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SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN BENEFITS OF TURMERIC THE INDIAN SPICE
Written by , Article reviewed and edited by Dr. Fine M.D.
Published on 27 April 2021
Turmeric is a yellow spice commonly found in
Indian and other Asian cuisines but Americans and Europeans have been using
this spice more and more after hearing about its amazing benefits for health.
No wonder turmeric has been used for thousands of years as a spice and
medicinal herb! The most famous Indian dish, curry, is where turmeric stands
out. Turmeric is what gives curry its yellow color.
Turmeric really does contain compounds that
have medicinal properties, as scientists have recently discovered. These
compounds are bioactive and are called curcuminoids with the most important one
being curcumin. It is the main active ingredient in turmeric and has very
effects and is also a potent antioxidant.
Turmeric contains only about 3% curcumin, by
weight. The studies that have found curcumin to be so anti-inflammatory used
turmeric extracts that concentrates the curcumin to over 1 gram a day. This is
very hard to reach just using turmeric as a spice in your food. Therefore, to
see the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects of curcumin, you’ll need to
take a supplement. In addition, it’s best to eat black pepper with your
supplement to better absorb the curcumin (by 2,000%!).
Curcumin: Natural Anti-Inflammatory
Scientists believe that chronic, low-level
inflammation plays a huge role in most of the chronic, Western diseases we see
today. These include cancer,
metabolic syndrome, heart disease, Alzheimer’s
and other degenerative conditions. All of these are pretty scary diseases and
it’s wonderful that we’ve found a compound that combats chronic, low-level
In fact, curcumin is so powerful, it matches
the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs, but without the side
effects! Great news!
Specifically, curcumin blocks NF-kB, a
molecule that travels to our cells, to our nuclei and turns on genes that are
associated with inflammation. Take some curcumin and stop that sucker in its
Turmeric Improves Antioxidant Capacity
Free radicals, the highly reactive molecules
that wreak havoc on our bodies, are presumed to be behind aging/premature
aging and multiple diseases. These molecules damage our cells and
DNA, reacting with organic substances such as fatty acids.
We need antioxidants to protect us from
these free radicals. Thankfully, we have plant foods – veggies and
– that are chock full of antioxidants. In addition, we also have curcumin which
is VERY potent, neutralizing free radicals on its own while also boosting the
activity of your body’s own antioxidant enzymes. Win-win!
Curcumin Boosts Brain Function
We now know that brain cells (neurons) are
capable of forming new connections well past childhood, even multiplying and
increasing in number. A neurotrophic factor called BDNF is a type of growth
hormone of the brain. Diseases such as Alzheimer’s and depression
have been linked to low levels of the BDNF hormone.
The good news is that curcumin is capable of
increasing the levels of BDNF in the brain, possibly delaying or even reversing
brain ailments and cognitive decline. Curcumin could also improve your
memory and make you smarter.
Curcumin certainly sounds amazing, doesn’t
it? If you have history in your family of any of the diseases or ailments
discussed in this article, consider seriously getting a good curcumin supplement
and adding turmeric to your diet. The science certainly backs up many of these
claims discussed here, especially with curcumin supplements. Nobody wants to
experience Alzheimer’s, cancer or heart disease so be proactive and consider
all possibilities of prevention!
SELENIUM AND ITS IMPACT ON YOUR HEALTH AND HORMONES
Written by , Article reviewed and edited by Dr. Fine M.D.
Published on 08 April 2021
Selenium is one of these essential trace minerals that everyone should be making sure they’re getting enough of in their diet. It plays many roles in our bodies including cognitive functioning, our immune systems and fertility. In terms of hormones, it interacts with the thyroid which is a major hormone gland, producing some very important hormones for us that affect all parts of the body. Selenium also plays a role in DNA synthesis, protects against oxidative damage and infections. Very important, indeed!
The Health Benefits of Selenium
If you are getting adequate selenium from your diet, then you will most likely experience some of its health benefits. For example, selenium may be able to prevent cardiovascular diseases, cognitive decline, cancer and thyroid issues. Lets explore each of these benefits in more detail.
Besides cancer, cognitive decline is one of the major fears for people as they start to age. No one wants to end up with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Because selenium acts as an antioxidant, it can help to reduce the risk of cognitive decline, preventing damage to cells from free radicals. The results of scientific studies show mixed results on selenium’s prevention of dementia, but it is still being explored.
The Office for Dietary Supplements states that selenoproteins can help to protect against cardiovascular disease. Selenoproteins (proteins that contain selenium) prevent oxidative modifications of fats in the body. Preventing oxidation reduces inflammation which, in turn, prevents the buildup of platelets in the blood. It is still unclear whether selenium supplements alone can improve heart health, however.
Because selenium helps to repair DNA, it also means it can help to prevent cancer. When DNA is damaged or mutated, the risk of cancer greatly increases. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stated, “Some scientific evidence suggests that consumption of selenium may reduce the risk of certain forms of cancer.”
