Month: February 2014

The Cost of Human Supplementation

We are humans and thus, in many instances our diets are flawed and low in many nutrients that are involved in daily cellular processes and immune function.  Science has shown that several nutrients are not only good for overall health, but can be protective against many clinical diseases including cardiovascular problems and even cancer.  The fact is that many foods are rich in many antioxidants, phytochemicals and nutrients that can protect us, enhance us, reduce pain and inflammation and just make us feel better.  Reality is that unfortunately, many of us fill our bodies with the improper foods and nutrients to in some cases sustain life, but our bodies continue to keep plugging along from one day to the next.  However, on the same line, many of us also contend with many diseases or clinical problems, whether if they are life threatening or just perceived as a nuisance, they are still there and could be impacted positively through diet modifications and correct supplementation.  The biggest complaint that I hear regarding this approach is overall monthly cost of dietary supplementation or changing the diet, but in reality, we pay one way or the other.  Either we change our lifestyle, consume the right foods or we end up paying higher medical costs, prescription fees or a reduced quality of life overall.  We do have a choice, but often we forget that fact.

Radioprotective Effects of Curcumin & Prostate Cancer

A Pilot Clinical Trial of Radioprotective Effects of Curcumin Supplementation in Patients with Prostate Cancer
 
Abstract (Hejazi, J. et al. J Cancer Sci Ther, Volume 5(10) 320-324 (2013) – 320)
Background: Patients with prostate cancer who accede to radiation therapy usually experience several side effects and these toxicities are sometimes dose limiting. Some previous in vitro and in vivo studies have proposed a radioprotective role for curcumin, the yellow pigment of turmeric.

Curcumin Bioavailability

Comparative bioavailability of curcumin, turmeri and Biocurcumax (BCM-95®) in traditional vehicles using non-everted rat intestinal sac model

Abstract: (Shishu, Maheshwari, M., Journal of Functional Foods (2010), doi:10.1016/j.jff.2010.01.004)

The bioavailability of curcumin from turmeric, Biocurcumax and as plain curcumin wasinvestigated using conventional vehicles by a non-everted rat intestinal model.

Curcumin and Rheumatoid Arthritis

A Randomized, Pilot Study to Assess the Efficacy and Safety of Curcumin in Patients with Active Rheumatoid Arthritis Abstract (Chandran B., Goel A., Phytothera. Res 2012) Curcumin is known to possess potent antiinflammatory and antiarthritic properties. This pilot clinical study evaluated the safety and effectiveness of curcumin alone, and in combination with diclofenac sodium in patients with active rheumatoid …

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