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November 21, 20170

Supplements are a fixation that have been widely talked about and debated in popular health channels recently. Some say they’re all a bunch of voodoo, whereas others think you should swallow a whole handful of vitamins every day. Here at Nutent Therapeutics, we suggest a more moderate approach. We believe in taking only the supplements that have proven scientific backing via research and clinical trials. In this informative blog post, we will discuss top supplements that can aid in the promotion of better health for adult men and women. Among this list is obviously turmeric/curcumin supplements, the best comprehensive supplement to take for a variety of health needs. These magic vitamins kick off our list of top supplements to promote better health as number one.

Turmeric, a naturally occurring root, boasts one of nature’s sweet treasures- curcumin. A turmeric supplement with a high concentration of its star player curcumin can have a great impact on your overall health and wellbeing. A turmeric/curcumin supplement is a renowned anti-inflammatory (inflammation is a top cause of ailments including abonimable diseases like cancer all the way to day to day aches and pains). Additionally, it is an antioxidant and it’s a known fact that oxidation is terrible for you. Furthermore, turmeric and curcumin boost brain derived neurotrophic factor aka BDNF which is linked to better brain health and lower rates of brain disease, act as a phytoestrogen and subsequently helps with menopause and cancer, lower heart disease rates and assist in pain relief for such ailments as arthritis, ulcers, stomach problems, fibromyalgia and headaches. That’s a lot of benefits! That’s why turmeric/curcumin supplements are your number one go-to for improved health. If you can only take one supplement, make sure it’s a turmeric/curcumin supplement made by the renowned Nutent Therapeutics.

Number two in terms of best supplements for the promotion of overall health is your basic multivitamin. These are especially beneficial in this day and age, when people are no longer getting vitamins and minerals from their diet due to the processed nature of most food (particularly with fast food). Taking a multivitamin can (partially) make up for a lackluster diet. Additionally, look for specialized multivitamins to fit your needs. For example, lutein is good for eye disease prevention, whereas boron is ideal for prostate health.

The third best overall health supplement is a pretty well-known one- fish oil. Though not so tasty sounding, this vitamin packs a punch. It’s known to prevent heart disease (this is a big deal seeing as heart disease is the number one killer of adult americans) as well as inhibit cognitive decline. The ingredient used to fight brain problems is DHA. In addition to DHA, make sure your fish oil supplement has omega 3’s which boast benefits such as: increased HDL which boosts good cholesterol, improved metabolism and lower nutrient absorption.

Fourth on our list is vitamin D3. Vitamin D has been found to be incredibly important in recent studies. Low rates of vitamin D in one’s body are linked to cancer, weight gain, depression, poor nutrient absorption, low bone density and other unfortunate ailments. Vitamin D is known for its potential to be obtained by the sun, but many Americans don’t get enough sun and therefore should probably take a vitamin D supplement.


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November 7, 20170

In our previous blog posts, we’ve talked about the miraculous properties of turmeric and its star player, curcumin. Curcumin is a natural anti-inflammatory compound (and inflammation plays a part in almost every major disease), turmeric increases the antioxidant capacity of the body (oxidative damage causes aging and several diseases), curcumin boosts brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) which improves brain function and lowers your susceptibility to brain diseases, turmeric can help prevent cancer by reducing angiogenesis, curcumin lowers your risk of heart disease, curcumin is helpful in preventing Alzheimer’s Disease by crossing the blood-brain barrier, curcumin helps combat depression by increasing brain-derived neurotrophic factor, curcumin helps delay aging and promote longevity by fighting oxidation and inflammation and lastly, curcumin supplements have helped arthritis patients treat their inflammation, a root cause of the degenerative disease. While turmeric perhaps boasts the longest list of health benefits of any superfood, there are other foods you should definitely implement into your diet for their contributions to your physical well-being.

Quinoa is a superfood that has been blowing up in popular culture recently. It is one of the only grains or seed that encompasses nine essential amino acids, all the ones our bodies can’t make for themselves. Additionally, it has eight grams of protein per cup. It’s a great side dish to any meal, or make an entire meal in one dish by adding your choice of veggies or meat to the grain.

Another great superfood is Greek yogurt. If you have tummy troubles, this is the food for you. It’s full of protein and probiotics and will fill your belly, improve digestion and also make your immune system stronger so you aren’t as susceptible to viruses. Add berries, honey or coconut to Greek yogurt for a healthy, guilt-free treat.

Kale is probably the most ubiquitous superfood and it is for good reason. It provides more antioxidants than almost any other fruit or veggie. Additionally, it will provide you with the fiber, calcium and iron your body needs to function properly. So throw a little in your salad or smoothie today!

Salmon is another great health food staple. The fish is filled with protein and omega-3 fatty acids, which are really good for your heart, reducing cardiovascular disease rates. Furthermore, salmon can protect your skin from the sun and help your body not to obtain any harmful effects from dangerous UV rays.

Eggs are probably not a superfood you would’ve thought of. They’re great for the health food connoisseur on a budget. One egg is only about 70 calories but includes six grams of protein. Additionally, they pack in a good amount of omega-3 fatty acid, which we discussed with salmon and are good for your heart.

Almonds are a fun way to achieve vitamins and minerals in snack form. They are the most nutritionally dense nut on the planet- a one ounce serving size includes 3.4 grams of fiber and additional potassium, calcium, vitamin E, magnesium and iron. You can enjoy a handful of the, make some trail mix or even eat them as a butter with the popular, newly minted, almond butter.

 


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October 22, 20170

Curcumin and turmeric come from plants and are still being learned about. Nevertheless, they have been involved in many studies, from which we are obtaining information about them. We are now aware of the main benefits of curcumin and turmeric. Let’s check out the ones that are 100% guaranteed.

  1. Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties

A medical grade turmeric should be rich in curcumin. In most products, curcumin is only a small part, but in those at Nutent Therapeutics it is a huge ingredient. Normally, it is present at only 3%, which isn’t high. The higher the rate of curcumin, the more powerful the antixodiant properties will be.

The main fact here is that curcumin is great as an antioxidant and it offers numerous anti-inflammatory properties. All of them are easy to get with pharma-grade curcumin.

  1. Can reduce the risk of brain disease

Curcumin is just perfect in regulating the levels of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF). This is a hormone, which is similar to the growth hormone you may have heard of. Well, curcumin is an excellent way to increase the levels of this hormone. As a result, you can expect a much lower risk of brain disease and your brain function will be better.

  1. Reduces the risk of heart disease

Besides the fact that turmeric curcumin supplement can reduce the risk of brain disease, it can also reduce the risk of heart disease! The best explanation of how it actually works is by improving the blood vessels around the heart, which feed the heart with nutrients and oxygen.

  1. Helps fight cancer

Not only can curcumin help with reducing the risk of getting cancer, but it can also slow down the spreading of the cells once the cancer is detected. It does that by slowing down and eventually preventing angiogenesis. This term is used to explain the blood vessel growth inside tumors. The curcumin simply slows it down, which literally slows down cancers and tumors!

  1. Prevents and treats Alzheimer’s Disease

Although this type of research is still new, there is a high likelihood that it will be more than successful. Scientists have discovered that curcumin may help you in preventing and treating Alzheimer’s Disease. So, what does it do? Basically, the curcumin will remove the Amyloid plaques, which are known to cause the disease in question.

  1. Helps people with arthritis

Pharma grade nutraceuticals have long been appreciated by people who suffer from arthritis. The ingredients are known for anti-inflammatory properties, which makes them ideal for this purpose. Several types of research confirmed the same thing, that people with arthritis recorded improvements after curcumin therapy.

Summary

Pharmaceutical curcumin is far more powerful and important than you may imagine. More and more studies have been proving the same thing, so we must deduce that this ingredient really is miraculous. Additionally, there are no adverse effects of curcumin, which is not the case of almost any pharmaceuticals currently on the market. Curcumin supplements offer all the power of a commercial medication while also providing the gentleness and lack of side effects as a natural remedy.


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October 9, 20170

In our last blog posts, we discussed recipe ideas for cooking with turmeric. But some of them may have seemed a little sophisticated. In this blog post, we take it back to basics and give you some good ways to introduce turmeric into your diet with yummy recipes you won’t even realize contain a magic mineral. Read below for exciting ways to spice up your daily vitamin intake!

 

Moroccan Chicken

Chicken is a crowd-pleaser for almost all people and all cultures. A good way to introduce your friends and family to the wonders of turmeric is by utilizing something as widely loved as chicken to be the vessel that carries the magic mineral into your loved one’s mouths. Read on to discover steps for an amazing recipe that implements our favorite spice in a palatable manner.

Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven set over medium heat. Add onions, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Add garlic, paprika, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, and cayenne and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add chicken broth and bring the mixture to a boil. Meanwhile, sprinkle chicken pieces with pepper, then add to the pot along with preserved lemon. (It’s okay if not all the chicken pieces are fully submerged in the broth.) Cover, turn the heat to medium-low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is tender and almost falling off the bone, 50 to 60 minutes. Use a pair of tongs to transfer the chicken to a platter.

Add olives and lemon juice to the pot. Raise the heat to high, bring to a boil, and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 5 to 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, and spoon the sauce over the chicken. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve hot.

 

Persian Frittata

Frittatas have become popular in recent years, due to their simplicity and ability to be dressed up in various ways. This persian frittata is a spin on the classic breakfast dish and it showcases the miraculous turmeric. Read on to find out how you can add a little middle eastern flavor to your daily routine.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Whisk together eggs, garlic, flour, turmeric, salt, and a few cracks of black pepper. Whisk in herbs, walnuts (if using), and dried fruit (if using). Heat butter or oil in a 10-12″ skillet over moderate heat. Pour the egg mixture into the skillet and use the back of a spoon to spread it out evenly. Cook until the eggs start to set around the edges of the skillet, about 2 minutes. Place the skillet in the oven and bake until the eggs are completely set, about 5 minutes. To test, cut a small slit in the center.

Serve hot or cold, cut into wedges. This dish is especially delicious with a dollop of yogurt.

 

Superfood Baked Potato

This delightful, new-age spin on the classic baked potato features a slew of superfoods: kale, quinoa, salmon and our favorite, turmeric. It’s a little complicated, but follow the directions below to have your body feeling super!

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Rub potatoes lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place in a foil-lined baking pan and roast for 50 to 60 minutes or until the potato can be easily pierced. Next, direct your attention to the salmon component of the baked potato. Pat the salmon dry and remove any visible pin bones. Steep tea leaves in hot water for 5 minutes, then strain them out and stir soy sauce and rice vinegar into the green tea. Pour the mixture into a deep dish, and place the salmon in it, skin up.

In the last 20 minutes of baking the potatoes, remove the salmon from the marinade and pat dry. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper, and roast, skin-down, in the upper third of the oven for 12 minutes or until it can easily be flaked with a fork. Then, shred the cooked salmon for serving. Now you’ll want to focus on kale- wash chopped kale thoroughly then pat dry. Over medium heat, heat the coconut oil in a deep sauté pan. Add minced garlic and ginger and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute or until fragrant. Pour in lemon juice and water, cover the pan, and cook for 10 minutes or until the kale is cooked and tender but still toothsome.

Now our favorite part- turmeric yogurt. To make, whisk the turmeric into boiling water, then whisk in maple syrup. Whisk into yogurt, making sure the turmeric is completely stirred in. Lastly, to make popped quinoa, heat a deep pan over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons quinoa and cook undisturbed for 1 minute or until you hear a tiny pop. Watch for all the seeds to pop lightly and turn a darker golden color. Remove and cool.

To serve this delicious, healthy treat, split a baked potato down the center and top with the turmeric yogurt, kale, salmon, popped quinoa, flax seeds, and pomegranate arils.


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September 26, 20170

In Nutent Therapeutics’ last blog post, we offered an introduction to the exciting world of cooking with turmeric. Here, Nutent Therapeutics delves into even more delicious recipes using the wonder spice, turmeric.

