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As many diabetics struggle to keep paying for their medicine, a lot of other items may go by the wayside until universal Healthcare kicks in. Diabetics in other countries that have full health coverage are not in the same straits, but everyone can use the herbal information I am sharing in this article.
There are several culinary herbs that I make sure I use in meals almost every day, but I’m only going to talk a bit about one here today: curcumin (turmeric) and garlic another time. They seem simple, but they are two of the most powerful foods on the planet!
Turmeric is a spice from the same botanical family as ginger, and it is also a rhizome. The color we associate with curries come from this spice, but it does not carry the super-spiciness. You can use this in food for less adventurous people; it’s just got a little kick. Curcumin longa is the source and it’s been used successfully as an anti-inflammatory medicine for 5,000 years in India. If you are a regular reader, then you know that tissue inflammation, regardless of its cause, is what we must combat.
Our normal metabolism produces acidic by-products which cause inflammation. Our stressful lives, and trans-fat and too acidic ‘foods’ (like sugar, soda pop, animal flesh) also cause high tissue acidity which pours onto our cells and inflames them. Our toxic bodies, laboring under a chemical load, also are high-acid therefore “inflammed”. Start cooling the free-radicals and the actual inflammation with turmeric.
Dr. David Frawley, of the Ayurvedic medical school American Institute for Vedic Studies in Santa Fe, New Mexico, says that if he had to choose one medicine, it would be turmeric, as ‘it does almost anything others do, and many things that others don’t!’
However, this is not for pregnant and lactating women, turmeric should just be used in normal food doses. Preparations are made with turmeric as Ayurvedic medicines, andyou might find one of these in a health food store, so if you are pregnant or nursing, this is not for you at the moment — just moderate amounts in food, as Indian mothers have used for millennia.
Read the article at University of Maryland Medical Center if you intend to take a Ayurvedic Medical Formula of turmeric rather than just normal food doses (which are safe for everyone). People who are diabetic should know that medical formulas of turmeric can make your diabetes medication more effective, and the same dose will lower your blood sugar too much — so consult with your physician as to if and how to take a stronger turmeric preparation. Also do the same if you are taking the medications in the article, which include blood-thinners like Warfarin, Coumadin and Plavix and some over-acid stomach medications like Tagamet, Zantac and Prevacid.
Turmeric not only helps with simple things like alleviating gas and bloating, but it also helps digest protein and fats; promotes proper metabolism, corrects both under-performing and over-performing metabolism; improves elimination of toxins and wastes; helps maintain intestinal flora; rejuvenates your liver and helps your gall-bladder; supports the formation of healthy tissue; forms new blood, and is a potent anit-oxidant and anti-inflammatory — way better than aspirin, Tylenol and other NSAIDs, as turmeric is a natural substance, a food your body recognizes and understands how to use.
Turmeric helps with arthritic pain and stiffness, cancer prevention, alzheimer prevention, slowing multiple sclerosis and other neuro-degenerative diseases and more. Curcumin has been shown to positively influence more than 700 genes. It helps your body destroy mutated cells (cancer cells). It prevents the building of the extra blood supply circuits that cancerous tumors need to grow.
Turmeric also inhibits the oxidation of cholesterol (which then makes the so-called “bad” cholesterol). Thereby, it keeps a healthier circulatory system to help prevent heart attack and stroke. And, it helps prevent childhood leukemia. The oils in this rhizome are also anti-bacterial.
Research also shows that it helps diabetics, those with Crohn’s disease, Cystic Fibrosis and much more.
We need turmeric’s benefits in this constantly crazy world, which has ratcheted-up stress levels because of financial tailspin and global depression and fear of losing jobs and all the rest. You need to compensate for the toll this takes on your Health, and to use something that is effective and inexpensive. What a combo! Hopefully, you will start to use it, and see benefit as a diabetic, which may have many more benefits than you dreamed were possible.
For recipes, search out Indian cuisine, and if you do not like spicy food, then just adjust the amounts of the other spices. Personally, I just hide it in soups for my family, although some of them like curries, but as some don’t, I do it this way.
More to help next time, and I’ll add a recipe, if I have time, later.
Best to all — Em
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