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Jan 16, 2011 04:57PM
Here is a useful article about turmeric. I take the turmeric/bromelain combination in capsule form twice a day. I also use black pepper and ground turmeric almost every night just sprinkled on my food.
I hadn't heard about using it with oil before now. I will do some homework on that.
"Cancer. There is good evidence to suggest that turmeric helps prevent colon, breast, and lung cancers as well as melanomas (and you may recall from earlier chapters that I'm genetically targeted for colon cancer). In animal studies, for example, researchers have found that turmeric--or, more specifically, the curcumin it contains--may reduce the risk of colon cancer by 58 percent. One reason it's so powerful is that it interferes with at least four separate links in the cancer-causing chain.
For starters, curcumin appears to literally neutralize some cancer-causing substances. After that, it acts as an antimutagenic, meaning it stops very early changes in cells that can turn to cancer. At still later stages, curcumin appears to reduce the number and size of different types of tumors. Importantly, curcumin also possesses antimetastatic properties."
"As useful as turmeric is for so many conditions, it's a little tricky to get enough of it where the body needs it most. This is because the body tends to metabolize turmeric quickly, meaning it uses it all up. Herbalists and pharmacologists have found a few ways around this.
Black pepper. One of the chemicals in ordinary black pepper, piperine, seems to improve the bioavailability of turmeric. In fact, researchers at St. John's Medical College in Bangalore, India, found that combining turmeric with black pepper may significantly increase the body's ability to use it.
The combination of black pepper and turmeric from your friendly spice rack is perfect for people who are on a budget--and these days, I'd say that's just about everyone. Go to an Indian grocery store and choose the yellowest variety of turmeric you can find. I think you can safely guess that the yellower it is, the more curcumin it contains. A one-pound bag should cost between $3 and $5, a lot cheaper than what you'll pay for brand-name versions of turmeric, which usually have a hefty price of $3 for just a few grams. While you're there, get an ounce of fresh black peppercorns. Grind the peppercorns into powder and mix it with the turmeric. You've just created a 10-month supply of anti-inflammatory medicine for around $5.
Take half a teaspoon of the mixture three times a day. Some people mix it in chicken or tomato soup. If your tastebuds can stand it, you can swirl the mixture in a glass of water and slug it down.
For external use, this mixture works great as a poultice on sore joints--if you don't mind that your skin will turn a little yellow. To make the poultice, mix a little of the blend with warm castor oil and soak a cloth in it. Wrap the cloth around the sore joint, then wrap that with plastic wrap. Leave the poultice in place for about 40 minutes.
Isoflavonoids. For preventing cancer, you can't do better than mixing turmeric with foods that contain large amounts of isoflavonoids, some of which have powerful anti-cancer effects. In fact, some breast cancer researchers believe a combination of curcumin and isoflavonoids might be the most potent inhibitor of human breast tumor cells. You can get a lot of isoflavonoids in dried beans and peas, soy, kudzu, and licorice. Curried lentil or bean soups top my list here.
Pineapple. This fragrant tropical fruit is rich in a compound called bromelain . Some experts believe that turmeric and bromelain mixed together have a singularly powerful effect. I recommend slicing or dicing a cup or two of pineapple and larding it liberally with ginger and tumeric. I would also add a little papaya because it tastes great with pineapple. You can eat the spiced fruit as often as you want, keeping in mind that the acids in pineapple can be hard on the mouth when you eat too much.
People who enjoy the convenience of supplements can get similar effects by taking both curcumin and bromelain in capsule form. The recommended dose is 250 milligrams of bromelain and 250 to 500 milligrams of curcumin taken three times a day between meals. This is probably effective, but I always recommend using whole foods whenever possible."
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