Turmeric, the pillar of health

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In the last few years, I have developed a true fascination and admiration for turmeric, or CURCUMA LONGA (turmeric plant), which belongs to the ginger family.

I have searched the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health website (www.pubmed.gov), and I discovered that 3,666 articles have been published about turmeric since 1945. 1,127 of these articles link the healing properties of turmeric with cancer prevention. I have found that turmeric has disease prevention and therapeutic qualities, as you can see in the chart below.

Curcumin

Turmeric has been used medicinally since ancient times and dates back nearly 4,000 years to the Vedic culture in India, where it was used as a culinary spice and had some religious significance. It probably reached China by 700 AD, East Africa by 800 AD, West Africa by 1200 AD, and Jamaica by the 1700’s. In 1,280 AD, Marco Polo described this spice as having qualities similar to saffron. Sanskrit medical treatises and Ayurvedic and Unani systems record a long history of the medicinal use of turmeric in South Asia.

Turmeric and its active ingredient, curcumin, have been proven to possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and anticarcinogenic activities. Additionally, it shows hepato and nephro (liver and kidney) protection. It is also hypoglycemic and antirheumatic.

Let me briefly mention the composition of turmeric. It contains moisture (>9%), curcumin (5–6.6%), extraneous matter (<0.5% by weight), mould (<3%), and volatile oils (<3.5%). Nutritional analysis shows that 100 g of turmeric contains 390 kcal, 10 g total fat, 3 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0.2 g calcium, 0.26 g phosphorous, 10 mg sodium, 2500 mg potassium, 47.5 mg iron, 0.9 mg thiamine, 0.19 mg riboflavin, 4.8 mg niacin, 50 mg ascorbic acid, 69.9 g total carbohydrates, 21 g dietary fiber, 3 g sugars, and 8 g protein.

If you indeed paid attention to the long list of components, you noticed that curcumin, the active ingredient, composes only 5 to 6.6 % of turmeric. I hope that answers the skeptics’ question, “Why is turmeric supplementation necessary as opposed to a daily curry lunch or dinner or a sprinkling of turmeric powder on salads!”

Simply put, it’s NOT ENOUGH!!

In addition to this, curcumin is known for its poor oral bioavailability. This may be explained by its poor absorption, high rate of metabolism, inactivity of metabolic products and/or rapid elimination and clearance from the body. Curcumin metabolites are found in feces and not in urine. Interestingly, after termination of dietary curcumin intake, tissue levels of curcumin decline rapidly to unquantifiable amounts within 3 to 6 hours.

Even with such a small concentration in the cells, why is curcumin so medically and magically potent?

It turns out that curcumin modulates numerous molecular targets by altering their gene expression, signaling pathways, and through direct interaction.

Curcumin2

Curcumin has been demonstrated to have a wide spectrum of pharmacological properties. Multiple therapeutic activities of curcumin have also been considered to be associated with its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Curcumin likely exerts its inhibitory effect on cancer development by several mechanisms such as the inhibition of carcinogen activation and stimulation of carcinogen detoxification, prevention of oxidative DNA damage, and its capacity to reduce inflammation. Curcumin exhibits inhibition and decrease in all three stages of carcinogenesis:

  1. Initiation
  2. Promotion
  3. Progression

It has promising chemopreventive and therapeutic potential for various cancers including leukemia, lymphoma, cancers of the gastrointestinal tract, genitourinary system, breast, ovary, head, neck, lung, and skin.

Turmeric is a potent antioxidant, scavenging free radicals, increasing antioxidant enzymes, and protecting lipids peroxidation. It is neuroprotective via upregulating antioxidants like catalase and super-oxide-dismutase.

Curcumin3

Regarding its safety profiles, curcumin is considerably safe with minimal side effects, which include diarrhea and nausea as well as increased serum alkaline phosphatase and lactate dehydrogenase levels. Curcumin dosages of up to 8 g/day have been taken for 3 months without serious adverse effect in clinical trials.

Overall, turmeric is an amazing disease prevention and therapeutic remedy.
I would strongly encourage you to research it online. And, yes, add it rather liberally to your nutrient dense plant based diet, make turmeric or ginger tea, and, indeed, consider turmeric supplementation.

