Sunny days of summer, and I have planted golden marigolds to greet any visitors at my door. I love their warm color, their optimism, and their hardy nature. They also remind me of India…and thoughts of India remind me of that wonderful, holy spice: turmeric.
Turmeric has been used as a holy spice in both India and China for thousands of years. It is considered holy because of all the benefits that come from using turmeric: it heals wounds, cures infections, and has a whole host of other benefits.
Recently, research has focused on turmeric’s main ingredient: curcumin. It seems to have an astonishing array of antioxidant, anti-cancer, antibiotic, and antiviral properties.
- Strengthen and improve digestion
- Support healthy liver function and detoxification
- Purify the blood
- Fight cancer, arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease
- Contributes to well-being with anti-inflammatory properties
- Cystic fibrosis
- Type 2 diabetes
- Crohn’s disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Muscle regeneration
- Inflammatory bowel disease
In 2009 researchers discovered that curcumin acts by inserting itself into cell membranes thus making them more orderly; a move that improves cells’ resistance to infection and malignancy.
Scientists speculated that curcumin did its health-promoting work by interacting directly with membrane proteins, but the 2009 findings suggest that curcumin regulates the action of membrane proteins indirectly, by changing the physical properties of the membrane.
“The membrane goes from being crazy and floppy to being more disciplined and ordered, so that information that flows through it can be controlled.”This not only improves your cells’ resistance to infections, but it also may help prevent cancer.”
- Inhibit the proliferation of tumor cells
- Inhibit the transformation of cells from normal to tumor
- Help the body destroy mutated cancer cells so they cannot spread
- Decrease inflammation
- Enhance liver function
- Inhibit the synthesis of a protein thought to be instrumental in tumor formation
- Prevent the development of additional blood supply necessary for cancer cell growth
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