Turmeric Spice: Decreases Your Inflammation and Pain

Turmeric, the golden spice, is found to decrease you inflammation and pain. Many studies are now showing how effective Turmeric is for many of our aches and pains.

Curcumin is the principle compound of turmeric; it is a very bright golden yellow color. This compound comes from the rhizomes, underground stems, of Curcuma longa or turmeric.

The yellow in turmeric is also responsible for the yellow in curry and in American mustard. All can be beneficial.

Pain and Inflammation Benefits of Turmeric

Here are just some of the studies that show how beneficial Turmeric and its special compound, curcumin, can be for your health:

  1. A report published in Journal of Clinical Intervention of Aging, knee joint patients were given either a popular treatment or other half was given curcumin. The report gave a positive effect on aches and pains associated with aging. The best difference was the curcumin group had zero negative side effects.
  2. A study by Dr. Radha Ayyagari at University of California, San Diego found that turmeric helps fight inflammation. Many people with arthritis, one cause of inflammation, are more likely to develop cataracts and retinol degeneration. Curcumin can help decrease these possible eye problems.

Curcumin supports glutathione synthesis, which is an important antioxidant for vision.

  1. Researchers at Auburn University compared curcumin to a blood sugar solution known for its ability to balance glucose levels. They were astonished when they found curcumin was 10,000 times more powerful at supporting healthy glucose, and no side effects.
  2. In one study reported in the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research animals were given curcumin and a popular cholesterol solution for over a week. The result showed curcumin did better at supporting healthy cholesterol levels and had no side effects.
  3. “Curcumin may be able reduce brain inflammation which has been linked to both Alzheimer’s disease and major depression”, said Dr. Gary Small, director of geriatric psychiatry at UCLA’s Longevity Center; published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. Pet scans completed before and after the study showed significant decreases in both amyloid and tau protein plaques in the brain.
  4. Scientific communities agree that turmeric is a great pain reliever. It helps with arthritic pain, wound pain, sciatic pain and any nerve pain.


More Healing Benefits of Turmeric

Topically, turmeric salve helps with skin disorders, bruising and bites. It also, may help with wound healing and skin disorders like psoriasis.

Most forms of cancer stem from inflammation and growth of abnormal cells that cannot be controlled by your immune system.


New studies are now proving that curcumin can aid in controlling cancer in 3 ways:

  1. angiogenesis or tumor growth
  2. metastasis or spread of cancer cells
  3. apoptosis or death of cancer cells

Turmeric is a great ally against cancer. The cardiologist, Dr. Stephen Sinatra, says turmeric is especially effective in the colon, where your cells are more vulnerable to free radical damage.  It is a great preventative spice to stop cancer growth in the colon.

Another research shows that turmeric binds to iron, making it unavailable to cancer cells, cancer cannot live without iron.

Turmeric can slow or prevent blood clots from forming by slowing platelet aggregate formation; this reduces the risk of clot development. This study needs further research to be done on humans to find out how this scientifically happens.

It could even have potential in helping diabetes, which is an inflammatory type of disease, due to turmeric’s ability to activate AMPK enzyme.


Turmeric’s Bottom Line Info

There is a need for further scientific studies on humans to find out how or if turmeric’s benefits are really working. Research and studies so far show it does make a difference but as with anything, not everyone responds the same.

Turmeric does have a short absorption time in the body. This is because it dissolves rather quickly; so it needs help in getting into the blood system, to reach the areas where it is needed.

Some suggestions are to consume turmeric with either Bio-Perine (black pepper) or with synergistic herbs to help carry turmeric into the system.

Definitely, Turmeric is very beneficial for decreasing your Inflammation and Pain…..very much worth it. Make this a turning point in your health and life.









Cindy Burrows, B.S., M.T., Herbalist and Nutritional Health Consultant.  Helps individuals start health programs to improve their life, wellness and happiness. Cindy is a speaker, writer and entrepreneur of several businesses.





Diabetes Control and Symptom Reversal With Foods and Herbs

Diabetes can be controlled and possibly reversed with food, herbs and lifestyle habits. Even the American Diabetes Association will admit that there are certain foods that will help manage diabetes symptoms for those diagnosed with diabetes type 2.

In diabetes the drug used by most doctors, metformin, was actually a synthesized compound originating from the herb, lilac! You can use this drug while you are working on changing food habits. Eventually, some of you diabetics….. could get to the point where the drug is no longer needed.

New food habits are sometimes challenging. You may be surprised that over time your body likes how it feels and you really desire these kinds of food.

