Thursday, February 7, 2013

Turmeric, a Terrain Transformer

Last week, we delved into Antoine Béchamp’s “terrain theory” which states that the inner health and condition of your cells, tissues and organs—your terrain— determines whether or not disease will develop or spread in the body.

Now it’s time to talk about turmeric, an amazing terrain transformer because there’s more to it than meets the eye. Turmeric may appear to be only a flavorful cooking spice, but it goes way beyond that. In fact, the oil content of turmeric is strong, but its yellow-orange pigment, called curcumin, is its primary health impetus.

Let’s start with turmeric’s impact on our cells. It’s a powerfully healthy force at the cellular level, but it also positively affects tissues and organs, since cells are the building blocks of tissues and organs, making up who we are.

Stanford researchers say that turmeric has antioxidant properties that assist in removing free radicals from the body, helping to prevent cellular damage and protecting the body at the cellular level.

K. Sandeep Prabhu, a Penn State assistant professor of immunology and molecular toxicology, explains, “What these compounds [antioxidants] share is the ability to neutralize harmful molecules in our cells.” Those “harmful molecules” are free radicals, and they contain unpaired electrons. Prabhu adds, “The unpaired electrons make free radicals highly reactive, and in this state, they can cause damage by attacking the components of our cells.”

Fortunately for our cells—which, in turn, make up our tissues and organs— turmeric is a free radical neutralizer.

Not only is turmeric a potent antioxidant, but it supports healthy inflammation in the body.

Getting control of unhealthy inflammation is essential, too, because it often goes undetected and can cause bodily damage and adversely affects many organs and systems within the body.    

Speaking of the liver . . . turmeric also helps the liver by enhancing its detoxifying capabilities and protecting its cells from damage caused by managing toxic compounds, which is the liver’s primary role. When the liver—one of the body’s most important detoxifying and fat-burning organs—is overburdened, however, it can become sluggish. Turmeric helps rev up the liver’s natural processes for greater detoxification and supporting healthy metabolism.

You see? Turmeric truly is a terrain transformer.