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Turmeric originates from the root of the Curcuma longa plant, which is a member of the ginger family and it’s one of nature’s most powerful healers.  It is especially essential for maintaining a healthy liver.  It has been shown to actively protect the liver against toxic damage, and even regenerate damaged liver cells.  Turmeric also boosts the natural production of bile, shrinks engorged hepatic ducts, and improves overall function of the gallbladder, another body-purifying organ.

Curcumin is the yellow pigment found in the spice turmeric and the main beneficial nutrient. Curcumin offers numerous health benefits as a powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial agent.

Curcumin in Turmeric helps prevent hardening of the arteries in people who have diabetes, and also helps stop the loss of protein through the kidneys. In the laboratory, the antioxidants in turmeric kill cultures of cancer cells from the skin, bloodstream, and ovaries.  Think of Turmeric as “anti-tumor”.

Curcumin has shown to be influential in deactivating the carcinogens in cigarette smoke and chewing tobacco. Turmeric prevents the release of histamine in the stomach, quelling nervous stomach and counteracting food allergies. It fights gum inflammation by halting the action of a gene that creates irritant chemicals. Without the irritation, bacteria cannot find a place to grow, and the absence of bacteria reduces both bad breath and gingivitis.

According to Web MD: “Turmeric is used for arthritis, heartburn (dyspepsia), stomach pain, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems and gallbladder disorders. It is also used for headaches, bronchitis, colds, lung infections, fibromyalgia, leprosy, fever, menstrual problems, and cancer. Other uses include depression, Alzheimer’s disease, water retention, worms, and kidney problems.”

Some people apply turmeric to the skin for pain, ringworm, bruising, leech bites, eye infections, inflammatory skin conditions, soreness inside of the mouth, and infected wounds. Turmeric helps heal and prevent dry skin, slow aging, diminish wrinkles and improve skin’s elasticity.

Indian women use turmeric as a facial cleanser and exfoliant. If you are using fresh turmeric, handle with care as it stains easily. If you do happen to turn your favorite garment yellow try squeezing on lemon juice or eucalyptus to remove the stain.

BIOAVAILABILITY

To make the curcumin in turmeric more bioavailable it needs HEAT (sauté, hot tea,) FAT (EVOO, coconut oil) and PIPERINE (black pepper).  Fermenting also makes it much more bioavailable.

I recommend organic turmeric and specifically this turmeric because of its 5-6X potency over grocery store turmeric. Purchase here:  http://pam.mywakaya.com/  This turmeric, taken as a supplement, should be consumed with a meal.  It is most effective in the ACV tonic before bed or a heavy meal.  It is also great as a tea with the addition of coconut oil.

“When it doesn’t dissolve properly, turmeric has a tough time getting into the gut, which is where most of the immune system lives,” explains Dr. Joseph Mercola.  “When eaten with fat, turmeric can be directly absorbed into the bloodstream through the lymphatic system thereby in part bypassing the liver.” –Dr. Michael Greiger, MD

Turmeric is MORE than just CURCUMIN.  It is a rich source of vitamin C, pyridoxine (vitamin B6), choline, niacin (B3), and riboflavin.  Turmeric also contains high levels of minerals like calcium, iron, potassium, manganese, copper, zinc, and magnesium.  It is this high micronutrient content that makes turmeric an EXCELLENT Omega-3 Booster.

Omega 3 is an essential fatty acid known to help reduce inflammation, increase cognitive ability, provide sustainable energy and assist in proper hormone production and metabolism.  The most renowned forms of Omega 3 are the long chain EPA and DHA fatty acids.  They are typically found in fish and marine plants.  However, with the growing concern over “farmed” fish and the toxins now overrunning our oceans, quality omega 3 from fish is becoming difficult.

Short chain ALA (alpha linolenic acid) is the omega-3 found in plants. Plant-based Omega-3’s can be converted by the body into the more usable EPA and DHA.  Typical plant sources include chia seeds, hemp seeds, ground flax seeds, walnuts, chlorella, spirulina cauliflower, kale, mango, clove and oregano.

Interestingly, our bodies are not equipped to efficiently convert plant based Omega-3s into EPA and DHA. Only ~5% of plant based Omega-3 is converted to EPA and less than 1% to DHA!  All essential fatty acids require and compete for B3, B6, C, E, magnesium and zinc to metabolize.  TURMERIC provides an abundance of all but vitamin E.

A recent animal study shows that turmeric boosts the conversion of plant based Omega-3’s into DHA in the brain. The effect was major- with about 50% additional DHA when turmeric was added to the diet.

http://www.gaplesinstitute.org/turmeric-anti-inflammatory-omega-3-booster-and-more/

https://foodrevolution.org/blog/turmeric-may-boost-vegetarian-brains-omega-3-dha-levels-nih-research-reveals/

Try these recipes:

Carrot Sweat Potato Soup

Pineapple Turmeric Smoothie

Super Soup

Golden Pecan Ice Cream

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