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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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Proline Expert Thomas DeLauer’s 7-Day Anti-Inflammatory Reboot

Proline Expert Thomas DeLauer’s 7-Day Anti-Inflammatory Reboot

Proline Expert Thomas DeLauer’s 7-Day
Anti-Inflammatory Reboot

Inflammation is holding us back in so many ways, and no one is really explaining it to us. All we know is that it’s “bad,” but no one wants to tell us about how it’s keeping us from losing weight and how it’s making us feel like garbage. Mainly because the food lobbyists don’t want us to dip into their profits when we find out that inflammation is caused by most of the so-called healthy foods that we are eating now!

Thomas DeLauer Before After Diet Pics

*IMPORTANT: My results are not typical. As with any weight loss program, your results may vary greatly.

When I was 275lbs and struggling with my weight, the last thing that I thought about was inflammation causing my problems… I had always resorted to the basics… simple calories in vs. calories out to lose weight, BUT that was NOT the case here. There was something bigger at play because I was literally doing everything that I was ‘supposed’ to do.

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Meanwhile, my wife was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease that effected her thyroid (hashimoto’s) and later, Lyme disease. It was the serendipitous timing of this that made me realize that inflammation might be playing a larger role then I had thought. I’m sure many of you have heard of these diseases, and the scary thing is that they can be affecting you and you might not even know it!

To make a very long story short, I began learning about inflammation, using my resources within the healthcare industry to dive into some heavy research on how inflammation works and how it could be holding my wife and I (and others) from living the lives that we wanted to live. Like so many others, it’s easy to not even realize you’re being held back.

I found that inflammation can cause all kinds of issues in the digestive tract making it so that you’re not absorbing nutrients. This was a HUGE step, because I WAS eating healthy, but I couldn’t lose weight at all! So when I realized that there were specific “health foods” that I was eating that were causing this to happen, it all made sense….

read more: Learn what these health foods are

If you’re not absorbing nutrients, then you body goes into starvation mode and that means that you will store fat! It’s a simple survival mechanism! This was the code that needed to be cracked! I needed to find a way to reduce the activity of the COX-1 enzyme and the production of prostaglandins (a fancy way of saying ‘how inflammation is caused”)

Thomas DeLauer Diet Plan

But the difficulty was finding a way to rid my body of the inflammation so that I could begin absorbing nutrients again. And back then, this was a long drawn out process, simply because the science wasn’t really there at the time. Most of us don’t really have the time or the energy to devote to experimenting with different foods to find what works for them.

Well, I did reduce my inflammation, and I was able to get back on track and ultimately become on author on this very topic, but it took a lot of time.

So over the past six months, using my experiences and my research I have developed a way to reduce inflammation within the body and to help the body absorb nutrients again, all with a WHOLE FOODS approach. As someone that has been in the healthcare industry before, I wanted to make sure this was a down-to-earth way to reduce inflammation.

Anyhow, it has been awesome to see how many people have been having success and not just reducing inflammation, but truly losing weight and kick starting their new lives feeling utterly amazing!

I want to invite you to take a look at the full protocol and the actual program and steps that you need to take right here

Just seeing some of the pain being lifted from people and seeing them realize what had been causing them so much grief before…

Thomas DeLauer Diet Plan Happy Customer Testimonials

*IMPORTANT: Results are not typical. As with any weight loss program, your results may vary greatly.

Thomas DeLauer 7-Day Anti-Inflammation Reboot

*IMPORTANT: Results are not typical. As with any weight loss program, your results may vary greatly.

Anyhow, you’ve all been so good to me by watching my videos and reading my articles, I thought that this would be a great special opportunity for you to get this reboot system, so head on over and check it out here – Thank you! Thomas Delauer

Drop a Beet & Grapefruit Detox Juice Recipe

Drop a Beet & Grapefruit Detox Juice Recipe

I know, I know… some ingredients like beets, grapefruit and kale can sometimes overwhelm our taste buds. So… how about if I told you to only use a 1/4 of a beet and 1/2 a grapefruit?! And I’m going to do you one better. I’m going to add sweet carrots, an orange and some ginger to make a wonderfully tasting detox juice recipe which also helps with inflammation!

Here’s my super simple Beet & Grapefruit Juice Recipe.

Ingredients:

1/2 fresh grapefruit, peeled
1 orange, peeled
2 carrots
1/4 beet
1/2 inch of ginger

Blend all of the ingredients in your Vitamix and enjoy this tangy, detoxing juice!

5 Benefits of Ginger

5 Benefits of Ginger

The medicinal uses of ginger have been known for thousands of years throughout countless cultures. It has a long history of relieving digestive issues, such as nausea, motion sickness and morning sickness, as well as alleviating pain and inflammation. The most well known and medicinally dense part of the plant is the root that grows underground, known as the rhizome, which can be consumed fresh, powdered, dried or as an oil. The rhizome contains a large quantity of antibacterial, antiviral, anti-parisitic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds, so it’s no wonder there are so many natural health benefits of consuming ginger. These 5 benefits of incorporating ginger into your diet are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to naming several of over 40 benefits.

