TURMERIC HEALTH BENEFITS AND MINERALS

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Health Benefit:

Anti-Inflammatory:

Turmersic’s volatile oils (essential oils) and the phytochemical curcumin have been shown to have powerful anti-inflammatory properties.

Relieves depression:

A study out of Baylor University Medical Center has demonstrated that curcumin may be nearly as powerful as Prozac for relieving symptoms of depression. Further studies are needed to confirm this study’s findings, but the initial reports are hopeful. [1]

Rheumatoid Arthritis:

Curcumin, along with being an excellent and safe anti-inflammatory, is also a powerful anti-oxidant. These two properties combine to create an excellent recipe for relief from joint discomfort. In studies comparing curcumin use with phenylbutazone (a common anti-inflammatory drug), curcumin produced comparable improvement in mobility, swelling and morning stiffness.

Cancer Prevention:

Curcumin and turmeric as a whole food have been widely studied in relationship to cancer prevention and treatment. These studies have suggested that components in turmeric could possibly help prevent/treat everything from skin cancer to childhood leukemia

Treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD):

Research suggests that IBD’s such as Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis may be treated with curcumin.

Cystic Fibrosis:

Preliminary studies have shown that curcumin may have the ability to correct the genetic defects that are responsible for cystic fibrosis.

Improved Liver Function:

Studies suggest that turmeric may improve liver function by increasing the liver’s ability to perform its detoxification duties. Cardiovascular Protection:

 Research suggests that curcumin may help protect the cardiovascular system from disease. It does this by helping to prevent the oxidation of cholesterol in the body. This is important because oxidized cholesterol is part of what builds up in plaque that damages blood vessels and can lead to heart attacks or stroke. Turmeric is also a good source of vitamin B6, which is important for cardiovascular health.

Lowering Cholesterol:

Research has revealed that curcumin can act as a “messaging molecule” to communicate with genes in liver cells. It lowers cholesterol levels by telling the liver cells to create more receptors for LDL cholesterol. With these extra LDL-receptors, the liver cells can expedite the process of removing LDL-cholesterol from the body.

Protection against Alzheimer‘s disease:

A rising number of studies suggest that turmeric may help protect against neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s (and possibly multiple sclerosis). This is done, in part, through its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Curcumin can also cross the blood-brain barrier dissolving “amyloid dibrils” and inhibiting “amyloid-B aggregation,” both of which help prevent plaque from forming between cells (which is characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease).

Minerals:

PRINCIPLE

NUTRIENT VALUE

PERCENTAGE OF RDA

Energy

354 Kcal

17%

Carbohydrates

64.9 g

50%

Protein

7.83 g

14%

Total Fat

9.88 g

33%

Cholesterol

0 mg

0%

Dietary Fiber

21 g

52.5%

VITAMINS

Folates

39 µg

10%

Niacin

5.140 mg

32%

Pyridoxine

1.80 mg

138%

Riboflavin

0.233 mg

18%

Vitamin A

0 IU

0%

Vitamin C

25.9 mg

43%

Vitamin E

3.10 mg

21%

Vitamin K

13.4 µg

11%

ELECTROLYTES

Sodium

38 mg

2.5%

Potassium

2525 mg

54%

MINERALS

Calcium

183 mg

18%

Copper

603 µg

67%

Iron

41.42 mg

517%

Magnesium

193 mg

48%

Manganese

7.83 mg

340%

Phosphorus

268 mg

38%

Zinc

4.35 mg

39.5%

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