The benefit of reducing systemic inflammation is well known in the medical literature. At Incredible Smiles we recommend that our patients brush, floss and waterpik. Some do and some don’t. The link to between periodontitis and system inflammation is strong. Reduced inflammation starts with your mouth! Inflammation is a precursor to cancer, arthritis, alzheimers and other diseases.
Here is another helpful hint to decrease inflammation and health risks – use turmeric. You probably have it in your spice cabinet but don’t use it except to cook with occasionally. Spice up your popcorn with pepper and turmeric and receive the added benefit of decreasing inflammation! Hold the butter!
- Turmeric extract worked as well as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug for treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee in a study published in the August 2009 issue of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.
- Laboratory studies suggest that curcumin acts as a weak phytoestrogen and seems to have cancer protective effects.
- Lab studies have also shown that curcumin induces programmed death of colon cancer cells, and clinical trials are investigating the use of curcumin in treatment of colon cancer.
- Curcumin suppresses microinflammation in the GI tract associated with inflammatory bowel disease.