inhibited colon cancer cells from multiplying and spreading. In addition, when the colon cancer cells were pre-exposed to curcumin and then treated with silymarin, the cells underwent a high amount of cell death,” said study author Dr. Uthayashanker Ezekiel, from Saint Louis University.

Phytochemicals may offer alternate therapeutic approaches to cancer treatments and avoid toxicity problems and side effects that chemotherapy can cause,” Ezekiel added.

The researchers acknowledge theirs is a preliminary cell study and more research is to be done before determining the curcumin and silymarin are an effective treatment for colon cancer patients.

“Future studies will explore the NF-kB (nuclear factor-kappa beta) and apoptotic pathways to understand synergistic effects of curcumin and silymarin on colon cancer cells,” they conclude.

The research findings appear in the Journal of Cancer.



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How Much Turmeric Should You Be Taking?

How Much Turmeric Should You Be Taking?

How Much Turmeric Should You Be Taking?
What Is The Correct Turmeric Dosage?

According to the medical community, about 2,000mg is the maximum amount of standardized turmeric curcumin you should take per day. When cooking with ground turmeric powder, the University of Maryland recommends 1 to 3 grams per day. One gram of ground turmeric powder is about ½ teaspoon.

The recommended dosage of Turmeric and the methods of consumption are as follows:

How:  When possible take Turmeric with some fat or oil as it is lipophilic (oil soluble).  I use coconut oil most often. In the morning simply eating whole eggs and bacon provides plenty of necessary fat.

How much:  For adults the official recommendation is up to 1.5 g. daily which will be about one very slightly rounded teaspoon which can be divided over two to three doses daily.  Therapeutic doses are considered to be 2-3 g. See cautions below.  Not recommended for small children under two.  For older children and those over 65, start with a low dose. There are varying opinions as to the dosage and confusion between the active ingredient curcumin and Turmeric doses.

Tea:  I don’t recommend taking Turmeric as a tea.  It will stain everything.  Some people like to take it in warm milk with honey (Golden Milk) or hot cocoa.

Capsules:  Turmeric Curcumin (Curcumin is the active ingredient in Turmeric) is available in capsule form. It’s readily available and easy to take.

Food:  A great way to take it, a curry is perhaps the best food method – but do you eat curry daily and with medicinal amounts of turmeric? I doubt it.  However, I have added turmeric throughout the day in my yogurt, soups, salad dressings and other dishes. Nobody wants to eat Turmeric in every meal which is why the capsules are such a wonderful and easy alternative.

Fat/oil:  This is my modus operandi and part of my morning routine.  Two teaspoons of coconut oil (turns solid in winter so I warm it a little) to one teaspoon of turmeric which will equal the recommended dose of  1g daily.  I add a good few turns of black pepper. This is most likely about 1/8 teaspoon.

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Caution regarding therapeutic doses:

It is worth considering that many people have successfully either weaned themselves off chemical drugs or at least lowered the doses over time. This also means, avoided the inevitable side effects of long term pharmaceuticals.

Warning!  Super food turmeric may seriously improve your health.  Read more about turmeric benefits – Spice:  Turmeric – Beyond Curry

Be sure to purchase your herb and spices from non-irradiated, organic and reliable sources for the full health benefit.  Grocery store herbs are good enough for seasoning but most likely have been radiated.  One company I have come to trust is “Simply Organic”.

Therapeutic doses of most any herbal preparation is seldom intended for long term use and were never intended to be used in that way.  Obviously, long term chemical ‘solutions’ have also negative effects.  Many herbalists and Naturopathic practitioners recommend taking breaks of a few weeks from any long term herb use.  However, some people eventually ease themselves off of pharmaceuticals and are happy with the results using natural methods and just as importantly, a healthier lifestyle.



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Turmeric Face Masks Really Do Work! Anti-Aging and Wrinkle Remover

Turmeric Face Masks Really Do Work! Anti-Aging and Wrinkle Remover

Acne, eczema, redness, inflammation, dark spots or under eye circles, unwanted facial hair, wrinkles. In the event that you have any of the previously mentioned facial and skin issues, then this homemade mask is for you. It lights up skin and tightens pores as it works to clear up acne and eczema, and reduces any redness or inflammation. It likewise helps fade those unattractive dark spots and under eye circles, while working to diminish unwanted facial hair. In addition, it is anti-aging and fights wrinkles while leaving skin soft and smooth. This mask is the most beneficial one and it is made of a few simple, cheap and easy to find ingredients. The main ingredient is turmeric.

Turmeric is an extremely colorful, orange-yellow flavor that comes in powder structure. The majority of the world’s supply is grown in India where the Turmeric plants’ roots are gathered, bubbled, and after that dried in super hot ovens. When they are completely dry, they are ground down into a fine powder, which is exceptionally strong and effectively stains whatever it comes into contact with. That is the reason why it is regularly utilized as a dye agent, despite the fact that it is more widespread and its basic use is as a spice for flavoring foods.

