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Curcumin Improves Lung Function

By Tuesday, 16 September 2014 04:12 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Q: Can you comment on the therapeutic benefits of curcumin as it relates to cystic fibrosis?
— Marie W., Vienna, Va.
A: There is a lot of interest among scientists in curcumin’s ability to correct the mutation defect in the gene called CFTR in cystic fibrosis patients. Reports are conflicting, but the better studies indicate that, at least experimentally, curcumin can correct this defect and improve lung function. This has been done in animal models of the disease, but not in humans as of yet.
One of the problems with curcumin is that it is poorly soluble in water and therefore poorly absorbed. I have found that it is better absorbed if combined with warm extra-virgin olive oil. Recent studies have shown that its solubility increases dramatically if heated and, importantly, they found that the curcumin is not damaged by the heat.
A newer nano-sized form has shown significantly improved absorption.
Once human studies have been completed, one may find that curcumin is indeed a very useful compound for this disorder. Other flavonoids, such as hesperidin, quercetin, and ellagic acid should also help because of their powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant activity.
Q: Is it OK to take omega-3 with Coumadin? Is there a natural substitute?
— Richard S., Simpsonville, S.C.
A: No, you should not take omega-3 oils with any anti-coagulant, especially if it is high in the EPA component, which is the major contributor to its anti-coagulation effects. In fact, there are a number of alternatives to these drugs, including omega-3 oils themselves.
It has always baffled me that doctors will tell patients not to take omega-3 oil, Ginkgo biloba or other “natural” products because they will add to the anti-coagulant effects of their drugs.
So, one would conclude, why not just take the natural anticoagulants?
Ginkgo biloba not only reduces platelet adhesion, it improves blood flow in the microvessels, is a powerful antioxidant, supplies energy to cells (especially heart and brain cells) and has essentially no serious side effects.
Coumadin (warfarin sodium) only acts as an anti-coagulant. Magnesium has also been shown to significantly reduce abnormal blood clotting and protects the endothelial layer of blood vessels — vital to blood vessel health and preventing abnormal blood clotting.
Doctors never mention this to their patients because no one told them to. Grape seed extract and pycnogenol also powerfully prevent abnormal blood clotting and when all of these are used in conjunction, one gets superior protection and a whole lot of additional benefits.
One commonly used anti-coagulant, Plavix, can even cause leukemia and lymphoma as well as a number of other blood disorders, yet it is no more effective than the mentioned natural products. Modern medical doctors are brainwashed by pharmaceutical companies, who control their education.

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