Are you ailing because of Medication – Hard facts !!

This is to CAUTION you and not to scare you. You too may be a victim of it. 

Have you ever checked the data related to diseases related to medication that is Iatrogenic diseases?

  • Medication (Iatrogenesis) is the fifth leading cause of death in the world. 
  • Over 100,000 people are killed and over 2 million people maimed and disabled every year…year after year from modern medicine…do you believe this?? . 
  • There are about 5%–8% of deaths due to this worldwide. In many countries, it is a leading cause of death. 
  • About 1.4 million patients are affected by the infections at any given time due to the healthcare system. 
  • In the developed countries, the toll is 5%–10% of patients 
  • While in developing countries “as many as a quarter of all patients may be affected by a healthcare-associated infection.”

ARE YOU SHOCKED ? 

You may read the following articles from the most respected medical journals and institutions (Journal of the American Medical Association, Harvard University, Centers for Disease Control, British medical journal The Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine and national news (New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, US World Report) and you be the judge. 

Iatrogenesis is defined by the side effects and risks of medical interventions, such as negative effects on the body’s immune system, blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar. 

More effective medical treatments have side effects that can be more frequent and harmful. There is no medical method to quantify and reduce iatrogenic side effects, and there is little research to quantify and reduce them, let alone prevent them. 

Time to stop and rethink… we have been hearing that “PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE” 

Do we practise it? 

Are we not slowly poisoning ourselves ?

Can we reduce the instances of taking medication and visits to hospital? 

Time to a step back and rethink!!!!

Drug interactions and Iatrogenic

Taking multiple drugs concurrently and having multiple chronic diseases markedly increase risk of Iatrogenesis.

Side – effects of drugs, misuse of drugs, harmful drug combinations, medical negligence, medical error or misjudgement, contravention of contra – indications and nosocomial disease (one acquired in hospital) can all constitute iatrogenic disease.

Risk factors of iatrogenic disease in the elderly are drug – induced iatrogenic disease, multiple chronic diseases, multiple physicians, hospitalization, and medical or surgical procedures.

Also, certain drugs have an especially high risk of adverse effects in the elderly, due to changes in body composition and drug metabolism.

What is the golden way to avoid this?

  • Let your food style be Natural 
  • Avoid preservatives and packaged food
  • Adopt Yoga and Ayurveda

Stop the dominance of pharma giants, the only way to avoid is to be wise and look up to our traditional Ayurvedic medicine system create a balance between Allopathy and Ayurveda. Visit a doctor who believes in minimal medication. 

Here a few steps we can follow and stay safe:

  1. Yoga, a healthy diet, rest, and relaxation are important components of a healthy lifestyle. Yoga is the most perfect health and wellness module as it is comprehensive and holistic in nature. Good eating habits and Yogic principles help to strengthen and develop positive health enabling us to withstand stress and lead a better medicine-free life. A holistic lifestyle activates your inner lymphatic system, cleanse your body, and prepares you to cope with infections and viruses.
  2. Consider Naturopathy
  3. Consume natural herbs like Turmeric to boost immunity- to develop a strong immune system many natural herbs and spices have been recommended under Ayurveda and this has been reiterated by the Ministry of Ayush (https://www.ayush.gov.in/docs/125.pdf). One such spice is turmeric and curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric supplements, having anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, and antiparasitic activity play a dynamic role, (backed by numerous reports across the globe). This has to be consumed in a scientific way to increase bio-absorption and make it effective. The world is taking note of this Golden Milk.
  4. Stop self-medication and go for regular check-ups- We are lazy when it comes to listening to our body’s voice.  We often engage in self-medication and never do a routine check-up. A lot of diseases can be cured easily if they are identified at an early stage without any need for harmful medicines.

Immunity Boosting Measures- notified by AYUSH Government of India

One doesn’t realize what a powerful Ayurveda product HALDIVITA is. This is a product that is a very powerful immunity booster age that helps fight various viruses and infections. It is a powerful antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory that will help you to fight infection.

Several research studies have validated the role of the whole turmeric as a powerful immunity booster and the same is validated by the AYUSH ministry of India as well. 

During these testing times, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Ayush ministry have issued an advisory on immunity-boosting measures and self-care during the recent crisis.  

This notification issued by the Government of India also talks of Haldi milk or Golden milk which is an ancient remedy against infections. At Haldivita, we are working towards building awareness about the importance of Turmeric/Haldi and its impact on boosting immunity. 

Read Full Advisory Here ( Credit- Ayush, Government of India)



Whole Turmeric or Curcumin Extract – Which Is Better?

The discussion of whole turmeric or curcumin extract is a classic case of modernization and to an extent a marketing gimmick to lure customer’s toward buying an expensive product “extracted curcumin”.   

Turmeric, a popular herb has been used in an Indian household and Ayurveda for centuries.

And then came the era of industrialization and flashy marketing- the focus turned entirely to curcumin.

Do we really need to consume only extracted curcumin or the traditional method of consuming turmeric with other ingredients is better?

Through this blog, we will try to explain both the cases.

