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Curcumin (Turmeric) – Brain food – Not just for Curries and Cancer

We have all seen the news about the studies done on curcumin. Curcumin is the component in the spice Turmeric and Curries that give it the yellowish colour.  It is a spice mainly used in India, Asia and the Middle East.

Spanning the centuries, this common spice has been used for pain relieve, anti-inflammatory in the skin and muscles, a treatment for jaundice, menstrual difficulties, colic and flatulence, to name a few. In recent times, research has found that curcumin is a powerful anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic and anti-microbial when used for cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal disorders, treatment for the liver, cancer and for neuro-degenerative diseases.

As it turns out, curcumin has shown promise for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease;  the ability to reverse impaired cognition and the ability of nerve cells to change to the environment when subjected to chronic stress. Turmeric’s polyphenols, and powerful anti-oxidative actions, are showing the ability to counteract the cognitive impairment caused by traumatic brain injury (TBI) or neurodegenerative disorders.

Accordingly, as part of a dietary anti-oxidative therapy, turmeric could help promote protective processes in an injured brain, whether it be a TBI or an acute neurodegenerative condition.

The following recipe is an easy to make soup that utilizes many health promoting foods, along with turmeric to help give your brain a boost.

Vegetable Lentil Soup

1 cup orange lentils

1 onion, coarsely chopped

2 large carrots, coarsely chopped

1.5  cups cauliflower (including stem) coarsely chopped

1.5 cup broccoli (including stem) coarsely chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 tbsp turmeric

2 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cracked black peppercorns

approx 5 cups water or vegetable stock

add at end:

1 can coconut milk

1 Tbsp  lemon juice

1 long red chili pepper (optional)

In a slow cooker add everything and cook on low for 6 hours.  Add in the coconut milk, lemon juice and chili pepper (if using). In batches puree the vegetables and stock keeping as much of the lentils whole as possible.

Serves 4.







Recipe for Chemo-preventive Effects

Avocado with pickled Ginger Chutney for Chemopreventive Effects

Studies have shown that the phytochemicals in avocado and ginger will help stop cell growth and encourage the natural programmed cell death of pre-cancerous and cancer cells.  Ginger will also help reduce the nausea and vomiting effects of chemotherapy.

1 medium avocado

1 Tbsp pickled ginger, chopped

1 tsp pickled ginger juice

1 tsp fresh organic lemon juice

Cut avocado in half lengthwise and remove pit.  Slice the halves lengthwise and then widthwise in the skin.  Use a spoon and scoop out. You should have a clean dice of the whole avocado.  Chop the ginger into small pieces. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix up to fully coat the avocado in the juices and mix the ginger throughout.

Serves 1

Calories: 349, Calories from Fat: 247, Total Fat: 45%, Saturated Fat: 21%, Sodium: 1%, Total Carbs: 8%, Dietary Fiber: 54%, Sugars: 7g, Protein: 4g, Vit A: 6%, Vit C: 55%, Calcium: 3%, Iron: 6%




Avocado fruit (Persea americana Mill) exhibits chemo-protective potentiality against cyclophosphamide induced genotoxicity in human lymphocyte culture.


Chemopreventive characteristics of avocado fruit


Polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols derived from avocado suppress inflammatory response and provide non-sunscreen protection against UV-induced damage in skin cells.


Inhibition of prostate cancer cell growth by an avocado extract: role of lipid-soluble bioactive substances.


Novel nitric oxide and superoxide generation inhibitors, persenone A and B, from avocado fruit.



Update on the chemopreventive effects of ginger and its phytochemicals.


Cancer cell signaling pathways targeted by spice-derived nutraceuticals.


Effect of Ginger on Acute and Delayed Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting: A Pilot, Randomized, Open-Label Clinical Trial.


Ginger May Reduce Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea