- In addition to its use as a culinary spice, turmeric has been used traditionally in India as a disinfectant and treatment for laryngitis, bronchitis, and diabetes.
Population studies have shown that India – where people regularly consume turmeric – has low rates of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers have speculated that the anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin may be partly responsible. (Alzheimer’s begins as an inflammatory process in the brain.)
- Curcumin, one of the active ingredients in turmeric, is an antioxidant. Antioxidants are compounds, often found in plants, that protect the body’s cells from damage caused by activated molecules known as free radicals.
- Laboratory studies have shown that curcumin interferes with several important molecular pathways involved in cancer development, growth, and spread. Curcumin can kill cancer cells in the laboratory, and can slow the growth of any surviving cancer cells. In animals, curcumin has been shown to inhibit the formation of cancer-causing enzymes and the development of several forms of cancer, thus shrinking tumors. Studies of curcumin for cancer prevention and treatment in humans are in the early stages.
- Scientific studies indicate that curcumin is not well absorbed orally. Consequently, large doses must be taken for even small amounts to circulate in the blood. More absorbable forms of curcumin have been developed. Because curcumin is fat-soluble, it is important to take some form of fat with it for improved absorption.
- Intravenous curcumin is well-absorbed and goes directly where it’s needed.
If you are interested in trying intravenous curcumin for your specific condition, please contact us to discuss your situation, and for an appointment.
Please phone 650-917-1121 for more information.