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How to take turmeric for cancer

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Discover how to take turmeric for cancer.

From its scientific name Curcuma longa, also called Indian saffron or spice of long life, turmeric is a spice with multiple health benefits, and it is widely talked about for its effects on cancer.

This is a serious and serious subject, which is why I will only cover what Western science says and very little about alternative medicine (which I don’t disapprove of, but I don’t want to offend anyone).

This article does not, of course, replace the consultation and advice of a doctor which is essential if you are suffering from cancer.

The remedies in this article are indicative, do not replace any advice from a doctor, and do not in any way engage the responsibility of the author.

Foreword:

The readers of L’ile aux épices know it, I do not hold in my heart the pharmaceutical industries, the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as the ARC Foundation for research against cancer, and all the stakeholders. around this disease.

Conflicts of interest are far too important to be clear: a business supposed to heal people makes more money when people are sick, am I the only one seeing the problem?

The medical scandals about these actors are numerous, easily searchable (do your research), but are not the subject of this page.

However, it seemed fair to me to give you my general opinion so that you can judge my article in all objectivity, but also see the considerable efforts I have made to be as impartial as possible.

Turmeric as a remedy?

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a spice rich in non-flavonoid polyphenols, curcuminoids, contained in curcumin.

It is this which gives the yellow color to the rhizome, as well as a good part of the health benefits of turmeric: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anticancer, anti-infectious, hepato-protective, and cardio-protective.

According to epidemiological data, the number of people affected by the most common cancers, colon, breast, prostate, and lung cancer, is lower in Asian countries where turmeric is consumed a lot than anywhere else in Asia. the world.

In fact, in India, there are reportedly fewer cancer cases per 100,000 inhabitants than in most countries in the world.

The frequency of the four most common cancers in the West, i.e. colon, breast, prostate, and lung cancer, is ten times lower.

Prostate cancer is even very rare there. According to some studies, this is due to regular and consistent consumption of turmeric.

Turmeric has been found in traditional Chinese medicine and Indian Ayurvedic medicine, as a natural remedy, and has been for thousands of years.

It is particularly known and recognized for its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, hence the action of turmeric on joint pain, and as inflammation is a major factor in the appearance of many chronic diseases, turmeric is an ally to prevent them.

In addition, its antioxidant action helps fight against the action of free radicals leading to premature aging of cells and therefore resulting in diseases, including cancers.

Curcumin has been shown to influence the expression of over 700 genes, which may partly explain its many health benefits.

Western scientific research on turmeric for cancer:

Numerous studies have been carried out on turmeric to assess its action in the fight against cancer, mainly on rodents. Indeed, clinical trials carried out on humans, while very promising, are rather rare.

Among all the nutrients, it is turmeric that is the subject of the greatest number of scientific articles on its anti-cancer virtues.

General studies on preventive action

Numerous studies have been carried out on animals that have been exposed to carcinogens.

Those who consumed curcumin were less affected by several cancers: cancer of the lung, colon, stomach, liver, skin, breast, esophagus, lymphomas, and leukemia.

Clinical trials have been carried out, with promising results. In general, one trend emerges: the consumption of turmeric could be associated with a lower risk of developing cancer.

In a study carried out on at-risk patients with precancerous lesions, it was seen that taking 1 g to 8 g of curcumin per day for 3 months made it possible to regress the lesions.

Another study on intestinal polyps showed that 1.5 g of curcumin per day, combined with 20 mg of quercetin, reduced the size and number of intestinal polyps in patients with familial polyposis.

General studies on curative action

There are few results from current clinical trials, but they are encouraging.

Among the few results we have, a study has shown that 8 g of curcumin has, in some cases, stabilized the course of pancreatic cancer and colorectal cancer.

These studies have shown that the low bioavailability of curcumin, poorly absorbed by the intestines and quickly eliminated by the liver, which is why many clinical trials focus on cancers of the digestive tract where the amounts of curcumin remain high ( see our article on the effects of turmeric on digestive disorders ) because it does not pass the intestinal barrier.

Turmeric associated with cancer treatments

There are many treatments available to a cancer patient, and these treatments have several unwanted side effects.

Radiotherapy and chemotherapy, combined with the consumption of turmeric, would promote greater cell death while reducing the formation of metastases.

In addition, consuming turmeric would reduce the toxicity of treatments, including skin damage caused by radiotherapy during breast cancer.

Studies have shown that taking turmeric with good bioavailability has a positive effect on the general quality of life of patients with cancer, under treatment with radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

Turmeric has shown an improvement in the efficacy of chemotherapy treatment, specifically based on methotrexate (Emthexate®, Ledertrexate®, Metoject®, Metothrexate®), based on docetaxel (Docetaxel®, Taxotere®, Tevadocel®), and on gemcitabine base.

It should be noted that according to some studies, turmeric has had negative effects on certain cancer treatments by reducing the effect of certain chemotherapies.

This was the case for cyclophosphamide (Endoxan®), for epipodophyllotoxins (Celltop®, Eposin®, Vepesid.®), as well as for treatments against breast cancer based on camptothecins. Further studies are needed to verify this interaction between turmeric and chemo.

Brain tumor studies

A 2011 study was published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. The researchers formed two groups of mice with glioblastoma, a deadly type of brain cancer. One had curcumin supplementation, the other didn’t.

Result: the researchers observed a reduction in tumor size in 81% of the mice taking curcumin, without any side effects. In addition, curcumin only affected cancer cells and not healthy cells.

The scientists said: “In summary, the data presented here suggest that curcumin is a potential agent for therapies for glioblastoma. ”

Breast Cancer Studies

A study published in 2008 in the scientific journal Cancer Prevention Research showed the inhibiting action of curcumin on the motility of breast cancer cells, and therefore on their spread.

