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October 25, 2016 by Joseph Fermin 3 Comments

Turmeric Health Benefits 5 (1)

Turmeric and The Health Benefits

Turmeric, Several plants, and their extracts have been reported to have health benefits, and it can be difficult to know what is true. Are all these things as good as they seem? For turmeric, the answer is a resounding yes!

Turmeric is an herbal plant grown in Asia. The roots are used to make the yellow spice turmeric, which is most commonly used in Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, and Iranian cooking. It is the main spice in curries and is also used to color cheese and butter.

Although the health benefits of turmeric have been known for thousands of years in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, it has only recently been appreciated in Western medicine. Curcumin is a phenolic curcuminoid that is thought to be responsible for many of the health benefits of turmeric. It has potent and well-characterized antioxidative and anti-inflammatory effects. Read on to learn more about the other ways in which this amazing spice can boost your health.

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Anticancer effects

Cancer development is a highly complex process that involves DNA damage, inflammation, and the disruption of cellular signaling and death pathways. Although the data are preliminary, there is a certain amount of excitement in the oncology community because curcumin can affect several of these pathways to exert anticancer effects.

Specific clinical trials in patients with cancer are ongoing, but the available results suggest that curcumin could be an effective treatment for multiple cancers, including multiple myeloma, head, and neck squamous cell carcinoma, and pancreatic, prostate, breast, colorectal, lung, and oral cancers [1].

 

Cognitive function

An exciting recent discovery is that turmeric could improve cognitive function in elderly individuals. An Australian study published in April 2016 administered placebo control or a form of curcumin to 96 community-dwelling older adults for 1 year. Various cognitive functions were tested before treatment and at 6- and 12-months. Subjects that received placebo exhibited a cognitive decline at 6 months, whereas those that received curcumin did not [2].

Although the Australian study was not definitive, the available data suggest that curcumin could have several anti-Alzheimer’s disease effects such as preventing the production and aggregation of β-amyloid in the brain and also regenerating brain cells [3]. Taken together, these data suggest that the regular intake of turmeric might reduce the aging-associated decline in cognitive function.

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Increase testosterone levels

As anyone reading this blog understands, declining testosterone levels during normal aging are associated with several negative effects on health. Recent research has suggested that turmeric might increase testosterone levels in different ways. First, it can help reverse a number of conditions that can contribute to reduced low testosterone production, such as high cholesterol and dysregulated blood sugar.

The anti-oxidative effects of turmeric can also prevent oxidative damage to Leydig cells in the testis, which could, in turn, normalize with testosterone injections. In mice, turmeric could improve fertility by protecting the testes from various stressors [4, 5].

Who knew that eating curry could improve your testosterone levels and fertility!

 

Metabolic diseases

Curcumin exhibits a seemingly endless number of beneficial metabolic effects. For example:

  • It can increase the levels of HDL or good cholesterol and lower the levels of LDL or bad cholesterol [6]. This is important because low HDL levels and high LDL levels are risk factors for metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.
  • It reduces blood glucose levels and improves glucose metabolism in rodent models, suggesting that it could be an effective treatment for diabetes [7].

 

How to make the most of your turmeric intake

Now you know about just some of the health benefits of turmeric, it is important to understand how to make the most of it. As with all drugs or supplements, the actions of turmeric are limited by its bioavailability, which is defined as the amount that is biologically available to exert its physiological effects. The bioavailability of a drug declines as it is metabolized in the liver, which is a particular concern with any drug or supplement that is administered orally.

One of the best ways to increase the bioavailability of curcumin is to consume turmeric-rich foods with black pepper. Black pepper contains a substance named piperine, which is a potent inhibitor of UDP-glucuronosyltransferase (one of the liver enzymes responsible for drug metabolism) [8]. Indeed, eating even a small amount of piperine with turmeric could increase the bioavailability of turmeric by around 2000% [9].

Curcumin absorption can also be enhanced by consuming turmeric with fats because turmeric is fat-soluble. There are two ways to achieve this: ingest turmeric powder with a healthy fat such as olive oil, or consume natural turmeric root, which contains natural oils that promote its solubility.

