Curcumin for Anti-Cancer and Other Profound Benefits

Curcumin is a naturally occurring chemical compound that is found in the spice turmeric. The two words are sometimes used interchangeably, but the technical difference between the two is that turmeric is the yellowish powder used to flavor foods, while curcumin is a chemical contained within turmeric. In Indian and Asian cultures, turmeric and curcumin have a long history of use as a traditional herbal medicine. Western medicine is beginning to study the potential of turmeric in treating diseases such as arthritis, cancer, and diabetes.

Studies have shown curcumin helps prevent several forms of cancer including breast, lung, stomach, liver and colon. It stops development of cancer by interfering with the cellular signaling aspects of this chronic disease.

Interestingly, my research unveiled curcumin has “smart kill” properties that actually work to inhibit the growth of tumors and the spread of cancer in fundamental ways at the cellular level. It has the laboratory-proven capability to inhibit a particular cancer-promoting enzyme (COX-2), impede blood supply to cancer cells, induce tumor-suppressing genes, stop metastasis, kill lymphoma cells and prevent the regrowth of cancer stem cells.
The ability to target cancer stem cells is one of the curcumin’s most powerful anti-cancer properties. In fact, according to GreenMedInfo.com, a recent study describes the wide range of molecular mechanisms presently identified by which curcumin attacks cancer stem cells (CSCs), which are the minority subpopulation of self-renewing cells, within a tumor colony. These stem cells alone are capable of producing all the other cells within a tumor, making them the most lethal, tumorigenic of all cells within most, if not all, cancers. Because CSCs are resistant to chemotherapy, radiation, and may even be provoked toward increased invasiveness through surgery, they are widely believed to be responsible for tumor recurrence and the failure of conventional cancer treatments. These are compelling findings, indeed.

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Tiger Nuts: The New Superfood You Need to Try Now

What are Tiger Nuts? These are coconut-flavored, nutrient-packed, marble-size tubers—small, wrinkled root vegetables that hail from Northern Africa and the Mediterranean.

This ancient superfood comprised up to 80 percent of our Paleo ancestors’ diet around 2 million years ago, and now it’s beginning to hit the shelves of Whole Foods Market and other natural food stores, edging out almonds and cashews as granola’s dynamic new best friend.

The ideal alternative for those who suffer nut allergies, tiger nuts—related only to tigers by the stripes on their outer skins—are high in prebiotic fiber (so they’re great for the gut), low in calories and fat, and count as a great source of potassium, iron, vitamin E, and unsaturated fatty acids. One will find peeled and unpeeled versions; think of those as blanched almonds versus regular almonds.

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