Turmeric: The Terrific Little Spice that Could Change the Face of Alzheimer’s & More!!

Holy cow, the more I read about turmeric, the more impressed I am with how this simple little spice can have so many health benefits. It is fast becoming one of my favorite self-help health aids and this article from Jonathan Benson, staff writer at Natural News, is just the latest reason why….

(NaturalNews) If you or a loved one suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease or some other form of dementia, there is hope and healing to be found in turmeric. Based on the recent findings of three independent case studies, turmeric, whose primary active ingredient is curcumin, has the power not only to heal both the behavior and psychological symptoms associated with dementia, but also help lead to full recovery of the disease in as little as just a few months.

A traditional cooking spice that has been used copiously throughout India and Southeast Asia for many millennia, turmeric has been the subject of myriad scientific studies in recent years. The circulatory, digestive, and neurological systems of the body, it turns out, are all positively impacted by turmeric, and the seemingly never-ending list of diseases for which the spice is known to provide healing is continually expanding all the time.

This is definitely the case with regards to turmeric’s impact on cognitive health, as evidenced by new research out of Japan. The chief physician at Kariya Toyota General Hospital in Kariya City and his colleagues evaluated three separate case studies involving turmeric and came to some fascinating conclusions about the herb’s therapeutic value. In each case, turmeric was shown to both relieve dementia symptoms and improve overall cognitive function.

“In a study involving three patients with Alzheimer’s Disease, whose cognitive decline and Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia were severe, exhibiting irritability, agitation, anxiety, and apathy, supplementation with turmeric powder capsules for over one year was found to be associated with improvement in symptoms,” wrote the authors of the study in their summary.

“Total score on the Neuro-Psychiatric Inventory-brief questionnaire decreased significantly in both acuity of symptoms and burden of caregivers after 12 weeks of treatment,” they added. “Score on the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) went up five points (from 12/30 to 17/30) in one of the cases, and the other two cases were able to recognize their family within one year of treatment.”

Consuming as little as one gram of turmeric daily for three months can lead to ‘remarkable improvements’

So while the conventional disease industry continues to waste billions of dollars searching for a pharmaceutical-based silver bullet “cure” for dementia, a simple, inexpensive cooking spice made from a plant is already getting the job done. Taking as little as one gram, or roughly one-quarter of a teaspoon, of turmeric powder or extract daily, it turns out, is enough to produce mind-blowing improvements in dementia symptoms.

Earlier research published in the journal Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology back in 2008 corroborates this fact, having found that turmeric’s natural antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxifying mechanisms help improve memory in patients with dementia. Simply consuming more of this flavorful spice as part of one’s normal diet, in other words, has the potential to completely transform brain health and alleviate even the worst dementia symptoms.

“Curcumin as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and lipophilic action improves the cognitive functions in patients with AD (Alzheimer’s Disease),” wrote the authors of this earlier study in their Abstract. “Due to various effects of curcumin, such as decreased Beta-amyloid plaques, delayed degradation of neurons, metal-chelation, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and decreased microglia formation, the overall memory in patients with AD has improved.”

You can read the full paper here:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2781139/

 

Looking for an easy, delicious way to get more turmeric into your diet? Check out this April 29th post at Food Coach Dana James’ site for a smoothie recipe using turmeric….

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 cup of activated almond milk
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tsp bee pollen
  • 2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 4-5 ice cubes
DIRECTIONS
Make the activated almond milk by soaking 1/4 cup of organic almonds in water for 6 hours. Drain the liquid. Blend with 1 liter of water. Strain almond pulp if desired. Use 8oz for the turmeric smoothie and pour the rest into a glass bottle for future use.Blend all turmeric smoothie ingredients together. Pour into a glass then dusted with ground turmeric.
And check out this post for a recipe for a powerful healing juice using turmeric:
And this one for Golden Milk and Turmeric Tea, which I have recently started drinking on an almost daily basis (I add some coconut oil and liquid vanilla creme stevia to the recipe to make it even more tasty):
FYI, organic turmeric can be found at any health food store and a growing number of regular supermarkets. However, I always buy mine on-line because it’s much less expensive that way. One of my favorite discount places to shop is iHerb.com; use code CJG192 if you are a new customer and spend more than $40 and you will get $10 off ($5 for under that amount), plus can take advantage of their wonderful specials and trial offer section. Shipping is free on orders of $20 and up. There’s an extra 5% off on orders over $60.
Vitacost.com is another on-line favorite of mine and each week adds tons of new items to their inventory. I think they are trying to give Amazon a run for their money. Anyway, if you are new to Vitacost and  make your first purchase through the link on my webpage you will receive a $10 off coupon. And if you plan on shopping again after that, be sure to sign up for a free acct. at eBates.com, if you don’t already have one. That way you can use the eBates portal to shop at Vitacost and earn cash back on your purchases. Plus, eBates also offers some reward–I got a $10 gift card–when you place your first $25 order at a store through them. How does it get any better than that?!)
And be sure to read my previous posts at Self-help Health featuring turmeric and/or additional ways to off-set Alzheimer’s:

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2013/05/11/reversing-alzheimers/

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2013/05/23/more-on-coconut-oil-reversing-alzheimers/

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2013/06/09/21-ways-to-boost-immunity-reduce-pain-inflammation-naturally/

 

Salud!

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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

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