So, make sure you wear clothes that you do not mind getting dirty, when you will make this facial treatment. You additionally need to wear gloves because if you do not do that, your nails and skin will turn yellow, similarly that yellow mustard stains hands and fingers. You will need a small bowl, a teaspoon, a tablespoon, flour, turmeric, almond oil, and regular milk. Put 2 tablespoons of flour and 1 teaspoon of turmeric in the bowl, then add 1 tablespoon of almond oil and as much milk as it takes to get a creamy consistency that is not very runny or thick. For reference, she began with 3 tablespoons and added somewhat more to get it simply right. Once those four compounds are all combined it is prepared to be applied onto your face.

Be careful when you go to apply this mask and be careful with your eyes and eyebrows, since it works to remove facial hair and can take your eyebrows off. Likewise, have in mind that fact when working around your hairline. You can apply it under the eye zone, however, make sure you do not get excessively near your eyelashes! Leave the mask on for 20 minutes, and then wash it off with lukewarm water. Utilize a towel. Amid this part be mindful so as to not get any of the turmeric on the counter top on the grounds that it will stain that, and anything else it comes into contact with. After you get the mask off you may have a slightly yellow skin. Wash your face once more, this time with a gentle cleanser in order to get rid of any remaining leftovers and follow that up with a light lotion.

The turmeric facial mask can and ought to be applied at least once every week. This mask is all natural and will not cost you more than a few dollars to make. For some of us out there this magnificence tip could change our appearance, and lives, for better. So rifle through your spice rack and get the turmeric, blend it up and smear some on your face, and be flabbergasted at how such an unlikely solution really functions!

Amazing Benefits of Turmeric

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Turmeric Curcumin: A Potential Powerhouse for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Turmeric Curcumin: A Potential Powerhouse for Rheumatoid Arthritis

In conventional practices, NSAIDs and glucocorticoids are used the most frequently for RA treatment, but they also bring with them a host of side effects, especially in long-term use. Possible adverse effects include stomach and liver damage, allergic reactions, lowered immunity, increased blood pressure, lowered red blood cell activity (myelosuppression), and increased risk of osteoporosis.1,2 Worse yet, even though they help control pain and inflammation, they really only cover the problem for a while. Beyond stopping some of the inflammation, they still can’t stop the joint damage of RA, or lower attendant depression, or address other chronic conditions that can easily present alongside RA. So, aside from some temporary relief, they are essentially “one-note” forms of treatment.I think one of the most difficult things for any practitioner is treating chronic conditions that have left a patient feeling frustrated, helpless, and at the mercy of synthetic drugs that can bring a wake of terrible side effects. As an autoimmune disease, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) falls into a category of illness that is typically difficult to treat conventionally beyond symptom control and – if caught early enough – a slowdown in joint destruction.

The fact that these measures cannot actually stop RA is the difficult part. As any practitioner knows, RA doesn’t just make people feel bad. Left untreated, or improperly treated, it can destroy a life. In especially difficult cases, untreated RA patients may see permanent disability in as little as 3 years following a diagnosis.1,3

This presents a real challenge for natural practitioners, and I think we can do better. Timing is critical: according to a 2011 study published in Clinical Rheumatology,3 the earlier the intervention, the better; however, about 30% of those with the most severe forms of the disease don’t respond to conventional treatments at all.1

Exactly why the body tricks itself into fighting its own tissues in RA is still not proven, though there are strong indications that intestinal permeability (“leaky gut”) plays a powerful role in the development of this disease.4 In a healthy system, the body achieves a homeostasis with regards to the immune system; it runs at a pleasantly “lukewarm” temperature, so to speak. That’s as it should be – just enough to keep viruses and other threats at bay, but not to be on overdrive. Of course, that’s the very problem with RA. The balance is completely off, and the body’s own defenses spin out of control against itself.5

Fortunately, there is hope for healing without complications. It is a compound from an herbal source known to practitioners of traditional Indian and Chinese medicine for generations: curcumin from turmeric (Curcuma longa).

Without a doubt, curcumin is well known to practitioners here in the United States too. And certainly, I’m sure that more than a few reading this column have used it for fighting pain. But I believe that it could be a complete RA-fighting herbal powerhouse unto itself.

