But did you know it is also a powerful antibiotic when mixed with raw honey? And it may help with Alzheimer’s disease. Curcumin has been isolated as the active ingredient but as with most whole food medicine, it works best in its whole form. When you strip it down to the isolated ingredient it isn’t as effective. So food really is your medicine.
Its benefits have been well documented in the medical literature, and curcumin —one of the most studied bioactive ingredients in turmeric — has been found to promote health and protect against a wide array of health conditions.
It actually exhibits over 150 potentially therapeutic activities, including: anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial activity, as well as potent anti-cancer properties that have also been intensely studied.
Turmeric may help combat Alzheimer’s disease and other inflammatory conditions
Curcumin is capable of crossing your blood-brain barrier, which is one factor that has led researchers to investigate its potential as a neuroprotective agent for neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.
The potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin suggest it may also promote brain health in general. In the case of Alzheimer’s, recent animal research has discovered another bioactive ingredient in turmeric, besides curcumin, that adds to its neuroprotective effects.
This compound, called aromatic turmerone, help endogenous neutral stem cells (NSC) to grow, and these stem cells play an important role in brain repair and regeneration activities. The author Adele Rueger states: “While several substances have been described to promote stem cell proliferation in the brain, fewer drugs additionally promote the differentiation of stem cells into neurons, which constitutes a major goal in regenerative medicine. Our findings on aromatic turmerone take us one step closer to achieving this goal.”
Curcumin may also be very helpful. Previous research has shown that it helps inhibit the accumulation of destructive beta-amyloids in the brain of Alzheimer’s patients, as well as break up existing plaques associated with the disease. People with Alzheimer’s tend to have higher levels of inflammation in their brains, and curcumin is perhaps best known for its potent anti-inflammatory properties. It can inhibit both the activity and the inflammatory metabolic byproducts of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX2) and 5-lipooxygenase (5-LOX) enzymes, as well as other enzymes and hormones that modulate inflammation.
It is also a powerful anti-viral when mixed with raw honey. If you aren’t fond of eating curry every day, you can try this.
Turmeric and Honey Recipe
- 100 grams of raw honey
- 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder
How to prepare the medicine?
Simply mix both ingredients and place in a clean glass jar. Once you notice the first bothering symptoms of a cold or influenza (flu), use this mixture as follows:
- First day – take half a tablespoon of mixture each hour
- Second day – take half a tablespoon of mixture every two hours
- Third day – take half a tablespoon three times a day
Advice: It is desirable not to swallow it immediately, but to leave it alone in the mouth to melt. Many “testers” say that after 3 days of taking this medicine all symptoms disappeared as if they were never there! For easier consumption you can use it with warm milk or tea.
The Diet for Life has put all the research into an easy to read form and I am happy to share their work here.