Curcumin has had an inhibiting action on the functioning of alpha-6-beta-4 integrin, which is associated with the development of cancer by contributing to the resistance of cells to apoptosis, i.e. death. programmed cell cancer cells, and metastasis.

Another study showed that a mixture of curcumin and piperine would limit the growth of breast cancer stem cells, the most difficult to eliminate with conventional treatments.

Colon Cancer Studies

A study was carried out by a team of researchers from the University of Saint-Louis in the United States, to study the action of the combination of curcumin in turmeric, and silymarin in Milk Thistle, on colon cancer.

The results, published in the medical journal Journal of Cancer reveal, showed that the combination made it possible to stop the proliferation of cancer cells, their spread, and even increased their elimination.

In a 2014 study conducted at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, curcumin had previously shown a preventive effect, preventing cancer cell metastasis in colon cancer while supporting the effectiveness of chemotherapy drugs.

Pancreatic and Lung Cancer Studies

Two similar studies on the effect of curcumin on pancreatic and lung cancer, conducted in 2009 and published in the scientific journal Molecular Pharmacology, observed that curcumin inhibits the growth of pancreatic and lung cancer cells, promotes their death, and increases the sensitivity of cells to chemotherapy.

Cancer stem cell studies

An in vivo test was conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan Cancer Center in the United States, by putting curcumin + piperine in a culture of cancer cells. Result: the number of stem cells was reduced while normal cells are spared.

One of the theories that explain why cancer can recur, despite apparently effective treatment, is stem cells, which are not eliminated by conventional chemotherapy.

Even if all the cancer cells were eliminated, it would only take a few cancer stem cells to form colonies of new cancer cells again.

Studies are being carried out in the laboratory of the University of Michigan, on the effect of curcumin and piperine on breast cancer.

One of the latest studies has shown that the concentration of the curcumin + piperine mixture obtained through food is capable of eliminating breast cancer stem cells, without harmful effects for normal cells.

Dr. Kakarala says: “This study shows that these compounds are not toxic to normal breast tissue. Women who are at high risk for breast cancer today may choose to take a drug like tamoxifen or raloxifene for prevention, but most women don’t take them because their side effects are too much. important. The idea that a dietary compound can help is appealing, and curcumin and piperine appear to have very low toxicity. ”

Another advantage of turmeric over these preventive drugs is its action on all stem cells of all cancers, while preventive treatments only act on estrogen-sensitive cancers.

How does turmeric work for cancer

From studies, it appears that the curcumin in turmeric works against cancer cells in 7 ways,:

• Inhibits tumor cell proliferation

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• Inhibits the synthesis of a protein considered essential for tumor formation

• Promotes the production of enzymes that help the body rid itself of cancer cells

• Decreases inflammation

• Helps the body destroy mutant cells and prevent them from spreading

• Inhibits the transformation of normal cells into cancer cells

• Prevents the development of blood vessels nourishing the tumor

Some researchers have speculated that curcumin is an inhibitor of the proteasome, a set of proteins that destroy used or unnecessary proteins in cells.

Proteasome inhibitors are already used for the treatment of cancer: bortezomib, ixazomib, and carfilzomib.

In an article in Pans, researchers at the University of California at San Diego, in collaboration with Chinese researchers, describe how curcumin binds to an enzyme called DYRK2, which affects the functioning of the proteasome, and therefore reduces cancer progression.

Jack Dixon, professor at the university, explained in a statement: “Our results reveal an unexpected role of curcumin in the inhibition of the DYRK2-proteasome complex.

Our main goal is to develop a chemical compound that can target DYRK2 in patients with these cancers (triple-negative breast cancer and multiple myeloma) ”.

Studies have shown that in addition, curcumin acts synergistically with another proteasome inhibitor, carfilzomib.

Thus, this combination promotes apoptosis of cancer cells (programmed cell death) and results in higher cancer cell death, without affecting healthy cells.

Which turmeric to choose?

Indeed, there are many forms of turmeric, and many differences between each, we have written an article explaining how to choose the right turmeric, to buy the right turmeric for your needs. To summarize, you can take turmeric in its original form (root or powder), or processed turmeric products.

As part of the aid in the fight against cancer, your choice will be:

• A food supplement extracted from turmeric: choose a food supplement with 100% curcumin, containing at least 95% curcuminoids, without any additives or excipients, with a manufacturer’s guarantee on the quality of the production chain: place and method of cultivation, harvesting, production, and packaging of the final product.

• A quality turmeric powder: choose a powder rich in curcumin, with a good quality of production chain: place and method of cultivation, harvest, production, and packaging of the final product.

Tips for using curcumin from turmeric extract

According to naturopaths, a typical anticancer dosage can reach 3 g of a good bioavailable extract of curcumin, between 3 and 4 times a day.

To be effective, it is necessary to consume high doses of curcumin, because it is not very bioavailable, that is to say, that it is not well absorbed by the body, or else to consume curcumin associated with an increasing ingredient. bioavailability, such as piperine in pepper, or a lipid such as a coconut oil.

Two tips to increase the bioavailability of curcumin:

Turmeric micro-emulsion

Ingredients :

• 1 tablespoon of curcumin powder

• 1 egg yolk

• 1 teaspoon of melted coconut oil

Preparation :

• Melt the coconut oil if it is solid, then mix all the ingredients.

• Using a blender, blend the mixture to emulsify.

Curcumin solution

Ingredients :

• 1 tablespoon of curcumin powder

• 12.5 cl of water

Preparation :

  1. Boil the water.
  2. When it comes to a boil, put the curcumin and let it boil for 10 minutes.
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  3. Let cool and it’s ready.

Thus, you create a solution titrated with 12% bioavailable curcumin. Be careful, the concentration of curcumin will gradually decrease, after 6 hours, the concentration will have halved, so drink it quickly.

