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“Four Powerful Supplements”

Thousands of supplements are readily available and tirelessly promoted. Some are effective and can bring health benefits, while others may be purely snake oil. But there are several little-known supplements whose health benefits rival those of currently available prescription drugs. Curcumin (Turmeric). Curcumin is a biologically active polyphenolic compound found in turmeric, which is a spice made from the rhizomes of Curcuma longa Linn, a perennial shrub indigenous to India. Curcumin has been used for centuries for medicinal purposes and is most commonly cultivated and consumed in Asian countries. In several studies, curcumin has been shown to decrease pain when taken over the long term. Curcumin seems to have anti-cancer benefits due to its ability to initiate autophagy. It has also been shown to decrease risks for colorectal, prostate, and breast cancers. And, for those with cancer, curcumin may enhance the efficacy of chemotherapy as well as protect healthy cells from radiation therapy. The recommended daily dose for curcumin is approximately 500 mg. Because it’s fat-soluble, curcumin should be taken with a meal or other source of fat (e.g., fish oil) to boost absorption.  Editor:  Please see the full article for the other three supplements.

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