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Turmeric And Ginger Have Anti-Inflammatory Properties

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Dr. Randy Horwitz explains what happens when cells become inflamed in a picturesque and memorable way. Fortunately he offers some solutions to the inflammation problem while he's at it.

Turmeric and ginger are more than flavorful additions to your meals. They can play a role in reducing inflammation without adverse side-effects.

Dr. Horwitz has a special interest in complementary and alternative therapies for asthma and immunological/ allergic disease, as well as hepatitis and heart disease.

(Transcribed from video interview)

Dr. Horwitz:
Turmeric and ginger affect gene expression of cells. Cells, when they get inflamed, let me define inflammation first, when people get inflamed, you inflamed someone or insight them, they yell, they get angry. Cells don’t have mouths; they can’t yell. However, what they can do is elaborate chemicals called inflammatory mediators and that lets all the cells around them know, “Hey, something is going on here. We are irritated. Come on in.” Cells start coming in and they get into high gear, they get kicked up into high gear.

Turmeric, ginger, some of the other anti-inflammatories, even prednisone if we are looking at conventional steroids, will turn off the switch, turn off those mediators that are produced so the cell is more relaxed.

The effect is immunosuppression at some level with drugs a lot worse than with botanicals and dietary supplements. But the whole idea is to temper that reaction.

About Dr. Randy Horwitz, Ph.D., M.D.:
Dr. Randy Horwitz, Ph.D., M.D., received a B.S. degree in biochemistry from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. in Immunology and Molecular Biology from the University of Florida. He received his medical degree from the University of Illinois, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at University Hospitals (Case Western Reserve University) in Cleveland.

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