Turmeric is a very powerful spice that dates back as far as 3000BC. It is available as a root or a dried powder.
Curcumin is the yellow pigment extracted from turmeric and it has demonstrated amazing anti-cancer benefits.
There are over 2000 published studies that show Curcumin fights cancers of the breast, prostate, liver, colon, lung, pancreas and many more.
The researchers have shown that curcumin actually causes apoptosis, which is cell death, a natural way for the body to clear out damaged cells. Curcumin has also shown to stop cancer cells from dividing (they divide to multiply and grow into tumours).
Curcumin kills cancer cells while leaving healthy cells untouched.
This is the absolute opposite of mainstream medicine’s chemotherapy treatments.
Tamoxifen, a popular chemotherapy chemical, is classified by the World Health Organization as a known human carcinogen with over 20 side effects.
That means that you would be treating your cancer with a chemotherapeutic chemical that causes cancer.
Is anyone’s head spinning? Mine too.
In what universe would it make sense to treat cancer with cancer-causing agents?
These same chemical agents that cause any quickly multiplying cell, such as the inside of your mouth, the lining of your entire digestive tract, your skin and your hair to be toxified to death.
Thankfully, there are many powerful, natural healing options that do not destroy your health in the process of trying to heal you.
Curcumin is also known for being an effective pain-killer and substitute for many pharmaceutical drugs including aspirin, cholesterol, and anti-depressants.
How to Ingest Curcumin?
Curcumin is fat-soluble, meaning that it is most bio-available when you eat it with healthy fat, (coconut oil, avocado, extra virgin olive oil, etc) and even more effective with black pepper (piperine – phytochemical that gives it its flavour).
You can chop or grate the root and use it in stir fries, soups, stews or use the powdered version in the same way. Add the powdered curcumin to your morning smoothie with some hemp seeds, chia seeds or flax seeds to ensure the curcumin is most absorbable with these healthy fats.
You can also make a Turmeric or Curcumin Tea, which is a very powerful detoxing tea. (recipe below)
If you are using curcumin to heal, prevent and treat disease, work closely with your natural health practitioner to determine dosage, and any possible interactions with other things you are doing or ingesting.
There are free form curcumin capsules available that are meant as therapeutic doses, and have the actual capacity to cross the blood barrier in the brain to release the most healing effects. Talk to your naturopathic doctor about what is best for you.
Add to a pot and bring to a boil:
2 cups of water
1 tsp curcumin powder
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of clove
pinch of nutmeg
tsp fresh ginger
pinch of black pepper (to help your body absorb the curcumin)
Add to your favourite mug (actually be careful using your favourite mug, the curcumin and other spices can stain)
Raw honey to sweeten
A splash or coconut or almond milk (fat to help absorb the curcumin)
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Jo-Anne Richardson has almost a decade of experience managing a chiropractic office and educating patients on how chiropractic can allow your body to express optimal health. She is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and holds a Degree in Communications. She loves to experiment with raw vegan recipes, loves to salsa dance, travel and learn new holistic health information to share tips with everyone who visits the office.