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The golden hue of turmeric is unforgettable; for thousands of years, the spice has been used in both the kitchen and the medicine cabinet. But until recently, turmeric hasn’t been given its due. While the mainstream media and puppets of conventional medicine decry virtually any and all forms of natural medicine, the benefits of turmeric can be ignored no longer. The root’s cancer-fighting capacity is particularly astonishing. A plant that cures cancer may sound outlandish to Big Pharma devotees, but skeptics have turned into believers after witnessing the plant’s miraculous power with their own eyes.
There are multiple accounts of terminal cancer, undeterred by Big Pharma’s strongest cocktails, that has been cured with nothing more than a turmeric supplement — and there’s a growing body of scientific evidence to support the stories of turmeric’s cancer-fighting power.
Turmeric beats cancer where chemo fails
Earlier this year, Daily Mail revealed that a 67-year-old woman named Dieneke Ferguson had cured her terminal blood cancer with nothing but a turmeric supplement. Ferguson had all but given up after years of battling her stage-3 multiple myeloma with conventional treatments like chemotherapy. After three grueling rounds of chemo and four stem cell implants failed her, Ferguson turned to a more natural approach.
With just eight grams of curcumin (a compound in turmeric) a day, the pensioner was finally able to fight back. Ferguson completely eliminated the fatal cancer from her body, and is now in good health. Ferguson says that she will continue to take her curcumin supplement, saying that she is happy, healthy and is enjoying her “high quality of life.” (MORE)
Different chemical reactions in our body, such as metabolism, produce atoms with unpaired electrons, called free radicals. These atoms are highly unstable; so much so that they become highly reactive and try to capture electrons from other atoms. This causes a chain of events that lead to altered cell membranes and lipid structure, as well as DNA mutations.
The body has developed a mechanism for getting rid of these free radicals. It produces substances known as antioxidants, which are able to give away electrons to free radicals without becoming unstable. However, there are instances wherein massive amounts of free radicals are produced in the body due to different lifestyle factors, such as smoking, alcohol, fried foods, and exposure to toxic substances. These lifestyle habits result in the body’s inability to produce enough antioxidants to be able to get rid of all these free radicals, causing oxidative stress.
Oxidative stress has been associated with diseases like macular degeneration, cardiovascular disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, and lupus. Fortunately, oxidative stress can be avoided by eating antioxidant-rich foods and herbs that can balance out the existing free radicals.(MORE)
Scientists continue to study omega-3s, and the health benefits of these fatty acids never seem to disappoint. Recent research has shown that regular consumption of omega-3s can help reduce your risk of heart disease. Past research has shown that people who consume fish are at a lower risk of having cardiovascular issues, but whether these protective benefits come from fish as a whole, or simply omega-3s, has been unclear — until now.
A recent meta-analysis featuring over 900,000 participants provides strong evidence of the connection between omega-3 intake and the prevention of heart disease. Study leader Dr. Dominik D. Alexander, Principal Epidemiologist at the EpidStat Institute in Ann Arbor, Michigan, commented on the research and stated, “To our knowledge, this is the most comprehensive quantitative assessment of the relationship between EPA+DHA supplementation and intake and coronary heart disease risk to date.”
Omega-3s and heart health
There are three types of omega-3 fatty acids: Alphalinolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The focus of the research by Dr. Alexander and his team was EPA and DHA. Together, they selected 18 randomized, controlled trials involving 93,633 subjects and another 16 prospective cohort studies that included 732,061 people for review. In total, nearly 900,000 patients were studied in the team’s meta-analysis.
In the randomized trials, a six-percent overall reduction in any coronary heart disease event was observed. The scientists define a coronary heart disease event as “fatal or nonfatal heart attack, sudden cardiac death and angina.” The reduction in risk was most significant in high-risk patients. For example, participants with high triglyceride levels who took the EPA and DHA supplement saw a 16-percent drop in heart disease risk compared to those who didn’t take the supplement. (MORE)
Probiotics are known for supporting a healthy gastrointestinal tract and promoting good digestion, but new research has shown that these friendly microbes can benefit more than just your gut. It turns out probiotic bacteria can also help keep your liver in tip-top shape by protecting the vital organ against all kinds of damage — and may even help protect against nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Recent research out of Emory University has highlighted some of the the system-wide benefits that can be achieved with probiotic supplementation.
The study, led by Bejan Saeedi, a doctoral candidate at Emory, stated, “Probiotics have been studied most intensely in the context of the gastrointestinal tract. This study provides evidence that the effects of probiotics extend beyond the gastrointestinal tract. What makes this study unique is that it suggests a discreet molecular mechanism by which these effects are elicited.”
Probiotics protect liver health
To conduct the study, Saeedi and his team fed mice a diet supplemented with a specific strain of probiotic bacteria, known as Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG) for a two-week period. LGG is a common strain of bacteria used in probiotic supplements.
After the supplementation period ended , the mice were given high doses of acetaminophen — the active ingredient in popular over-the-counter pain medication. Too much acetaminophen can lead to serious liver damage and even death. As Science Dailyreports, acetaminophen increases the abundance of free radicals and oxidative stress in the liver, which is highly damaging. (MORE)
The study, which was published in BMC Medicine, included 67 participants who all suffered moderate to severe depression. Each participant was given seven nutritional counseling sessions over a period of 12 weeks to encourage them to change their diets. These sessions included methods like motivational interviews, goal setting, and mindful eating.
The participants were also given dietary guidelines, which advised them to include the following food groups in their diet (along with their recommended serving sizes):
Whole grains (five to eight servings per day)
Vegetables (six servings per day)
Fruit (three servings per day)
Legumes (three to four servings per week)
Low-fat, unsweetened dairy (two to three servings per day)
Raw and unsalted nuts (one serving per day)
Fish (at least two servings per week)
Lean red meats (three to four per week)
Chicken (two to three per week)
Eggs (up to six per week)
Olive Oil (three tablespoons per day)
They were also asked to avoid the following foods:
sweet refined cereal
sugary and alcoholic drinks
Participants who followed the dietary guidelines showed significant improvements in their depression.
“These results indicate that dietary improvement may provide an efficacious and accessible treatment strategy for the management of this highly prevalent mental disorder, the benefits of which could extend to the management of common co-morbidities.” the researchers concluded. (MORE)