This article is written as an informational source only. It is important to understand that dosages that are indicated have been suggested in direct correlation with reviewed literature; however, before beginning any herbal supplementation for any disease or illness it is important to discuss this option with your physician and pharmacist.
Is It The Next Miracle Herb?
One of the best things you can do for your clients is to be an inspiration. Motivation is one of the best things that any trainer can do to fill their clients will to become more healthy and fit. Learning the facts about health care and fitness is the cornerstone of any successful personal trainer.
Educating your clients about ways to stay fit is an important way to prevent or help fight off disease.
The herb turmeric (tur-mer-ic) is literally the cutting edge of science at this point. Recent studies from The Ohio State University have recently placed this common seasoning from Asia into the limelight of the nutritional world due to their effective treatment against many forms cancer. This wonder herb has been found to actually help with pancreatic cancer and liver cancer, both considered usually terminal diseases.
Turmeric is an amazing herb that is commonly found in the grocery store. It also is quickly being noticed as the strongest anti-oxidant and also a powerful anti-inflammatory available today.
Curcumin is the active ingredient found in turmeric and has been used in India and parts of Asia as an active spice in curry and the dye for natural yellow. It is a member of the ginger family called Zingiberaceae.
Not that those facts are something that you are going to pass along, but it is important to know the basis of this herb for your own interest. Please note and mention that this herb is not safe for anyone who has an allergy to ginger.
If you visit a genetics conference, you are likely to hear about the herb turmeric and it's many abilities. Studies have shown that protects against liver diseases, reduces cholesterol, dissolves blood clots, helps stop external and internal bleeding, relieves painful menstruation, promote sleep, helps prevent aging, helps prevent heart disease, stimulates the gallbladder and circulatory systems, reduces the symptoms of colitis and Crohn's disease, and helps diffuse illnesses caused by toxins from parasites and bacteria. The recent studies have concluded that curcumin helps stop tumor growth at all stages of cancer.
How To Find Turmeric?
It is available in most grocery stores in the spices section or obviously in tablet form at many various vitamin providers.
The general absorption of turmeric is through the gut and the levels of 2-12 grams have been the common recommendation via the available literature. Other literature indicates that 400-600 mg taken 3 times a day is appropriate, or a teaspoon with each meal. The dried root of turmeric will commonly contain between 3-5% curcumin.
Tip: Using common ground black pepper with turmeric increases it's absorption 2000%.
Some manufacturers will claim that their products contain 95% curcumin compounds. The only noted side effects have been nausea and hair loss (but only in rare cases of animal studies). The simple use of turmeric as a spice in tea or cooking is very acceptable and is commonly used in many parts of the world today.
Turmeric powder has been used in topical applications as well and show promise for treating eczema, psoriasis, and various forms of acne. The exact format of how to prepare this herb for a topical application is not definitively proven throughout the literature.
Since curcumin has the ability to suppress clotting, individuals who are taking blood thinning medications or drugs that are immunosuppressive, or NSAIDs (such as ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, aspirin) should discuss the taking of any turmeric in tablet form with a pharmacist. Some studies have indicated that the use of turmeric can make certain anticancer drugs less effective and may interfere with the effectiveness of chemotherapy or radiation treatment.
It is important to express to your clients the need to have a common intake of substances that counteract the multitude of toxins available today. Express the importance of self education and awareness, but note that before starting any herbal supplementation they should discuss this with their physician and pharmacist.
With health care taking the changes of non coverage and lack of options in treating cancer the prevention of those types of disease previously listed are some of the main reasons to encourage the use of turmeric on a daily basis.
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