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14
JUL

3 Natural Supplements to Lower Blood Pressure

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Supplements at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
HBPOne in three U.S. adults has high blood pressure according to the American Heart Association. This scary number shows that many people may be at risk of arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), kidney disease, and heart failure. Several conditions may play a role in developing high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, including being overweight, smoking, eating too much salt, family history, among other factors. A healthy diet and exercise are still the best way to keep your blood pressure in check but supplements may be helpful. Here is a list of 3 natural supplements to lower blood pressure.

1. Coenzyme Q10

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is one of the best supplements for the cardiovascular system as this powerful antioxidant plays an important role in cellular energy production. Studies have shown that CoQ10 can help lower blood pressure naturally with a recommended dosage of 60 mg, taken twice a day, may provide an impressive reduction in systolic blood pressure after 12 weeks.

2. Grape Seed Extract

Grape seed extract supplements contain compounds called polyphenols that provide numerous health benefits including the ability to lower blood pressure naturally. Multiple studies have shown that grape seed extract is very effective in relaxing the smooth muscle tissues in the blood vessels.

3. Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are known to provide a lot of health benefits and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are important for overall cardiovascular health. Research has shown that increased consumption of omega-3s can lower blood pressure naturally with results coming in as little as two weeks.




26
JUN

Good Morning Breakfast!

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
BreakfastThe importance of breakfast is never in question but for some reason some people continue to skip this important meal. Studies have confirmed that regularly eating a healthy breakfast may help you lose excess weight and maintain your weight loss in many different ways but yet some people still start their day with no meal at all.

Eating a healthy breakfast is one of the best ways to establish a well-balanced diet. Research has suggested that people who eat breakfast regularly may reduce hunger later in the day, making it easier to avoid overeating. Skipping breakfast often result in snacks which more often than not are unhealthy alternatives. plus the prolonged fasting can increase your body’s insulin response, which in turn increases fat storage and weight gain.

Additionally, eating a healthy breakfast provides more energy for daily tasks. Think about the time you sleep: let’s say seven to eight hours that your body has no food intake. With no breakfast, you are expanding this time frame to at least ten or up to fourteen hours without new energy. It’s too much as the human body needs food to produce new energy. A healthy breakfast refuels your body and replenishes the glycogen stores that supply your muscles with immediate energy. Routinely skipping breakfast is associated with decreased physical activity as with no new energy, people are less likely to be active and exercise.

Plus, studies have shown that people who eat breakfast tend to eat a healthier overall diet, one that is more nutritious and lower in fat. In contrast, people who skip breakfast are more likely to also skip fruits and vegetables the rest of the day as well.

Lastly, the importance of the word “healthy” when eating breakfast cannot be overviewed. Starting your day with unhealthy choices may lead to continue eating poorly throughout the day.




11
JUN

5 Benefits Of Staying Hydrated

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
waterBecause your body loses water through breathing, sweating, and digestion, it’s important to stay hydrated by drinking eight, 8 ounce glasses of water and eating foods that contain water.

Increase Energy –Dehydration can cause your bodily systems to slow down, causing you to feel tired. Get a quick pick-me-up with a glass or two of water.

Weight Loss – By aiding digestion and improving nutrient absorption, water is a great weight loss tool. Plus, if you replace your soda with a glass of water, you’ll see even better results.

Glowing Skin – By keeping your skin hydrated reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Lubricate Joints – Tired of joint pain? Drinking water can actually reduce pain in your joints by keeping the cartilage soft and hydrated.

Regulates Body Temperature – We regulate body temperature by keeping a tight balance between heat gain and heat loss working synergistically with our internal systems. 

Expert Tips: Here’s some ways to increase your H20 intake.

  • Drink a glass of water before your meal.
  • Keep a reusable bottle on your desk at work as a reminder.
  • During that 3pm lull, drink a glass before reaching for that cup of joe.