What is the difference between whole turmeric and curcumin?

The terms curcumin and turmeric can be heard alternately. Especially when looking at the ingredients in your diet, there are some important differences between them that you have to bear in mind. When most people talk about “turmeric,” they mean the spice that is crushed from its root.

So lets under the basic difference first.

Turmeric a popular India ingredient is derived from a ginger – related plant and has beneficial antioxidant properties. It is a widely used ingredient used in Indian homes as well in traditional Ayurvedic medicine.

Curcumin is the bioactive compound present in Turmeric which is extracted by a scientific method known as chromatography. Now most studies have focused only on curcumin rather than Turmeric to demonstrate the beneficial effects of both.  

Extensive research by modern science has shown that curcumin extract and turmeric have powerful health effects.

From what we have seen and heard, it is suggested that eating it as a condiment with your diet will produce a higher concentration of curcumin, well – digested, and healthy curcumin.

Now it is very important to understand curcumin, how curcumin or turmeric is absorbed in our body. This will help guide us in the right direction.  

The debate of the turmeric or curcumin extract- which is better?

As we know that most of the studies have used curcumin rather than Turmeric to demonstrate the beneficial effects of both.

Curcumin extraction is a complicated process – curcumin actually makes up only 3 % of the weight of turmeric. This means you can get 100 % curcumin from turmeric as a supplement, in comparison a turmeric extract can contain up to 95 % curcumin and the root powder around 3 %.  So the overall extraction process actually reduces the potency of curcumin.

Now, when researchers compared the entire turmeric root to extra of curcumin, the whole root turned out to be more effective and at the same time cheaper.  

Also, a closer look revealed that there are other compounds in the root of turmeric that contribute to the better absorption of curcumins into the body. Especially, black pepper is synergistic: It helps absorb many herbs, including Turmeric, and it adds curcumin to make it more bioavailable in your body, according to researchers at the University of California, Davis. 

For best results, experts recommend choosing a brand of turmeric that has a high concentration of it and also contains piperine (HaldiVita- a dietary mix based on the same concept). Nutritionist Stacy Tucker notes that there are other ingredients in turmeric that can boost antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Add black pepper if you’re just cooking with turmeric, and end your dinner with piperine!  Many of the experts we spoke with said curcumin itself is only as good as the amount it takes in.

Turmeric powders and supplements offer a whole – foods approach, retaining more of the root’s nutrients as nature intended while curcumin supplements provide an isolated form of the most active antioxidant compound found in turmeric. Based on the discussion we can conclude that when its comes to overall benefits, whole turmeric is better and more effective than curcumin extract. 

HaldiVita dietary mix is based on the scientific principle of Ayurveda which focuses on using the whole of herbs and mix it with other ingredients to make it more bioavailable to the body. The approach offers a natural method of consuming bioactive compounds and improves internal health. 

Turmeric- the magic herb against viral infections

Turmeric benefits health in several ways and it is considered a magical herb in traditional Ayurvedic medicine.  It has been used for centuries in traditional homes not only for cooking but also as a potent cure against viral infections. 

You must have also heard of very popular “GOLDEN MILK” which is a unique mixture of natural turmeric and other herbs like ginger, pepper and more. It has proven health benefits such as improving immunity, curing a common cold & flu and overall health. Read our other blog here-  7 amazing health benefits of turmeric 

In this blog, we will discuss in detail the anti-viral properties of turmeric?

The recent outbreak of the deadly Corona virus (Covid-19) has killed thousands of people and impacted global economies.  Although, there is no proper cure or immediate vaccination available to stop the outbreak, there are preventive measures that can boost your immunity and strengthen your body’s defense mechanism to fight against such viral infections. Turmeric is one such herb which is widely used for its anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. 

Health benefits of Turmeric for viral infection

With its incredible list of healing properties- anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antioxidant and antioxidant properties turmeric is no doubt a “Magical Herb”.  As a cherished cousin of ginger, turmeric is a root that is widely used in day to day cooking as well in Ayurvedic medicines.  

Turmeric is known to boost your immune response and help you better fight common viral diseases such as flu and colds. The anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin can play an important role in delaying many brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and age-related reductions in blood pressure and heart rate.

It is no wonder that people have been using turmeric for thousands of years to treat various diseases. While the main active ingredient ‘curcumin’ has an anti-inflammatory effect, it has also been shown to have a positive effect on the immune system and the body’s ability to ward off disease.

What research studies say about turmeric benefits to health with focus on its anti-viral properties?

There are many things to enjoy and appreciate about the plant-based on turmeric. Let’s start with the fact that it can spice up a good meal beautifully and also offer health benefits that will practically make it into your medicine cabinet. Its remedies include suppressing viruses that attack the body, from flu to hepatitis and herpes simplex.

Global research studies have found interesting benefits of Turmeric.

So how does turmeric benefits to health by acting against viral infections?

A study published in the 2003 edition of the Italian Journal of Biochemistry found that curcumin activates a gene that encodes an antioxidant protein that can protect against damage from viral infections. It also activates the hemoxygenase-1 gene, which produces bilirubin, a powerful antioxidant, in both the hippocampus and the brain.