How should turmeric powder be taken for cancer

This is not a dosage, but indicative information that does not replace consultation with a doctor who must be consulted.

With the little information on this subject, and because we do not have research to confirm whether these protocols are valid for all forms of cancer, we can only make assumptions about the dosage, based on medicines. alternatives.

Anyway, turmeric is just a spice and not a medicine, we list the different uses of turmeric in a dedicated article.

In the following preparations, you will notice the association of black pepper (Piper nigrum) with turmeric.

Why combine turmeric with black pepper?

As we mentioned, the downside of turmeric is its low bioavailability, which means that if you want to heal yourself with it, you have to consume large amounts of it!

By combining turmeric longa with black pepper, curcumin is better assimilated by the body. Piperine interacts with curcumin, and the properties of turmeric are multiplied, some say by 1000. This is the reason why in Indian tradition turmeric is mainly used in mixtures with other spices and always pepper…

I often say that piperine activates curcumin. In addition, it is advisable to combine turmeric and pepper with a little fat, the latter also allowing the spice to be better assimilated by the body.

Turmeric is fat-soluble, by mixing it with fat, its bioavailability is increased.

In what proportions to combine pepper with turmeric?

I generally recommend a ratio of 1 to 9: 1 dose of pepper to 9 doses of turmeric.

It should be noted here that depending on the desired effect, it is possible, even recommended, to add other spices to this mixture. In this case, I have read a method that I like very much, it is the 9-5-1 dosage: 9 doses of turmeric, 5 doses of another spice, and 1 dose of pepper.

For example, cinnamon for its benefits on diabetes: 9 doses of turmeric, 5 of cinnamon, and 1 of pepper. Ginger for its anti-inflammatory benefits: 9 doses of turmeric, 5 doses of ginger, and 1 of pepper.

Mix the spices well before consuming them, this will be all the more effective.

Kitchen use

Add 2 to 3 g of turmeric powder per day and person in your culinary preparations. This corresponds to one teaspoon per person. This amount corresponds to approximately 200 mg of curcuminoids.

Combine the rhizome powder with a few pinches of pepper and if possible a little fat: olive oil, butter, etc.

To relieve inflammation, it is considered necessary to take the equivalent of 200 mg to 400 mg of curcuminoids, 3 times a day, which corresponds to 3 times the stated intake.

In infusion

Infusion. Infuse 1 to 2 g of turmeric powder with 3 or 4 black peppercorns in 150 ml of boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes. Drink 2 cups a day.

You can also boil a turmeric root for 3 minutes, then let the decoction infuse for 10 minutes. Drink 2 or 3 cups a day. Also bet on the combination of turmeric and lemon, a beneficial combination.

To relieve inflammation, it is considered that you should take the equivalent of 200 mg to 400 mg of curcuminoids, 3 times a day, which corresponds to at least 3 g of turmeric, 3 times a day.

In drink

A good way to enjoy the benefits of turmeric is to drink Ayurvedic golden milk, this drink with coconut milk, coconut oil, turmeric, and pepper, is a concentrate of benefits.

This drink allows better bioavailability of turmeric because the spice is associated with pepper and a fatty substance.

Honey with turmeric

A natural remedy used in Asia since the dawn of time, it begins to arrive in the West thanks to the development of alternative medicine: it is turmeric honey or golden honey!

It is a real panacea, we use it in prevention by eating a teaspoon every morning on an empty stomach, or in a curative way as explained in our article dedicated to this spicy honey.

“Pure” curcumin and other drugstore products

If you want to consume and take a course of pure curcumin, or any other para pharmacy product based on turmeric, you must take advice from your pharmacist, or from the person who sold you this product. The dosage and all necessary advice are supposed to be stated on the package.

Contraindications

In any case, always consult the advice of your doctor before embarking on any cure whatsoever.

Like any product, turmeric has its share of contraindications and side effects, we have listed them in our article on the adverse effects of turmeric.

However, there are dangers in consuming turmeric directly related to cancer and its treatments.

The intake of turmeric should be considered with caution, or under the advice of a doctor, if it is combined with certain treatments: radiotherapy, platinum analogs, anthracyclines, and certain anti-tumor antibiotics (Bleomycin and Mitomycin). The minimum is to avoid taking turmeric on the days of treatment, as well as the two days preceding and following it.

As we have seen, as a precaution, turmeric is contraindicated in the event of treatment with cyclophosphamide (Endoxan), doxorubicin (Adriblastina®, Caelyx®, Doxorubicine®, Myocet®), camptothecins (Campto®, Irinosin ®, Irinotecan®, etc.), and doxorubicin (Adriblastina®, Caelyx®, Doxorubicine®, Myocet®).

Some conclusions and thoughts:

Is turmeric the miracle cure for cancer?

Of course not. It would be dishonest to hold out a miraculous cure for people with this terrible disease. The answer no is induced by the miracle term, turmeric is just a food. At the same time, the effects are there, but analysis of the reports of published and previously cited studies shows that further studies are needed.

These missing in-depth studies would simply be clinical trials on humans in greater numbers, with the development of specific protocols for the use of turmeric to treat cancer patients or to improve tolerance to chemotherapy.

Why are there so few trials on humans?

The words which follow are binding on me and are only personal reflections.

This healthy, natural remedy, and effective if we are to believe the numerous studies carried out on the subject, has almost always remained confined to laboratories for no justified reason.

For millennia, turmeric has been consumed as a spice above all and without any concern for man, on the contrary, all civilizations have recognized it as a remedy. It is therefore quite astonishing to continue many studies in the laboratory and on animals for a product that is not harmful, except in very specific rare cases.

Why? My opinion is that the main culprits are the pharmaceutical companies and their hegemony in the healthcare world. It doesn’t take long to see that the listing of these companies is more important to them than people’s health.