To our health, with love and God’s blessings,

Sveta

References

  1. Cancer Prevention with Promising Natural Products: Mechanisms of Action and Molecular Targets.
    ARTICLE in ANTI-CANCER AGENTS IN MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY · MAY 2012
    Breast Cancer Res Treat (2010) 122:777–785 DOI 10.1007/s10549-009-0612-x
    PRECLINICAL STUDY
    Targeting breast stem cells with the cancer preventive compounds curcumin and piperine
    Madhuri Kakarala • Dean E. Brenner • Hasan Korkaya • Connie Cheng • Karim Tazi • Christophe Ginestier • Suling Liu • Gabriela Dontu • Max S. Wicha
  2. NEUROGASTROENTEROLOGY AND MOTILITY DISORDERS OF THE GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT (S RAO, SECTION EDITOR)
    Chili Peppers, Curcumins, and Prebiotics in Gastrointestinal Health and Disease
    Tanisa Patcharatrakul1,2 & Sutep Gonlachanvit1,3
  3. Bioavailability of Curcumin: Problems and Promises
    Preetha Anand, Ajaikumar B. Kunnumakkara, Robert A. Newman, and Bharat B. Aggarwal Mol. Pharmaceutics, 2007, 4 (6), 807-818• DOI: 10.1021/mp700113r • Publication Date (Web): 14 November 2007 Downloaded from http://pubs.acs.org on April 2, 2009
  4. Review Paper: Polyphenolic Antioxidants and Neuronal Regeneration CrossMark Amin Ataie1, Mohammad Shadifar2, Ramin Ataee3*
    Cellular and Molecular Research Center, Babol University of Medical Sciences, Babol, Iran.2. Amol Center, Pasteur Institute of Iran, Amol, Iran.3. Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Center, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran.
    www.impactjournals.com/oncotarget/ Oncotarget, Advance Publications 2016
  5. Dietary phytochemicals and cancer chemoprevention: a review of the clinical evidence
    Ritesh Kotecha1, Akiyoshi Takami2 and J. Luis Espinoza3
1 Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, United States of America
    2 Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology, Aichi Medical University, School of Medicine, Nagakute, Aichi, Japan
    3 Department of Hematology Oncology, Kanazawa University Graduate School of Medical Science, Kanazawa, Japan

It’s time to create a legacy

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June 27th was my birthday. Every year it brings me more and more joy. This has nothing to do with birthday cake, gifts or celebratory meals. I really could care less about all of that. Each birthday I am gifted with the joy of people, love, gratitude and appreciation. I am so blessed with love of many and many friends, colleagues and indeed, my family! My heart is overjoyed with love and gratitude.

This is a time when I reflect, look back and ask myself a few questions:

  • How was this past year?
  • What have I accomplished?
  • Did I become the best I can be? (Of course not!)
  • Did you put the best effort to be the best? (Yes, of course!)

IMG_0695-2What actually takes place in that period of time from one birthday to the next? It’s time to create a legacy. It’s time to become better, kinder and wiser. These are 365 days where I can both give and learn.

These 365 days are days that I can HELP others. Today, I begin my next 365 days to set up goals with laughter and joy, struggles, tears, hard work and major accomplishments.

Thank you for the love and support, thank you for keeping me a scholar of life. Watch for my next post which will be about health and healing.

Love to all of you

sveta

 

Q & A: Does Protandim help Colitis?

Question by Tena: Will taking both Protandim NRF 1 & 2 help with crohn’s & colitis?

ANSWER: Thank you so very much for this question.  Please understand that I am not a gastroenterologist and cannot truly comment on management of Crohn’s disease or Ulcerative colitis.  Both are autoimmune diseases, tightly linked to the environmental toxicities, aka oxidative stress. Also, both CD and UC are linked to mitochondrial dysfunction. It is my personal belief that adding both NRF1 and NRF2 protandim, cannot hurt at all. However, this has to be done in conjunction with nutrient dense plant based food, probiotics and proper levels of certain vitamins and minerals, like vitamin D, vit B complex, selenium, magnesium and so on and so forth.  Environmental toxicities and stress should be minimized to as minimal as possible.  Please see the papers attached in regards to the issue.

Sincerely,
Sveta

Resource:

Q & A: How do supplements work with irritable bowel syndrome?

Question by Jane: Is it ok to take Protandim and Nrf1 if you have irritable bowel disorder or should they take probiotics?

Answer: Thank you so very much for asking this question. As always, I will caution you, that neither NRF2, nor NRF1 protandim doesn’t cure, treat or mitigate disease. I don’t see any reason for a person with irritable bowel syndrome not to take NRF1 protandim (mitochondrial booster), I know of someone who suffers from severe irritable bowel syndrome who takes it. It is my belief that everyone with IBS, should be on probiotics, the best money can buy. I love probio, because it has 6 billion alive species from 6 different strains, contains wellmune (primary immune system booster) and it has bio-track protection, aka 60% delivery to the colon.

All the best and let’s thrive to the best health.
Sveta

Q & A: Is there an issue taking NRF with other supplements?

