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Offline Bancopuma

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Brain boosting turmeric tonic
« on: July 02, 2015, 08:05:36 AM »
I was already aware of some of the amazing properties of the spice turmeric, but a big thanks to Ryu for bringing it to my attention again and inspiring me to research it more and experiment with it with success. I thought this could be a really great recipe idea for people on a detox or recovering from depression, or as a general health and brain tonic.

This is a very ancient Indian recipe, but with a fair bit of science to support taking it. It has been used for thousands of years in India as part of Siddha medicine, for a variety of different reasons. While human trails are still lacking, there is tentative evidence for the active compounds in turmeric such as curcumin having anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and anticancer effects.

Some recent research has been of particular interest. One of the main active ingredients, curcumin, has been found to increase in brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which enhances neurogenesis in the brain.(1) One of the other key active compounds in turmeric, aromatic-turmerone, has also been found to induce neuronal stem cell proliferation and differentiation, both in vitro and in vivo.(2) Curcumin has also recently been found to be at least as useful as Prozac in treating depression, but without any of the side effects of the latter, being very well tolerated.(3) It has also recently been found to increase serum testosterone levels by a little over 250%, and at moderate doses.(4) Testosterone gets associated with aggression (due to steroid abuse) but is actually a very important restorative hormone which is more associated with feelings of peace and contentment, and levels of it decline as we age. Curcumin in particular has low bioavailability, but this can be increased by consuming with oils or fats (is soluble in these), and with pepper, as the piperine in this has been found to increase bioavailability by 2000%.(5) The latter studies were conducted with rats, which while being obviously different from us, are very similar on a biochemical, physiological, cellular level. If anyone wants to delve more into the science, a review paper is attached.

So here is the Indian "golden milk" recipe using turmeric. Kinda like a wholesome savoury hot chocolate, minus the chocolate...it definitely grows on you. It makes a great nightcap. Makes you feel really relaxed and you sleep really well and feel good on waking, great before cannabis too, synergises nicely! I’ve heard some people swear it makes a great nightcap if one is suffering from cold or flu.

Recipe:

- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder –
- 300ml milk (or nut milk)
- half teaspoon of pepper
- tablespoon of hemp oil/coconut oil
- dash of cinnamon
- dash of honey

...whizz up together in a blender, or whisk while warming up on hob, then drink before bed as a post workout, pre bed night cap. Feel free to experiment with recipe’s how one see’s fit, based on preferences. Turmeric is cheap and widely available, and the evidence in so far suggests it could make a viable brain tonic, and it seems to be really quite multifaceted stuff that is worthy of attention.

References:

1. Wang, R., Li, Y.H., Xu, Y., Li, Y.B., Wu, H.L., Guo, H., Zhang, J.J., Pan, X.Y. & Li, X.J. (2010). Curcumin produces neuroprotective effects via activating brain-derived neurotrophic factor/TrkB-dependent MAPK and P1-3K cascades in rodent cortical neurons. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry, 34, (1), 147-153.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19879308

2. Hucklenbroich, J., Klein, R., Neumaier, B., Graf, R., Fink, G.R., Schroeter, M. & Rueger, M.A. (2014). Aromatic-turmerone induces neural stem cell proliferation in vitro and in vivo. Stem Cell Research & Therapy, 5, 100.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4180255/

3. Sanmukhani, J., Satodia, V., Trivedi, J., Patel, T., Tiwari, D,, Panchal, B., Goel, A. & Tripathi, C.B. Efficacy and safety of curcumin in major depressive disorder: a randomized controlled trial. (2014). Phytotherapy Research, 28,(4), 579-85.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23832433

4. Abarikwu, S.O., Akiri, O.F., Durojaiye, M.A. & Alabi, A.F. (2014). Combined administration of curcumin and gallic acid inhibits gallic acid-induced suppression of steroidogenesis, sperm output, antioxidant defenses and inflammatory responsive genes. The Journal of steroid biochemistry and molecular biology, 143, 49-60.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24565563

5. Shoba, G., Joy, D., Joseph, T., Majeed, M., Rajendran, R. & Srinivas, P.S. (1999) Influence of piperine on the pharmacokinetics of curcumin in animals and human volunteers. Planta Medica, 64, (4), 353-356.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9619120
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Re: Brain boosting turmeric tonic
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2015, 09:20:46 PM »
I'll have to try that!
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Re: Brain boosting turmeric tonic
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2015, 10:44:15 AM »
Hey Mr GratefulDad, I'd recommend this recipe for anybody at any stage of life, whatever their health; particularly as a post exercise and pre bed tonic...I've grown to quite like the flavour of it. A good friend suffers from Parkinson's disease and I'm recommending he experiment with it too, as there is at least tentative evidence that curcumin, one of the key active ingredients in turmeric, may bring relief from Parkinson's symptoms, while being free from toxicity and side effects unlike the drugs used to manage Parkinson's symptoms, such as L-DOPA.
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