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References

  1. Gupta, S.C., S. Patchva, and B.B. Aggarwal, Therapeutic Roles of Curcumin: Lessons Learned from Clinical Trials. The AAPS Journal, 2013. 15(1): p. 195-218.
  2. Rainey-Smith, S.R., et al., Curcumin and cognition: a randomised, placebo-controlled, double-blind study of community-dwelling older adults. British Journal of Nutrition, 2016. 115(12): p. 2106-2113.
  3. Goozee, K.G., et al., Examining the potential clinical value of curcumin in the prevention and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Br J Nutr, 2016. 115(3): p. 449-65.
  4. Lin, C., et al., Curcumin dose-dependently improves spermatogenic disorders induced by scrotal heat stress in mice. Food Funct, 2015. 6(12): p. 3770-7.
  5. Coskun, G., et al., Ameliorating effects of curcumin on nicotine-induced mice testes. Turk J Med Sci, 2016. 46(2): p. 549-60.
  6. Yang, Y.S., et al., Lipid-lowering effects of curcumin in patients with metabolic syndrome: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Phytother Res, 2014. 28(12): p. 1770-7.
  7. Nabavi, S.F., et al., Curcumin: a natural product for diabetes and its complications. Curr Top Med Chem, 2015. 15(23): p. 2445-55.
  8. Grill, A.E., B. Koniar, and J. Panyam, Co-delivery of natural metabolic inhibitors in a self-microemulsifying drug delivery system for improved oral bioavailability of curcumin. Drug Deliv Transl Res, 2014. 4(4): p. 344-52.
  9. Shoba, G., et al., Influence of piperine on the pharmacokinetics of curcumin in animals and human volunteers. Planta Med, 1998. 64(4): p. 353-6.

February 7, 2016 by admin 2 Comments

9-Clove Garlic Pesto Recipe 3 (2)

9-Clove Garlic Pesto Recipe

Garlic is amazing. There are actually many incredible health benefits to it. It has been used for centuries as an agent to boost the immune system. If you are capable of carefully swallowing an entire raw clove (at least 5), as you would a capsule, the benefits you’d acquire from doing so are immeasurable. Entire books have been written about its benefits and its many incomparable aiding properties.

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At a very basic level, garlic:

  • is an anti-viral
  • is an anti-biotic
  • has anti-fungal properties

It even helps to lower blood pressure and is key in helping us to build energy. You should consider mixing and cooking garlicginger and garlic together in delicious foods or as a type of tonic. It’d do wonders for your health, energy and to stimulate better blood circulation. Remember, it is also an excellent blood thinner. In fact, in terms of food, it’s probably one of the very strongest of all. As you can see, garlic is incredible to consider for the fight against heart disease.

Did you know that antibiotics don’t actually kill viruses? In fact, what they do destroy like an atom bomb are bacteria. It destroys the flora and good bacteria in your stomach rendering your immune system non-existent for a few days, or even weeks, after you’ve finished your prescribed round.

On the other hand, garlic absolutely destroys viruses and it’s really not that difficult to come by. It’s in your best interest to obtain organic if you possibly can. The beneficial compounds of organic are about 7 times more potent than those of conventional.

The key element to keep in mind here is that this antiviral property we are talking about, a phytochemical called alliin, is really only present in raw garlic. The more garlic is cooked, the more it looses this very important element. That being said, you really don’t want to add raw garlic to a smoothie. The taste is just too intense and nothing you do will overshadow its very penetrating flavor.

The best way to enjoy raw garlic, is to make it in a delicious, healthy 9- clove pesto:Fix heart disease

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January 18, 2016 by admin 0 Comments

Live Long. Live Well. Make Certain You’re Blood Pressure is Normal in 2016. 5 (1)

Blood Pressure An Important New Year message
from your Friends at AAI Rejuvenation Clinic

We here at AAI are committed to keeping our clients in perfected states of good health. Anti-Aging and Longevity start with the very simplest basics, which we often forget, like making certain our blood pressure is normal, to very slightly below normal. Why? Because high blood pressure has no warning signs, you feel normal.