 

Carrot, Ginger and Turmeric Smoothie

A pinch of salt makes everything taste better, including this savory smoothie. Using smoothie or ice crush setting, purée orange, carrot, mango, coconut water, hemp seeds, ginger, turmeric, cayenne, salt and ½ cup ice in a blender until smooth. Voila, you have a trendy, healthy and delicious smoothie in a matter of minutes!

 

Tandoori Carrots With Spice And Yogurt

To make these spicy carrots, use a bit of Vadouvan, a French-Indian formula that includes onion, shallots, and garlic added to a currylike mix and follow these simple steps below.

Preheat oven to 425°. Mix vadouvan, half of garlic, ¼ cup yogurt, and 3 Tbsp. oil in a large bowl until smooth; season with salt and pepper. Add carrots and toss to coat. Roast on a rimmed baking sheet in a single layer, turning occasionally, until tender and lightly charred in spots, 25–30 minutes. Meanwhile, heat turmeric and remaining 2 Tbsp. oil in a small skillet over medium-low, swirling skillet, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Whisk lemon juice, remaining garlic, and remaining ¼ cup yogurt in a small bowl; season with salt and pepper.

Place carrots (along with crunchy bits on baking sheet) on a platter. Drizzle with yogurt mixture and turmeric oil and top with cilantro. Serve with lemon wedges.

 

Marinated Lamb Chops With Spicy Yogurt

These lamb chops will have you and your family feeling weekday fabulous. To make them, follow the simple recipe below.

Combine yogurt, lemon juice, and garlic in a medium bowl; season with salt and pepper. Transfer ½ cup yogurt mixture to a small bowl and set aside for serving. Stir cumin, coriander, turmeric, and allspice into remaining yogurt mixture. Season lamb chops with salt and pepper. Using your hands, evenly coat all sides of chops with spiced yogurt mixture (avoiding the bone if they are frenched). Let chops sit at room temperature 30 minutes, or cover and chill up to 12 hours.

Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Wipe off excess marinade from lamb chops and cook half until nicely browned, about 3 minutes per side (the yogurt in the marinade will help them take on color quickly). Remove chops from skillet and pour off fat (no need to wipe it out). Repeat with remaining 1 Tbsp. oil and remaining chops. Serve lamb chops with reserved yogurt mixture alongside.

 

Turmeric-Ginger Chicken Soup

If you want a variation on plain old chicken soup, look no further than the recipe below, which incorporates turmeric and ginger. Follow the simple directions below for a sumptuous treat.

Place chicken, onions, garlic, ginger, bay leaves, turmeric, peppercorns, coriander seeds, and several pinches of salt in a large pot. Pour in cold water to cover and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and gently simmer until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of breast registers 155°, 30–35 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate and let cool slightly; keep stock simmering. Remove skin from chicken; discard. Pull meat from bones and shred into bite-size pieces; set aside. Return bones and carcass to stock. Increase heat and bring stock to a boil; cook until reduced by about one-third, 15–20 minutes. Season with more salt if needed.

Strain stock into a large saucepan; discard solids. Add carrots, bring to a simmer, and cook until carrots are tender, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, cook noodles in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until al dente; drain and rinse under cold water to stop cooking. Divide noodles among bowls. Add shredded chicken meat to stock and cook just until heated through; season stock with more salt if needed. Ladle over noodles. Top soup with scallions and drizzle with chili oil.

 

Spiced Pomegranate Rice

The pomegranate seeds bring a crunch and juiciness to the rice in this delightful dish. To make your tastebuds happy, follow the simple steps below.

Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring often, until softened and golden brown. Add rice and turmeric and stir to coat. Add broth and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and cook, partially covered, until liquid is absorbed, 15–18 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 5 minutes, then fluff rice with a fork. Fold in pomegranate seeds, scallions, and Aleppo pepper; season with salt and black pepper.


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September 12, 20170

In previous blog posts, we have discussed turmeric supplements and powders. But another (and sometimes more fun) way to get the same minerals and magic nutrients curcumin offers is to use its mother spice, turmeric in a number of interesting, exotic and delicious recipes. Here, Nutent Therapeutics explores different recipes that incorporate our signature, turmeric.