10
JUN

The Perfect (pH) Balance

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Water Purification and Storage at 10:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
balance-phFinding the perfect balance is one of the most important things in life. Whether you find the perfect balance for your diet and exercise habits or the perfect amount of time to spend with family and friends, finding the perfect balance is often essential for a happy life.

How about your pH balance? Health experts believe that having the perfect pH balance is essential for a healthy life. Maintaining the ideal alkaline/acidity balance can promote benefits in your body as well as prevent health issues.

Did you know that pH stands for power of hydrogen? That is the measurement of the hydrogen ion concentration in the body. The total pH scale ranges from 1 to 14, with 7 considered to be neutral. Most water has the neutral pH of 7 including most tap water, spring water, sea water, and river water. A pH less than 7 is said to be acidic and solutions with a pH greater than 7 are basic or alkaline. The ideal pH is slightly alkaline, ranging from 7.30 to 7.45.

The human body carefully regulates the amount of acids and bases in your blood because if the pH of your blood fluctuates beyond a very narrow range it can cause proteins and cells not to work properly. Drinking water that has a balanced pH is one way to prevent this.

Measure the pH of your drinking water by using one a pH test strips. One of the best ways to drink a neutral, pH 7 water is to use a water distiller. These devices work by heating water to its boiling point and then collecting the water vapor, resulting in pure and free of contaminants (no acids or bases) water with a pH of 7.

Alternatively, sodium bicarbonate, also known as baking soda, may be added in small amounts to drinking water to raise its pH when it is acidic. On the other hand, you can add oranges or lemons to your water or crush up vitamin C tablets as vitamin C is mildly acidic. Measure the pH of your water after you have added these to ensure you have balanced the pH of your drinking water.




9
JUN

Vitamin D: Little Risk, High Rewards

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Vitamins and Minerals at 10:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Vitamin DVitamin D supplements continue to be on the rise. The health benefits from taking vitamin D are no longer in question and, if some people still have second thoughts about taking D supplements, a new study shows that there is little risk of vitamin D toxicity.

Published in a recent issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, researchers have concluded that the risk for developing vitamin D toxicity is rare. The idea of this particular study was to check the odds of developing dangerously high blood calcium levels, a common concern about excessive vitamin D supplementation. High blood calcium levels can lead to weakness, kidney stones, and a general worsening of both heart and brain health.

“We found that even in those with high levels of vitamin D over 50 ng/mL, there was not an increased risk of hypercalcemia, or elevated serum calcium, with increasing levels of vitamin D,” study co-author Dr. Thomas Thacher, a family medicine expert at the Mayo Clinic, said in a journal news release.

Study authors analyzed vitamin D level information that had been collected by the Rochester Epidemiology Project to gauge whether widespread supplementation might be boosting the risk for such toxicity. The data included more than 20,000 vitamin D blood level measurements taken between 2002 and 2011 from residents of a single community. The conclusion shows that only eight percent of the measurements indicated levels exceeding 50 ng/mL, often involving women over age 65, and less than one percent had levels over 100.

Vitamin D is often recommended to improve or protect bone health, and there are indications it may also help prevent cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. The upper limit of vitamin D supplementation recommended by the Institute of Medicine for people with low or deficient levels is 4,000 International Units a day.




5
JUN

10 Toxic Chemicals Commonly Found in Fast Foods

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods at 1:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Fast Food MenuThinking about eating some fast food today? Think again. The more people read about fast food facts the more likely they are to switch to a healthier food alternative. French fries, burgers, chicken nuggets, sodas and pretty much anything in the whole universe of fast food contain a ton of ingredients you may want to think twice before ingesting that into your body. Today, we present you 10 chemicals commonly found in your favorite fast foods.

1. PAPs

Polyfluoroalkyl Phosphate Esters are chemicals used in fast-food packaging to make it grease and waterproof but eventually leach to the food inside the packaging and end up in your bloodstream. Linked to a number of health problems, including cancer and liver disease, PAPs are the same substances used to make Teflon.

