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The Mood and Brain Benefits of Curcumin from Turmeric

By: Andrew Scholey, Katherine Cox Compounds that increase the activity of certain neurotransmitters (chemical signalling molecules) or the delivery of the basic energy substrates (glucose and oxygen) to the brain have the potential to improve aspects of cognitive function. Those that, like curcumin, decrease inflammation and oxidative stress may have longer-term benefits for the ageing brain. Indeed, there is converging evidence from both human population and animal studies that curcumin may help prevent age-related cognitive decline. One study of around 1000 Singaporeans found that those who ate more curry had higher scores on a broad measure of cognitive ability. While such...

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Does turmeric really help protect us from cancer?

Turmeric Curcumin Health Benefits Turmeric is a rather unassuming root that you’d easily overlook – but ground down it’s a yellow-orange spice that’s at the heart of just about every Indian curry. But over the years numerous articles have appeared claiming that this common spice is able to cure anything from heartburn to an upset stomach and keep at bay serious diseases like diabetes, depression, Alzheimer’s, and even cancer. There are thousands of studies published on turmeric, and in particular, one compound thought responsible for many of the supposed health benefits: curcumin. Trials on rats have shown that extremely high...

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Turmeric For Weight Loss: Kitchen Spice That Burns Fat

Turmeric’s Many Benefits that Aid in Weight Loss When you’re trying to lose weight, you want to make sure you are doing it in the safest way possible. There are a lot of different synthetic weight loss pills with high claims and low results on the market. Even more, though they may aid in weight loss, there is no telling what these pills do to the overall health of your body. Using natural ingredients can assure that your body is going to remain at its optimal health as you lose weight. Though turmeric is not an end-all to weight...

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Turmeric Curcumin Depression Treatment 

The Spice That Fights Depression The kitchen cure that works as well as antidepressants In feel-good news (literally), a completely natural pill could soon join the ranks of depression prescriptions. Curcumin, an active compound derived from the spice turmeric, was put to the test against a traditional antidepressant, fluoxetine in a study published in Phytotherapy Research. A 1000 mg daily dose of curcumin was just 2-5% less effective than the pharmaceutical drug, and, most importantly, showed no unexpected side effects. Study author Ajay Goel, PhD, director of epigenetics and cancer prevention at Baylor University Medical Center, says synthetic options...

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Curcumin Prevents and Treat Breast Cancer

Curcumin has been shown in the laboratory to have profound and diverse effects on breast cancer carcinogenesis, proliferation and metastasis. Furthermore, these anticancer actions have been observed against several types of breast cancer, including estrogen receptor positive and progesterone receptor positive (ER+/PR+), ER negative and PR negative (ER-/PR-), and HER2/neu overexpressing cell lines. Some degree of selectivity for cancer cells also has been observed. Adding curcumin to chemotherapy regimes that include Taxol (paclitaxel), Adriamycin(doxorubicin), or 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) has been shown to enhance their cytotoxicity. Curcumin might also protect the brain from chemotherapy, thereby possibly reducing chemo brain. On the...

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