Monthly Archives: October 2015

Turmeric: The Hidden Shifa !

The ancient culinary spice is back in action again. Yes, the bright yellow, mellow in flavor, and look alike of root ginger. American know its taste via the famous, mustard sauce; and South Asian generously use it in their curry cooking. Any guesses?

You definitely can’t miss it. It’s TURMERIC!

Turmeric: The Hidden Shifa !!!!!!!!!!! A must read
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Latest research, has highlighted its disease preventive nature on accounts of its anti-inflammatory properties.

This sacred spice has abundant healing properties due to a flavonoid curcumin that is also responsible for its brighter appearance.

Before we read down the advantages of turmeric. It’s important to hold in view the research review carried by the ethnobotanist James A. Duke PHD. He reviewed 700 studies, and concluded that turmeric is a potent disease-fighter against debilitating diseases incomparision with pharmaceuticals. And YES!!!!! Without any side-effects!!!!!

So, let me give you the benefits of turmeric based on my understanding, experience, and research.

So, here goes:

Turmeric helps against the following diseases:

1) Arthritis
Taking reference from Duke Study, it is to conclude that turmeric contain over a dozen anti-inflammatory agent that inhibit COX-2. (COX-2 is inflammation, pain, and swelling permoting enzyme). Turmeric due to curcumin has been found to do wanders against arthritis. Tested and proven.

2) Alzheimer’s disease

Based on Duke’s review of 50 studies, I recommend you to use turmeric against Alzheimer’s disease as block the beta-amyloid which is responsible of obstruction of cerebral function in the brain of Alzheimer’s disease patients.

3) Cancer
In reference with over 700 citations of cancer and curcumin, and 200 citations of health benefits of turmeric it is to conclude that turmeric plays a vital role against treatment and prevention of oral cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, esophageal cancer, and mammary cancer.

Above were my recommendations keeping Duke Research work in regards. Now, moving on with other advantages of turmeric.

Let me start with its fat burning property.

A) Fat Burner
According to Tufts University, turmeric suppresses the growth of fat cells, so it leads toward fat loss, and consequent weight loss.

B) Anti-aging

Turmeric is anti-aging as the curcumin present in turmeric, helps to repair and prevent DNA damage. I would like you to give it a try. No wonder, the eastern tradition of haldi ubtan is justifiable, and right.

C) Infection Buster

It helps to fight against some viruses. As proven by Goerge Mason University. I suggest you to use turmeric paste by boiling 3 cups of water with 3 table spoons of turmeric for at least 8 minutes. ) you can add more water if you feel the need). This turmeric paste is excellent against shingles or arthritis. It curtail infection growth against shingles, and for arthritis it a great topical ointment to relieve pain, and inflammation.

D) Blood Sugar Reducer

Plus, according Indian researcher, turmeric not only lowers blood sugar but also helps against complications of diabetes.

E) Liver Booster

Also, it prevents liver cirrhosis as proven by the experimental. So, a must use for liver patients.

F) Anti-Inflammatory

Finally, as inflammation causes diseases ranging from obesity to fibromyalgia, asthma, and cancer etc. So, I would like you to include this spice in your diet regularly.

You can make a tea of turmeric (my Vblog is on one such recipe, have a look), or you can use it in curry cooking or its capsules and pills are also available for your convenience. I would like you to take 400 mg of it thrice daily for better results.
Stay Healthy!

Kiran

Turmeric Tea Recipe to Fight Pain, and Inflammation
Did you know inflammation is the root-cause of all the disease. While, turmeric is highly anti-inflammatory herb. Now, you can easily heal arthritis, gout, joint pain, head ache, and autoimmune diseases by taking this potent turmeric herbal tea.

So, here goes:

Ingredients:
Turmeric (1/2 teaspoon powder );
Water (1 glass);
Raw honey, and lemon juice.

