Yellow turmeric (Curcuma aromatica) and the superior orange turmeric (Curcuma longa), higher in curcumin
Turmeric is a major antioxidant and anti-inflammatory food, so it's good
horses, goats, lizards, birds, even old crocodiles! It's good for bodies.
The "Golden Spice" has been revered and used in religious ceremonies
proving to be better than painkillers, antidepressants, even asthma medication.
It's good, from Alzheimer's to Zuska's disease.
conventional treatment, is excellent preventative care and can treat:
What does turmeric actually do??
ANTICOAGULANT: Allowing blood to flow correctly and inhibiting abnormal blood clot formation (thrombosis). If already on anticoagulants, your clotting needs to be monitored and the dose of these reduced or stopped.
ARTHRITIS: Curcumin inhibits the breakdown of cartilage and has been shown in some studies to be as effective as hydrocortisone and phenylbutazone in relieving the symptoms of arthritis such as inflammation, swelling and joint stiffness. Even better, it does so without the significant side-effects of those drugs and has been shown to be safe at very large doses.
BLOOD PRESSURE: Reduces and normalises blood pressure. Those on blood pressure-reducing tablets, need to monitor that and reduce the dose.
CANCER: Curcumin defends the body against cancer via multiple actions: it detoxifies carcinogens thereby preventing the initiation of cancer cells; suppresses the progression of cancerous cells by inhibiting their proliferation while simultaneously increasing their death and removal; and inhibits the spread of cancerous cells to other areas of the body. It can also reduce the side effects of chemotherapy treatment and enhance the action of some chemotherapy agents. Various studies have demonstrated either turmeric (as a whole food) or curcumin/curcuminoids (as isolates) to have beneficial results in preventing or treating a wide range of cancers. These include skin including melanoma, ovarian, breast, lung, oral, stomach, liver, colon and prostate cancers.
CARDIOVASCULAR EFFECTS: Curcumin improves the liver’s ability to clear the body of LDL ("bad" cholesterol) and increases the proportion of HDL ("good" cholesterol). In addition, it prevents the oxidation of both LDL and HDL (oxidised cholesterol leads to blood vessel damage and plaque build-up that can result in heart attack or stroke).
COGNITION and BRAIN health: Alzheimer’s Disease In addition to the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant protection turmeric/curcumin affords against neurodegenerative diseases, curcumin has been shown, after crossing the blood-brain barrier, to inhibit the formation of the plaques between neurons (nerve cells) that disrupt brain function.
DIABETES: Along with cinnamon and ginger, turmeric is effective at reducing blood sugar and increases insulin sensitivity and levels serum glucose. Enhances glucose uptake in skeletal muscle and other tissue. Need to monitor blood sugar levels and probably adjust insulin doses downwards. Improves insulin resistance condition.
DEPRESSION: Mood lifting, mentally energising anecdotes are common in the T.U.G group page and useful antidepressant. If already on antidepressants one needs to run it past your doctor because there can be some additive effects.
ENERGY: Increases metabolic rate and normalises blood glucose and alertness. Diabetic animals fed curcumin not only had a significant reduction of blood cholesterol levels (LDL fraction) but also of blood triglycerides and phospholipids (elevated levels of both are associated with the disturbed lipid metabolism characteristic of diabetes).
FERTILITY: Improves fertility in dogs, cattle, horses and presumably humans. Chicken egg production improved by 30% and old hens can lay again.
GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT: Inhibits the growth of Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium associated with both gastric & duodenal ulcer formation and gastric & colon cancers. Other studies have indicated that turmeric (at appropriate doses) can enhance the healing of gastric ulcers via an increase in gastric wall mucus production. Further, turmeric has been shown to have an antispasmodic effect on the gastro-intestinal tract. In addition, turmeric and curcumin have been investigated and found to be protective against Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
LIVER health: Turmeric has a liver-protecting action. It both prevents and repairs liver damage. It protects the liver from inflammation and improves ‘the clearing function of the liver when it has been damaged and dramatically increases the clearance of alcohol from the system. Best hangover cure but even better when in the system prior to a night out.
SKIN, nails and hair growth: Significant reduction of itchiness in the skin of humans, horses and dogs. Improves the quality of fingernails and hair in humans and hooves of horses. Deepens coat colour in horses. Counteracts sunburn even after redness appears. Does this by antioxidant effect e.g. scavenges radiation-induced, reactive, free radicals.
WEIGHT LOSS: Above effects contribute to significant weight loss.
WOUND HEALING: Promotes rapid healthy healing of wounds.
As well as all the above, turmeric has demonstrated the ability to suppress cataract development, and have a topical anti-fungal effect. We will add lots more to this soon.
Now you just need to cook your turmeric and you're golden.
It works on other animals as well!