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New Discoveries in Nutrition for Memory – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 388

New Discoveries in Nutrition for Memory – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 388

Researchers have indicated parts of the brain that are necessary for maintaining memory functions as we age. These studies have also looked at nutrients that can help to support and promote the brain as we grow older.

10 Factors That Affect the Immune System, Part 1 – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 344

10 Factors That Affect the Immune System, Part 1 – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 344

Your body relies on your immune system to protect itself from invading cells, but did you know that factors such as your sleep and diet can impact how well it does this? Learn about the nutrients and actions that impact your immune system now.

Spice Up Your Health with Turmeric, Ginger, Cumin & Rosemary – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 110

Spice Up Your Health with Turmeric, Ginger, Cumin & Rosemary – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 110

Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH.

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Today we are going to be spicing things up and talking about the importance of adding spices to your foods as well as supplementing with different spices. There is so much research available when it comes to the benefits of spices like turmeric, ginger, rosemary and cumin extract, especially inflammation, the benefits of their powerful antioxidants, and their ability to fend off oxidative stress.

Inflammation and Antioxidants

Just this week, a new study was published in the journal Nutrition from Penn State University that talked about the importance of spices, specifically men who were overweight or obese between the ages of 40 and 65 years old. Results showed that adding a blend of spices – ginger, turmeric, cumin and rosemary extract – to their diet may help lower inflammation. This is extremely important as every single chronic disease today has chronic low-grade inflammation as its underlying theme. Oftentimes it is referred to as inflammaging, as the more inflammation we have in the body makes it harder to control certain disease states. When individuals turn to foods that are high in saturated fats and carbohydrates (from bread and pasta), blood test results show a rapid release of pro-inflammatory cytokines.

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Turmeric and Ginger

Both ginger and turmeric originate from Asia and has been used in Asian cuisine for centuries. Turmeric is known for its golden yellow color and as one of the main ingredients in curry.

Published in the International Journal of Preventative Medicine, researchers discussed the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of Ginger. Ginger proved helpful in targeting inflammation and in the fending off of oxidative stress. This spice has also been shown to support G.I health, including indigestion, constipation and heartburn. When it comes to supplementation, a high-quality Turmeric with Ginger dietary supplement can supply both turmeric extract and ginger root extract. Curcumin, which is an extract derived from the spice Turmeric, has been shown to promote both joint and organ health, including the brain, immune system and liver. When combined with Ginger, studies have shown a benefits for a healthy inflammatory response along with further immune system benefits.

Cumin

Cumin is a spice that is native to Asia, African and Europe that is available as whole dried seeds or as a ground powder. It is a typical ingredient used in many spice blends, including curry powder. In a 2014 study out of Iran – a randomized, clinical trial of 88 women – researchers set out to determine the effect of cumin powder on body composition and lipid profile in overweight and obese women. Results showed that the experimental group who used cumin powder with yogurt at two meals for three months, had reduced serum levels of fasting cholesterol, triglycerides, and LDL cholesterol. It also increased HDL cholesterol. Weight, BMI, waist circumference and fat mass percentages were also significantly reduced.

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Rosemary

Rosemary is a spice that is used in a variety of Mediterranean dishes. It has been shown in numerous studies to support the brain and digestive health. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity is due to its polyphenolic compounds – rosmarinic acid and carnosic acid.

 

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How Turmeric & Boswellia Support Joint Health – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 32

How Turmeric & Boswellia Support Joint Health – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 32

In Episode 32, Jerry Hickey, Ph. discusses how the herbs Turmeric and Boswellia can enhance joint health and comfort. Here is the information you need to walk in rhythm!

Turmeric and Boswellia for Brain Health – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 24

Turmeric and Boswellia for Brain Health – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 24

Both Turmeric and Boswellia protect the brain during the aging process and have been shown to improve day-to-day memory. Join Jerry Hickey, Ph. in Episode 24 as he discusses its importance.

New Study: Curcumin Improves Memory & Mood

New Study: Curcumin Improves Memory & Mood

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What is Curcumin?

Curcumin, or Curcuma longa, is a major ingredient in the Turmeric root. It is a ginger-like plant used for its powerful healing properties in China, the Middle East and India. Turmeric refers to the plants underground stem, rich in a variety of powerful ingredients collectively and generically known as Curcuminoids, with Curcumin being the prominent constituent. Turmeric is widely available as a fine, bright-yellow powder. It is a major constituent in curry, giving it both its color and flavor. Traditional Indian medicine has used Curcumin against biliary disorders like issues with the gall bladder, cold symptoms, and swellings caused by injury. The Himalayan system of medicine recommends turmeric for insect stings, wounds, inflammation, pimples and as a skin tonic. This is why many of today’s DIY face masks and cleansers use Turmeric as the main ingredient to stave off acne, blemishes and discoloration.

Research on Curcumin Today

Research on this herb today is exploding, with more than 2000 reports presently available. This is because Curcumin has been shown to act on multiple targets in the human body and at multiple levels.

Memory

Over the years, studies have shown that Curcumin, or taking Turmeric itself, specifically improves memory in older individuals. Researchers at UCLA’s Longevity Center 40 older people with mild memory complaints into their study. Their age ranged from 50 to 90. They were randomly given Curcumin or placebo (a sham capsule) twice a day for 18 months. The participants were given cognitive assessment tests at the start of the study and every six months and their blood was tested to make sure they were actually taking the herbal ingredient. Many also received PET scans of their brains at the start of the study and again at the 18 month point.

A new study says Curcumin may also provide support against diabetes!

Results show the individuals who took Curcumin had a 28% improvement in their memory over the 18 month period. The people on the placebo had no improvement. Those taking Curcumin also had a mild improvement in their mood.  Their PET scan also showed significantly less evidence of beta-amyloid brain plaques and less of the tangled mess of nerve tissue known as tauopathy which are both found in Alzheimer’s disease; this was in their amygdale and hippocampus – regions of the brain involved with memory and emotional functions. The study is published in The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

Mood

A study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research shows BioCurcumin may benefit individuals with depression. In a small study of sixty patients with major depressive disorder (MDD), participants were split into three groups of 20 and given either 500mg capsule of BioCurcumin twice daily, 20mg daily of fluoxetine, or the combination of BioCurcumin with Fluoxetine. All three groups had good improvement in their level of depression. The proportion of responders as measured by the HAM-D17 scale was higher in the combination group (78 %) than in the fluoxetine (65 %) and the Curcumin (63 %) groups.

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Reaping the Benefits of Turmeric (Curcumin)

While the benefits of Turmeric extend to inflammation and tenderness, this potent herb can be difficult to absorb. Using Turmeric as a spice adds both flavor and a health-kick, taking Curcumin as a herbal supplement has been shown to produce a more profound effect. Combining Curcumin with 5-Loxin®, a frankincense plant, actually helps in the absorption of the nutrient and with joint discomfort, as it inhibits one of the pathways that cause inflammatory responses throughout the body. Because of this, the combination – called Bio-Curcumin® 5-Loxin® – is a powerful herbal support for joint tissue, brain and intestinal health all in one!

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