Dr. Nandi on Turmeric

Today, I’m recording the news on WXYZ ABC, Detroit. We’re talking about the benefits of turmeric. Turmeric is incredibly beneficial. My family and I use it with our foods almost every single day; to us, it makes the food healthier – it doesn’t change the taste very much.

I’ve just talked on the news about the fact that turmeric contains curcumin, which is one of the most potent anti-inflammatory products on this planet. Unlike so many other medicines, it has very few side effects, and it’s covered by all the insurance plans. You can get this in most supermarkets; you don’t need a prescription.

We know most diseases you might have started with inflammation. If you can decrease inflammation, whether it be heart disease, or it is an autoimmune disease like Crohn’s disease, you can fight it.

For me, the best tip is to use turmeric in your foods. – Tweet this!

Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric Has Bioactive Compounds that Have Medicinal Properties

Turmeric is more than a food. It has been used for thousands of years in India for its medicinal properties. It is a strong antioxidant with anti-inflammatory benefits. (1)

Turmeric Can Reduce Inflammation Naturally

Chronic inflammation is the root cause of almost every chronic disease, including digestive issues, heart problems, cancer, and degenerative conditions. Turmeric can match the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory medication. It is highly effective yet comes without side effects. (2, 3)

Turmeric Increases the Antioxidant Capacity of the Body

Oxidative damage is one of the culprits behind many diseases and the signs of aging. Turmeric is a potent antioxidant that can fight free radical damage. It can boost your body to create its own antioxidant defenses as well. (4)

Turmeric Boosts Brain Health

Turmeric can increase brain-derived neurotrophic factor (DBNF) in the brain that is beneficial for brain health and brain function. It can improve memory and mental health. (5)

Turmeric Lowers the Risk of Heart Disease

Heart disease is the number one cause of death. By improving the function of the blood vessels, reducing oxidation, and lowering inflammation, it can lower the risk of heart disease and heart attacks. (6, 7)

Turmeric Can Help Prevent Cancer

Cancer is characterized by uncontrolled unhealthy cell growth. Turmeric can help to lower the risk of cancer, decreasing the development and spread of cancer. It can be an important part of prevention and treatment. (8)

Turmeric Can Prevent and Treat Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is a neurogenerative disease with no cure ot good treatment available yet. Turmeric lowers inflammation, lowers oxidative damage, and improves brains health, and shows promise of helping Alzheimer’s prevention and treatment (9)

Turmeric Can Help with Arthritis

Arthritis is a common problem that comes in various form. Turmeric can improve the inflammation and symptoms related to arthritis. (10)

Turmeric Can Benefit Mental Health

Mental health is just as important as physical health. Turmeric can increase serotonin and dopamine in the brain and improve the symptoms of depression and anxiety. It can be just as effective as psychiatric medication. (11)

Turmeric Can Reduce Pain

Turmeric is an excellent natural pain-killer. Being anti-inflammatory, it can also fight the development of pain. (12)

Turmeric Can Delay Age-Related Disease

Turmeric can slow down the aging process. Being excellent to fight inflammation and oxidation, it can also prevent the development of disease with aging. (13)

How to Use Turmeric

Turmeric is fat soluble. To make it more effective, eat it with a fatty meal as turmeric.

Make sure to add black pepper to your turmeric-rich dishes and select supplements with black pepper. Piperine in black pepper makes turmeric 2,000 times more bioavailable! (14)

Use it naturally in some of the foods that you eat. We use it with chicken, fish, and curry dishes, even with vegetables. You can put it in your food instead of salt, or even spice up some of your drinks. You can make golden milk in the evening or add it to your smoothies in the morning

The key is that you can use something that’s part of your diet to fight inflammation, fight disease. Talk to your doctor first because some of the additives that are in turmeric you can find in health food stores, or even at supermarkets, sometimes contains piperine. Piperine can interact with some medications people take, so check with your doctor.

The bottom-line is that we can do a lot of good and change a lot the status of disease if we can start using turmeric regularly. We have done this for our family, and I think it’s going to pay dividends for our kids and us.

Make healthy living a part of every day.

The light in me honors the light in you.

Namaste.

 Dr. Nandi

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PPS: Piperine, is the alkaloid responsible for the pungency of black pepper and long pepper. It is used in some forms of traditional medicine.

Sources

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3633300/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12490960
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19594223
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17569207
  5. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0006899306027144
  6. http://www.who.int/en/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/the-top-10-causes-of-death
  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19233493
  8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18462866
  9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9973206
  10. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22407780
  11. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23832433
  12. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21671126  
  13. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20205886
  14. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3918523/  

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