It is not in the financial interests of drug companies to encourage human trials of a natural substance like curcumin.

For those who are interested, I recommend the books of Michel Donna, a former chemical engineer, and now a nature therapist, particularly his book “Take charge of your health”, in which he deals with a few black issues in the pharmaceutical industry.

What if I got cancer?

When I talk about turmeric around me, people often ask me “but you, you have cancer, what do you do?” Do you eat seeds? “. Legitimate.

Difficult to project, but without a doubt, I would add turmeric to my daily life (well, it is already the case, you will tell me).

It is likely that I will follow the recommendations of the doctors, even if it means undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments, but associated with a course of turmeric, that’s for sure.

Why? Because it costs nothing! Safe, inexpensive, and certainly effective, the real question is why without it?

9 additional tips to lower your risk of cancer

Nothing, absolutely nothing, can replace a healthy lifestyle, to avoid being touched by cancer.

Sugars, starches, and foods with high glycemic indexes

Foods with a glycemic index are the foods that stimulate insulin production the most, and insulin is a hormone that stimulates the growth of cancer cells.

Reducing their consumption, therefore, makes it possible to normalize the level of insulin in the blood, and therefore to drastically reduce the risk of developing cancer.

To reduce your consumption of sugar, cereals, starches, potatoes, white bread, and all foods containing a large amount of starch.

Vitamin D

Numerous studies show that vitamin D deficiency plays a central role in the development of cancer cells. The results show that up to 30% of cancer deaths could be prevented each year by optimizing vitamin D levels.

Ideally, the vitamin D level should vary between 50 and 70 ng / ml, and the best way to maintain it is through the sun. Indeed, sun exposure can meet 80 to 90% of vitamin D needs, for you need:

• Exposure to the sun for at least 10 to 15 minutes

• Exposing yourself 2 to 3 times a week

• Exposure to the time of day when UV-B is most intense: between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

• Minimize exposure of hands, forearms, and face

• Exposing yourself without sunscreen on the skin

Be careful not to go so far as to burn the skin, because the harmful effects would then be greater than the benefits. These tips vary a lot depending on the color of the skin, white skin will require a shorter and less intense exposure than dark skin.

In countries and regions with low sunlight, the use of oral supplements is often necessary.

Physical exercise

Practicing regular physical activity can greatly reduce the risk of cancer. This can be explained in many different ways, but mainly because exercise lowers insulin levels and normalizes anabolic hormones.

Studies have shown that physically active women see the risk of developing breast cancer reduced by 20 to 30% compared to inactive women.

Physical exercise should be frequent, ideally daily, and if possible, varied. One of the best activities: walking!

The stress

Decreased stress, anxiety, and any negative energy lead to well-being that is conducive to staying away from cancer.

Activities like yoga, meditation, prayer, or just reading, are very effective for this.

Vegetables (organic)

A diet rich in vegetables, preferably organic, is a diet to be favored to avoid cancer, particularly colored vegetables, green leafy vegetables, and crucifers (cabbage, radish, etc.).

Favor gentle cooking methods: poaching, steaming, boiling, and avoid barbecues, grills, and fried foods.

Environmental toxins

The environmental toxins we face every day are poisons, which can be aggravating factors in the development of cancer.

Among them, we find pollution of course, but also pesticides (especially in food), household chemicals, deodorants, atmospheric pollution, toxins from plastics such as bisphenol A and all the endocrine disruptors present in clothes, cosmetics, etc.

Some are inevitable, like pollution, but others can be avoided by carefully selecting your everyday consumer products.

Omega-3 fatty acids

It seems that a diet rich in Omega-3 can control inflammation and increase the effectiveness of the immune system to fight cancer cells.

The weight

It has been shown that being overweight correlates with an increase in the onset of cancer, so weight control, especially abdominal fat, is necessary.

The sleep

Poor sleep is an aggravating factor in the risk of developing cancers. Getting enough sleep and in good conditions is not always easy, but it is nevertheless essential.

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Contraindications and side effects of Bupropion

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Discover the contraindications and side effects of Bupropion.

This psychotropic drug is used both to treat depressive symptoms and in tobacco addiction.

A drug belonging to the IRND.

Tobacco is one of the substances with psychoactive effects that have been used the most legally since its discovery.

Even though today smoking is prohibited in establishments and closed public spaces and its price has risen based on taxes, millions of people still have the habit of smoking.

But many of these people, at some point, need to stop. Although it is possible to do it voluntarily, in some cases they may require psychological and even pharmacological help.

In the latter case, one of the existing drugs used to quit smoking is bupropion, a drug that originated as an antidepressant.

What is bupropion?

Bupropion is a well-known antidepressant drug, although more than in its application for depression it is more common and distinctive due to its efficacy in the treatment of tobacco addiction.

In this sense, it is a treatment that does not include nicotine and that is recommended together with some type of therapy or psychological treatment.

This shows that psychotropic drugs are not designed following a plan from scratch, but rather that there is a certain process of trial and error in their development, and that sometimes there are benefits for the drug that were not even taken into account at first.

Bupropion is a specific dopamine and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor, or NRDI , that works by increasing the levels of these neurotransmitters in the brain.

Compared with other drugs in the group of antidepressants, bupropion has the advantage of not causing sexual dysfunctions, although, on the other hand, its effectiveness alone seems less compared to other drugs on the market.

Thus, bupropion is an example that molecules related to other substances used for a certain class of disorder may be more useful in different health conditions, no matter how similar their structure is.

Mechanism of action

The function of bupropion and its mechanism of action is based on its role as a selective inhibitor of dopamine and norepinephrine reuptake.

This implies that bupropion works by preventing these two transmitters (associated with gratification and energy) from being re-uploaded by the presynaptic neuron, in such a way that they are available to postsynaptic neurons for a longer time.