One of selenium’s major roles is producing and metabolizing thyroid hormone, a hormone that is crucial for regulation of metabolism. Some scientific evidence has demonstrated that women with higher selenium levels have fewer thyroid issues. However, this was not seen in men. It is still up in the air whether selenium supplements would help with thyroid issues or not.
Going back to selenium and the thyroid, it is clear that the thyroid gland needs the essential mineral in order to function optimally. It helps to convert the thyroid hormone to its active form. If patients have been diagnosed with an over-active thyroid, it may be beneficial to have their selenium levels checked because elevated levels could cause adverse symptoms.
Selenium is very important for women specifically, because it regulates the balance of the hormone estrogen, the “female hormone.” Because of this, it helps to protect against breast cancer, a particularly nasty type of cancer that is increasing worldwide.
In addition to all of these health benefits, studies have shown that selenium may also help in reducing the risk of a miscarriage (it’s relationship with estrogen), protect against asthma (anti-inflammatory properties) and preventing HIV from progressing to AIDS (immune system boosting).
Risks of Taking Selenium Supplements
The upper recommended limit for selenium is only 400 mcg for adults. If you are taking selenium supplements, you need to make sure you are not taking more than the recommended amount. If you overdose on selenium supplements you may experience weak nails, decaying teeth, nausea, fatigue, skin rashes, hair loss and neurological issues. Be careful when taking selenium supplements. Your best bet is to first speak with a doctor about them but also consider getting enough selenium from your diet.
Food Sources of Selenium
The amount of selenium in fruits and vegetables varies widely, especially now with modern farming techniques. Less nutrients are making it into our veggies and fruits these days. However, you can be sure you’re getting a good amount of selenium with the following food choices:
Try getting enough selenium via your diet and consider getting your blood tested to see where your baseline levels are at. Our clinic makes it easy to get your blood tested for multiple hormones, vitamins and minerals. Contact us if you are interested in getting your blood tested for selenium or any other tests such as growth hormone or thyroid hormone. We can help you to determine whether selenium supplements are truly necessary for you or not.
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REGULAR INTERMITTENT FASTING IMPROVES COGNITIVE HEALTH AND BRAIN STRUCTURES
Written by , Article reviewed and edited by Dr. Fine M.D.
Published on 08 April 2021
Intermittent fasting is a hot topic right now, with people from all walks of life interested in fasting: weight lifters, vegans and millennials. Fasting comes with different benefits than just plain dieting. It has been practiced for thousands of years, across many different cultures.
Some studies have claimed that intermittent fasting promotes faster weight loss (in a healthier way), boosts growth hormone levels and even increases the life span. A group of researchers wanted to find out if intermittent fasting affects brain functions and structures, especially in an anti-aging kind of way. The scientists began their research on mice to get preliminary data.
Research Suggests Intermittent Fasting Improves Brain Functions
The mice were divided into control, intermittent fasting and a high-fat diet group. The control group mice were allowed free access to regular rodent food. The intermittent fasting mice group were allowed free access to rodent food every other day with zero food on the alternate day. The high fat diet mice had free access to high-fat food (45% fat). This diet style continued for 11 months. Water was never restricted. The high fat diet group was supposed to represent the typical Western diet in terms of fat consumption.
After the 11 months, the mice were then subjected to Barnes maze which was designed to test spatial learning and memory. Both short-term and long-term memory retention was tested. After the Barnes maze, the mice were subjected to a fear conditioning experiment with freezing behavior recorded. After fear conditioning, motor coordination and exercise tolerance was evaluated. Here, the mice were placed on an accelerating rotarod to see how long they could stay on it for (tolerance). Other biometrics were taken, such as blood samples for levels of lipids/glucose, western blot analysis and measurements of the brain/hippocampus. This study was a lot of complex work!
Intermittent Fasting Improves Learning and Memory
The Barnes maze and fear conditioning results suggested that intermittent fasting improves learning and memory. In addition, the thickness of a layer of the hippocampus (brain structure) was increased, suggesting improved brain structures. Other benefits demonstrated for the brain was the reduction of oxidative stress as shown by the ratio of certain proteins in the brain. Oxidative stress is known to cause injury to cells and premature aging. If intermittent fasting can reduce oxidative stress, that would certainly cause anti-aging effects and improvement in brain structures and functions.
The high-fat group (typical Western diet) did not show impaired learning and memory (surprisingly!) and no significant difference in oxidative stress. However, they ended up being obese with hyperlipidemia. Their exercise tolerance was significantly worse but no harm to brain structures or functions were observed. The authors are worried about the effects of long-term obesity on the brain and need further research to come to a conclusion.
This study was very complex and the details cannot be delved into here, but the link is available below for your own study. In conclusion, it appears that intermittent fasting may have some seriously awesome benefits which probably translate over to humans as well. It would make sense as to why fasting has been such a popular diet for centuries, if you can call it a diet. Some people may call it a lifestyle.
In fact, the best way to adopt healthy eating is not through diet but rather, through a change in your lifestyle. Make healthy eating and intermittent fasting a habit and youll start seeing the benefits quickly!
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