 

Iced Turmeric Latte

For this refreshing beverage, whisk milk, turmeric, palm sugar, ginger, lemon juice, cardamom and salt in a small bowl until sugar and salt have dissolved; let sit 5 minutes to let flavors meld. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a measuring cup, pressing on solids to extract juices; discard solids. Fill a glass with ice. Pour latte over, serve with lemon wedge and enjoy!

 

Salmon With Cucumber–Yogurt Sauce and Carrot Salad

This recipe may sound somewhat involved, but its delicious taste makes it totally worth the effort and different steps. To make the yogurt sauce, simply combine yogurt, garlic, lemon zest and lemon juice in a medium bowl. Fold in cucumber and season with fine sea salt and pepper. For the carrot salad, toast cumin seeds in a small dry skillet over medium heat, about 1 minute. Add turmeric for the last 15–20 seconds and toast until fragrant. Combine toasted spices, carrot, cilantro, oil and 1 Tbsp. lemon juice in a medium bowl. Toss and season with fine sea salt, pepper and lemon juice. After this is accomplished, season salmon with fine sea salt and pepper. Heat 1 Tbsp. neutral oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high. Then, cook the salmon, skin side down, undisturbed, until salmon skin is crisped and browned, 3–4 minutes. Gently turn fillets and cook until salmon is just opaque at the center, 1–2 minutes for medium rare. Divide fillets among plates, skin side up and serve with cucumber-yogurt sauce and carrot salad. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with flaky sea salt. Voila, you have a healthy, delightful meal!

 

Red Curry and Noodles

Curry is a classic vessel for our favorite spice, turmeric. To start this rendition, pulse shallot, garlic and ginger in a food processor to finely chop. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium. Add shallot mixture and cook, stirring often, until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Add curry paste and turmeric; cook, stirring, until paste is darkened in color and mixture starts to stick to pan, about 3 minutes. Add tomatoes, breaking up with your hands, then juices. Cook, stirring often and scraping up browned bits, until tomatoes start to break down and stick to pot, about 5 minutes. Then, stir in coconut milk and season with salt. Simmer, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking, until mixture is slightly thickened and flavors meld, 8–10 minutes. Add vegetables and pour in enough water to cover. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are crisp-tender, 8–10 minutes. Next, season fish all over with salt and nestle into curry (add a little more water if it’s thick). Return to a simmer and cook just until fish is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Lastly, spoon curry over rice noodles and top with cilantro and a squeeze of lime.


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August 29, 20170

In past blog posts, we have talked about the far-reaching benefits of turmeric and its magical active ingredient, curcumin. We have discussed ways to add turmeric to your food, but what if you want to ingest it on a more frequent basis? That’s where turmeric supplements, or turmeric powder, come into play.  You can try a sprinkle of the powder on veggies, eggs or even popcorn. Both the powder and the fresh root can also help spice up a cup of tea. If you’re not a fan of the flavor of the powder/root, you may consider taking supplements.

Additionally, turmeric has a poor oral bioavailability (a low percentage of what you consume is absorbed into your body and entered into your circulation) and thus should be taken with other agents such as black pepper extract. Supplements also help to pair turmeric and its subsequent curcumin with chemicals that help increase its bioavailability. Increased bioavailability is desirable unless you want the active ingredient curcumin in your colon (it is a colon anti-inflammatory and can aid with digestion), in which case you wouldn’t pair it with an enhancement.

So how much should you take? Doses that include up to eight grams of curcuminoids (in humans) have been shown to not be associated with many adverse effects at all and in vitro tests suggest curcumin has quite a large safety threshold. The acceptable daily curcumin dosage is three mg/kg body weight (three mg for every kg of bodyweight), according to the European Food Safety Authority Panel. Research studies have used between 0.5 grams and 7.5 grams curcumin per day, divided into three or four even doses. It is important to follow these dosage guidelines, because turmeric supplements are comprised of a much larger curcumin concentration than natural turmeric is. Organic turmeric only contains between two and seven percent curcumin. Curcumin and turmeric supplements, however, are manufactured to contain a higher dosage and concentration of curcuminoids. Some of these supplements are standardized to contain a concentration of curcuminoids as high as 95 percent, so make sure you are cognizant about the dosage and not taking too much (or too little for that case, you still want it to be effective).

