11 Health Benefits of less known herb Curcumin.

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The world is only now coming to know what the Indians, the American Indians and the Chinese knew since long - that one of the most amazing medicinal herbs is not a plant or an artificially created compound. It is of the most effective natural ingredients is actually a common herb - the turmeric, or , more exactly, its active ingredient - Curcumin . The percentage of Curcumin is very low in the Turmeric plant, and so it needs to be either digested for a very long time, or one can take curcumin pills, that hold a high percentage of Curcumin, to treat a variety of problems.

The turmeric is a shrub with large and wide leaves, that envelope it and hide the flowers in its center. It mainly grows in south-east Asia, where it has been used as a cooking and medicinal herb for thousands of years. It is the herb that gives the traditional Indian dish, the Curry, its typical yellow color and strong taste.

The Curcumin hides behind its familiar exterior many upon many medicinal properties - it strengthens the immune system, delays (and may even prevent) alzheimer's disease, prevents neuron death, strengthens the cells, is an antioxidant, is an anti-inflammatory, helps keep sugar levels, helps the digestive system, reduces the risk of stroke and heart disease and most importantly - Is a great ally in the war against cancer, delays its spread and stabilizes patient condition.

Only recently, after a sequence of successful experiments, has modern science discovered the potential of the Curcumin.

It started in 2005 with a research into Alzheimer's disease, where it was found that taking Curcumin prevented the outbreak of Multiple sclerosis and
cystic fibrosis in mice. This interested the scientific community, and other research was made, with astonishing results: For many patients, the curcumin delayed the onset of cancer cells and even stabilized the condition of patients with aggressive cancer cells.

In the last 7 years, over 20 different experiments were made about the influence of Curcumin, and the scientific world was flabbergasted:

1. Delays and stabilizes the spread of cancer
Curcumin slows the spread of cancer cells in that it goes against their replication process and strengthens the protection of cell membranes.

2. Is a substance with strong antioxidant effects 
Curcumin, because of the shape of its molecule, is very effective in preventing the oxidation processes and activity of free radicals in the body (Anti-Oxidant), and thus slows the damage to our body cells and contributes to slowing the aging of skin cells.

3. Increases the effectiveness of chemotherapy 
Curcumin is especially effective in combination with chemotherapy, and although an antioxidant, encourages the process and increases its efficiency.

4. Delays and reduces the chance of deterioration of the brain in adults
Curcumin helps the brain activity of older people, and may slow the cognitive decline by 49%. Even the occasional consumption of curry, the popular Indian dish that contains curcumin, reduces the risk of mental decline by up to 38% (American Journal of Epidemiology).

5. Is anti-inflammatory and fights arthritis
Curcumin, when given as an essence by injection, fights inflammatory diseases and in fact is an anti-inflammatory in general, and is particularly effective in aiding the body to fight arthritis. Studies have shown that cartilage destruction in mice that were given the extract was reduced by 66%, and bone destruction in patients who received the extract by 57%.

6. Helps maintain a healthy heart and helps a sick heart return to action
Researchers in Canada found out that curcumin also reduces the risk of heart failure, as it helps the heart to return to normal and reduces the spread of scar tissue.

7. Anti-diabetic activity and reduces the risk of disease
In 2008 it was discovered that Curcumin also encourages the activity of liver enzymes that convert glucose carbohydrates, and creates anti-inflammatory activity that is required by people with a high fat content. The researchers suggest that consumption of small doses of curcumin daily is a great natural booster to traditional treatment, and significantly lowers the risk of diabetes in people who are overweight.

8. Fights cell death and the death of brain cells killed by Alzheimer's disease
Curcumin may protect against Alzheimer's disease, and inhibits and prevents cell death caused by the disease. In India, where curry with curcumin eat regularly, Alzheimer's disease is much rarer than in other countries.

9. Increases and strengthens the immune system
In 2009 researchers at the University of Michigan found that curcumin strengthens our cell membranes and thus increases the resistance against foreign infections entering the body. Perhaps this is one reason why curcumin fights cancer so well.

10. Reduces the risk of stroke, strengthens the body's blood vessels and lowers blood pressure
Researchers realized that curcumin slows the body's blood clotting activity, which causes a decreased risk of blood clots and strokes. Also, since curcumin enhances the blood cells, contributes to the strength of a body's blood vessels, lowers blood cholesterol concentration and fight infections, it actually lowers blood pressure.

11. Helps in digestion and absorption of nutrients
Curcumin fights harmful bacteria and thus facilitates digestion and reduces the risk of bacterial infection. Curcumin also reduces the accumulation of gas in the intestines, thereby preventing abdominal pain and swelling.

How to take it?
The best way is through the consumption of curcumin capsules containing a high concentration of the active  ingredient in turmeric, the curcumin. You can  find those in most nature shops. When eaten, most of the curcumin gets destroyed by the stomach  acid. Taking concentrated pills negates that effect and allows the body to  absorb a significant amount of Curcumin, by allowing the compound to go through the digestive tract and reach the bloodstream and from there to all parts of the body, where the curcumin does its work to improve our health.

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