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Monday, January 5, 2009

Turmeric and Type 2 Diabetes

Turmeric is currently being touted as the new super spice of the year. The popular ingredient found in curry is being studied by scientists and researchers worldwide due to the chemical compound curcumin, which is a powerful antioxidant found in the common Asian cooking spice. The seasoning has long been used as a natural medicine and supplement. While many are studying curcumin for various cancers, some scientists are focusing on the curcumin for Type 2 diabetes.

The following article outlines a study held by the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia University Medical Center that was recently published in Endocrinology. The researchers fed obese mice high amounts of turmeric and found that the mice had a decrease in body weight, a decrease in liver and fat tissue inflammation, and improved blood sugar levels.

This article speaks with researchers about the study, and their thoughts on curcumin being used as a treatment for Type 2 diabetes due to the study outcome. The study was presented at the Endocrine Society annual meeting in San Francisco.

Study Shows Turmeric May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Turmeric Trials

Turmeric, the yellow-orange spice found in curry powders and as a powdered seasoning for Asian cooking, is more than a delicious, flavorful spice. Researchers are hot on the trail of turmeric, holding studies and trials to determine how it can be used to increase health and fight disease, including cancer.

This article examines how turmeric, which contains the powerful antioxidant curcumin, can help fight diseases such as diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, psoriasis, arthritis and many other diseases, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Curcumin is not only an effective anti-inflammatory, but is also thought to affect gene activity that can destroy cancer cells. Human trials are currently being funded by The National Cancer Institute and other human trials are underway from scientists at UCLA.

This article not only gives information to the studies that are underway, but also offers tips for how to get more turmeric in your diet, offers a ‘Turmeric Cocktail’ recipe and touches on safety issues and non-toxic amounts.

Add Turmeric to Your Food

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