Furthermore, it appears to stimulate the secretion of these neurotransmitters.

Thus, dopamine and norepinephrine levels and their transport increase at the brain level, something that can alter the mood.

Likewise, it has also been observed that it has an effect at the level of acetylcholine, binding to nicotinic receptors and exerting a non-competitive antagonistic effect.

Although there is no total security for this, this element is one of the possible explanations for its role in smoking cessation.

However, it must be taken into account that the exact way in which the mechanism of action of bupropion and psychotropic drugs in general works is still unknown.

Its use does not guarantee that it will work to alleviate the symptoms of the disorder to be treated, and its efficacy is only slightly better than that of a placebo.

That does not mean that in many cases it is very useful, simply that the percentage of patients who try this treatment and do not obtain any benefit is relatively high.

Indications: uses in disorders

Bupropion is a drug that has had various uses throughout its history. Although it was born as an antidepressant and today it is still used to treat this condition both as monotherapy (single therapy) and combined therapy (more common, to enhance some specific antidepressants when first-line drugs are not effective), the truth is is that by itself it is generally considered less effective than other antidepressants.

Where this drug stands out and has the greatest use is in smoking cessation, being effective in reducing the consumption habit and the urge to smoke.

In this sense, its mechanism of action seems to contribute to stopping craving (possibly due, on the one hand, to its antagonism of nicotinic receptors and its interaction with brain dopamine, although the exact mechanism is not fully known).

Another disorder in which it is used is seasonal affective disorder, in which depressive episodes appear associated with certain times of the year.

In addition to the above, it has sometimes been used in the treatment of bipolar disorder, especially during the depressive episodes that can occur in this disorder (although this use requires caution since there is a risk of turning the disorder into a manic crisis).

Also in ADHD. But in any case, further research is required and possible risks must be taken into account.

Side effects of Bupropion

Bupropion is a drug that is very useful in smoking cessation and is used in cases of depression, but as with other drugs, its clinical utility is not free of risks and possible side effects.

This occurs because the active substance in bupropion affects many areas of the body, not just the areas that could produce an improvement in symptoms.

This unwanted interaction generates a chain reaction of consequences to some extent unpredictable, which can lead to new health disorders (although they tend to disappear as the substance leaves the body). Therefore, its use should always be supervised and indicated by doctors.

In this sense, among the main side effects of bupropion, we can find the cause of insomnia (being one of the most frequent), dry mouth and dizziness, headaches, nausea, constipation, rapid heartbeat, tremors, skin rashes, agitation, and nervousness. It can also cause a decrease in appetite.

In more serious cases it can generate seizures (this being one of the most well-known serious risks), arrhythmias, hallucinations, panic or difficulties in breathing or feeding, or inflammations being necessary to see a doctor. In some cases, it can cause irritability, hostility, depression, suicidal thoughts.

Contraindications of Bupropion

In addition to these side effects, this drug is contraindicated in some sections of the population.

People who are allergic to it or any of its components (something obvious on the other hand), those who consume certain medications (especially MAOS), dependence on substances other than tobacco (such as alcohol, drugs, and pharmaceuticals), and those who suffer from epilepsy, brain tumors and anorexia nervosa or bulimia (since it reduces the appetite).

It is also not recommended, although it can sometimes be used if the benefits are considered greater than the risks, in cases of people with kidney or liver failure, head trauma, insomnia, or the use of other medications that may interact with bupropion.

Diabetics, alcoholics, hypertensive or people with psychiatric disorders (since it can contribute to the appearance of mania in bipolar or psychotic crisis in schizophrenia, among others) also have it contraindicated (or at least the treatment should be done with a high level of control of the patient’s condition and the doses administered) due to the risk of seizures and other side effects.

Finally, it is not recommended for pregnant and lactating women either

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Discover the 15 benefits of coconut oil for hair.

Coconut oil is very popular and often preferred as a hair oil throughout the world. And it is a very popular ancient elixir in Asia. We tell you why.

Many people who live in the coastal areas of the world, more specifically in areas where coconuts grow in abundance, know that pleasant coconut oil is their only hair oil. These are the areas like the Indian subcontinent, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, Burma, the Philippines and parts of the Caribbean.

Coconut oil is rich in carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals that are good for the human body. However, coconut oil is not limited to hair; It is used in the preparation of cosmetic creams and soaps, and in Asian countries, it is also used to prepare various types of food and salads.

Coconut oil has been used as hair oil for thousands of years and has shown remarkable results. Certain components of coconut oil keep hair strong, nourished, and protected from the effects of premature aging, such as baldness and hair loss. Let’s take a look at some of those hair benefits, and what components of coconut oil are responsible.

Benefits of coconut oil for hair

1. Hair loss:

Coconut oil has been used since ancient times in India for hair grooming. Various remedies using herbs and coconut oil were prepared to prevent hair loss. One such remedy can be prepared in modern times by boiling Salvia leaves in coconut oil.

This mixture can be applied to the scalp for the improvement of healthy hair, and its use will also prevent hair loss. Applying a mixture of coconut oil and lemon water can also provide relief from hair loss, as does the mixture of coconut oil and gooseberries. They boil gooseberries in coconut oil and then apply it to their hair.

2. Hair damage:

Using coconut oil on hair helps reduce protein loss in both damaged and intact hair. Rich in lauric acid, coconut oil has a high affinity for hair protein and easily penetrates the hair shaft due to its low molecular weight. It can be used for pre-wash or post-wash hair grooming.

3. Cooling Properties:

Applying coconut oil to the head and scalp also has a cooling effect. It can cool and soothe people with hotheads, or those who suffer from severe scalp sweating.