Consider this study, published in Phytotherapy Research. In this randomized 8-week study, 45 participants were randomized to 3 groups.1 All of them had been diagnosed with RA, functional class I or II. Group 1 received diclofenac sodium, 50 mg BID; group 2 received 500 mg BID of an enhanced-absorption curcumin that also contains turmerones from turmeric essential oil; and group 3 received both diclofenac sodium and the curcumin. In both curcumin groups, there were no drop-outs due to adverse effects; however, in the diclofenac sodium-only group, 14% withdrew due to adverse effects.1

Before and after participation, a full check of kidney and liver function, blood sugar, and a complete blood count were performed. There were no significant changes in these measurements, in general, in all of the groups. One laboratory analysis adverse event was reported in the drug (diclofenac sodium) group.1

In the Disease Activity Score-28 (DAS28) assessment, the curcumin-only group showed the best results for disease symptom reduction, followed by the combination therapy of curcumin with diclofenac sodium. Interestingly, the diclofenac sodium-only group scored in last place. So, was curcumin the heavy-lifter here? After all, it was more effective than diclofenac sodium at reducing joint pain and swelling. Taking the curcumin with the drug was no more effective than using the botanical alone, and taking the drug alone was the least effective.1

Aside from those direct symptom changes, the curcumin-only group also showed improvement over others in reducing C-reactive protein (CRP), a measure of chronic inflammation, as well as anti-streptococcal antibodies (ASO) titers, which correlate with severity of RA activity.1

Diclofenac is one of the most commonly prescribed conventional drugs on the planet. Diclofenac sodium is widely used for RA treatment,6 so it was an easy choice for comparison’s sake. And, to be certain, I’d love to see more clinical comparisons regarding curcumin, prescription drugs, and RA. But this is still very impressive.

Now, if the idea of recommending curcumin for RA was only about promoting safe pain relief and stopping joint destruction (as if that isn’t enough), this compound can also relieve one of the worst aspects of RA: depression.

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), there is a “high prevalence of anxiety and depression… documented in several clinical populations of people with RA.”7 They also mention that the presence of anxiety and depression often means that people tend to not adhere to their prescribed course of treatments. The benefit of finding a natural therapy for RA and depression seems like a perfect fit for any practitioner. Here too, curcumin shows its versatility.

In a clinical study, patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) showed the greatest response using a combination of fluoxetine and high-absorption curcumin enhanced with turmeric essential oil – a 77.8% response rate, as measured by the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAMD-17).8

What I find interesting is that the single-therapy groups’ scores were virtually identical: fluoxetine at 64.7%, and curcumin at 62.5%. Ie, curcumin essentially worked as well as the prescription drug, fluoxetine, in terms of the measurable changes in the HAMD-17 score from baseline to 6 weeks of treatment, but without side effects.8

In another placebo-controlled study, high-absorption curcumin enhanced with turmeric essential oil showed antidepressant effects in people with MDD 4-8 weeks after treatment.9 Related research found that 500 mg BID of curcumin influenced biomarkers that appear to be associated with depression, including leptin and endothelin-1, and reduced their effects over an 8-wk period.10

How can curcumin do so much to impact multiple conditions? The answer is that it works along many pathways, whereas synthetic drugs typically work along only 1. Instead of fighting on a narrow front (and incurring side effects along the way), curcumin works widely and deeply to:

Additionally, a Japanese cultured-cell study found that curcumin inhibits histone acetyltransferase, which ultimately helps lower the activity of interleukin (IL)-6, an inflammatory cytokine and causal factor in RA (IL-6 is seen in higher levels in the synovial fibroblasts of RA).11

So, curcumin has plenty of mechanisms of action to support its use. And, in an easily absorbable form, you won’t have to worry about side effects or dosage levels that are too challenging for patient compliance.

Curcumin also shows remarkable potential to relieve inflammatory bowel disease, making it a perfect agent for countering conditions leading to leaky gut syndrome. In a small clinical study, patients with ulcerative proctitis and Crohn’s disease received daily curcumin.12 The patients with ulcerative proctitis were also taking prescription medications; however, by the end of the 2-month study period, 2 participants were able to stop taking 1 of their prescriptions altogether (including prednisone), and 2 others reduced their dosages. Inflammation levels returned to normal as well. Patients with Crohn’s disease who completed the study (4 out of 5) showed significant improvement, including less frequent bowel movements, less pain and cramping, and better-formed stools.12

The curcumin used in the RA and depression studies was naturally enhanced with turmeric essential oils to boost absorption beyond that of standard 95% extracts, which can necessitate high dosages and cause gastric discomfort. This blending with turmeric oils seems to extend curcumin’s retention time in the plasma, and at significant levels.13 In practical terms, this means that whether recommending for RA or attendant depression, the dosage could be as little as 1000 mg daily in 2 divided doses – definitely an easy level for patient compliance.1,8,9,10

When people suffering from RA first come to my office, they feel frustrated and adrift because they feel powerless over the pain and soreness of the disease. Curcumin’s potential as part of a natural treatment plan for RA is astounding. Numbers from the CDC show that there are 1.5 million Americans with RA,8 so we have our work cut out for us. But having curcumin in our corner makes the fight much easier to win.

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