  1. Greens, vegetables and fruit are the best. Buy them fresh at local markets or grocers. Use a variety of greens like spinach, arugula, kale, cabbage, romaine or watercress. Try some new veggies, radishes, beets or asparagus. Berries or melons have less sugar; and all of these listed are high in antioxidants benefits for your body.
  2. Drink water, herbal or green teas. Teas can be used hot or cold, flavored with different herbs lemon balm, mint, hibiscus, ginger or cinnamon.

It’s better to drink filtered water and add a squeeze or a slice of fresh lime, lemon, orange, cucumbers or leaves of herbs like basil or rosemary.

  1. Healthy grains or gluten free flours are now available to use in place of simple white flours. These provide more vitamins and minerals, more protein and omega 3’s; try quinoa, millet, brown rice or kamut.
  2. Consume healthy fats,  we recommend more Omega 3 and mono saturated fats like olive, coconut, butter, nuts and avocados.
  3. Increase Intake of Onions and Garlic. Onions ability to lower blood sugar is well known. Its special compound, Quercitin, works when you eat onions with your meal, by reducing your sugar intake. Garlic has thousands of studies proving it can prevent or reduce major causes of disease or death worldwide, including diabetes.
  4. Fiber helps with weight loss and chronic digestive issues all associated with diabetes and other chronic disease states. Fiber will automatically increase as you eat more vegetables.
  5. Spices like turmeric and ginger have been commonly used in Asian countries for many centuries. Curcumin in turmeric and in cumin are proven anti-inflammatories, immune regulators and helpful for absorption of nutrients in the gut. Gingerol compound in ginger assists with cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, digestion and eye health.
  6. Bitter melon is a fruit used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and in Ayurveda for diabetes and other diseases. The sour taste of the melon’s juice mimics insulin effects. It can help with insulin secretion and glucose utilization.


Variety is the Spice of Life

Try some new methods to bring out the real taste of food. Sometimes simple is better.

Change your Omega 3 fats by using different seeds like flax, hemp or chia on salads or in smoothies. Or try good organic cold pressed olive oil for salad dressing with some flavored vinegars. Or coconut oil, also high in Omega 3, as a sauté oil or in your coffee!

Learn to Ferment some veggies or you can buy them. These are pickled vegetables, using vinegar, salt or lacto fermentation, they help with digestion, acting like a probiotic, and are high in good bacteria.

Diabetes Herbal Supplements

Medicinal herbs contain diverse compounds with multiple actions on both insulin production, insulin resistance and on glucose absorption.

Some of these compounds or dosages may react differently for each individual. There may be some changes in adjustment of which combination will work better for each person.

  1. Licorice has been utilized for many diseases. The compound, amorfrutin, regulates insulin resistance. It also can affect blood pressure control.
  2. Dioscorea is a Chinese herb that improves glycemic control and insulin resistance.
  3. Berberine is a plant compound in herbs, one of those is Coptis, and it lowers blood sugar, decreases inflammation and improves lipids. Also, it helps the body detoxify and get rid of stored chemicals and toxins from tissues.
  4. Codonopsis and Astragulus herbs tone Qi and improve immune system. It reduces insulin resistance.
  5. Chinese Yam and atractylodes strengthen digestive system and replenish Qi.
  6. Gurmar or Gymnema Sylvestre is an Indian herb used in India since 6th century B.C. for diabetes; It is called the “sugar destroyer”, due to the “munching up” of excess sugar in the blood.
  7. Schisandra fruit nourishes your lungs and kidney yin.
  8. Banaba leaf has corosolic acid which has blood sugar regulating properties. It has been used in India and the Philippines for thousands of years for diabetic treatment. Also, Banaba can control food cravings which can help control your weight if you need to lose some extra pounds!
  9. Milk Thistle’s compound silymarin, is a great antioxidant and detoxifier for the liver. Studies that along with conventional treatment it does help lower blood sugar and improves cholesterol levels.
  10. American Ginseng assists insulin in getting sugar into cells and increasing cell energy. Ginseng has been used for many years in Chinese medicine; it has been found to effectively lower glucose and possibly reverse diabetes.


There are other herbs and spices that can help aid diabetes and other chronic diseases; these are often side effects for diabetic patients. Fenugreek, Guggle and cinnamon are now being studied with good response in helping to lower blood sugar levels. (See: www.merryherb.com ).

Yes, they do work; sometimes you can use them along with your medication. Later, after your symptoms are much better, you can lower meds or finally get off them.

Remember, herbs and foods, in general may take twice as long to be effective since they are natural not man-made or synthetic like drugs are.







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Cindy Burrows, B.S., M.T., Herbalist and a Nutrition and Wellness Consultant help individuals with health programs to improve life and happiness.  Cindy is a true believer in eating healthy greens and herbs to prevent illness and disease. She is a writer, speaker and owner of several businesses. Contact her at: [email protected]