Welcome to my blog!!! I have been an herbalist & an aromatherapist for over 20 years!! My blog is over 10 years old & there are over 100 informative blogs here. Not only do I have hopes of teaching the masses, I too, have learned a lot during my research on different topics! There's always new & updated information in the herbal & essential oil worlds. There are blogs on herbs, essential oils, nutrition, supplements, different modalities of healing and just a little bit of everything!! Maybe in reading my blogs, just one person will come away with a bit of knowledge that they might be able to help themselves or another human being, I would consider that to be a great blessing.....

Over the years I have had several businesses. It seems I can't get away from seeing if a certain herb or essential oil can help a fellow human and that's usually how it starts. I am now in Arizona and I was asked again if I would be interested in starting another herbal business!! We now have Herbs 4 Health!! Providing numerous herbs....herbal blends....single essential oils...essential oil blends....minerals....tinctures all to help the body to heal itself.

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Tumeric...Amazing Health Benefits!!!!

Tumeric is one of those foods that have an incredible array of health benefits that go well beyond just their nutrient value are considered `super-foods. Turmeric is an spice that is native to Southeast Asia and a true super-food shown to have remarkable healing and anti-inflammatory properties that are just now being discovered. You have heard of super-foods & it seems that there are more & more all the time, but how is a superfood defined? The Oxford English Dictionary 
sez a superfood in the general sense is a type of food considered especialy nutritious or otherwise beneficial to health and well-being. Others have stated that it’s no more than a marketing ploy. With that being said….

Cellular inflammation is a common day epidemic that is it is the fundamental cause of degenerative disease in our society. Turmeric has been shown to reduce inflammation & oxidative stress as well as any herbal medicinal ever studied. I’ve talked before about how inflammation can cause disease.

Turmeric root is extraordinarily rich in curcuminoid polyphenol anti-oxidants that give it a classic yellow-orange color. They used to use tumeric to dye things with. Everything this beautiful root touches turns yellow!!!! This curcumin is the main component which is responsible for much of the health benefits attributed to turmeric.

Blood sugar imbalances and insulin resistant cell membranes are critical factors that promote inflammatory conditions in the body. Curcumin has been shown to stabilize blood sugar and reverse cellular insulin resistance, which is…..type II diabetes.

Curcumin also acts on the liver to decrease the activity of enzymes that release sugar into the blood while increasing activity of enzymes that store sugar, so the liver is partially responsible for diabetes as well. Because of this, the curcumin has been shown to significantly reduce blood glucose and triglyceride levels in diabetic rats.

When blood sugar imbalances occur without sufficient regulation, glucose cross-links are formed with functional proteins. These new molecules are called Advanced Glycolytic Enzymes (AGE`S) that damage cell membranes, vital enzyme systems, and perpetuate inflammatory conditions in the body. Curcumin has been shown to inhibit the formation of these dangerous substances and turn off the inflammatory fires.

Turmeric is one of the main ingredients in many curries. In India, it has been used for centuries to help treat various health conditions while, at the same time, it is also widely used in Chinese Medicine. In a recent study conducted at Michigan University, it was found that curcumin, which is the bright yellow pigment present in turmeric, can help boost cell health by improving the behavior of their membranes which can contribute to the cell’s resistance to infection & malignancy. "The cell membrane goes from being crazy and floppy to being more disciplined and ordered, so that information flow through the cell be controlled," wrote a study leader Professor Ramamoorthy in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. So basically…tumeric works & heals at the cellular level. How awesome is that!!???

Turmeric is the 4th highest anti-oxidant rich herb or spice. The anti-oxidants such as curcumin are very beneficial to oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is the total burden placed on organs in your body by the constant production of free radicals in the normal course of metabolism plus whatever other pressures your environment has on you (natural and artificial radiation, toxins in air, food and water and miscellaneous sources of oxidizing activity, such as tobacco smoke).

Turmeric also boosts levels of natural cellular anti-oxidants which we all have in our bodies. These molecules are critical for the body to limit oxidative stress all day long. The greater the surplus of cellular anti-oxidants the less stress and damage occurs to vital organ systems.

Breaking down all the technical terminology turmeric`s powerful curcuminoids basically have been shown to pull the body out of an inflammatory state and promotes anti-inflammatory behavior and it does all this AT the cellular level which is phenomenal. So tumeric can inhibit oxidative stress, helps with anti-aging, has been shown to reverse diabetes & and improve blood vessel elasticity. This stabilizes blood pressure and improves cardiovascular function. Additionally, by helping to prevent inflammation, it is a powerful pain inhibitor and cancer cell inhibitor. Turmeric improves blood flow and reduces brain inflammation, thus making you cognitively sharper while protecting against Dementia, Alzheimer`s, Parkinson`s and every other neurodegenerative disorder and studies have shown that it could stop the progession as well. It has been shown to speed up wound healing from cuts & burns while reducing inflammatory skin disorders such as psoriasis and eczema.

Tumeric w/ blk pepper may prevent breast cancer. Tumeric mixed with cumin is awesome on chicken!!!! That's first hand experience!

Turmeric shows promise as an antifungal for candida as well as many other fungal infections. According to the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, turmeric may be useful in inhibiting the Candida infection. Research at the Linus Pauling Institute also points to turmeric's curative value in treating colorectal cancers.

Turmeric has many uses in folk medicine. It is used in cosmetics and drugs, as well as in cooking. It can by used as a sunscreen or a pesticide. Used commonly in Ayurvedic Medicine for digestive disorders, it is also used externally for ulcers, wounds, and skin conditions such as scabies and eczema.

Other Anti-viral and Anti-fungal Uses of Turmeric include treatment of boils, staph infections, and the hard-to-treat MRSA virus.

Tumeric also contains carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals. More specifically, it is a good source of vitamin C and potassium.

Turmeric is said to help boost appetite, lower blood pressure, improve bile secretion and reduce pain.

Under the Ayurvedic system of healing, turmeric has been prescribed to treat a variety of ailments, including digestive issues, menstrual problems, arthritis, infections, jaundice, coughs and rheumatic pains. It is also used to cleanse the body. In Chinese medicine, turmeric is used to deal with liver and gallbladder issues. Helps to protect against stomach ulcers, it’s a strong antioxidant which helps to protect cell DNA from damage. In fact, laboratory studies conducted on animals have shown curcumin to be poisonous to tumor cells.

So with all that goodness out of that spice, why wouldn’t you want to add it to your daily regiment??? It’s some dynamite stuff eh????

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