NSI Stem Cell November 2017

THE TRUTH ABOUT TURMERIC T he S ecrets of the Y ellow S pice

For thousands of years, turmeric has been a staple in curries as well as a spice renowned for its ability to treat a vast number of ailments. When dried and powdered, the turmeric plant turns a distinctive sunny yellow. Native to Southeast Asia, in recent years turmeric has become a sort of “spice-of- all-trades.” Throughout North America, people are adding turmeric to various foods and using it to treat everything from arthritis to

heartburn. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the spice can treat just about every kind of inflammation in the body, whether it’s joint pain or a headache. Have a stomachache or nausea? Try turmeric. Have a mild rash or burn on your skin? Try turmeric. There are even a number of current studies looking into the effectiveness of turmeric as a treatment option for those with diabetes and dementia. When one substance is purported to have near-magical healing powers, you have to remember to take it with an additional dose of skepticism. Can one spice really cure everything that ails you? Let’s ask science. Researchers have identified over 20 distinct compounds that work similar to NSAIDs (such as aspirin and ibuprofen). Of

the enzymatic reaction that triggers inflammation. One of these compounds is called curcumin, which is often considered the active ingredient in turmeric. An article published in the medical journal Nutrition and Cancer found that, by weight, pure turmeric powder contains 3.14 percent curcumin. However, clinical trials of curcumin have produced less-than-stellar results. A comprehensive review of 120 studies of curcumin, published in 2017 in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, found no evidence that the compound produced positive results as an anti-inflammatory or antioxidant. In fact, researchers found curcumin to be an, “unstable, reactive, non-bioavailable compound.” What does this mean for people who use turmeric for its medicinal properties? If it works for you, continue to use it. If you’ve thought about adding it to your diet, give it a try. It’s safe to use and studies have shown virtually no toxicity, even in high doses.

those compounds, six are COX-2 inhibitors. COX-2 is an enzyme that causes inflammation and pain in the body.

In short, these six compounds help block

NOMORE KNEE PAIN! E dward ’ s S teps T oward K nee R ejuvenation Edward W. came to NSI Stem Cell when the functionality of his knee deteriorated. “My knee kept giving out on me,” Edward says. “I needed to do something, and I’m 90½. Because of my age, the doctors would not operate and put in an artificial knee.”

One day, Edward came across stem cell therapy while reading the paper. “I didn’t know much about it,” he says. “In fact, I didn’t know anything about it!”

After receiving no answers from his doctor, Edward took the next step. “I made an appointment, came in, and talked with a doctor,” he says. “I liked what he said, so I decided to go ahead and have the stem cell [therapy] done. “About three months ago, they did the procedure, and since then, my knee has felt a lot better,” Edward says. “It hasn’t been giving out on me. I have no pain. I have more control of the use of my leg, and I am pleased!”

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