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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Curcumin

There's a wonderfully beneficial substance in turmeric called curcumin. Turmeric is a spice popular in India and now used worldwide. Exciting research is discovering all kinds of good things that happen when you consume curcumin! It's a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. Inflammation is something that happens when your skin is injured and it turns red. Inflammation is also involved in heart disease and joint deterioration. Curcumin fights inflammation but it does a whole lot more. One of the other advantages of this supplement is that it regulates NF-kappa B. And NF-kappa B is a very important transcription factor. A transcription factor is something that helps transmit information and instructions from outside a cell's nucleus to inside the cell's nucleus! In other words, curcumin can affect the way your genes (which reside inside the nucleus of all your cells) are expressed! Amazing! Curcumin can down-regulate the potential for heart disease, joint problems, and cancer. If people are interested I'll discuss how much turmeric and curcumin you should consume daily.
Reference: "Curcumin blocks cytokine-mediated NF-kappa B activation and proinflammatory gene expression by inhibiting inhibitory factor I-kappa B kinase activity." Jobin C, Bradham CA, Russo MP, Juma B, Narula AS, Brenner DA, Sartor RB. J Immunol. 1999 Sep 15;163(6):3474-83.

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