4. Moisture retention:

Coconut oil can retain moisture, as it does not break down or evaporate easily, it remains very stable. It does not let moisture escape, thus keeping hair moist and soft, preventing hair breakage.

5. Hair Conditioning:

Coconut oil is the best hair conditioner than any synthetic available on the market. Using warm coconut oil helps keep hair shiny and smooth. Apply the warm oil at night and wash your hair the next morning. This can be repeated from time to time for healthy, strong, and conditioned hair.

6. Anti-dandruff:

Various fatty acids available in coconut oil serve as very good anti-dandruff agents and are much better than any anti-dandruff shampoo. Regular application of coconut oil can help you get rid of dandruff for good.

Coconut oil mixed with warm water and castor oil can also be effective in treating dandruff. Massage the scalp and hair with this mixture for best results.

Another home remedy for dandruff can be prepared by mixing coconut oil with sesame oil. Apply this mixture for about 30 minutes and then wash your hair.

7. Styling:

Coconut oil can be a good styling oil for hair, as it melts and then condenses when cooled. Therefore, when you apply it to your hair, it is diluted and spread evenly due to the heat of the scalp. Soon after, as the hair comes into contact with air, the oil in the hair condenses, thus working as a hair cream or gel.

8. Head Lice Protection :

Head lice are a very common hair pest and can cause embarrassment for anyone. Also, they tend to come back again and again.

There are many chemical products for the treatment of lice, but unfortunately, they can also damage the scalp and hair due to their strong chemical components.

Combing through wet hair with a fine comb is a good remedy for getting rid of lice, but it can also damage wet hair. However, if one covers the wet hair with coconut oil, it becomes much easier to comb and subsequently remove the lice.

9. Hair care for dry hair:

For people with dry hair and who have dry and thin hair, taking care of their hair is a big concern. However, using strong hair care products for cleansing, toning and conditioning can lead to a dry and flaky scalp. Coconut oil can be effective in caring for this type of dry hair.

10. Hair toning:

Coconut oil also helps tone hair, especially dry hair. Apply a warm mixture of coconut oil and lavender essential oil to your scalp at night, then wash and rinse your hair the next morning. You can repeat this as often as you like until you see the desired results.

11. Hair Conditioning:

Hair conditioner can be easily prepared at home using coconut oil. Not only is it effective; but It also has no side effects. Mix a little henna with coconut oil and hot milk to form a paste. Apply this to your hair for 20 minutes and then rinse your hair properly. This hair conditioner is very effective, especially for dry hair.

12. Boils:

Some people experience the condition of boils on the scalp, especially during the winter. This can also happen if it is exposed to heat or sun for a long duration.

It is important to keep the hair and scalp clean and occasional hair massage with a mixture of coconut oil and olive oil can provide relief from the uncomfortable and unsightly problems of boils. However, if the problem persists, you should contact your health care specialist.

13. Split Ends:

If you have a lot of split ends in your hair, it is generally recommended to cut them, but in case this problem appears in a small number of your hair strands, then you could use simple home remedies to solve the problem.

Massage the hair with a mixture of coconut oil and almond oil for a few minutes; This will help minimize split ends and bring them back together.

14. Healthy Hair:

With various benefits such as hair nourishment, anti-aging properties, moisture retention, and vitamin E supplementation, coconut oil in shampoo is one of the best things that helps your hair.

15. The Oily Factor:

Detergent or soap-based shampoos leave your hair dry, rough, hard, and bleached. Therefore you will sometimes find that you cannot gently comb your hair after you have washed it.

The oil in the shampoo counteracts this effect. In coconut oil, that component comes from natural saturated fats and keeps hair smooth and shiny.

How to apply coconut oil to hair

Before fully entering into the different ways of using coconut oil in hair care, it is important to know the objective that we intend to achieve with its use. In other words, we will not apply it the same if we want to combat dandruff or, on the contrary, if we are looking for a hydrated and nourished mane.

Moisturize the hair

Take two tablespoons of coconut oil and spread this amount through your hair and scalp.

Cover the hair with a shower cap or something similar and let it act for an hour.

Rinse the hair with water, then comb the hair.

Curb frizz

Apply a tablespoon of coconut oil to your hair. On this occasion, it is not necessary to rinse the hair with water.

Fight dandruff

Mix two tablespoons of coconut oil with sesame or tea tree oil, whichever you prefer.

When the combination is homogeneous, apply it to the hair.

Let the mixture act for 30 minutes and rinse it off.

And you, do you know how you want your hair to look? Take a few minutes to look at your hair and try the star ingredient!

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11 Benefits of pepper and side effects

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Discover the 11 shocking health benefits of pepper and side effects.

The bell pepper (Capsicum) an ancestral spice, is a diverse and spicy edible fruit of any of the varieties within the Capsicum genus.

With the well-known popular use of the pepper, multiculturally, and for generations around the world, interest is developing in knowing the medicinal benefits of this natural plant food and culinary spices.

Many people are familiar with the use of bell peppers in the preparation of spicy foods, but what is it that makes them spicy?

The answer is capsaicin, an odorless and tasteless phytochemical that produces the heat in bell peppers.

With the varieties of peppers available, it is important to know that the capsaicin content of each type varies and that it is possible to get less heat and still receive the health benefits of the active ingredient capsaicin from chili peppers.

Capsaicin is found in the fleshy membrane of sweet and hot peppers and a higher concentration in the seeds.

This natural fruit can be used fresh or dried as a culinary spice, added to teas, or taken in capsules to reap its medicinal benefits.

The health benefits of pepper include relief from stomach problems, back pain, muscle spasms, headaches, cancer, aging skin, peptic ulcers, menopausal problems, lower risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

It has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, and it can also provide relief from arthritis-related pain. Capsicum also helps with fibromyalgia and psoriasis

Nutrition facts of Capsicum

• The use of whole chili peppers of the genus Capsicum provides nutritional value, including high amounts of vitamin C and vitamin A.