2.Benzoyl Peroxide

An active ingredient in a variety of acne creams, this chemical is used by many fast food companies during bread production for bleaching wheat flour.

3. Sodium Nitrite and Sodium Nitrate

Found in foods such as bacon, sausage, hot dog or ham, these chemicals are used by fast food restaurants as an additive to retain meat color and to inhibit bacterial growth on the food. Both chemicals can break down into nitrosamines, substances with the potential to cause cancer.

4. Caramel Coloring

Caramel coloring can be found in sodas, sauces and desserts and contain 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole. Both ingredients have been linked to cancer.

5. Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate

Used in shampoo and soaps, this chemical is found in fast food bread as a dough conditioner.

6. Calcium Disodiummm EDTA

Fast food companies use this chemical as a flavor protectant in sauces, dips and dressings. The same ingredient is used as a stabilizer for personal care products.

7. Disodium Phosphate

Commonly used as a food preservative, it is also often found in mascara and mouthwash products.

8. Ammonium Glycyrrhizin

Fast food chains uses it as a flavor enhances but personal care companies use the exact same chemical in facial mask products.

9. PhIP

PhIP (2-Amino-1-methyl-6-phenylimidazo pyridine) is a chemical found in fast food grilled chicken which has been associated with human breast, prostate and colon cancers.

10. Benzoate Preservatives

BHT, BHA, and TBHQ are compounds used by fast food chains to preserve fats and prevent them to become rancid.




3
JUN

The Good For You Chocolate

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Gluten Free,Health Foods at 3:05 pm | By: Jeremy Michael
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When it comes to getting your daily dose of probiotics, many people head right for the dairy aisle. We’re all aware that yogurt is one of the best sources for probiotics. What if I told you that you could skip the dairy aisle and head right to the chocolate? Probiotic chocolate bars are becoming more and more popular and independent research studies have proven chocolate to deliver probiotics up to 3X more effectively than dairy alternatives.

OHSO from Solgar is the good for you chocolate that provides the optimum daily amount of probiotics. Each chocolate bar contains nearly one billion species of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, which are the two most commonly found probiotics in our digestive tracts.  Crafted with 100% delicious, 53% cocoa Belgium chocolate, these bars have no added dairy, and are free of wheat, gluten and nuts. They are also perfect for vegetarians.  Each tasty bar contains only 70 calories, has roughly 6g of sugar and comes in two delicious flavors.

Parents are always telling children not to eat chocolate before dinner because it will “spoil their appetite.” Maybe now this isn’t the case! These good for you probiotic chocolate bars promote a healthy digestive tract, keeping both children and parents appetites growing strong. Try adding this OHSO delicious way of taking probiotics to your daily regimen.




30
MAY

Go Easy On Greens?

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Green Living,Health Foods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
GreensModeration should be considered one of the most important words in life. Almost everything we do is always good when done in moderation. It’s no different for eating habits and, in fact, it’s no different for eating greens.

Eating greens have always been labeled as a healthy habit and in most cases that is a correct statement. However, not all vegetables should be eaten raw, in large quantities or too often as you could actually be harming yourself. So, who shouldn’t eat too many greens? People with thyroid issues should be careful with eating raw veggies.

Cruciferous raw vegetables such as broccoli, arugula, kale, cauliflower, cabbage, turnip, collard greens, bok choy, brussels sprouts, spinach, radish, rutabaga, and watercress should be eaten cooked as they contain chemicals that may affect the production of thyroid hormone in your body. Blocking thyroid production may lead to hypothyroidism, a condition with multiple symptoms including cold hands and feet, dry, thinning hair, fatigue, reduced or nonexistent libido, constipation, difficulty losing weight, and depression.

Additionally, some green vegetables contain a chemical called oxalic acid, considered an irritating substance to the mouth and intestinal tract. It also blocks iron and calcium absorption and may contribute to the formation of kidney stones. Light steaming or cooking can significantly reduce the amount of oxalic acid in veggies such as spinach, chard, parsley, chives, purslane and beet greens.

