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June Health Show: Turmuric

from Jana Mitcham
June 11, 2005

The June Health Show focused on Tumeric, an herb found in Vitamarin and CellRich. Below are some highlights from the dialogue of that call between our Executive Vice President, Jana Mitcham (JM) and Diamond Affiliate, Meme Groseth (MG):

JM: I am going to share the health benefits of a powerful Indian spice called Turmeric-many of you know it as curry spice. The phenomenal active component is called curcumin (like in Vitamarin) or curcuminoid (like in CellRich). It is one of those spices responsible for the pungent smell of curry!

MG: It has been my experience that those smells usually signal something healthy?

JM: Right you are Meme...

As it turns out, those who frequently eat Indian meals, seem more resistant to free radical damage and perhaps even some memory challenges.*(this is likely due to its antioxidant properties*)

MG: What is this marvelous spice and what are some of its health benefits?

JM: Well, according to the Health Science Institute: "Curcumin is a yellow pigment in the root of turmeric, an herb in the ginger family. Curry gets its distinct color and flavor from curcumin, which was used by Indian Ayurvedic healers for thousands of years"... to treat a variety of health concerns including indigestion, liver support, joint concerns, and urinary tract concerns.”*

MG: Well it certainy seems to have historic documentation -- what about recent research?

JM: There are recent studies done to show have that curcumin's antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties may be powerful enough to break up the amyloid plaques in the brain that contribute to Alzheimer's disease (AD).**

MG: What caused them to study Alzheimer's?

JM: It had come to their attention that the rate of Alzheimer's in India (where curcumin is widely consumed) is among the lowest in the world.

MG: Where were these studies done?

JM: The research to on the effects of curcumin on amyloid placqueing comes from researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). The research team injected curcumin into aging mice with advanced amyloid accumulation in the brain. As reported in the May 2005 Journal of Biological Chemistry, the researchers observed that curcumin was able to cross the blood-brain barrier and bind to beta amyloid. This binding effectively blocked amyloid plaque aggregation.**

MG: Pretty good information -- that the curcumin passes the blood-brain barrier and blocks the placqueing -- lucky mice! What about people?

JM: Lucky mice, indeed! And lucky people -- the UCLA Alzheimer's Disease Research Center has is planning a clinical trial with human subjects to study curcumin as a preventive and a treatment for Alzheimer's disease. Recruitment for this trial is currently underway, you get information on how to participate at this web site:

MG: What are some other health benefits of curcumin?

JM: Curcumin is being determined to benefit:

  • Indigestion
  • Curcumin has also been shown to help maintain cholesterol within normal limits by prompting the liver to discharge bile
  • and it supports Liver function

MG: It's positive impact on liver function must be why it is included in our Vitamarin product -- Vitamarin with turmeric, bromelain (a powerful proteolytic enzyme); milk thistle extract which is 80 % silymarin for potent liver support and Enzact 77k (our bioactive enzyme delivery system) is the perfect product for liver support.* Are there other benefits?

JM: There sure are--if you do decide to take a curcumin supplement (like CellRich or VitaMarin) or sharply step up your intake of curry dishes, you may enjoy other health benefits like circulatory support and immune system enhancement.*

MG: Some pretty powerful stuff!

JM: You bet, Meme, but there is much work to be done. More research is needed before we can say conclusively that curcumin is a cancer fighter or an Alzheimer's preventive. But research is now underway and we'll be eagerly watching for the results.

MG: So we can protect ourselves with CellRich or Vitamarin while we await the results!

JM: We certainly can -- we all know the benefits of supplementing with antioxidants and the liver is key to so many health systems -- those two products would fit everyone’s health regimens.

MG: Thank you Jana and thank you all for joining us this month -- join us next month for some exciting information on Magnesium.


"Curcumin Inhibits Formation of Amyloid Oligomers and Fibrils and Binds Plaques and Reduces Amyloid in Vivo" Journal of Biological Chemistry, published online ahead of print 12/7/04,

"Curcumin Under Human Trials for Alzheimer's Prevention", 1/4/05,


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