Keep in mind that there are several ways to supplement your diet with turmeric. These include: fresh turmeric root, turmeric dried root powder, supplements with various percentages of curcumin present, a fluid curcumin extract or a homemade tincture. All of these contain different concentrations of curcumin and thus should be consumed in varying manners. For cut turmeric root it is appropriate to consume 1.5 to three grams per day and one to three grams a day for dried, powdered root. For standardized curcumin powder, 400 to 600 mg three times per day is advised. When taking a fluid extract, 20 to 90 drops a day are advisable and for a tincture 15 to 30 drops four times per day is recommended.


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August 15, 20170

Great strides were recently made in Indian academia regarding realization of the many curative properties of turmeric and curcumin.

Started at KIIT (Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology),  the Technology Business Incubator (KIIT-TBI), is an initiative supported by Dr. Achyuta Samanta, KIIT and KISS (Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences) to provide a vibrant environment for promoting innovations and entrepreneurship development. It was started in 2009 and supported by the National Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB) and the Indian government’s Department of Science and Technology (DST).

Lead researcher Professor Santosh Kumar Kar of KIIT University said that though the medicine he and his colleagues created (of which the active ingredient was turmeric) has not yet been tried on humans, the impressive effects it displayed on animals suggested enormous homosapien potential.

“Turmeric has been traditionally used in our food for centuries not only because it spices up our curries but because curcumin, the bioactive polyphenolic compound  provides some therapeutic benefits. Researches show that curcumin is not only non-toxic, it can give us relief from pain and help in wound healing, reduce inflammation and tissue damage,” Kar says.

Modern studies have shown that curcumin is not only an antioxidant, but it can give us relief from pain and help in wound healing, reduce inflammation and tissue damage. But Curcumin does not dissolve easily in water and therefore very little of the turmeric (and subsequent curcumin) we eat in our food goes into blood and shows very little effect. These facts led Kar to hypothesize that if natural curcumin can be converted into a bioavailable form it can be taken orally and will be more effective. Working on this line of thinking, Kar and his colleagues created a nanotised form of pure curcumin. Since nano curcumin showed about five times better bioavailability than the natural curcumin its therapeutic efficacy was tested in mice for several human illnesses like Malaria, Cancer and Tuberculosis. The results were astounding: after all the mice were infected with a rodent malaria parasite, half the mice were fed the nano curcumin and half were untreated. The untreated mice died in a few days and those that received the curcumin were able to control the infection and survive.

Feeling optimistic about these results, the team proceeded with research to explore how curcmunin could treat other widespread diseases. Soon thereafter, the nano curcumin was tested in a mouse model of breast cancer and was found to modulate T regulatory cell responses and was effective in controlling tumor growth in the mice. Next, the researchers tested the efficacy of curcumin against tuberculosis. It was shown that use of nano curcumin along with traditional antibiotics used to treat TB not only reduced the time for cure by 50 percent, but the liver at the end of treatment remained intact, the mycobacteria did not show much latency and the immune system of the mice remained intact (all common problems in TB treatment). Other studies conducted by the same researchers showed nano curcumin being effective in healing wounds and treating oral mucocytis, a precursor to oral cancer.


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August 14, 20170

In past blog posts, we have discussed the many curative properties of turmeric and its active ingredient, curcumin. One of the best effects from curcumin is its pain relief properties. Curcumin reduces inflammation by lowering histamine levels and stimulating the adrenal glands to produce more cortisone, the body’s natural painkiller. It works to alleviate pain from a number of issues- we address several of them below.

 

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis

Two conditions caused by autoimmune dysfunction, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are two problems whose pain can be curbed by turmeric. A 2010 clinical trial found that a turmeric supplement (standardized to 75 percent curcumin) provided long-term improvement in pain and function in 100 patients with knee osteoarthritis. Additionally, in a small 2012 pilot study, a curcumin product reduced joint pain and swelling in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis better than a traditional anti-inflammatory drug commonly used for pain relief.  

