Orlando, FL — May 20, 2016 - Meat is one of the common staples in many cultures. It is a favorite kitchen ingredient for a range of delectable dishes. While it is a delicious food, it is not a secret that consuming it can be unhealthy, especially when it’s cooked at high temperatures.

Turmeric has the potential to reduce the health risks of eating meat. Certain chemicals that are harmful to human health are typically formed when meat is cooked at high temperatures. These chemicals are Heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).

Meat products such as pork, fish, beef, or poultry are typically cooked using cooking methods such as pan frying or grilling in an open flame. Researchers believe that HCAs and PAHs are mutagenic, and they have the ability to make some changes to DNA. This can significantly increase cancer risk.

Amino acids, creatine, and sugars are building blocks of proteins. When they are exposed to high temperatures, their reaction can lead to the formation of HCAs. PAHs formation is due to the meat fat and juices that drip onto the open fire. Flames that have PAHs usually stick to the surface of the meat.

It is believed that HCAs and PAHs could potentially cause the development of cancer. In lab experiments, it was found that rodents fed with HCAs suffered from tumors in the liver, lung, skin, colon, and prostate.

In a study conducted by the researchers from the Kansas State University, it was found that turmeric could reduce levels of HCAs in meat by 40 percent. The findings of the study could be a medical breakthrough considering that intake of HCAs has been linked with the risk of cancer.

In Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine, turmeric has been used for thousands of years in fighting a range of conditions. Many of its healing effects are believed to come from its phytochemical called curcumin.

Curcumin contains a variety of healing substances, which includes antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticarcinogenic, antiviral, and antiseptic properties. All of these healing properties are believed to be responsible for many of turmeric’s therapeutic benefits.

Turmeric can be added to a wide variety of meat dishes. It has been used as a kitchen ingredient since time immemorial, and it offers a pungent taste. Individuals who want to take advantage of the healing effects of the phytochemical may use curcumin supplements.

Supplements contain high amounts of curcumin, and there are even those that contain BioPerine, which is a black pepper extract. BioPerine increases curcumin absorption inside the body (http://www.amazon.com/Turmeric-Curcumin-Complex-BioPerine-Bio-availability/dp/B00JA4TLTI).

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