Featured Topic: Curcumin Part 2 More Uses for Curcumin

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1 Featured Topic: Curcumin Part 2 More Uses for Curcumin

2 Curcumin not just for cancer Last week we reviewed why curcumin is so effective against cancer However that is far from the only use for curcumin Because of its amazing properties anti-inflammatory Antioxidant Antiviral and antifungal There is almost no condition that cannot benefit from curcumin!

3 A look at some of the research Diabetes: In a 9 month study of people with pre-diabetes, 16% of the control group advanced to Type 2 diabetes while ZERO people receiving curcumin did so Depression: Equally as effective as the prescription drug fluoxetine at reducing the symptoms of depression Irritable Bowel: Curcumin shown to stop abnormal inflammation pathways in intestinal cells of patients with irritable bowel, helping their intestinal cells function normally Mastitis: Topical curcumin successfully treats mastitis (pain and swelling of the breast tissue) in breastfeeding women Asthma: Curcumin improved breathing in patients with bronchial asthma when added to their conventional medications Glutathione: Curcumin increased glutathione levels by 40% in animals on a high sugar diet versus animals on the same diet but not receiving curcumin

4 Adding curcumin to your health regimen Curcumin is one of the best selling herbal products on the market First make sure you are buying curcumin extract. Look for standardized curcumin or standardized for cucuminoid complex) or the amount of curcuminoids in the product Curcumin is poorly absorbed curcumin blended with turmeric essential oil is easily absorbed and is clinically studied to provide real health benefits

5 Warning: Anxiety Medications (2 slides)

6 Americans are taking more anxiety drugs than ever before Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs prescribed to treat anxiety and insomnia New study out earlier this year finds The number of adults filling a prescription for benzodiazepines has increased 67% since 1996 The rate of overdose deaths involving benzos has quadrupled Death rates for older adults has continued to rise Benzodiazepine adverse effects include: dementia, confusion, memory problems, falls and fractures

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8 Natural Anxiety Relief Reduce Anxiety with Echinacea As effective as prescription drugs with no adverse effects Bind to brain receptors that signal the body to reduce stress and restore calm Not a sedative, no brain fog or fatigue Dosage is critical: 20 mg 40 mg is all that is required Concentrated Plant Oils: lemon balm, lavender, mandarin, ravensara Calming and relaxing relieves anxiety, tension and irritability for sleep without grogginess or adverse effects

9 Nutrient of the Day: Vitamin A (4 slides)

10 Vitamin A - A fat soluble vitamin Vitamin A can be from animal sources (the retinoids) or plant sources (carotenoids) The human body uses vitamin A in its retinol forms (preformed vitamin A), and must convert carotenoids to retinol The retinoids and carotinoids each have their own specific health benefits Carotenoids (such a beta carotene) are powerful antioxidants and are known to prevent eye diseases The retinoids affect inflammation and immune function, making them very important for preventing cancer and heart disease

11 Vitamin A is important in preventing heart disease Vitamin A reduced risk of heart disease Five year study of over 400 adults in Australia; those with the highest plasma retinol levels had the lowest risk of heart disease Vitamin A slows the progression of inflammation leading to heart disease Group 1: heart disease patients receiving 25,000 IU Vitamin A as retinyl palmitate daily Group 2: heart disease patients receiving placebo Results: the Vitamin A group had a.87 fold decrease in markers of inflammation associated with heart disease, while the placebo group had a 1.17 increase in those same inflammatory markers

12 Vitamin A works well with its partners: Vitamins K and D A study of 7,000 people with high risk of cardiovascular disease found that those with the highest intake of vitamin K were 36% less likely to die from any cause than those with the lowest intakes of vitamin K A diet high in Vitamin K as K2 (menaquinone) has been found to reduce arterial calcification by 50%, reduce risk of heart disease by 50%, and reduce overall risk of dying by 25% Low vitamin D levels are also associated with heart disease: one study of over 26,000 people found that compared to high D levels, those with low D levels had a 41% increased risk of death from heart disease if they were healthy at the start of the study; if they already had heart disease they has a 65% increased risk of death