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Relaxing Creamy Turmeric Tea

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Emmy®-award winning chief medical correspondent for the Health, Medical & Wellness unit at CNN has a cup of tumeric tea before sleeping to relax him.  It is very healthy and wonderful to help you relax and sleep better.  Turmeric,however is a very valuable spice and has a lot more to it than just to help you relax. 

Benefits of Turmeric: 
  •  Abdominal Pain
  •  Anti inflammatory 
  •  Antioxidant 
  •  Anti bacterial 
  •  Anti-venom 
  •  Anti viral 
 Additional Health Benefits:

Alzheimer's Disease

Today's news is that turmeric combined with Vitamin D3 offers help for Alzheimer's. Read: Vitamin D and curcumin combo offers brain health potential.

Curcumin is the main ingredient in Turmeric and Curry. Turmeric has been in the news since 2000, as a preventative for Alzheimer's and it has been recommended in large quantities to take to alleviate all symptoms. The problem is and the question of the day is how much is enough. As Curcumin is poorly absorbed, the patient must take large quantities so it stays in the system. Approximately 30-40 percent stays in the body and the rest is excreted through the urine. D3 should be at least 3 to 4 grams per day if not more, but best to have a D3 test beforehand. Most people are deficient. Recommendations of 2000-4000 mgs of curcumin is recommended.

Curcumin should be taken with a fatty meal, such as milk, cheese, plant or animal fat. I must suggest to start out slow and then progressively go higher. I suggest to start at 500-1000 mg per day. There are no documented problems with taking 2000mg, but there could be a problem with higher amounts, so it is better to take it slow. There have been some small trials that showed no adverse affects of up to 8000 mg per day.

One of the best ways to use curcumin in your diet is to put 3/4 cup of curcumin in a bowl and add in 1/4 cup of black pepper.  This will increase the strength of curcumin.  Then place the mixture in a salt or pepper shaker and sprinkle it generously on your food or even popcorn before serving.


Cancer Prevention

Clinical research has shown that curcumin has been able to slow the development of cancer cells. Curcumin has created cell suicide or Apoptosis as it is called. The main trials have been done on rodents and they are starting the trials on humans so it cannot be stated for sure, but it is indeed looking promising. Many have been taking curcumin for cancer prevention for years and it has shown great success. But after the trials are finished we can say for sure.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta's Turmeric Tea

Ingredients

1 cup almond milk
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon honey
1/4 teaspoon ginger

Directions

Bring the almond milk to a boil and remove from the stove.  Add in the spices and the honey and stir.  Sip slowly before sleep.