HOWEVER:

  • High blood pressure is a “silent killer” because it usually has no warning signs, yet it can lead to life-threatening conditions like heart attack or stroke.
  • 1 out of 3 people has high blood pressure!!
  • The good news is that high blood pressure, or hypertension, can often be prevented or treated. It is imperative to be diagnosed as early as possible.

We live in an age where many folks do not even have a primary doctor. Please let me say that is a very big mistake. Some of us, I included forgetting to take our Blood Pressure medicine or skip days… That is truly playing with fire. The facts speak loudly:

  • Every 3 months our blood pressure is subject to change.

We must stay on top of this health factor, as it is so consequential to a long, healthy fruitful life.

Normal blood flow delivers nutrients and oxygen to all parts of your body, including important organs like:

  • Heart
  • Brain
  • Kidneys

Your heart helps to push blood through your massive network of blood vessels, large and small. Your blood vessels, in turn, constantly adjust. They become narrower or wider in response to how much volume of blood is pumped out with each beat of your heart. We call this blood stroke volume.

  • If your arteries are starting to get stiff and a little brittle with middle age it can be because at mid-age we lose some of the all-important and vital elastin in our arteries.
  • We have collagen to make the arteries and veins strong and elastic to make them expand properly.

It’s normal for your blood pressure to go up and down throughout each day. Blood pressure is affected by:

  • Time of day
  • Exercise
  • The foods you eat
  • Stress
  • and other factors such as heredity.

Problems can arise, though, if your blood pressure stays too high for too long.

  • High blood pressure can make your heart work too hard and lose strength.
  • The high force of blood flow can damage your blood vessels, making them weak, stiff, or narrower.
  • Over time, hypertension can harm several important organs, including:
    – heart
    – kidneys
    – brain
    – eyes

Hypertension is a leading risk factor for death and disability worldwide, according to Dr. Paul Whelton, an expert in hypertension and kidney disease at Tulane University. “High blood pressure raises the risk of having a heart attack, heart failure, stroke, or kidney disease.”

  • Putting on extra weight or having a family history of high blood pressure also raises your risk for hypertension. You must take meaningful action.
  • The number one thing that you can do is to lose weight and get daily exercise.

Eat fewer fats and simple sugars….you want healthy fats like omega 3 high-density lipids from high-quality fish oil. We can help with that with our lab, which quite literally only has the highest quality nutraceutical supplements.

Because it usually has no symptoms, the only way to know for sure that you have hypertension is to have a blood pressure test at least once a month. This easy, painless test involves placing an inflated cuff with a pressure gauge around your upper arm to squeeze the blood vessels. A healthcare provider may then use a stethoscope to listen to your pulse as air is released from the cuff, or an automatic device may measure the pressure.

Blood pressure is given as 2 numbers.

  • The first number represents the pressure in your blood vessels as the heartbeats (systolic pressure).
  • The second is the pressure as your heart relaxes and fills with blood (diastolic pressure).

Experts generally agree that the safest blood pressure—or “normal” blood pressure—is 120/80 or lower, meaning systolic blood pressure is 120 or less and diastolic pressure is 80 or less. I like to keep mine at 114/70 because that is still very safe and puts much less pressure against the artery walls.

High blood pressure is defined as having an average blood pressure of above 140/90 according to the National Institute of Health’s Dr. Lawrence Fine. He oversees research on the treatment and prevention of hypertension. Since blood pressure can vary widely from day to day, a diagnosis of hypertension is usually based on an average of 2 or more readings taken on 2 or more occasions.

When diet and exercise fail, there are now medications that do not have the terrible side effects that so many people complain about. Remember we talked about the arteries needing elastin at youthful levels in order to have healthy arteries able to stretch without bursting? The prescription Enalapril comes from a group called Ace Inhibitors and scientists have found a very remarkable aspect to Ace Inhibitors.

  • Ace inhibitors can cause the artery walls to make elastin and become more youthful in a healthy ability to stretch and as they are able to stretch out more safely, blood pressure goes down with very few, if any, side effects.
  • Ace inhibitors also make the kidneys, heart, and brain healthier, according to cardiologist Dr. Luis Tami.

So folks, this New Year please make certain your blood pressure is normal and if it’s not please call your doctor right away. If you are one of our patients, call your assigned Wellness Advisor at AAI ASAP.

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