Preparation:
Boil the 1 glass of water, first.
Add turmeric in it, and let it simmer for 10 minutes.
Strain it, and add honey, and lemon juice to enhance the taste.

Next time you feel body/ joint ache. Try this instead of bad pain killers like Tylenol.

The Real Causes of Heart Disease, and Stroke

Main Causes of Cardiovascular DiseasesSince heart disease are fatal. It’s not anything drastic for the people to find medicines that help prevent heart disease, and stroke.

But the irony is this that we concentrate on high cholesterol levels as the basic cause of stroke, and heart attacks. However, clinical research holds elevated levels of cortisol, insulin, C-reactive protein, and triglycerides responsible for cardiovascular diseases, but not high values of cholesterol.

But, first let’s talk about cholesterol…….

So, what is cholesterol????

Sadly, the medical research confirms that reducing your cholesterol levels will not bring down your chances of getting a heart attack or stroke.

I will present to you interesting statistics put forward by William Castelli, MD, ex-director of the Framingham Heart Study. He observed that people with less than 200 cholesterol, that is considered low get about 40 percent of heart attacks from the total number of heart patients. Plus, he added that people with low cholesterol value less than 180 suffer three times more strokes than the general people.

So, yes!

That’s very interesting, and enlightening.

Now that we know cholesterol is NOT the MAIN CULPRIT!!! Let’s proceed with REAL REASONS that lead to heart disease, and stroke!!!!!!!

The Main Cardiovascular Disease Markers are:

If you have abnormality in the following clinical markers than chances are that will get heart attack or stroke.

  • Cardiac arrhythmia. This means atrial fibrillation, and other abnormalities of normal heart rhythm.
  • Increased triglycerides, more importantly the elevated ratio between HDL cholesterol, and triglycerides. Research has backed triglycerides in the worsening of coronary atherosclerosis i.e. hardening of the arteries.
  • Elevation of homocyesteine levels. Research has it that men with really elevated homocysteine levels are three times more prone to get heart attack in comparison with others.
  • Increased insulin levels.
  • Increased cortisol levels. Elevated cortisol levels are linked with hypertension, that consequently increases your risk for getting heart disease. Normally, heart patients show more elevated levels of cortisol than others.
  • Increased levels of estrogen in comparison with progesterone.
  • Decreased testosterone in males. Elevated testosterones have been linked as five-fold protection of men from coronary artery disease.
  • Increased testosterone in females.
  • Increased value of C-reactive protein. C-reactive protein is an indicator linked with inflammatory cytokines production, which shows the risk to heart health. Males with the highest quartile vales are three times likely to get heart attack, and doubled-numbers of ischemic strokes incomparison with general public.
  • Elevated lipid peroxide levels. Lipid peroxide is the result product of chemical damage done by oxygen free radicals to the cell membrane’s lipid components. Increased value of lipid peroxides is linked with aging, stroke, heart disease, and cancer.

Other risk indicators are magnesium deficiency, fatty acid imbalances, and thyroid insufficiency.

After knowing the real threats for heart attack, and stroke. You might wonder is it really difficult to maintain these indicators????

The good news is this that you can easily rectify these imbalances in just six weeks. So, I recommend you all to check your markers, and work with functional medicine expert like myself to help you reach your health goals. And, yes. But first, please give the poor cholesterol a break!!! :)

Stay Healthy,

Kiran

Kiran’s Dengue Repellent Recipe

Kiran's Dengue Repellent Recipe
Kiran’s Dengue Repellent Recipe

Kiran’s recommends Neem oil as the best insect repellent against dengue spreading mosquitoes. Research says it can protect you for 12 hours.

Research Source:”Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine”

Kiran’s Dengue Repellent Recipe
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2 mL of Neem Oil
10mL of Coconut or Olive Oil (your choice)

Mix well. And apply a thin layer on your skin. Repeat after every 12 hours as an effective dengue buster.

Caution: Sensitive user can do patch test before full application on skin.