Turmeric has been used as a spice in curry for a very long time. More recently it is getting noted as arguably the most powerful herb on the planet because of its ability to fight against and possibly reverse disease. Turmeric and its healing properties have got the world so interested that there have been over 6000 peer-reviewed research articles published proving the benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin which is one of Turmeric's renowned healing compounds.
Out of the thousands of studies on Turmeric, one of the most interesting findings is that Turmeric when compared to pharmaceutical medications that the benefits are often equal. In fact, sometimes Turmeric has even been considered a better option than pharmaceutical medications. Although the list is a lot longer, today we will look at 10 examples of health conditions where Organic Turmeric can replace or be a better option than traditional pharmaceutical medications.
1. Turmeric for the Management of Diabetes
When it comes to lowering your blood sugar and reversing insulin resistance Turmeric is possibly the best natural treatment. A study published by Biochemistry and Biophysical Research Communications in 2009 investigated how supplementing with Turmeric can help reverse Diabetes. The study found that Curcumin in Turmeric is 400 times more powerful than a common Diabetes drug (Metformin) in triggering AMPK to improve insulin sensitivity and help reverse Type 2 Diabetes. Curcumin also helps to reverse many issues related to decreased insulin sensitivity and hyperglycemia such as the loss of sight. The loss of sight caused by diabetes is because of damaged blood vessels but can be delayed by supplementing with Curcumin.
2. Turmeric as an alternative to Anti-depressants
Unfortunately, there has only been a few studies that have been conducted on humans, there have been dozens of studies proving that Turmeric is very effective at treating depression symptoms in laboratory animals. Recently the journal Phytotherapy Research published a study of 60 participants with major depressive disorder (MDD). The group was split in three, one-third were treated with Curcumin, one-third were treated with Prozac and the last third were treated with a combination of the two. The study found Curcumin was as effective as Prozac in treating depression. The researchers stated their study is the “First clinical evidence that Curcumin may be used as an effective and safe therapy for treatment in patients with Mild Depression.”.
3. Turmeric as an anti-inflammatory
One of Turmeric’s biggest strengths is that it may be able to reverse and prevent diseases due to its anti-inflammatory properties. One study in the journal Oncogene compared several anti-inflammatory compounds and discovered Turmeric is much more effective than Ibuprofen and Aspirin. How amazing when inflammation is behind the majority of today's diseases’ for example cancer and high cholesterol. There are other great natural anti-inflammatory products on the market which can be used in conjunction with Turmeric such as Arnica which can be found in my Repair Tonic.
4. Turmeric aids cancer treatment
One of the most researched areas of Turmeric and Curcumin and diseases reversal is their potential to be anti-cancerous. Multiple studies on cancer cells have shown that Curcumin is anti-cancerous. Turmeric seems to have the ability to kill cancer cells and stop them from growing. Studies find Curcumin is most effective in fighting against skin cancer, breast cancer, bowel cancer and stomach cancer. An American study in 2007 found that Curcumin combined with chemotherapy killed more cancer cells than just chemotherapy alone. The American Cancer Society state that Curcumin interferes with cancer development, growth and spread. Researchers have also reported Turmeric’s ability to reduce tumour size and kill cancer cells.
Traditionally to slow/prevent blood clotting and treat conditions like vascular thrombosis doctors will prescribe Asprin, Warfarin, Naproxen, Ibuprofen and many other pharmaceuticals which can have unwanted side effects like excessive bleeding, haemorrhages’, headaches and more. Studies in the mid-80s found the Curcumin in Turmeric was actually a better option for treating vascular thrombosis. The great thing about Turmeric is that there is near no side effects unless it is taken in exceptionally excessive amounts.
6. Gastrointestinal treatments
Corticosteroids are often prescribed to people with digestive and stomach complaints, unfortunately, people become intolerant to medical interventions because their stomach flora is already damaged and corticosteroids can tear up the mucosal lining. Studies analysing Turmeric’s ability to manage IBS, Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s disease found many patients could stop taking corticosteroids because their conditions improved so much after taking Curcumin. This is great news for many people with these diseases as although corticosteroids reduce their pain symptoms they also damage their intestinal lining over time actually making the condition worse. Turmeric helps treat these diseases because it acts as an anti-inflammatory healing the gut and supporting the growth of good bacteria.
7. Arthritis management
A study was undertaken on 45 Rheumatoid Arthritis patients to compare the benefits of the Arthritis drug Diclofenac Sodium to Curcumin in Turmeric. The participants of the study were split into three groups, one-third took Curcumin treatment alone, one-third took Diclofenac Sodium alone and the last third took a combination of the two. The group that took Curcumin only showed the highest percentage of improvement, significantly better than the participants in the Diclofenac Sodium group. What is important to note here is that Curcumin is also a lot safer option than Diclofenac Sodium which puts people at risk of developing leaky gut and heart disease.
8. Cholesterol regulators
Heart disease is a huge problem in 2017 because more and more people are developing pre-diabetes (excessive blood sugar). Because of this a lot of diabetics and pre-diabetics are suffering from oxidative stress, this leads to damage inside the blood vessels. This damage is then patched up with cholesterol which leads to high levels of LDL cholesterol. Traditionally this cholesterol build up is treated with Statin. Statin does lower cholesterol levels but is known to harm the liver and kidneys as well as causing other deadly side effects. Statin also never addresses the root of the cholesterol build up, namely the oxidative stress caused by high blood sugar levels and inflammation. Studies have found that Curcumin was as good as or better than diabetes medications at lowering oxidative stress and inflammation.
Turmeric's ability to manage pain is widely accepted in scientific communities. The European Journal of Pharmacologypublished an article which found Curcumin naturally switches on the opioid system in diabetic rats. This process is the bodies natural pain-relieving response which is typically manipulated by drugs. Another study looks at the range of pain conditions that can be treated by Turmeric. One pain condition looked at was severe burns. Normally severe burns are treated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories and harmful opioids. The U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research suggests that Curcumin should be used to treat burns instead of these conventional medications because of its anti-inflammatory benefits.
Turmeric can benefit many conditions usually treated by corticosteroids such as Lupus, Rheumatoid arthritis, Psoriasis, Scleroderma and Chronic pain. Back in 1999, a study found that Curcumin has the ability to cure chronic inflammation of the eye. Chronic inflammation of the eye is often treated with steroids but today it is becoming more common for doctors to prescribe Curcumin instead. The important difference between managing disease with Turmeric instead of steroids is the lack of side effects. The list of side effects from steroids is massive some of these but far from limited to are Asthma, Cancer, Diabetes, Hypertension (high blood pressure) and Stunted growth in children.
My Final Word on Turmeric
If you have any of the diseases listed above you should consider the natural approach of treating them with Turmeric first before considering drugs with harsh side effects. For those who are not suffering from any of the diseases listed taking Turmeric daily will serve you well as a preventative measure. Turmeric is in my top 10 supplements people should be taking for their entire life! This is because inflammation is the catalyst of nearly all disease. An organic source of Turmeric is a must too, so it is not laced with contaminants which defeats taking it in the first place.