Thursday, December 17, 2009

Turmeric protects against DNA damage!

What kinds of ingredients should each and everyone of you be consuming as often as possible? Answer: turmeric, avocados, fresh flat-leaf parsley and organic lemons. But why?

Turmeric:
+ related to ginger, used as medicine in Asia since ancient times
+ can help fight and prevent cancer since it is clinically proven to reduce DNA damage due to potent antimutagenic properties
+ fortifies cell walls
+ detoxifying
+ strong antioxidant
+ shown to prevent peroxidative injury of DNA with approximately an 80% prevention rate
+ dietary turmeric can activate bowel motility and carbohydrate colonic fermentation
+ can help prevent and treat symptoms of atherosclerosis, Alzheimers, Cystic Fibrosis
+ superior antioxidant power slowing down and reducing the symptoms of aging
+ anti-inflammatory: could play a role in the treatment/management of arthritis
+ evidence suggests curcumin can interfere with replication of herpes simplex virus
+ might boost liver function and aid recovery of liver injuries

This is just the tip of the iceberg, as you can see from the bibliography this research is very recent. I am sure that in time, we will discover even more benefits of turmeric. So for your health, beauty and overall well-being, start inducing this true "superfood" into your diet!

To maximize the benefits it is best to consume organic turmeric raw and unheated. Remember also to always consume your turmeric with quality fats (like with avocados), because this significantly increases the absorption of the active ingredient, curcumin. Otherwise, by itself curcumin has relatively low bioavailability.

Because I do want to focus this important message, I will not flood this post with too much further info. I will remind you though that flat-leaf parsley is the best kind of parsley, and it is packed with nutrients - predominantly vitamins C, A, K, calcium, iron and folic acid (very important for women especially!). Lemons on the other hand are loaded with enzymes and antioxidants. Furthermore, just one 200g avocado contains a third of your daily recommended intake of vitamin C along with beneficial fats, protein and dietary fiber.

Try out this easy, simple and quick recipe that combines all three:

Super synergy soup:
Serves 2

1 avocado
2 medium carrots
handful of fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 small clove garlic
lemon juice, to taste
water, to desired consistency

Spices:
organic turmeric, to taste
pinch quality salt (Himalayan/Celtic sea salt)
freshly ground black pepper
chili/cayenne powder, optional

Blend soup ingredients until smooth in a high-speed blender. I highly recommend organic carrots, because you don't have to peel them and lose nutritional value by doing it. Depending on the quality of your blender, it might be a good idea to chop up the hard carrots. Use your imagination and add any other seasoning you enjoy! Fresh ginger would also add a nice touch. Pack in a bottle for an easy revitalizing meal on the go or enjoy topped with seeds or sprouts.

Bibliography (very recent innovations!):
Akito Shimouchi et al, "Effect of Dietary Turmeric on Breath Hydrogen". Digestive Diseases and Sciences. Volume 54, Number 8 / August, 2009 .

A. Ramirez Bosca et al, "Effects of the antioxidant turmeric on lipoprotein peroxides: Implications for the prevention of atherosclerosis". AGE Volume 20, Number 3 / July, 1997.

Marie E. Egan et al, "Curcumin, a Major Constituent of Turmeric, Corrects Cystic Fibrosis Defects". April 2004. DOI: 10.1126/science.1093941

Marano, Daniel A. "Currying Favor With the Brain. "Psychology Today Nov/Dec 2009, Vol. 42 Issue 6, p51-52.

Tweed, Vera. "Prevent alzheimer's", Better Nutrition Oct2009, Vol. 71 Issue 10, p26-28.

V. K. Goud, K. Polasa and K. Krishnaswamy. "Effect of turmeric on xenobiotic metabolising enzymes." Plant Foods for Human Nutrition (Formerly Qualitas Plantarum)
Volume 44, Number 1 / July, 1993.

Masazumi Miyakoshi et al. "Hepatoprotective effect of sesquiterpenes in turmeric" . BioFactors Volume 21, Numbers 1-4/2004.

IMG source: http://www.turmeric.co.in/images/turmeric_powder.gif

1 comment:

Shiva Shakthi said...

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