Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Science Confirms Turmeric's Health Benefits-- It could also be an ideal contraceptive.

        I've heard so many good things about turmeric and decided to read more about it. It's a bit hard to find a good source nowadays because everything on the internet sounds so made-up and just too good to be true. This article about turmeric from Green Med Info is a good piece to start your reading. Green Med Info provides evidence-based natural medical information.

            Turmeric is a spice that is normally use for cooking. It gives flavor and color to a curry. It is also used to give color to cheese, butter and mustard. Curcumin, the main active ingredient of turmeric, is a strong antioxidant and has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect. Research also shows that it has an antibacterial, antiviral, and anticancer properties. Sounds promising right? The research and studies are all about curcumin and not turmeric. Turmeric only contains 2-6% of curcumin.

According to science, the effects of turmeric (because of curcumin) is comparable to the following medications:
  1. Lipitor/Atorvastatin(cholesterol medication)
  2. Corticosteroids (steroid medications)
  3. Prozac/Fluoxetine & Imipramine  (antidepressants)
  4. Aspirin (blood thinner)
  5. Anti-inflammatory Drugs
  6. Oxaliplatin (chemotherapy drug)
  7. Metformin (diabetes drug)
The University of Maryland Medical Center wrote the following doses as recommended for adults:

  • Cut root: 1.5 to 3 g per day 
  • Dried, powdered root: 1 to 3 g per day
  • Standardized powder (curcumin): 400 to 600 mg, 3 times per day 
  • Fluid extract (1:1) 30 to 90 drops a day 
  • Tincture (1:2): 15 to 30 drops, 4 times per day

Recently I've been mixing 1/4 tsp to 1/2 tsp on our fried rice and 1/4 tsp on an over easy egg. I also switched to using coconut oil to make it healthier.

Turmeric Fried Eggs
Heat your pan and when it's ready add coconut oil. Turn the heat on low flame.
Add 1/4 turmeric on the oil.
Crack an egg and cook just like how you would normally want your egg.
Salt and Pepper to taste.

The turmeric won't change the flavor of the food.

Husband's breakfast: Turmeric Fried Rice, Bacon-Wrapped Potato,
Swedish Meatballs with Homemade gravy and Turmeric Egg 
I got so excited reading the articles about the positive health benefits of turmeric until I stumbled upon a research about its reproductive health benefits.

The research Curcumin as a potential non-steroidal contraceptive with spermicidal and microbicidal properties by Naz, R.K. et al. from the European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology , Volume 176 , 142 - 148 wrote this conclusion: 

Findings suggest that curcumin can block sperm function and bacteria/yeast growth. It can potentially provide an ideal non-steroidal contraceptive having both spermicidal and microbicidal properties against vaginal infections.
        I also read the articles Can curcumin provide an ideal contraceptive? and Curcumin: a potential vaginal contraceptive. These studies make me wonder about how much curcumin should one ingest to have this effect. India is known for curry and curry is made of turmeric.Why is India so populated? 😓

👀 but even if India is still populated, I think I will stop making yellow rice and yellow eggs for now. 

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