Blood Thinner #1: Turmeric
Turmeric is a spice from India that grows wild in the Indian subcontinent. It has been used since ancient times for its medicinal properties.
There are many different uses of turmeric, but it is most commonly known for its curative effects on various diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and other chronic conditions. It also helps with digestive disorders like indigestion and diarrhea.
The main active ingredient in turmeric is called Curcumin. It has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antithrombotic properties.
Studies show that it may help prevent cardiovascular disease, blood clots and stroke.
It is believed that turmeric could even reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). However, there are no studies yet to prove if this claim is true or not.
There are several types of turmeric available today. They include yellow, red and green varieties.
Green variety is considered the best one because it contains less pungent taste than other ones. Red variety is also good but it has more bitter flavor compared to other varieties. Yellow variety is generally preferred by those who want milder taste.
How To Peel Turmeric?
Some parts of the world soak turmeric in water and then dry it before use. This process can take up to 3 days before it is ready. Some people prefer this method because it is more convenient and easier than using other techniques discussed below.
Blend And Strain It:
If you have a powerful enough blender, you can easily blend and strain the mixture to separate the pulp from the liquid.
With Your Hands:
Many people just rub the turmeric on their hands until it starts to produce milk. Then they can easily wash it off.
How To Use It?
If you have sensitive skin, make sure you don’t use too much of this spice. It is generally used in small amounts as a substitute for saffron in many recipes such as rice, fish and meat dishes. It can also be used as a substitute for pepper. You can use it to make a refreshing drink by mixing some sugar, water and milk. This drink is good for treating upset stomach, diarrhea and other digestive problems.
You can also apply it directly on the skin to treat ringworm, fungal infections and other types of skin conditions.
Turmeric should not be used in large quantities because it can irritate your stomach and cause vomiting or diarrhea. It can also cause your skin to turn yellow and make your sweat and urine smell bad.
When taken in high amounts it can cause liver damage so it is important not to overdo the dosage.
If you want to get all the benefits of this amazing spice, you should try to use natural turmeric instead of the one found in capsules.
As with any natural remedy, it is important to consult your doctor before taking turmeric or curcumin supplement. Pregnant women are not recommended to take it because it can cause uterine contractions.
It is also not recommended for people who have gallstones or bile duct issues.
Capsules or pills are probably your best option since the process of making them is more sterile and you can be sure of what you are getting. Make sure to avoid turmeric supplements that contain binders or fillers and go with the ones that have 100 percent pure extract.
You can try mixing a teaspoon of ground ginger and a half teaspoon of turmeric into a cup of hot water. Mix in a bit of honey to help with absorption and taste.
Drink this 3 to 4 times daily for immediate relief. You can also eat a piece of dried ginger or chew on a few fresh slices to relieve a sore throat.
How Does It Work?
The compounds curcumin and tetrahydrocurcumin found in turmeric are what give the spice its bright yellow color and most of its healing properties.
These antioxidants scavenge rogue free radicals that can cause cancers and other serious illnesses.
They also help prevent fat from accumulating in your blood vessels and improve blood flow, helping to prevent heart attacks and strokes.
These same ingredients also aid in digestive disorders such as colitis and Crohn’s disease by slowing down muscle contractions of the intestines.
When the body is under distress, it produces more free radicals. This causes an increase in a particular type of enzyme called cytochrome p450.
This enzyme breaks down certain types of drugs in the liver, causing them to become inactive and ineffective.
Some drugs are, in fact, metabolized by this enzyme content, so it is critical that doctors know what other drugs their patients are taking in order to prevent unfavorable reactions.
This is especially important when it comes to treating diseases such as cancer because some drugs can either enhance or weaken the effect of chemotherapy.
This is also why many drugs have warnings on their labels not to take them with grapefruit juice. Grapefruit and certain supplements, such as turmeric, can have the same effect.
One of the big problems with chemotherapy is that it kills not only the cancer cells, but also good cells. This is why so many treatments cause hair loss, lack of appetite, nausea, etc.
Curcumin supplementation has been shown to block the enzyme that causes this effect. It has also been shown to enhance the anti-cancer effects of chemotherapy without causing many of the negative side effects.
It can even cause cancer cells to die off before chemotherapy even has a chance to work on them.
Curcumin also reduces inflammation in the body, which can help with auto-immune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and colitis.
It also protects against heart disease and reduces cholesterol levels, making it an essential herb for your heart health.
Curcumin is a very effective anti-inflammatory agent and has been shown to be more effective than most over the counter anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen or Naproxen.
Most over the counter drugs have negative effects on the digestive system, as well as other side effects, curcumin has none of these.
It can be taken daily for years without any negative consequences.
Of course, this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to curcumin’s benefits. It has been shown to have effects against Alzheimers, Parkinsons, and even stubborn belly fat.
It can also improve your mood and lower your stress levels.
In fact, it is so powerful that there are now prescriptions drugs being made out of curcumin for treating depression.
Natural health is truly amazing.
If you are on any prescription drugs, I highly recommend speaking with your doctor before discontinuing them in favor of curcumin. No one should ever stop taking any prescribed drug suddenly.
Instead, you should always consult with a medical professional on how to transition off properly.
An Introduction to Curcumin and Its Effects on the Body
There are many supplements out there today that claim to treat this and that, but most of them simply don’t work. There is one supplement that has repeatedly shown to work and that is curcumin.
Curcumin is the active ingredient in the popular spice, Turmeric. The supplement is used for medicinal purposes, and for good reason!
Curcumin has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects on the body. It has been used as an effective alternative to over the counter pain relievers, such as Ibuprofen.
Many people use it for Arthritis and other painful joint diseases with great success. It has also been shown to reduce swelling in the body, making it a natural choice for many athletes for both reasons. It does this by blocking the enzymes in your body that cause pain and swelling.
In addition to being a powerful anti-inflammatory, it has also been shown to protect against several types of cancers. It seems that the molecule in curcumin that causes all of its effects is capable of inhibiting the growth of cancer cells by interrupting the cells’ signaling pathways.
It can also prevent the spread of tumors. This makes it a very effective supplement for people with any type of cancer.
There are other great things about curcumin supplementation as well.
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