Did you know? Fluoride — a trace mineral which is added to certain toothpastes and the public’s water supply — is a neurotoxin when consumed in excess. Despite this, it is recommended by powerful government figures and the American Dental Association (ADA). Fortunately, it seems at least one common ingredient is beneficial at clearing it out of the body and brain, and that is curcumin — a component of the turmeric root.
According to the study “Curcumin attenuates neurotoxicity induced by fluoride: An in vivo evidence,” which was published in Pharmacognosy Magazine, the spice turmeric prevents — and in some cases reverses — damage caused by exposure to fluoride. This is important, as fluoride has been proven to adversely affect people’s health when ingested — not just used as a topical agent for stronger, whiter teeth.
For instance, after analyzing 27 studies on the effects of fluoride, the Harvard School of Public Health and China Medical University discovered that there is a strong correlation between fluoride and adverse effects on brain development. Additionally, there are now more than 50 human studies have linked fluoride to reduced IQ in children and adults. Fluoride has also been proven to contribute to a low thyroid (an epidemic in the modern world, specifically in the locations where soils are low in iodine), cause nervous system degeneration and impair pineal gland function. Learn more here. All of these findings affirm the importance of the latest discovery, the curcumin aids the elimination of the trace mineral.
The authors of the study concluded, “Our study thus demonstrate that daily single dose of 120 ppm F result in highly significant increases in the LPO as well as neurodegenerative changes in neuron cell bodies of selected hippocampal regions. Supplementation with curcumin significantly reduce the toxic effect of F to near normal level by augmenting the antioxidant defense through its scavenging property and provide an evidence of having therapeutic role against oxidative stress mediated neurodegeneration.”
Turmeric isn’t the only source of curcumin, but the component is readily available in the rhizome which is why it is recommended. Additional benefits of consuming turmeric (according to previous studies) include a reduction of cancerous cells (resulting in shrinkage of tumors), inhibited inflammation in the body, and its ability to prevent the neurodegenerative effects of consuming fluoride. As Natural Society reports, Curcuma longa is a primary ingredient in turmeric and curry powders which have been used in the Middle East, Asia and India for centuries.
Additional methods to remove fluoride from your body include ingesting holy basil (tulsi), as it removes the neurotoxin from the water and supports the pineal gland. Tamarind can help detox fluoride from the brain, as well.
h/t Natural Society
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