Question by Brian:  Is there an issue with taking either of the NRF supplements with my calcium supplement? I’m not worried about a negative interaction but that I’ve been told not to take vitamins at the same time as calcium as it can block their absorption.

ANSWER: If you were told not to take vitamins together with calcium supplementation, please separate it. Please take your vitamins, either before or after calcium. The multivitamins, I have taken before, all contained calcium in the formulation, so I really don’t know how much truth in the recommendation given to you. Please make sure, that you are obtaining an organic version of Calcium supplements (calcium derived from food sources), as opposed to non-organic.

Thank you very much,
Sveta

Q & A: The combination of NRF2 and NRF1

Question by Gloria: What would the benefits be if I take NRF2 and soon NRF1 together? I am on NRF2 at this moment.

ANSWER: I would not take NRF2 and NRF1 protandim together: both of those supplements are based on synergistic activation of either NRF2 or NRF1 proteins, so I will try not to disrupt the synergy of either amazing cellular and mitochondrial activators by taking then together, rather than by separating them by at least 30 minutes.

Hope that helps,
Sveta

Courtesy, commitment or integrity?

 

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As you all know by now, I have a health and wellness company, which consists of appointments, meetings, presentations and lectures.

Commitment.

Whenever I invite someone and they indicate that they will attend, I assume this person will follow up with the commitment. However, indeed, it’s not the case and the yield is usually 10:1. Am I upset and disappointed? On occasion I am. Whether intended or not, yes, it’s personal.  I ask myself the same question. Do I follow-up and attend when I have verbally committed to the event? And sadly enough, I have to admit to myself, and to all of you, that sometimes I don’t. Just of late, I missed attending an event that I previously committed to. I do know that the organizer was deeply disappointed with my husband and I not being there.

Courtesy.

My business is personal to me, but not to the people I invite.  My friend’s business is also personal to her, and I when didn’t attend, I let her down. It bothered me that I let someone down. It made me wonder how I should have dealt with the situation.  Life is full and there are times when our schedules have conflicts in them. It makes me wonder how I can still show courtesy when this takes place.

Integrity.

So, I am asking all of you, my friends, “how do you deal with a situation like this?”  Are there times when you commit to something and you either forget, or another thing comes up, do you feel you are letting that person down?  How do you handle this situation so that you are not doing so?

What is the best way to be kind to an inviting person, polite, but also honest? I am looking forward to your comments, suggestions and so grateful to learn.

So, which is it?  Courtesy. Commitment. Integrity.

Always with love,

Sveta


On a medical note: I will be starting a series of blogs about mitochondria and cellular health.

 

Power of positivity

IMG_1744Maximize the benefit of your efforts

It is so important to embrace what we do. When we approach work, food, exercise or medicine (conventional or supplements) with a spirit of positivity, it has a significant influence on our lives.  If I put a negative connotation before behaviours and actions, my cells get the signal of that negativity, and will not utilize the whole benefit of food or exercise for that matter.

Can a placebo effect be positive medicine?

If I stop drinking wheatgrass juice, which is an amazing nutrition power factory, because I don’t like the taste, it has a negative impact on me.  However, if I learn to embrace and fully accept wheatgrass juice with positivity, my cells are very grateful for this healthy choice. When people take pills or supplements that they honestly believe will help, I personally believe it often works. It makes me wonder if this is a placebo effect?  It could very well be that this is what it is.  In the long run, does it really matter as long as it helps a person get better and stronger.  There are times when even a placebo effect can be the positive medicine!

Positivity and love result in a healthier you 

My personal and individual belief is that eating certain nutrient dense foods or taking a supplement like probiotics or vitamin D will make me healthier and stronger.  My positivity and the embracing of it will help my cells embrace the food, supplement, and exercise. It then will positively incorporate it into my daily metabolic cycle.

There is no science in this blog, just belief in the power of positivity and love.

Pyramid of love

IMG_5780Power of belief and power of love created the perfect storm of success

I run a network marketing business.   Many of you may wonder why a doctor is involved in MLM (multi-level marketing)? I would like to share the story of my success in this, so-called “pyramid scheme” adventure.

I build pyramids: they are pyramids of love and health. I have just experienced the effect of my own team pyramid of love.

I’ve never experienced the support, help, love and sacrifice of people to make me successful, like it happened just recently.  Several people just voluntarily, without asking for anything in return, just helped me.  They lifted me up to a level of success and freedom.

I believe my dream will come true and I will reach my goal with the belief and power of people’s love and indeed, with the help of God, yes, I have reached my goal!

I express my thanks to my pyramid of love, my pyramid of teammates and friends, not only for making me successful but also for making me so full of happiness and love and for keeping my fire to help others.

My pyramid is changing the world to be a better place, how is about yours?