Quantum Nutrition Labs - Turmeric
Amazing Benefits of Turmeric - The Super Antioxidant
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a bright yellow tuber (as used in curry and mustard) that has been an important part of Eastern cultures. It has long been used for medicinal purposes in Asia to treat gastrointestinal upsets, arthritis pain, and fatigue. In traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric has been used as a tonic for the digestive system and the liver; to dispel worms, strengthen the body, and dissolve gallstones; and for menstrual irregularity and arthritis. In old Hindu texts it is described as an aromatic, stimulant, and carminative (an agent that helps expel gas from the intestines and treats colic). Valued for its medicinal properties and warm, zesty flavor, Turmeric is quickly making a name for itself in the West.
Curcuminoid - A Powerful Antioxidant
The active compounds in turmeric known as curcuminoids are potent phytonutrients that contain powerful antioxidant properties, showing activity as much as 300 times greater than that of vitamin E. Curcumins help to counteract the damaging effects of free radicals in the body, help relieve arthritis pain and stiffness, possess powerful anti-inflammatory properties, exhibit anti-tumor properties, and exert extraordinary liver protection and rejuvenation properties
Key Benefits of Curcumin:
- Helps stimulate the flow of bile and aids in fat digestion. Normal secretions of bile is necessary for proper digestion as it alkalizes stomach acids and helps formation of chyme.
- It's powerful ability to stimulate bile production assists the liver in detoxification
- Due to its anti-inflammatory and digestive properties, evidence suggests curcumin is beneficial for those with Chrohn's
- Known to help with psoriasis and other skin conditions
- May increase the formation of glutathione S transferase, an important detoxification enzyme in the liver
- Promotes circulation; shown to reduce clots
- Helps purge wastes from the blood; assists with healthy blood production
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Clinical trials have shown curcumin to relieve arthritis pain and stiffness
- Powerful anti-tumor and cancer preventative properties
- Antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties
- Highly protective against neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's
The Protective Properties of Turmeric
Protecting the body's healthy cells from the harmful elements of today's environment can be a challenge. But with the extraordinary compounds in turmeric, such as curcuminoids, the formation of free radicals can be prevented. Curcuminoids are highly active phytonutrients proven to fight free radical formation in food as well as the body's cells. They act to scavenge and neutralize existing free radicals. Curcuminoids offer special protection and extraordinary building properties for the liver. Nearly 200 scientific papers have documented the antioxidant and immune modulating properties of curcuminoids, which act as essential protectors against undesirable and potentially damaging elements.
An example of the significant immune-protective properties of curcuminoids is their ability to reduce the stimulation of Long Terminal Repeat (LTR) gene and simultaneously block it as described in a study conducted at Harvard Medical School in March, 1993. By reducing the activity of the LTR gene, undesirable compounds were inhibited from being replicated. Another study showed that curcuminoids were able to inhibit the activity of integrase, the enzyme that integrates a double-stranded DNA copy of the RNA genome, synthesized by reverse transcriptase into a host chromosome. This means the risk for mutagenesis or runaway cell division is minimized.
An interesting study examined the population of Trinidad. About 40% of the population is of Indian descent and uses curry in their diet extensively. (Curcumin is the pigment and active compound in turmeric which is used as one of the ingredients in curry). Another 40% of Trinidad's population is of African descent and rarely uses curry. The Trinidad study showed that persons of African descent were more than ten times more likely to have health concerns than persons of Indian descent. Although other factors may have influenced the results of the study, such as sexual habits and genetics, the outcome is more likely due to turmeric’s remarkable immune-protective properties.
Another human trial studied smokers and turmeric use. Sixteen chronic smokers were given 1.5 grams of turmeric daily for 30 days, while 6 non-smokers served as a control group receiving no turmeric. At the end of the 30-day trial, the smokers who received the turmeric demonstrated significant reduction in the level of urinary-excreted mutagens compared to the non-smokers. Urinary mutagen levels are thought to correlate with the systemic load and efficacy of detoxification mechanisms of the body. In addition, other research studies demonstrate other detoxification properties of turmeric, including its ability to inhibit benzopyrene, the carcinogen found in charcoal-broiled meat.
Perhaps due to their extraordinary antioxidant potential, curcuminoids as found in turmeric may help the body cope with immune stress without the toxicity of NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). In addition, many direct, immune-specific effects of curcuminoids may be in part due to their inhibitory action on thromboxanes and leukotrienes. Curcuminoids help stimulate the release of adrenal corticosteroids and help increase sensitivity of cortisone receptors while simultaneously preventing the breakdown of cortisone. This may explain why curcuminoid supplementation has shown excellent results for improved morning joint flexibility and overall joint health and function. Curcuminoids may be especially effective during joint flare-ups.
In one double-blind clinical trial that involved patients with joint concerns, the group taking curcuminoids showed improvements in the duration of morning flexibility, walking time and joint movement. The safety and excellent tolerability of turmeric and curcuminoids compared to standard drugs is a major advantage. No toxicity reactions to curcuminoids have been reported.
Premier Grade 10 Turmeric and Preserving Its Potency
Only the finest grade 10 quality Indian turmeric is ground in Quantum Nutrition Lab’s non-toxic grinder and then immediately encapsulated in 100% vegetable capsules without any toxic excipients whatsoever. No magnesium stearate (a hydrogenated oil), talcum or silicon dioxide (ground sand) are used. Immediate encapsulation helps trap and preserve the complete spectrum of phytochemicals indigenous to well-grown nutraceuticals. Quantum Turmeric and all raw materials used by QNL, must pass photoluminescent near-infrared spectrum analysis to ensure that all raw materials are non-irradiated and not contaminated with pesticide/insecticide residues.
Quantum Turmeric, a Supplement and a Spice to Add to Your Food
Quantum Turmeric can be taken daily in capsule form or can be enjoyed as an everyday spice you add to your food. Try adding it your oatmeal, grains and beans, or vegetable dishes. Whichever way turmeric is consumed, it will provide many wonderful benefits, especially for those with health issues related to inflammation, digestive issues, and skin issues.
Adults and Children (age 4 and up): Take 1 capsule 3 times daily.
For special programs: Take up to 12 capsules daily.
For dietary use: 1 or 2 capsules may be opened and mixed with food.
Serving Size: 1 Capsule
Servings Per Container: 60
Grade 10 Indian Turmeric (rhizome) (Curcuma longa) (500mg)
100% solvent-free, excipient-free vegetable capsules. No magnesium stearate (a toxic excipient), corn, milk, soy, salt, sugar, wheat, artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, binders, glues or other toxic tagalongs as found in tablets and gelatin capsules. Store in a cool, dry place.
Patent-pending dark violet-colored, #2 HDPE nontoxic plastic bottle engineered to block light between 450-720 nm, the range at which damage to nutrients occurs. Nitrogen flushed to protect freshness and prevent oxidation.
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