Relieve Stomach Distress – Perhaps one of the best qualities about consuming ginger is it’s ability to alleviate nausea. While this applies to general stomach distress like motion sickness, it has also been known to calm the upset stomachs of surgery patients and cancer patients alike. In addition, studies have shown that anti-nausea compound in ginger to be most effective in pregnancy related queasiness. Although 1-1.5 grams of ginger per day is deemed safe when pregnant, always talk to your doctor before starting a new dietary regimen.

Inflammation – Ginger has been used for centuries as a natural anti-inflammatory. In fact, some even claim that it rivals over the counter medication, such as ibuprofen, in it’s ability to relieve pain associated with osteoarthritis and muscle soreness.

Weight Loss – Ginger is known for its ability to increase thermogenesis in the body, meaning that the body burns off up to 16% more fat stores than without consuming thermogenic ingredients. Consuming ginger also boosts your metabolism by up to 5%!

Fighting Chronic Disease – The bioactive compounds found in ginger have been shown to reduce the pain of chronic disease and prevent it in the first place. Antioxidants, along with the bioactive compounds, have also been shown to improve brain health and memory function by relieving inflammation in the brain, one of the key drivers for Alzheimers disease.

Lower Cholesterol – Studies have shown that eating 3 grams of ginger per day lowers cholesterol and triglycerides, even rivaling some cholesterol medications.

Ginger is a delicious way to spice up your favorite recipes, without the added sodium or calories. It’s health benefits alone are a great reason to incorporate this superfood into any meal. Do you use ginger? Have you noticed any changes in your health? Let us know in the comments below!

Turmeric Every Day Keeps Inflammation Away

Turmeric Every Day Keeps Inflammation Away

Turmeric is an amazing, miracle spice. It acts as an anti-inflammatory and can be used to treat bruises, chest pain, jaundice, flatulence, bloody urine, toothache, hemorrhage and colic.  It has a warm flavor that is peppery and bitter with a mild fragrance that is similar to ginger and oranges.  This spice is commonly used to make curry and is added into mustard to give it the brilliant yellow color.

The Curcuma longa plant has orange flesh, and tough brown skin and turmeric comes from its root.  This root has traditionally been used as a condiment, dye for textiles and a remedy that can help to heal.  Curcumin is the pigment of turmeric that has comparable effects to phenylbutazone and hydrocortisone, but it does not produce toxicity.

Curcumin is well-tolerated and effective for the treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.  Curcumin has also been shown to inhibit major cellular inflammation and neutralize free radicals that travel inside of the body, causing damage to healthy cells and cell membranes.  Free radicals cause painful inflammation including arthritis and the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects of curcumin can offer relief to people that suffer this type of pain.

Related: Buy Proline Organic Turmeric

The antioxidant properties of curcumin allow it to help protect cells in the colon from the free radicals that tend to cause damage to cellular DNA.  Another benefit of curcumin is that it helps to destroy mutated cancer cells.  It is believed that the way that curcumin does this is by inhibiting the synthesis of a protein that is needed for tumor formation, and it also enhances liver function.

In a series of epidemiological studies, it has been proven that turmeric can lower rates of colon cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer and prostate cancer.  Turmeric can help to prevent the formation of tumors and can slow the spread of cancer cells.  Curcumin acts against transcription factors that regulate the genes that are needed for the formation of tumors.  When genes are turned off, it can help to stop the growth of the cancer cells.

Turmeric lowers cholesterol because curcumin is a messaging molecule that can communicate with liver cell genes and direct them to produce messenger proteins that can cause receptors to be created for LDL cholesterol.

How can you consume turmeric?

  • Mix it in with your egg salad to get a nice bright yellow color;
  • Perfect in any recipe that calls for lentils;
  • Slice cauliflower florets in half and sauté with turmeric for five minutes then remove from heat and toss it together with salt, pepper, and olive oil.
  • Mix cashews, raisins and brown rice together with cumin, turmeric, and coriander.
  • Add extra turmeric in when you are preparing a curry or use it on green beans, steamed cauliflower or sautéed apples.
  • Mix with dried onion and mayonnaise, pepper and salt;
  • Add to salad dressings
  • Make an amazing smoothie with chia seed, turmeric and pineapple

Are you looking for the best method of getting the most out of turmeric’s many amazing properties including detox, the lowering of inflammation and support healthy estrogen balance in the body?  What you need to do is combine it with chia seeds that will help to pull the toxins out of your system and clean up your digestive tract.

Related: Buy Proline Organic Turmeric

This recipe will provide an incredible way to consume these super foods and provide you with the most benefit:

Ingredients:

half banana (optional, omit for lower sugar)

1 cup frozen pineapple

1 cup water or coconut water

1 tbsp. shredded coconut (or coconut meat)

1/2 tsp. turmeric powder or small pinky sized fresh root

1 tbsp. chia seeds

1 peeled lime

Directions:

Blend at the highest speed available until mixture is smooth and enjoy!