So, keep on eating greens as often as you wish. Just make sure to moderate the quantity and frequency of raw veggies to prevent oxylates and kidney stones.




28
MAY

7 Reasons You Need a Probiotic

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Probiotics1. Immunity Enhancer

Probiotic supplements can enhance your immune system and help prevent the common flu, colds and allergies. Plus, taking a probiotic helps boost the body’s natural defenses, minimizing your chances of getting sick.

2. Improve Digestive System

Probiotics containing multiple strains of beneficial bacteria are effective in treating a range of digestive problems, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and diarrhea. Probiotics supplements can help reverse ulcers, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, and other gut inflammations that occur from a lack of sufficient probiotics. Moreover, the healthy bacteria contained in probiotics help maintain normal intestinal motility and lessen the problems of constipation.

3. Energy Booster

The microflora present in probiotic products can help to energize your body. The microflora synthesize B vitamins, which are used to create serotonin and are also energy nutrients. If you want to be happy and energized, a daily dose of probiotic can help.

4. Healthy Balance of Bacteria

Probiotic supplements with multiple strains of good bacteria are considered the safest, easiest and most effective way to maintain a healthy balance of good bacteria in your body.

5. Speed Up Metabolism

The microflora converts 30% of the inactive thyroid hormone, thyroxine, to its active form, T3, to help boost your metabolism. This process may prevent a variety of health issues including hair loss, constipation, lack of focus, and tiredness.

6. Increase Mineral Absorption

Probiotics may help improve mineral absorption as beneficial microbes enhance the absorption of calcium, magnesium and zinc. If improved bone density is a goal, adding a good probiotic should be considered along with Vitamin D3, calcium, magnesium and other bone nutrients.

7. Cardiovascular Health

Recent studies have concluded that probiotics can help improve cardiovascular health by lowering elevated blood pressure and cholesterol levels that contribute to cardiovascular disease.




20
MAY

7 Non-Dairy Alternatives

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Dairy FreeThere are plenty of non-dairy products available in the market today but despite having the same purpose, substituting milk products, these dairy-free options are all very different. Some options contain more protein, some are low-calories, and some are low-calcium. Everyone should find a best option based on their needs. So, we let you make the call and present you 7 Non-Dairy alternatives.

1. Soy

Soy milk is one of the most popular non-dairy options due to its smooth taste. A low calorie, low sugar, high protein and high calcium option, soy is nutritionally similar to traditional milk and is considered an easy to use, perfect replacement.

2. Coconut

Low calorie, low protein, and low calcium, coconut milk is a sweet, smooth alternative for people who are lactose intolerant of allergic to animal milk. However, coconut milk is not a nutrient rich source as a replacement due to its low protein and calcium content. Coconut milk is rich in lauric acid which contains anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.

3. Oats

A cholesterol and lactose free option, oat mil contains high levels of vitamin E and folic acid. Oat milk is high in sugar and does not have the same calcium and protein content of cow’s milk but it is a great source of phytochemicals which may help fight diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and stroke.

4. Rice

A sweet dairy-free alternative, rice milk is extremely nutritious but unfortunately not a great source of calcium and protein. However, rice milk is one of the mildest non-dairy alternatives and considered the most hypoallergenic of all the milk substitutes.

5. Almond

Considered by many as the most delicious replacement for regular milk (even though it doesn’t taste like cow’s milk), almond milk is a low calorie, low protein option which contains similar amount of calcium as traditional milk. Almond milk is also a good source of magnesium, manganese, selenium and Vitamin E.

6. Hemp

Another cholesterol and lactose free option, hemp milk is low in saturated fats and rich in healthy omega fatty acids. It’s also an excellent source of protein and tastes creamier and nuttier than soya milk or rice milk but like other plant milks though, it lacks calcium.

