Regardless of its potential health benefits, turmeric sure does its part in livening up a diet. According to an excerpt gleaned From Traditional Medicine to Modern Medicine, this rich, golden 4000+ year-old spice first grew popular as a culinary spice in India, where most of it is produced and consumed to this day. While research on nutrition is key to our learnings about how to optimize our diet, you should never base your diet on any one study or one food. But you don't have to go to India to experience it. We're in the midst of a huge revival, and you can roll right up to any hipster café and order yourself a turmeric ginger latte along with your vegan carob balls.
Though there’s plenty of evidence on its benefits in the preclinical studies, they haven’t quite gotten to performing as many human studies as they need to understand full well how it works. According to a detailed article compiled over years by experts at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, curcumin works in several ways, depending on what it interacts with. Barbara Delage, Ph.D., nutrition scientist with the Linus Pauling Institute’s Micronutrient Information Center and contributing author to the article, explained how a single phytochemical could possibly help with health conditions ranging from Alzheimer's disease, to cancer to rheumatoid arthritis. “It has become increasingly clear that oxidative stress and inflammation contribute to the development and/or progression of most (if not all) chronic conditions. This explains why an anti-inflammatory drug that works to treat a specific disease might also help treat other inflammatory conditions,” Delage says. Within cells, it can target specific molecules or pathways that are involved in the control of the cell cycle, inflammation, oxidative stress, etc., depending of the type of cells under scrutiny,” she says, who was also careful to add that, as far as using curcumin to treat these conditions, scientists still have plenty of work to do to wrap their minds around what it can and can’t do. For example, though there’s plenty of evidence on its benefits in the preclinical studies, they haven’t quite gotten to performing as many human studies as they need to understand full well how it works. Delage also adds that most studies conducted to date on humans have been focused on investigating the efficacy of curcumin in disease management—not disease prevention. Though curcumin is regarded as safe by the Federal Drug Adminstration and is sold in various formulas far and wide, there are no guidelines established for its intake. When asked if people should consider integrating curcumin, or turmeric, into their daily wellness regimen, it doesn’t always absorb into the body easily and thus, Delage says the jury’s still out on whether it will actually do anything for you. If you’re bound and determined to experiment with curcumin medicinally, she recommends consulting your doctor — especially if you are already on medication — because preclinical studies have indicated it might change how other medications you use are metabolized in your body. That’s because curcumin supplements also an ingredient called piperine, which boosts the effects of curcumin but also its potential toxicity because it slows down the elimination of the curcumin and prescription drugs used for seizures, high blood pressure, angina and bipolar disorder. To back her point that more research on people is needed, just this year, one 30-year old woman suffered a fatal outcome after receiving a turmeric-infused IV-drip holistic treatment. San Diego-area news outlet KGTV reported the woman died immediately from a heart attack after having the drip to treat her eczema. They offer the best locally grown and produced organic cannabis products in Southern Oregon. Their primary goal is to aid patients and caregivers in discovering the perfect strain, and matrix, in order to bring relief, healing, and over all well being. The well informed staff can help navigate you through the OMMP licensing program, and the variety of edibles, flowers and concentrates made by local artisan growers and producers. There are at least two active chemicals in marijuana that researchers think have medicinal applications. Those are cannabidiol (CBD) which seems to impact the brain without a high and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which has pain relieving (and other) properties. Murphy Hemp Company now also offer Cannabis Massage by Cara Brown. Marijuana may be getting all the headlines with the recreational users, but when it comes to medical treatments, hemp is the wave of the future. Kit and Lisa Doyle , founders of Seed Oil Company and owners of the Murphy Hemp Store (6790 Williams Highway) learned that through direct observation. “Having run a medical dispensary for three years, we were able to see how different strains, strengths and delivery systems of cannabis helped people solve physical and psychological health issues,” Kit said. “Conventional healthcare methods were not working for them, and in many cases causing life threatening consequences.” The Doyles also noticed that the high THC strains (the recreational side) were tolerated and sought after by only 20% of their customers. “Most people were seeking natural solutions (for their ailments) without the high,” Kit said. “So on August 1 we opened the Murphy Hemp Store, a full spectrum hemp store providing high quality, affordable and locally grown organic CBD products.” CBD is short for cannabidiol, an active ingredient in cannabis with no THC and thus no high.
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