Turmeric may help with COPD and other conditions
Thank you to Dr. Braly for this information.
To overcome a strong, relentless enemy like COPD, you will need to find a stronger arsenal of weapons and cutting-edge tools. We may have one in the ancient herb Turmeric.
Turmeric has been used as a dye and food spice for over two thousand years (Assyrian herbal records in 600 BC list it as a medicinal plant and first century Greek herbalist Dioscorides mentioned it in his writings). I am told that for centuries Hindu brides and grooms have applied turmeric as a full-body paste the week prior to their wedding - when removed the wedding day, their skin has an extremely healthy, blemish-free glow to it! Today, you may have noticed it as an ingredient in mustards and sauces, or the bottled bright orange-yellow powder on your spice rack.
Turmeric, more specifically the active ingredients curcumin (also called curcuminoids) and turmerin, in its effective form is commercially known as "Turmeric" (must also list somewhere on the label that it is standardized to contain 95 % Curcuminoids). It is a remarkably safe and versatile herb with powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions. According to hundreds of published scientific studies - and my personal clinical experience - turmeric offers the following potential benefits (when reading this list, remember that all conditions listed are closely associated with poorly controlled inflammatory, free radical pathologies):
? potent anti-oxidant, free radical quenching action - especially protective against fat oxidation throughout the human body, including in your airways
? anti-inflammatory action (e.g., as seen in airways of COPD victims, joints of arthritics, livers of alcoholics and hepatitis C individuals, and inflammatory bowel diseases).
? anti-cancer action (may help prevent metastasis of cancer to your lungs, as well as help prevent colorectal, breast, prostate and skin cancers)
? helps prevent abnormal blood clotting as seen in heart attacks and strokes
? protects the liver against damage from viral infections, drugs and alcohol (I have used turmeric to help reverse liver failure in alcoholics)
? has anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-parasitical actions
? lowers bad LDL cholesterol and raises good HDL cholesterol
? reduces blood pressure if elevated
? reduces the area of your heart damaged by heart attacks
? reduces the area of your brain damaged by strokes
? promotes formation of new brain nerves (neurogenesis). This may indicate an ability, like beta glucan from mushrooms, fish oil (if you are fish oil deficient) and an extract from eggplant, to recruit your own adult stem cells!
? stabilizes membranes of immune cells and brain cells
? may reduce risk of Alzheimer's disease by up to 10-fold (over 65 population of Asian Indians have about 10% the prevalence of Alzheimer's disease as Americans; this is thought to be due in large part to consumption of turmeric-rich Indian curry). Rats with Alzheimer-like brain damage, when given therapeutic doses of turmeric, slashed deposits of Alzheimer-causing amyloid plaques in the brain by 50 percent.
* Animal studies suggest that turmeric may reduce "central obesity" (belly fat) by preventing fat from depositing in the first place and accelerating burning off of fat.
Is Turmeric safe? Yes, very safe. There have been no reports of toxicity or no side-effects at the daily human therapeutic dose.
What is the therapeutic dose of Turmeric? In my experience people supplementing with Turmeric (standardized to contain 95% curcuminoids) when taking the recommended 400-800mg per day, are often not taking therapeutic amounts. Therapeutic amounts are in the range of 1,600mg to 3,600mg of Turmeric daily. Assuming each capsule of Turmeric is 400mg, this represents four to nine capsules daily.
My recommendation for COPD patients, especially those with frequent, productive coughs poorly controlled with medication, is six 400mg capsules in the morning just before breakfast and another three 400mg capsules in the mid-morning - a total of 3600mg daily.
NOTE: If you choose to begin supplementing with Turmeric, please make sure you let you primary health providers or care givers know.
James Braly, MD, medical consultant
Weller Health Institute
First treatment in 2007. Pioneering ever since.