7. Cashew

Not a very popular choice, cashew nut milk is a great source of copper and other minerals such as calcium and magnesium. Compared to other nuts, cashews have a lower overall fat content but its milk is not a great option for people on weight-loss diets.




19
MAY

Curcumin For a Healthier Mouth

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Concerns & Ailments,Herbs at 11:17 am | By: Jeremy Michael
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Curcuma longa more commonly known as Turmeric has been getting a lot of buzz lately. With numerous known health properties including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-allergic, anti-carcinogenic, there is no astonishment as to why this is. New research is expanding this ever growing list of benefits to curcumin. A new research article shows that curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, may prove beneficial in controlling inflammation and bone resorption in individuals with periodontitis.  Periodontitis is a gum infection that damages the soft tissue and destroys the bone that supports teeth. Periodontitis if bad enough can lead to loss of teeth and even more serious health conditions.

In one research trial Male Wistar rates were used to determine if curcumin could inhibit the inflammation and alveolar bone resorption in rats following induced periodontitis.   The researchers of this article concluded that curcumin may decrease bone loss because of its ability to reduce inflammatory markers in the body.

Another research article  performed a study that consisted of 25 patients (15 males/10 Females) between the ages of 21-45. All patients were previously diagnosed with chronic periodontitis and had periodontal pockets >5mm on both sides. The researchers selected specific sites and the sites were then randomly grouped into test group or control group. The control group received only root planning and scaling while the test group received both root planning and scaling as well as 1% curcumin gel at baseline, 1, 3, and 6 month intervals. The results of the study showed that both root planning and scaling alone is beneficial, however, adding curcumin to the procedure seems to enhance the outcomes significantly.  Overall, the pocket depth improved, the plaque index and bleeding index reduced, as well as there was a reduction in bacteria found commonly in the mouth.

While these results are promising, much more research should be done on the matter. If you are interested in using curcumin to improve oral health speak with your healthcare provider or general dentist before starting due to the potential for side effects. Check out LuckyVitamin for a wide array of natural & organic curcumin products.




18
MAY

Study: Exercise, Live Longer

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,General Wellness & Wellbeing at 5:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
ElderlyA new study shows that regular physical activity in old age is beneficial for your heart health and ultimately can help you live longer. Researchers compared the impact of exercising as providing the same powerful effect on life expectancy as giving up smoking.

Published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, the study conducted by Oslo University Hospital compared data from 5,700 elderly men in Norway and the results showed that those who had three hours of exercise a week lived around five years longer than the sedentary. The authors of the study are now calling for campaigns to encourage fitness in older people.

Additionally, the study found both light and vigorous exercise extended life expectancy. Official advice in the UK recommends 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week for people over 65 years of age. The report said: “Even when men were 73 years of age on average at start of follow-up, active persons had five years longer expected lifetime than the sedentary.” It added that physical activity was as “beneficial as smoking cessation” at reducing deaths. “Public health strategies in elderly men should include efforts to increase physical activity in line with efforts to reduce smoking behavior.”

The results of this interesting study can be used as an alert for the lack of activity among the elderly around the world. The British Heart Foundation has published a report warning people are getting too little exercise, showing that 44% of adults in the UK are doing no moderate exercise, well below ideal numbers and a rate higher than many European countries. Alarming rates were also reported in other European countries with 69% in Portugal, 55% in Poland, and 46% in France. In the US, these numbers are even more alarming with around the 70%-75% of elderly doing little to none physical activity.




11
MAY

Eat Well, Remember More

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
MemoryA new study shows that eating a healthy diet may have a significant impact on improving memory. Published in the journal Neurology, the new research suggests that eating well could potentially be linked to a lower risk of memory loss and thinking decline.

Unlike previous findings relating specific diets to improvements in cognitive function, this new study suggests that improving overall diet quality is an important factor for lowering the risk of memory and thinking loss. Researchers defined a “healthy diet” as one containing lots of fruits and vegetables, nuts, fish, as well as moderate alcohol use.