Researchers suggest that it is these traits that could make it helpful for people with viral disease. New research suggests that curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, also has a positive effect on the body’s immune system and brain.

Also, a study published in the journal Virology in 2008 investigated the possibility that curcumin suppresses gene expression during infection with the herpes virus. It was found to affect the immediate-early (IE) gene promoter mediated by the viral transactivator protein VP-16. In 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a study listing curcumin, as a useful natural antiviral.

A combination of Ginger and turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that could help relieve pain and protect against disease. A study of 120 people found that taking 1-2 grams of turmeric extract per day for three months effectively reduced inflammation and the production of inflammatory cytokines, molecules that play a key role in the inflammatory process [32]. A review of other studies also found that supplementing with turmeric could reduce the number of inflammatory markers used to measure inflammation in the body

The studies are still going on to accurately predict the mechanism of its action and overall effectiveness, but it appears that turmeric can reduce pain associated with inflammation and directly inhibit oxidative stress in the body. The unique medicinal properties of curcumin have been demonstrated.

How do you incorporate turmeric into your diet? 

Well, it’s super easy.

Mix a spoonful of turmeric with a glass of warm water, lemon, little pepper, honey, and ginger and drink it empty stomach in the morning.

Even better you can try HaldiVita, which is a proprietary diet mix made with rare Himalayan Suvarna turmeric with more than 8% of curcumin. It is an instant mix that you can consume on the go with your favorite smoothie or curry. This mix has several ingredients that help in proper absorption of curcumin in the body to get maximum benefits of turmeric. 

Top 7 Amazing Scientific Turmeric Health Benefits

Turmeric or Haldi is considered an important herb that is deep-rooted in Indian tradition and Ayurveda. There are several types of research show that it has amazing health benefits for the body and overall health.

Curcumin is widely used for curing many conditions such as premenstrual syndrome, depression, gingivitis, hangovers, and even high cholesterol. In this blog post, we are going to explore the top 7 scientific health benefits of turmeric.

Anti-Inflammatory

Turmeric is commonly used to fight inflammation. As per the past study, if you consume curcumin in the right dose, it can be a more effective anti-inflammatory method than normal medications like aspirin and ibuprofen. This herb may help treat conditions such as arthritis, pancreatitis, and inflammatory bowel disease.

Depression

There are many compounds in turmeric that can support your health. Curcumin is one of the most powerful compounds. According to research, 60 people have a depression problem. They were randomized into 3 groups.

The first group consumed Prozac, the second group consumed 1 gram curcumin and the third group used both curcumin and Prozac.

After 42 days, the 1st and 2nd groups had got similar improvements. However, the third group that used fared best.

So, curcumin acts as an antidepressant medicine.

Treat or Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

It can keep low blood sugar levels so it considered a powerful treatment to treat or prevent type 2 diabetes.

According to Nutrition & Metabolism July 2019 study; there are obese mice with type 2 diabetes. Turmeric has given to mice and after 16 weeks, it was revealed that curcumin supplements helped lower sugar levels.

According to several past studies, curcumin help prevents and treat diabetes, as well as related disorders such as diabetic nephropathy. Research is still going on. Unfortunately, there is one drawback that several studies have been done on animals only, not people.

Curcumin prevents from Cancer

According to numerous studies, it has been found that Turmeric may help to prevent or treat cancer. Turmeric has also been found to affect cancer spread, development, and growth at the molecular level. In the laboratory, researches show that it can also decrease cancer cell growth as well as slow down the growth of the tumor in animals. 

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High Cholesterol

A few studies show that turmeric can help lower LDL (low-density lipoprotein) bad cholesterol. On the other hand, other studies found that the herb does not affect. Scientists continue to look into the heart-protective possibilities of turmeric. One small study found that turmeric can help ward off heart attacks in people who have had bypass surgery.

According to a study, consuming curcumin extract by mouth two times a day for 90 days reduces triglycerides in obese people with high cholesterol.

Rheumatoid arthritis 

Past studies reveal that turmeric may reduce some Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms such as joint swelling, walking time, stiffness, and pain. On the other hand, there are research shows that taking a curcumin product 2 times daily decreases Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms more than a common medication.

Natural Blood Thinner

This herb acts like a Natural Blood Thinner. Blood clots occur when blood cells shift to an injury spot to bung the injured area. It is a common physical function. Occasionally, many health issues arise that need blood-thinning to prevent blockages.

This product has shown feasible as an anticoagulant under somewhat conditions. It affects many stages of the coagulation process such as hemostasis as well as thrombosis.

Final Verdict on health benefits of turmeric

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Turmeric is an herbal type of medicine that is used for treating skin cancer, liver ailments, RA, wound healing, conjunctivitis, urinary infections, chickenpox and many more. Curcumin has many evidence-based health benefits like heart disease prevention and Alzheimer’s. It is considered as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. If you are going to add curcumin and turmeric to the regimen, talk to your physician. It’s imperative to ensure that any health supplement you want to consume does not conflict with other medications.