Let’s Talk Turmeric with Christian Wilde, Medical Author & Researcher

An Introduction to the Golden Spice

For ages, gold has been the symbol of that which is most valuable. Gold’s ability to remain untarnished with the passage of time has rendered it a representation of all that endures. And its beauty, rarity, and utility have made gold synonymous with all that is treasured.

One can’t help but be similarly awed by the fragrant gold dust that is the culinary spice called turmeric. The spice comes from the rhizomes — stems that grow horizontally under the ground — of a perennial flowering member of the ginger family with the same name. The rhizomes are dried and then ground into the powder we know as an exotic seasoning for Indian and other cuisines.

Although the health-giving properties of turmeric have long been known and utilized in Ayurvedic medicine, it is only recently that its uses have been subjected to the scrutiny of modern science.

Turmeric is the source of curcumin, a compound that is responsible for many of the spice’s positive effects. According to medical author Christian Wilde, 7,000 peer-reviewed studies have confirmed the health-promoting effects of turmeric and its active constituents. “No other pharmaceutical drug could even approach that kind of evaluation or exploration,” Wilde noted. “It has a history of 5,000 years. And today it is reported that there are more than 600 health conditions benefiting from the spice. Pharmaceutical companies are getting a little bit worried.”

The Health Benefits of Turmeric

Why has it taken so long for the Western world to recognize turmeric’s amazing benefits?

Arthritis

Comparisons with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for arthritis have found turmeric extracts are at least as effective as these widely used medications.1 Curcumin from turmeric inhibits the COX-2 enzyme, without the adverse effects associated with some COX-2 inhibitors.2

Cancer

While patented pharmaceuticals target one of a number of molecular pathways involved in cancer, turmeric compounds target multiple pathways.3

Alzheimer’s disease

In experimental research, curcumin intake was associated with improved clearance of amyloid beta, a component of the plaque that accumulates in the brains of Alzheimer’s disease patients.4 Other brain disorders that may be benefited by turmeric or curcumin intake include depression, bipolar disorder, and traumatic brain injury.5

Cardiovascular disease

Turmeric and curcumin have been shown to protect the lining of the blood vessels6 and decrease levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.7 Curcumin may also help protect the strength and health of the heart muscle.8

Diabetes

Regular intake of turmeric could be helpful in preventing type 2 diabetes and diabetes-related health problems in some individuals.9




While turmeric can be used to flavor a number of dishes, it may be difficult to consume enough to have an impact on your health. Fortunately, turmeric extract, available in capsule form, delivers significant amounts of active compounds, including curcumin and turmerones. (By the way, if you’ve always wondered if you were pronouncing these word correctly, it’s turmeric, curcumin, and turmerones, with the accent on the first syllable.)


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References

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  2. Daily JW et al. J Med Food 2016 Aug;19(8):717-29.
  3. Wojcik M et al. Oxid Med Cell Longev 2018 Mar;2018:9698258.
  4. Chen M et al. Neural Regen Res 2018 Apr;13(4):742-52.
  5. Lopresti AL. J Psychopharmacol. 2017 Mar;31(3):287-302.
  6. Karimian MS et al. Curr Phram Des 2017:23(17):2462-73.
  7. Qin S et al. Nutr J 2017 Oct;16(1):68.
  8. Saeidinia A et al. Pharmacol Res 2018 May;131:112-19.
  9. Zheng J et al. Front Pharmacol. 2018 May 9;9:472.

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