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Taken on its own works great, taken with other health promoting spices and it works even better

I take Turmeric capsules with ginger and black pepper, the ginger has its own health promoting properties and the pepper contains Piperine which increases the bio-availability of the turmeric on top of having its own health giving properties.



1. It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.

2. When combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer.

3. Prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in mice.

4. May prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to commit suicide.

5. Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.

6. Is a natural liver detoxifier.

7. May prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain.

8. May prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer.

9. It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.

10. Has shown promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice.

11. Is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.

12. May aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management.

13. Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.

14. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

15. Boosts the effects of chemo drug paclitaxel and reduces its side effects.

16. Promising studies are underway on the effects of turmeric on pancreatic cancer.

17. Studies are ongoing in the positive effects of turmeric on multiple myeloma.

18. Has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumours.

19. Speeds up wound healing and assists in remodelling of damaged skin.

20. May help in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.

21. In India where Turmeric is used extensively in cooking, turmeric users have been shown to have the lowest incidence of Alzheimers in the world 

Turmeric can be taken in powder or pill form. It is available in pill form in most health food stores, usually in 250-500mg capsules.

Once you start using turmeric on a regular basis, it's fun to find new ways to use it in recipes. My favourite way to use it is to add a pinch of it to egg salad. It adds a nice flavour and gives the egg salad a rich yellow hue.

Contraindications: people with gallstones or bile obstruction should not use Turmeric. Though pregnant women often use turmeric, it is important to consult with a doctor before doing so as turmeric can be a uterine stimulant. In general, turmeric is considered safe even at higher doses. However, turmeric does have some contraindications.

People with serious liver or heart conditions should also consult with a doctor before taking turmeric supplements.

Ginger has a number of beneficial effects. However, the following properties are of particular use for therapeutic purposes:

  • Antispasmodic: It relaxes all types of muscle.
  • Aromatic: Gingers' aroma, flavour and warmth help to stimulate the digestive system.
  • Carminative: The volatile oils in Ginger relax the stomach and stimulate peristalsis (the wavelike motion of food through the gut) thereby supporting digestion and reducing gas.
  • Diaphoretic: It induces perspiration and the elimination of toxins through the skin.
  • Rubefacient: Applied to the skin, Ginger stimulates and dilates the blood capilliaries, increasing circulation.
  • Sialogogue: It promotes the secretion of saliva.
  • Stimulant: As a circulatory aid, its supports and speeds up the bodys' physiological systems.
Ginger and Heart Disease
Of particular interest is Gingers' impact on the heart and circulation. Heart attacks and strokes are mainly caused by the obstruction of arteries supplying cardiac muscle and the brain. Obstructions occur due to the formation of clots via the 'cascade effect.' Ginger helps prevent this process from occurring by inhibiting various steps of the clot-forming cascade effect, which are under the influence of thromboxanes. In 1980, researchers at Cornell Medical School in the United States reported that Ginger was as effective as aspirin in preventing clot formation. Since then, a number of studies have confirmed the beneficial effect Ginger has on the cardiovascular system.
Proven Results

Despite Gingers' long history of usage, medical studies of Ginger's effectiveness are limited. Some scientific studies, however, have been conducted and a number of interesting findings have emerged.

Zingiber officinale Has a powerful molluscicidal and antischistosomal effect, so is useful for treating schistosomiasis (blood fluke or bilharzias) infection, which is common in many countries without a treated water supply.

One of Gingers' constituents, gingerol, is known to help blood circulation because it has an anticlotting or antiplatelet action due to its' inhibition of thromboxane formation. It may, therefore, have an important role to play in the prevention of heart attacks and strokes.

An ethanol extract of Ginger has been shown to have anti-tumour effects on the skin of mice. Further research now needs to be undertaken to discover whether Ginger has a role to play in the prevention and treatment of humans with skin cancer.
When to Avoid Ginger

As with other plant based medications, it is best to confirm with your herbalist that it is safe to use Ginger in pregnancy. This is important because Ginger affects the endocrine (hormone) of the reproductive systems. At least one German authority has said that it should not be taken at all in pregnancy, while some herbalists have suggested taking reduced amounts.

There is no known toxicity associated with ingesting Ginger. For those sensitive to it, however, it is best taken with food. Do not take Ginger if you have hepatitis - it can aggravate the condition.

Also, consult a herbalist if you have any other liver complaint or kidney condition. Paradoxically, Ginger can be invaluable in some kidney and liver disorders and during pregnancy. Some specialists suggest that it should be avoided by people with gastric or peptic ulcers because it promotes gastric secretion.
Allergic Reaction to Ginger

There have been no reports of serious reactions to Ginger in the medical literature. As with almost any medication, there is a very small risk of a systemic (whole-body) allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). However, this is very rare and is more likely in people who already have an allergy to other plant extracts or herbal remedies. If someone does suffer a massive shock reaction to any substance, call an ambulance or immediately take the person to the nearest hospital accident and emergency department.

Reactions to Ginger are normally localised. Generally, they manifest themselves as contact dermatitis (a rash) where the extract has touched one specific part of the skin.
Black Pepper.

Black pepper contains an alkaloid called piperine, piperine has some important attributes when used with turmeric

The full mechanism of piperine's bioavailability enhancing abilities is unknown. But it has been found to inhibit human CYP3A4 and P-glycoprotein, enzymes important for the metabolism and transport of xenobiotics and metabolites.
In animal studies, piperine also inhibited other CYP 450 enzymes important for drug metabolism. By inhibiting certain enzyme metabolism, piperine may alter the effectiveness of certain medications by increasing the bioavailability of various compounds.
Notably, piperine may enhance bioavailability of curcumin by 2000% in humans, most likely due to inhibition of glucuronidation by
the enzyme UDP-glucuronosyltransferase in the liver and small intestine.
Chemopreventive efficacy of curcumin and piperine has been shown during 7,12-dimethylbenz[a]anthracene-induced hamster buccal pouch carcinogenesis.

Piperine may enhance the pharmacokinetic parameters of resveratrol via inhibiting glucuronidation, thereby slowing its metabolism

In February 2008, researchers discovered that piperine can stimulate pigmentation in the skin, together with the exposure to UVB light.
Piperine has shown 'anti-depression like activity', and cognitive enhancing effects in rats.
Piperine has shown anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic effects in human interleukin-1beta-stimulated fibroblast-like synoviocytes and in rat arthritis models.
Piperine also possesses anti-angiogenic activities.
Lots of big words but basically adding just a small amount of black pepper greatly enhances the bodies absorption of turmeric.
Pepper also has a lot of its own properties so adding extra will not harm and may do good.
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