I had a deep desire for Curry last night. Thankfully, I had a cauliflower in the fridge, so that worked out well. To recap a previous post dedicated to the wonderful, healthful properties of Turmeric (a main ingredient in curry)...Read More
I love how frequently the foods we secretly know are excellent for preventing several serious illnesses, due to overwhelming testimony over decades of use, get 'discovered' by the news media, and featured. It may take the rest of the world a while to catch up with us, but the war is won a small battle at a time. :D
Curry may help to boost the chances of fighting bowel cancer, according to researchers in the UK.
Laboratory tests suggest curcumin, a compound found in the yellow spice turmeric, can increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy.
Curcumin has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and has traditionally been used as an alternative remedy for a host of illnesses.
Now early test results suggest it may be able to reduce the development of bowel cancer.
The studies began after it was noticed that British Asians -- referring to Indians and Pakistanis -- were significantly less likely to develop the disease than non-Asians.
Now a two-year trial by scientists from Cancer Research UK and the University of Leicester aims to recruit for further tests about 40 patients with bowel cancer that has spread to the liver.
"We are very hopeful. You don't often see results like the ones we have had in the laboratory," chief investigator Professor Will Steward said.
"Certainly it is very, very promising and we are cautiously optimistic that we might see an improvement in outcome not just in terms of treating the cancer, making people live longer, giving people a better quality of life but also possibly reducing some of the nasty side-effects of chemotherapy."
Researchers hope that within three years they will have established once-and-for-all that one of our favorite curry ingredients is helping to prevent bowel cancer.
Hoda says: Why wait?? Eat more curries and stews with turmeric now!Garbanzo Bean and Kale Salad Thai Yellow Curry Paste
This table shows the anti-oxidant potency, ORAC (Oxygen radical absorbant-capacity) value of the listed foods.
An intake of at least 8,500 ORAC is recommended, and yet most of us only get around 1,800 units per day.
>> People with high oxidation levels (athletes, runners..) may need 10,000 units or more to maintain a healthy immune system.
Diet is the preferred way to increase your levels, as opposed to supplements, but most people don't seem able to fit 7 -8 servings of these fruits and vegetables a day. That's why taking pharmaceutical-quality antioxidants is critical. I can guide you in selecting trusted brands, and the top hitters.
Organic foods with deeper, darker colors have higher anti-oxidant levels. Commercially raised, sprayed produce offers much less, and actually taxes your immune system.
|Cinnamon, ground||¼ tsp||2675|
|Pomegranate juice||5 ozs||2450|
|Pomegranate juice||5 ozs||2450|
|Oregano leaf, dried||¼ tsp.||2001|
|Green Tea||1 teabag, steeped 5 mins||1200|
|Spinach, steamed||½ cup, cooked||1089|
|Kale||½ cup, cooked||1150|
|Plum, dark purple||1||949|
|Cabbage, purple||½ cup||924|
|Broccoli Florets||½ c. cooked||817|
|Parsley, dried||¼ tsp.||743|
|Beets||½ cup, cooked||715|
|Spinach, Raw||1 cup||678|
|Basil leaf, dried||¼ tsp||675|
|Beans, baked||½ cup||640|
|Pepper, Red||1 med. Pepper||540|
|Watermelon||1/16th, 10” diameter||501|
|Beans, Kidney||½ cup, cooked||400|
|Eggplant, with skin||½ cup, cooked||386|
|Onion||½ cup chopped||360|
|Corn||½ cup cooked||330|
|Yam or sweet potato||½ cup cooked||301|
|Pumpkin||½ cup mashed||301|
|Peas, frozen||½ c. cooked||291|
|Ginger, ground||¼ tsp.||288|
|Potatoes||½ cup cooked||244|
|Cauliflower||½ cup cooked||234|
|Zucchini||½ cup, cooked||230|
|Leaf Lettuce||10 leaves||200|
|Squash, yellow||½ cup, cooked||183|
|Carrots, cooked||½ cup||160|
|Tomato sauce||¼ cup||149|
|Green beans||½ cup cooked||125|
|Lettuce, iceberg||5 large leaves||116|
|Carrots, raw||½ cup||115|
|Cabbage, white||½ cup||105|
|Celery||½ cup, diced||60|
|Cucumber||½ cup, sliced||28|
By now you're sure to know that Curry is a food we are encouraged to eat frequently. The ingredient that gives it its lovely yellow-ish color is Turmeric, containing the powerful Antioxidant, Curcumin. Read about this amazing, healing spice here.
Thai Yellow Curry Paste
- 1-2 red or Green chilies, or 1/2 to 1 tsp. Cayenne pepper
- 2 organic Shallots (or 1 small onion)
- 1 thumb-size piece Galangal root or Ginger, sliced
- 3-4 large cloves Garlic
- 1 tsp. ground Coriander
- 1 tsp. ground Cumin
- 1/2 tsp. whole Cumin seed
- 1/8 tsp. fresh Nutmeg, or substitute cinnamon
- 3 Tbsp. Fish sauce (available at Asian stores)
- 3/4- 1 tsp. Turmeric
- 1 Tbs. Xylitol or 2 tsp. Stevia
- 1-2 fresh or frozen Kaffir Lme leaves, snipped into small pieces with scissors (discard central stem), or substitute bay leaf
- 1 -14 oz. can Coconut Milk
- 1 Tbs. fresh Lime juice
- 1 Tbs. organic Ketchup
Toss all in food processor and blend. Refrigerate.
~ Easy peasy! ♥
Its primary active ingredient, curcumin, may be useful in the prevention and treatment of stomach, intestinal, colon, skin, and liver cancers. It has been found in studies, that curcumin blocks the growth of human tumors and prevents tumor angiogenesis which basically deprives the tumor of a nutrient source.
Turmeric may be quite useful in colon cancer because of its ability to reduce the levels of COX-2, the enzyme responsible for production of inflammatory molecules.
A teaspoon of turmeric added to soup, salad, or oatmeal is a quick and easy way to increase your curcumin intake. I will also post some dessert recipes (yes, ones that are in harmony with this diet) that use turmeric.
It should be noted that the body’s absorption of the curcumin increases by 2000% when you add black pepper!
The best Curcumin and the one used at M.D. Anderson is: Super Curcumin C-3 formula with bioperene.
On the Internet you can find 120 x 1,000 mg caplets sell for about $30.00, which is pro rated to 25¢ apiece. If you took six of these per day (3 doses of 2 caplets apiece) this would cost $1.50 per day.
~The new Mellow Yellow! ♥