1. Curcumin can give all the benefits of exercise

    It's a workout in a pill!

    It's the miracle "exercise" you've been waiting for -- all the benefits of a workout, without spilling a drop of sweat. In fact, you don't have to lift anything heavier than a tiny tablet and something to swallow it with.

    I've told you before about the heart-friendly benefits of curcumin, a compound found in the turmeric used to spice curry and other Indian foods. Now, new research finds it can also improve flow-mediated dilation.

    Flow-mediated WHAT? I know, I know -- most people have never heard of it. But it's such a reliable indicator of vascular health that a dip of even 1 percent in FMD will increase your risk of heart problems by 12 percent.

    And in the new study, postmenopausal women who took just 25 mg of curcumin a day saw an improvement of 1.5 percent in FMD in just eight weeks. That's the exact same boost seen in women who spent those eight weeks wearing themselves out in an exercise program.

    That's all the gain... and NONE of the pain! Heck, since curcumin is also a powerful natural anti-inflammatory, it could actually chase your aches and pains away. In addition, this safe and all-natural miracle substance may be able to protect the brain, prevent diabetes, and boost the immune system.

    Exercise, on the other hand, can cause everything from minor sprains and strains to serious problems that require surgery to correct. Exercise can also wreck knees and other joints, which is why "athletes" -- pros and weekend gym rats alike -- often battle crippling arthritis in middle age or even earlier.

    And let's not forget all the supposedly fit people who keel over and drop dead right in the middle of a workout.

    Who needs all that risk? Not you -- especially not when you have curcumin.

    You can get some from Indian food, but you'll have to move to Bombay and go native to get even close to what you need each day. A supplement is a much simpler option, either on its own or as part of a quality antioxidant blend.

  2. Green tea compound can wipe out tumors

    Beating cancer with green tea

    The next big cancer "wonder drug" is sitting in your cupboard right now.

    You already know how green tea can help slash your risk of getting the disease in the first place. But now, researchers are on the verge of a breakthrough that could transform one of the antioxidants in green tea from a "risk reducer" to a cold-blooded killer.

    Killer of tumors, that is.

    The antioxidant is EGCG. That's short for epigallocatechin gallate, so let's stick to calling it EGCG, which we've always known is great at wiping out tumors.

    Trouble is, it's downright awful with directions.

    When EGCG is swallowed or delivered intravenously, it doesn't go right to the tumor. It goes everywhere -- getting so lost along the way that the little bit that eventually makes it to the scene of the cancer isn't nearly enough to put up a fight.

    Iron, on the other hand, makes a beeline for tumors -- and researchers have now found a way to attach EGCG to the protein that carries the iron.

    The result is a tumor-seeking missile.

    In a series of lab experiments, the new targeted treatment caused tumors to shrink and even vanish. In one test, 40 percent of skin tumors were wiped out while another 30 percent shrank -- all in the space of just a single month.

    Chemo only wishes it was that effective!

    Of course, that's an experiment in a lab. And since researchers are still tweaking this new approach, human trials could still be some ways off.

    In the meantime, brew yourself a cup of green tea -- it might not go right to the tumor, but it could still fight cancer, protect the heart, and even help you to live longer.

  3. Curcumin cuts diabetes risk in prediabetics

    Prediabetes often leads to real diabetes, but a new study shows how you can avoid the disease completely with the help of the spice curcumin.
  4. Pink power can save your brain

    Big Pharma's going to hate this -- and that means I love it already: One of the tiniest and most humble creatures on the planet could hold the key to preventing Alzheimer's disease.
  5. The most important nutrient you've never heard of

    "They" say you can't turn back the clock, can't cheat Father Time and there's no such thing as the Fountain of Youth.
  6. An Apple a Day

    According to a study conducted by the Canadian government, apples can add a huge, health-boosting antioxidant punch to anyone's diet. But not all apples are created equal, the study concludes.
  7. Good news from the land of brandy-wine

    Good news from the land of brandy-wine!

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