Turmeric for Diabetes

July 1, 2008 by  
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turmeric.jpgFamiliar with turmeric?

Turmeric is a spice in the ginger family.

Spelled t-u-r-m-e-r-i-c, it is pronounced tumeric.

Turmeric is the primary ingredient in curry powder and also gives mustard its yellow color. Curcumin is the main property of turmeric.

Long hailed for its antioxidant properties, turmeric is thought to heal sores, cure arthritis and is considered an anti-Alzheimer’s agent. Curcumin is currently under investigation for its anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory effects at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

The Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University has completed studies which show promising results for the use of curcumin supplementation for colorectal cancer and Alzheimer’s.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), a division of the National Institutes of Health states:

  • Turmeric is considered safe for most adults.
  • High doses or long-term use of turmeric may cause indigestion.
  • In animals, high doses of turmeric have caused liver problems. No cases of liver problems have been reported in people.
  • People with gallbladder disease should avoid using turmeric as a dietary supplement as it may worsen the condition.
  • But what about diabetes?

    Drew Tortoriello, M.D., an endocrinologist and research scientist at the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia University Medical Center, and his team are studying the effects of turmeric on laboratory mice and the diabetes connection. They have discovered that turmeric fed obese mice are less likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes and had less inflammation of fat tissues and liver compared to the control group.

    What’s the connection? They suspect the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant properties of the spice reduces insulin resistance, inflammation and reduces some body weight.

    What does this mean for diabetics?

    Eat more curry?

    “It’s too early to tell whether increasing dietary curcumin [through turmeric] intake in obese people with diabetes will show a similar benefit,” Dr. Tortoriello said. “Although the daily intake of curcumin one might have to consume as a primary diabetes treatment is likely impractical, it is entirely possible that lower dosages of curcumin could nicely complement our traditional therapies as a natural and safe treatment.”

    Source:Medical News Today.

    Interested in reading more about turmeric and clinical science?

    Check out tumeric-curcumin . com

    In the meantime a few turmeric/curry dishes for diabetics:

    From the American Diabetes Association, Virtual Grocery Store: Curried Shrimp

    From Bella Online, Cauliflower with Turmeric

    And dLife has a great Bombay Curry recipe.

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    3 Responses to “Turmeric for Diabetes”
    1. Chemist says:

      I have been vegetarian for 41 years, although it hasn’t stopped me from becoming diabetic. I do feel quite healthy, however. I think I would have got it earlier as diabetes is in my family if I had been eating a so called normal diet.

    2. tina says:

      Glad you got it Mary.

      Re the tumeric…

      Maybe you could start by making some curry and inviting me to dinner.

    3. Mary C says:

      So is this recommended????
      Are you saying I should eat a…teaspoon? Or turmeric a day? Because i’m open to it?

      I got the book today. Thanks, Tina

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