Ulcers

An inexpensive, but surprisingly effective fix, turmeric helps heal ulcers and their subsequent pain by working against Helicobactor pylori which causes gastric ulcers. Turmeric also provides treatment for a type of inflammatory bowel disease called ulcerative colitis. Some early research suggests that taking curcumin, a chemical found in turmeric, daily for up to six months can reduce symptoms and the recurrence of ulcerative colitis when used in combination with conventional treatments. Other research shows that taking turmeric extract as an enema might help people with this condition.

Stomach Problems

Turmeric has also been found to be useful in treating several common stomach issues, including dyspepsia and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Some research shows that taking turmeric by mouth four times daily for seven days might help improve an upset stomach (known in the medical world as dyspepsia). Additionally, early research suggests that taking a turmeric extract daily for eight weeks reduces the occurrence of IBS in people with IBS who are otherwise healthy.

Fibromyalgia and Joint Pain

Research shows that taking a specific combination product containing turmeric and other ingredients three times daily for eight weeks reduces the severity of joint pain. Turmeric has also been known to help with the symptoms of fibromyalgia, a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal and joint pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Modern-day science and studies show that curcumin may help fight inflammation related to fibromyalgia, as the mineral acts like a pain reliever.

Headaches and Backaches

Inflammation in the brain is a known migraine trigger and since curcumin is lauded for its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a great natural remedy for a headache. Regularly taking a turmeric/curcumin supplement has been anecdotally proven to help migraine reduction. Since back pain, especially low back pain, is also caused by inflammation, turmeric is a no-brainer in seeking resolution for the pain. Try a supplement or turmeric tea to get your back feeling mighty fine in no time.


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August 14, 20170

In previous blog posts, we have discussed the importance of turmeric and circumin supplements. But other than pill form, what’s a good way to ingest this magic vitamin? Food! Turmeric has long been a staple in Indian curries as well as in foods like mustard (it provides the golden yellow color), but there are lots of other ways to eat and drink this spice. Nutent Therapeutics explores some of those very ways below:

Tea

Brewing turmeric tea is a healthy, delicious way to consume the vitamins and minerals your body needs.  Just bring 1 cup of water to a boil and then stir in ¼ teaspoon of ground turmeric or fresh grated turmeric. Allow it to simmer for 10 minutes and strain before drinking. You can stir in honey or lemon juice for added flavor.

Spice up Veggies

Toss some fresh vegetables (like diced potatoes, cauliflower, or brussel sprouts) with a dash of olive oil and turmeric, along with any other seasonings you like. Throw them in the oven to roast, and voila, you have a tasty meal!

Golden Milk

This ancient Ayurvedic recipe can be made a number of ways. It is a turmeric paste mixed with warm milk and oil or ghee. You can use any kind of milk for this recipe. To make the paste, simply bring ½ cup filtered water to a low simmer and then mix in ¼ cup of ground turmeric, stirring constantly until it makes a thick paste, adding more water as needed. To make the golden milk, mix 1/2 teaspoon of paste with 1 cup of milk in a saucepan and cook over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes.

Smoothie

Turmeric root is especially great in juices and smoothies and a pinch of ground spice is good too. The slightly pungent flavor is well masked in smoothies but it may change the color of your smoothie, since it’s got such a strong pigment. Dissolving the turmeric in a bit of warm coconut oil before blending it in, or blending in ½ an avocado for some fat is a good way to increase the bioavailability of it. Bioavailability is the proportion of a drug or other substance that enters your circulation when introduced into your body and is able to have an active effect.

Curry

Curry is the most traditional way to eat turmeric and there are several reasons for this, both scientific and cultural. When you’re cooking with turmeric, it’s smart to mix it with some black pepper or oil as this has been shown to increase the bioavailability of curcumin so that your body can use it. That’s why one of the best ways to eat turmeric is in dishes with some fat, black pepper and curry powder.

 




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