The media has reported that curcumin research is “exploding”. That announcement is believed to be responsible for tripling turmeric sales between 2005 and 2007. It’s not surprising that the first story was published in the Wall Street Journal. If you invested in turmeric, the source of curcumin, I’m sure you’ve been happy with the returns.
If you are the average consumer, you might be wondering, at this point, if supplementation is a worthwhile investment in your health. You might also be wondering if the scientists are really telling us anything, at this point. There seem to be lots of conflicting results กรีนเคอมิน.
Here’s a case in point.
We have been told for years now that moderate alcohol consumption is good for the heart. Just today, the results of a study were published saying that moderate alcohol consumption increased a woman’s risk of breast, rectal and liver cancer.
So, it seems that in order to protect our heart, we risk developing cancer. It can make a person want to give up.
The curcumin research has not been contradictory. The antioxidant has been shown to kill cancerous cells, without damaging healthy cells. The results have been the same in cell cultures and animals. Clinical trials are currently being conducted with human volunteers.
Turmeric’s use as a traditional medicine initiated the curcumin research. There is a complete field of study devoted to the medicinal activity of plant compounds of all kinds. Turmeric is a staple in Ayurvedic medicine.
One of the oldest medical practices, it is still widely popular throughout India. But, Ayurvedic practices differ greatly from “modern” medicine. Practitioners take into consideration something that scientific researchers rarely consider. That is the health of the “whole” body.
The ongoing curcumin research will be limited. Instead of combining many or all of the nutrients and plant extracts that have been shown to prevent the formation of cancers in animals or are known to inhibit the growth of tumors, they will be looking for a single “magic pill”.
That’s why study results are so conflicting. They never take into account what else the volunteer might be doing that works “for” or “against” their health. They try to treat a single symptom, instead of striving to improve the health of the whole body.
Some of the nutrients and extracts that are believed to reduce our risk of cancer and heart disease include green tea, calcium, vitamin D, vitamin C, carnosine, glutathione, resveratrol, olive leaf, milk thistle and turmeric. It would be wise to try to include each of those in your daily dietary intake.
Current curcumin research is also looking at the benefit to Alzheimer’s patients.
But, there’s a problem with supplementation. It is not readily absorbed into the bloodstream. The supplement must be specially designed to protect the curcumin from stomach acid and enhance its bioavailability.
Some manufacturers make every effort to do that. Some make every effort to increase their profits. There is one company that charges $25 per ounce for something that they can buy for $7 per pound.
If you are like me, you are trying to do everything possible to insure that you live a long healthy life. You are physically active. You try to eat right, although no one is perfect. You practice moderation, in most things and try to reduce the stress in your life.
But, there are some toxins in the environment that we cannot avoid no matter how hard we try. One of the things we have learned from curcumin research is that it helps to rid the body of toxins.
Other botanicals have similar activity and can be found, along with turmeric in the best supplements on the market.