Turmeric is derived from spice and has known anti-inflammatory properties.  It can stop cartilage breakdown in joints. It was shown to be superior to prescription anti-inflammatories in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis it is useful in the treatment of arthritis and other painful conditions like diabetic neuropathy. Traditional anti-inflammatories can increase mortality by up to 53% in the presence of a stroke. Tumeric’s actions decrease CV inflammation and sugar damage and decreases  CV risk.  It also supports the immune system, is an antioxidant and prolongs life in some species. It has cancer fighting abilities. Can lower cholesterol and raise HDL. It has been shown to remove amyloid from the brain and has the potential to reverse Alzheimer’s disease. It in fact, has been shown to stop its natural decline in 1 study. It has been shown to promote activity of (BDNF) an enzyme that promotes growth and strength of the nerve network. It also reduces the toxic protein alpha-synuclein which promotes Parkinson’s’ disease. It induces mitochondrial biogenesis improving energy production

Turmeric performed as well as traditional anti-depressants in 1 good controlled study, it is thought to increase the neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. Can be combined with traditional anti-depressants for even greater response.

The dose of turmeric has not been well studied, but 1,000 to 2,000 mg has been shown to be effective.

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