The Health Benefits of Turmeric

The health benefits of turmeric By Siobhan Harris WebMD Feature Medically Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks Free curry on the NHS? Not quite, but Britain’s favourite dish, chicken tikka masala, could be good for your health. The ingredient that gives it a distinctive yellow colour is turmeric, a spice with many potential health benefits. What
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HOW SWEET IT IS… A sugar-free diet doesn’t mean that you will never be able to eat sweets again.Sucrose, or sugar as it is commonly known, is currently the most popular sweetener used in the food market today. On a daily basis, the average person obtains almost 20% of their calories from sugar alone. On
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100 YEARS…AND COUNTING! Would you like to live to be 100?  You would be surprised at how many people would answer “no” to that question.  Many people are in such poor health that it is a physical and emotional struggle to get through each day, let alone an entire century.  It doesn’t have to be
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10 Natural Substances That Could Help Cure Type 1 Diabetes

10 Natural Substances That Could Help Cure Type 1 Diabetes Posted on: Wednesday, June 26th 2013 at 9:00 am Written By: Sayer Ji, Founder Could the long-sought after cure for type 1 diabetes be as close as your kitchen cupboard? An accumulating body of scientific research appears to point in exactly that direction. One so-called
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Winter Eating: Eat for Health!

Winter Eating: Eat for Health! We expect so much from our bodies. We put them through the wringer with not enough sleep, not enough exercise, and certainly not the proper nutrition we owe ourselves. With the temperatures dropping more and more each day, we now protect ourselves against colds, sore throats, and the flu. But
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Bitter Melon’s Therapeutic Affects on Type 2 Diabetes

Scientists have uncovered the therapeutic properties of bitter melon, a vegetable and traditional Chinese medicine, that make it a powerful treatment for Type 2 diabetes.

Teams from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and the Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica pulped roughly a tonne of fresh bitter melon and extracted four very promising bioactive components. These four compounds all appear to activate the enzyme AMPK, a protein well known for regulating fuel metabolism and enabling glucose uptake.

“We can now understand at a molecular level why bitter melon works as a treatment for diabetes,” said Professor David James, Director of the Diabetes and Obesity Program at Garvan. “By isolating the compounds we believe to be therapeutic, we can investigate how they work together in our cells.”

People with Type 2 diabetes have an impaired ability to convert the sugar in their blood into energy in their muscles. This is partly because they don’t produce enough insulin, and partly because their fat and muscle cells don’t use insulin effectively, a phenomenon known as ‘insulin resistance’.


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