Saturday, June 11, 2016

Is curcumin a real defense against diabetes?

Perhaps.  The operative word is 'defense'... and not a cure.  Once you're on insulin, that's most likely another story.

However, most killer diseases can largely be prevented with lifestyle changes - and that includes diabetes.  While there's no guarantees, you can stack the odds heavily in your favor.  For example, a study published in the journal, Diabetes Care, revealed that curcumin, an extract of turmeric, was 100% successful at preventing prediabetic patients from becoming type 2 diabetic.

Turmeric is a member of the ginger family.  It's easy to grow in all sorts of climates.  In its powdered form, it's a common ingredient in dishes from India to Africa to Mexico, with a beautiful bright orange color.  The powder contains 3–4 percent of the polyphenol curcumin, which has already achieved superstar health status in hundreds of different studies.  It and its source, turmeric, have been linked to more than 600 potential health benefits.  It's a super antioxidant that doesn't just stop free radicals from doing their damage - it also kicks our own internal antioxidant mechanisms into high gear.  It can reduce or prevent damaging inflammation, which is the cause of many negative health conditions, from heart disease to gastrointestinal disease to cognitive impairment.  It increases the levels of a brain hormone that boosts production of new neurons and fights various degenerative processes in the brain, including depression and Alzheimer’s disease.

Research strongly suggests that curcumin alone can match the effects of 14 different man-made medications - with zero side effects and at just a shred of the cost.  Obviously, you need to know if you're one of the millions of prediabetic people here in the US who have not yet been diagnosed.  Your doctor knows all the right tests and exams.  If you're diagnosed as prediabetic, then this article has given you maybe the best news of your life. 

If you're not prediabetic, there's nothing better for you in the world than curcumin.  It certainly can't hurt to add dishes with turmeric to your diet.  That means countless healthy curry and stir-fry meals and any you can improvise, from teas to smoothies to roasted vegetables.  It's hard to judge, however, how much dietary turmeric is needed to deliver a worthwhile dose of curcumin.  You might ask your doctor about a curcumin supplement just to be sure. Just 250 mg/day worked wonders for the study subjects.  Other research shows that 500 mg, twice a day (and up to four times a day) is a pretty sure way to get all of curcumin's amazing benefits.  I recommend finding a curcumin supplement that’s been standardized to at least 14% curcumanoids and designed for improved absorption in your body.

Talk it over with your M.D.

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