1. Curcumin curbs anxiety, depression

    Lift your holiday spirits with this miracle spice

    The holidays are approaching -- and I hope you're looking forward to all the joys of the season.

    But let's face it: Sometimes the frenzy can be a little overwhelming.

    The stress might make you anxious. You may even find yourself feeling a little depressed if you can't be near the ones you love.

    You want to keep a stiff upper lip... and you DON'T want to take any more pills... but you don't have to just "grin and bear it." Because the latest science shows that some relief could actually be found in your spice rack.

    Now, I spend a lot of time traveling the world in search of the latest natural cures to many of our most common ailments. And you'd be surprised what miracles you can find out there in exotic fruits, trees, and other plants.

    But sometimes, I keep coming back to the same ingredients over and over again -- because they show no limit in their potential to heal our bodies from the inside, out.

    Take curcumin, for instance. You've heard about it before -- it's the compound with amazing antioxidant properties that gives the kitchen spice turmeric its bright yellow color.

    As you've read right here in e-Tips, curcumin can help relieve inflammation and pain in people with a variety of health issues. Research has also shown that curcumin helps regulate blood sugar levels for people who have significant risk factors for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

    And it's been shown before to be a wonder spice that can calm you down and lift your spirits.

    Now, yet another study finds that curcumin is a safe and effective way of easing depression. In fact, this kitchen secret is so powerful, it doesn't take a lot of it to see results. Even low doses of it beat placebo in the study out of Australia.

    Turmeric is most commonly found in Indian curries -- although you can also find it as an ingredient in a number of cold-pressed juices and other products at your local health food store.

    You can try adding it to your own recipes for soups, stews, and sauces -- and you don't even have to make it spicy in order for it to work.

    Some people don't care much for the flavor -- so, if you'd rather not eat this miracle spice, consider a curcumin supplement. You can find one from a quality maker at your local health food store for just pennies a day.

    Just remember that curcumin actually needs FAT to be absorbed into your body -- so it's best to take it with food.


    Curcumin Eases Both Depression and Anxiety

    Efficacy of curcumin, and a saffron/curcumin combination for the treatment of major depression: A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study

  2. Curcumin can curb metabolic syndrome

    Heading toward diabetes and heart disease? Try this miracle spice

    Has it been a while since you could stand up straight and still see your feet?

    Does it take some stretching, squeezing, and contorting to get your jeans buckled in the morning?

    As we get older, it becomes easier than ever to put on weight – but if it’s all centered around your middle, it can be a major health hazard.

    And that belt-busting belly is rarely the only problem…but rather part of a cluster of conditions that all make up metabolic syndrome.

    Metabolic syndrome isn’t a disease, per se, but more of a “combo pack” of factors – obesity (especially belly fat), high triglycerides, low HDL, and high blood pressure – that together make your risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke skyrocket.

    But the latest research shows that turning back the tide on metabolic syndrome – and the diseases that can accompany it – can all start with a simple kitchen spice.

    In a recent study published in Nutrition, researchers found that a group of people with metabolic syndrome who took 1,000 mg a day of curcumin – a compound in the Indian curry spice turmeric – had better control over their blood glucose levels after just eight weeks.

    It’s all thanks to a hormone called adiponectin, which regulates glucose levels in the blood and helps with fatty acid breakdown. The more adiponectin, the less of a chance you have of developing obesity-related diseases like fatty liver disease, cardiovascular disease, and more.

    In the study, the folks taking curcumin saw their adiponectin levels go up by 68 percent! That makes curcumin a must-have for anyone with metabolic syndrome.

    I’ve previously shared with you the many benefits of this wonder spice, which is a natural anti-inflammatory. From easing major depression to slashing heart disease risk, it’s one of the most effective and versatile natural disease-fighters around.

    It’s also safe, and if you’re not a fan of the curry flavor of turmeric, you can pick up curcumin supplements at just about any health store.

    Bulking up on curcumin can help stop metabolic syndrome from turning into a full-blown disease like diabetes, but the real key here is to prevent metabolic syndrome altogether.

    You can keep that belly from bulging by switching to the Paleo diet, which focuses on natural proteins, fruits and vegetables.

    And going Paleo will steer you away from refined sugars, carbs, and processed foods – all the bad stuff that can derail any weight-loss strategy and send your blood sugar climbing.

    Finally, don’t forget to move around a bit. I’m not talking about doing jumping jacks while you read the morning paper. Instead, make small changes like committing to 10 minutes of easy walking for every hour you spend sitting.

  3. Curcumin can help ease major depression

    An analysis of six scientific studies has found that the herbal remedy curcumin may be effective in treating the most serious types of depression.
  4. The spice that can match Prozac

    A compound found in a spice used in Indian food is as effective as the drug Prozac for major depression, according to new research.
  5. 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.
  6. One spice beats pain, helps the brain

    A common Indian spice just so happens to contain one of the world's most powerful disease-fighting anti-inflammatory compounds: curcumin.

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