“The difference in our study is we didn’t prescribe a particular diet or explore for a particular diet pattern,” said Dr. Andrew Smyth, lead author of the study and a nephrologist at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario Canada. “We just wanted to look at a diverse cohort of people from all around the world and analyze what their risk for cognitive decline would be if they consumed what most organizations would consider a ‘healthy diet’,” Smyth said.

Researchers monitored the eating habits of 27,860 men and women across 40 countries for 5 years. Participants in the study were asked about the overall servings they consumed of different types of foods in both the healthy and unhealthy categories for which they received a corresponding point score. “For example, if participants consumed the standard dietary recommendations for fruits and vegetables per day, they would get a high score in that category. The reverse happens for unhealthy food choices,” said Smyth. Participants were tested for their thinking and memory skills, at the start of the study, then again after two and five years. The results indicate that participants with the healthiest diets were 24% less likely to experience cognitive decline compared to those with the least healthy diets.




6
MAY

What’s New? SlimPlate System

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Aids at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Slimplate SystemLucky Vitamin is happy to announce the introduction of a revolutionary weight-loss system product to our customers: SlimPlate System.

SlimPlate System is a complete weight loss plan designed just for you. It includes high-quality china instead of cheap plastic plates, as well as silicone, stainless steel cutters to help keep your food in between the lines. This 13-piece set is a doctor-designed, easy way to lose weight.

SlimPlate System new generation weight loss system is different than all others because it provides a long term weight loss solution, it’s easy to use and maintain, and it allows you to lose weight the right way without changing what you eat. Users have access to a free weight loss coach, exercise videos, helpful hints, and emails that all help keep you on track to reach your goals.

SlimPlate System is a complete four stage weight loss solution. It builds a diet around your everyday food without letting you go hungry. For the price of less than 15 days of diet foods, SlimPlate System gives you the power to create your own diet using the food that you like. Not just simple portion control, but a four-step, progressive portion control of your entire food choices, so you don’t have to think about what to eat or count calories. SlimPlate System is the perfect set that has everything you need to get the right portions for almost any food. No calorie counting, easy-to-use, research proven, designed by physicians, no need to buy diet food, and no side effects, SlimPlate system is a weight loss plan that you can follow to look your best and slim down fast.

You can save even more when you shop SlimPlate System at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promotional code MAY15NEW15 to save 15% of this revolutionary product.




13
APR

7 Reasons Everyone Needs a Turmeric Supplement

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Herbs,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Turmeric powderTurmeric is mostly known as the main spice in curry but curcumin, an extract of turmeric, has been used to promote health benefits for years. Since it seems like turmeric/curcumin can help with a little bit of everything, we present you 7 reasons everyone needs a turmeric supplement.

1. Arthritis: multiple studies have proved that turmeric contains anti-inflammatory properties and supplementation can be helpful for people with joint pain or arthritis. One study found that turmeric extract supplement worked just as well as ibuprofen in patients with knee osteoarthritis.

2. Heartburn: supplements form the turmeric plant have been shown to be effective at curbing heartburn and stomach pain, likely due to its known powers to fight inflammation.

3. Brain Support: studies have suggested that curcumin can help promote repair to stems cell in the brain. Research has also found that supplementation may help boost memory.

4. Digestive Aid: turmeric may help reduce symptoms of indigestion by promoting the production of bile. Supplementation has been also beneficial to relieve gas and bloating.

5. Diabetes: curcumin extract has been found to delay the onset of type 2 diabetes in a couple of studies. Supplementation over nine months was necessary to obtain significant results.

6. Cancer: a couple of studies have shown promising effects of curcumin in preventing and treating cancer. Turmeric supplements are powerful antioxidants which may protect cells from oxidative damage, a risk factor for cancer.

7. Inflammatory Bowel Disease: studies have found that curcumin contains properties that can reduce inflammatory bowel disease. Naturopathic practitioners often recommend turmeric for treatment of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.