Turmeric Benefits

TURMERIC

The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. Turmeric has been used for over 2500 years in India, where it was most likely first used as a dye.

The medicinal properties of this spice have been slowly revealing themselves over the centuries. Long known for its anti-inflammatory properties, recent research has revealed that turmeric is a natural wonder, proving beneficial in the treatment of many different health conditions from cancer to Alzheimer’s disease.

Here are 20 reasons to add turmeric to your diet:

1. It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.

2. When combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer.

3. Prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in mice.

4. May prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to commit suicide.

5. Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.

6. Is a natural liver detoxifier.

7. May prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain.

8. May prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer.

9. It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.

10. Has shown promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice.

11. Is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.

12. May aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management.

13. Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.

14. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

15. Boosts the effects of chemo drug paclitaxel and reduces its side effects.

16. Promising studies are underway on the effects of turmeric on pancreatic cancer.

17. Studies are ongoing in the positive effects of turmeric on multiple myeloma.

18. Has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumors.

19. Speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin.

20. May help in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.

Turmeric can be taken in powder or pill form. It is available in pill form in most health food stores, usually in 250-500mg capsules.

Once you start using turmeric on a regular basis, it’s fun to find new ways to use it in recipes. My favorite way to use it is to add a pinch of it to egg salad. It adds a nice flavor and gives the egg salad a rich yellow hue.

Antioxidants ~

What is an Antioxidant ?

An antioxidant is a molecule capable of inhibiting the oxidation of other molecules. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that transfers electrons from a substance to an oxidizing agent. Oxidation reactions can produce free radicals. In turn, these radicals can start chain reactions. When the chain reaction occurs in a cell, it can cause damage or death. When the chain reaction occurs in a purified monomer, it produces a polymer resin, such as a plastic, a synthetic fiber, or an oil paint film. Antioxidants terminate these chain reactions by removing free radical intermediates, and inhibit other oxidation reactions. They do this by being oxidized themselves, so antioxidants are often reducing agents such as thiols, ascorbic acid or polyphenols.

Although oxidation reactions are crucial for life, they can also be damaging; hence, plants and animals maintain complex systems of multiple types of antioxidants, such as glutathione, vitamin C, and vitamin E as well as enzymes such as catalase, superoxide dismutase and various peroxidases. Low levels of antioxidants, or inhibition of the antioxidant enzymes, cause oxidative stress and may damage or kill cells.

As oxidative stress appears to be an important part of many human diseases, the use of antioxidants in pharmacology is intensively studied, particularly as treatments for stroke and neurodegenerative diseases. However, it is unknown whether oxidative stress is the cause or the consequence of disease.

Antioxidants are widely used as ingredients in dietary supplements and have been investigated for the prevention of diseases such as cancer, coronary heart disease and even altitude sickness.

Studies have shown that eating a diet rich in antioxidant-containing foods, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains, has been linked to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.

Antioxidants and Good Food Sources

* Vitamin C – Citrus fruits and their juices, berries, dark green vegetables (spinach, asparagus, green peppers, brussel sprouts, broccoli, watercress, other greens), red and yellow peppers, tomatoes and tomato juice, pineapple, cantaloupe, mangos, papaya and guava.
* Vitamin E – Vegetable oils such as olive, soybean, corn, cottonseed and safflower, nuts and nut butters, seeds, whole grains, wheat, wheat germ, brown rice, oatmeal, soybeans, sweet potatoes, legumes (beans, lentils, split peas) and dark leafy green vegetables.
* Selenium – Brazil nuts, brewer’s yeast, oatmeal, brown rice, chicken, eggs, dairy products, garlic, molasses, onions, salmon, seafood, tuna, wheat germ, whole grains and most vegetables.
* Beta Carotene – Variety of dark orange, red, yellow and green vegetables and fruits such as broccoli, kale, spinach, sweet potatoes, carrots, red and yellow peppers, apricots, cantaloupe and mangos.

MONA.VIE

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Restoring Health ~
Teresa Haley

The Benefits of Monavie Juice

By Pamela Gentry

An acai-based juice, MonaVie is juice blend of 19 fruits. Containing superior antioxidant levels and other beneficial nutrients, drinking MonaVie is reputed to offer many potential health benefits to the consumer.

About MonaVie

MonaVie’s manufacturers would prefer to keep their special blend a secret. Information about MonaVie juice only addresses its main ingredient, the Brazilian acai berry. MonaVie uses a patent-pending form of freeze-dried acai in their juice, which allows the full benefits of the acai berry to be enjoyed. MonaVie is only sold online or through certified MonaVie distributors.
Nutrients

The nutrients cited by MonaVie makers are all in reference to those contained within the freeze-dried acai capsules. Containing vitamins B1, B2, B3, E, C and potassium, MonaVie also contains minerals such as phosphorous and calcium. Substantial amounts of fiber and amino acid proteins such as HGH, which is vital to hormone production, are also present in MonaVie juice.

MonaVie and Joint Health

There are a few options to choose from in MonaVie blends. One is called MonaVie active, and is intended for use by those who wish to have added benefits of improved joint function through the addition of glucosamine. A naturally occurring amino acid, glucosamine is often taken in supplement form to help relieve pain and stiffness in the joints of arthritis sufferers.

Antioxidant Power

As proven by an independent study conducted by Alexander Schauss and his team of researchers whose findings were published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry in September 2008, MonaVie contains the highest level of antioxidant capacity on a gram-for-gram basis of any fruit or vegetable ever tested. One gram of MonaVie has an antioxidant content equal to about 7 servings of fruit.
Antioxidants are measured for their potency by using what is called an ORAC score. MonaVie’s high score of 3,800 is believed by researchers to be higher than any other, partially because MonaVie does not clarify or filter their product as most other juice manufacturers do. This allows more of the healthy fats that are found uniquely in acai fruit to be fully used for their antioxidant capacity.
Potential Benefits

The Food and Drug Administration monitors all health claims made by any food or drink manufacturer. Companies such as MonaVie are careful not to make any claims that cannot be backed by research. With that said, one could simply look at the list of nutrients as well as taking into consideration the specific type of antioxidants present in MonaVie juice to determine on their own what potential benefits may be experienced.
Specific antioxidants such as anthocyanins and flavonoids are found in acai. These are the same substances which are present in red wine, and have been studied for disease prevention.
It is widely accepted that antioxidants help prevent cellular damage by fighting free radicals that cause aging and a host of diseases. As MonaVie apparently contains the highest antioxidant value of all fruits, the full potential benefits that can be experienced from drinking MonaVie are most likely yet to be identified.

Testimony

Praise Report: is has been 7 months since the doctors told me I had cancer. Today I rejoice and praise God that I am cancer free!! God is my healer and the restorer of my health. Jeremiah 30:17 I feel strong and well. The Lord Almighty is my refuge and my high tower. He has given me life and that abundantly !!! I don’t deserve his favor but he has chosen to bless me with strength and length of days. I will never cease to praise Him for his goodness and mercy to me. I am so thankful to be alive and well…..Hallelujah !!!!!!