• These vitamins are best obtained from fresh fruit.

• Chili peppers harvested when the color is red rather than orange or yellow have higher concentrations of these beneficial nutrients.

• Other beneficial bioactive components of bell pepper are the flavonoid content.

• Alkaloids and tannins are some of the other important bioactive compounds contained in it.

• Alkaloids work as anti-inflammatory, pain relievers, and antioxidant agents.

11 Health Benefits of Pepper

Adding capsicum to your daily diet can provide great health benefits against many ailments. Let’s see the benefits in detail:

1.- Benefits of pepper for inflammation

• The phytochemical constituents of bell pepper have been shown to produce an anti-inflammatory response that alleviates peripheral neurogenic pain related to Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory disease of the intestines.

• Another example of peripheral neurogenic inflammation in cutaneous pain of the skin.

• Pepper creams and balms are often applied by massaging topically onto the skincare to avoid open areas and mucous membranes.

• The burning effect of capsicum is felt when applied to the skin, which is caused by an inflammatory response from the peripheral nerve endings.

• But regular application attenuates sensory nerve endings and relieves chronic diabetic neurogenic pain.

• Some suggest that the anti-inflammatory effect of bell pepper may also help ease arthritis-related pain.

• Its cream can be used as an option to treat this disease and many others.

2.- Benefits of pepper for stomach

• Capsicum contains tannins. Tannins are astringent and are often considered beneficial when treating gastrointestinal disorders such as diarrhea, dysentery, and other microbial disorders.

• Gastric mucilage works to protect the gastric lining and prevent the development of peptic ulcers.

• Studies suggest that it acts as a mucilage to increase gastric mucus production and help treat peptic ulcer disease.

• Taking capsicum can increase nasal drainage due to the presence of phytochemical capsaicin.

• Also, for this reason, it is beneficial to avoid touching your eyes or body mucus membranes when preparing capsicum peppers.

• In the same way, wash your hands thoroughly after preparation to avoid transferring volatile oils containing pepper to these sensitive areas.

3.- Benefits of pepper for cancer

• Another bioactive effect of the tannin contained in the pepper is in the prevention and treatment of cancer.

• Studies have shown that it has an inhibitory effect on many types of malignant cancers.

• These antitumor properties are most beneficial in treating lung, liver, and gastric cancers.

• The antioxidant effects of capsicum show a possibility of treatment for other types of cancer, such as hormone-related prostate cancer.

• The anti-cancer effect of pepper is determined by the bioactive ability of the phytochemical capsaicin to inhibit the growth of cancer cells.

• Capsaicin also destroys already damaged cell structures in the human body.

4.- Benefits of pepper for heart

• Studies on flavonoids have suggested that they are beneficial in preventing coronary heart disease.

• The pepper is both caloric and vasodilator.

• A suggested effect of the vasodilator properties of the pepper is the improvement of hypotension and the decrease of the heart rate.

• Vasodilation allows better blood flow resulting in better oxygenation of organ tissues.

• This is most likely due to tachykinins, a known bioactive ingredient in capsicum.

5.- Antioxidant agent

• Many of the bioactive compounds in bell pepper provide antioxidant effects.

• Enhanced vasodilation allows these antioxidant phytochemicals to circulate throughout the body.

• This allows you to protect and repair tissue and DNA damage.

6.- Benefits of pepper for diabetes

• With the worldwide prevalence of diabetes, the consideration of capsicum as a hypoglycemic drug has sparked research in this matter.

• Some studies have indicated, although it has not yet been concluded, that it can stimulate insulin production resulting in lower blood glucose.

• This would determine a possibility the pepper is beneficial in preventing the onset of type II diabetes and its possible complications.

• The hypoglycemic benefits of the pepper are more concentrated when it is green.

7.- Increases immunity

• The bell pepper contains vitamin C, which is valued as bioactive immune support phytochemical.

• Helps strengthen the immune system, repair damaged brain tissues, and reduce the risk of oxidative stress, pediatric asthma, and cancer.

• It also improves bone health.

8.- Treat fibromyalgia

• Many clinical trials show the efficacy of capsicum in treating fibromyalgia symptoms when applied topically.

• Those who use capsicum topically reported beneficial effects on improving sleep.

9.- Treat diabetic neuropathy

• One disease that often causes neurogenic pain is diabetes.

• Capsicum has been shown to have a beneficial effect on diabetic neuropathic pain when applied topically.

• It works to cushion the skin’s nerve endings and reduces pain.

10.- Benefits of pepper for Skin

• The vitamins in bell pepper have been shown to have an antioxidant effect on cell tissues, which can improve skin health and prevent aging.

11.- Relieves the symptoms of menopause

• Menopausal symptoms can also be alleviated by consuming fruits that contain flavonoids, such as chili peppers.

Uses of the pepper

• The pepper comes in dry form, as a spice like a chili pepper and paprika. The dried spice is used in many sauces or added to beverages such as tea.

Dried bell pepper can be found in whole dried bell peppers, as a single spice, or in dried spice mixes.

• As a more concentrated medication, bell pepper can be placed in a capsule for oral ingestion as a nutraceutical or applied topically to the skin as an analgesic and anti-inflammatory cream.

• With the availability of chili pepper in many markets, it should be considered that although the dried spice is convenient and effective in terms of its health benefits, eating fresh chili provides more benefits.

• As studies show bell pepper is beneficial as a daily health supplement.

The bell pepper is enjoyed by many as a daily food additive in cooking.

The culinary preparation of bell pepper can provide sufficient protection when consumed daily to have beneficial effects on certain chronic and potentially degenerative health conditions.

• The bioactive components in capsicum work together to improve blood flow, act as a cancer preventative and pain reliever, protect the gastric mucosa, and provide nutrients for a healthy lifestyle.

• Although all peppers contain vitamins and other beneficial bioactive components.

However, the color of the pepper determines the growth stage when it is harvested.

It also determines the concentration of vitamins and other beneficial phytochemicals.

In general, it can be said that, whether consumed dry or fresh, chili pepper is medicinal and beneficial to use in a daily diet as both a natural preventative and a treatment for many chronic conditions.

5 simple pepper recipes

A.- Fusilli with mushrooms and peppers

Ingredients (for 2 people)

• 200 grams of fusilli

• 100 grams of mushrooms

• 10 cherry tomatoes

• 1/2 green pepper and 1/2 red

• 1 clove garlic

• 1 lemon

• 2 tablespoons olive oil

• Parsley

• Thyme

• Salt

• Pepper

Preparation

• Wash the peppers, remove the seeds, and cut them into strips.

• Remove the stem from the mushrooms, clean them, run them under water, dry them with a clean cloth, and cut them into pieces.

• Wash the parsley, dry it with absorbent paper and chop it.

• Wash the tomatoes and cut them in half. Peel and mince the garlic clove.

• Wash the lemon, dry it and get a tablespoon of the zest from its skin into thin strips.

• Boil salted water and cook the pasta until al dente.

• Drain and reserve.

• In a very wide pan, heat 2 teaspoons of oil, sauté the minced garlic in it for 1 minute without letting it turn color.

• Add the mushrooms and cook for 2 more minutes. Add the peppers, the tomatoes and cook everything together for about 5 minutes.

• Season with salt and pepper, sprinkle with the chopped parsley, a little thyme, and mix.

• Add the pasta to the casserole with the grated lemon strips, sauté everything together for 2 minutes, and serve.

B.- Beef skewers with peppers

Ingredients for 4 people)

• 750 grams of beef tenderloin

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• 1 red, 1 green, and 1 yellow bell pepper

• 50 milliliters of oil

• 2 tablespoons minced thyme leaves

• Salt

• Black pepper

Preparation

• Cut the meat into 3-centimeter cubes and put it in a salad bowl. Sprinkle the thyme, season, and drizzle with the oil.

• Mix and marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

• Wash the peppers, remove the peduncle and seeds, and cut into squares.

• Thread the meat on the skewers and alternate it with the pepper; place in a large skillet to grill over high heat for 3 minutes on each side.

• Remove from the fire and serve.

C.- Chicken recipe with red and green peppers

Ingredients for 4 people)

• 500 grams of chicken

• 100 grams of onion

• 2 minced garlic

• 50 milliliters of soy sauce

• Basil

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• 100 grams of green peppers and 100 grams of red

• Olive oil

Process

• Cut the chicken into pieces of about 2 centimeters. You can use any part of the chicken from the breast to the thighs.

• In a bowl, place the chicken, the onion cut into fine julienne strips, the minced garlic, the soy sauce, and the basil and leave to marinate. Meanwhile, make the peppers.

• Clean and cut the peppers into strips lengthwise. In a skillet, sauté them over high heat for 30 seconds so that they are crisp. Reserve.

• In the same pan where you sautéed the peppers, cook the chicken with the rest of the marinated ingredients. Once the chicken is cooked add the peppers, mix and serve warm.

D.- Peppers stuffed with cheese and bacon

Ingredients

• 12 small green peppers

• 2 sheets of puff pastry

• 225 grams of cream cheese

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• 60 grams of smoked bacon

• 120 grams of cheddar cheese grated

• 2 eggs

Process

• Preheat the oven to 180ºC.

• Meanwhile, in a bowl, mix the cheddar cheese, cream cheese, and smoked bacon into pieces.

• Cut the puff pastry into squares of approximately 8 cm x 8 cm.

• Wash the peppers well, remove the seeds and the tail. Cut them in half. Choose small peppers to fit in the puff pastry (or cut larger pieces of puff pastry).

• Fill the peppers with the cheese mixture and smoked bacon. Wrap them with the puff pastry squares.

• Beat two eggs and bathe the puff pastry packets with this mixture. Cover well with the egg mixture.

• Bake for 20 minutes. Remove and serve hot.

E.- Pepper stuffed with ground meat

Ingredients for 4 people)

• 4 pieces of bell pepper

• 400 grams of ground beef

• 2 carrots

• 200 grams of peas

• 1 large potato

• ¼ onion

• 1 clove garlic

• 1 pinch of salt

• 1 pinch of pepper

• 2 tablespoons of oil

Process

• Chop the carrot and potato into small cubes. Once ready, place them in a saucepan with enough boiling water to cook them. Also, add the peas or peas and cook all together, adding a pinch of salt. Once the vegetables are cooked, remove them from the heat, drain, and reserve.

• In another deep saucepan adds the oil, heat over medium heat, and, once hot, add the chopped onion and garlic to fry. Add a taste of salt.

• Once the onion is transparent, add the ground beef to the saucepan and stir to incorporate it perfectly. Let it cook for approximately 15 minutes, stirring constantly so that it cooks evenly.

• Meanwhile, take the peppers and cut the top with the stem to form a kind of lid. Then devein the chiles and clean them very well inside. Reserve a moment.

• On the other hand, once the ground meat is cooked, add the vegetables and let the ingredients of the filling finish cooking altogether.

• When the ground beef and vegetables are done, stuff the peppers. To do this, take a little of the stew and completely cover the inside of the chili peppers.

• Once filled, place them on a baking sheet greased with a little butter. Put some string cheese on top, or any other type of cheese, add the caps so that they also cook on the side, not on top of the chilies, and bake the peppers stuffed with ground beef for 10 minutes at 170 ° C.

• After this time, the peppers stuffed with ground meat are ready to be enjoyed

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