Spice rack secret could slash your blood sugar levels

 You want to fight disease, extend your life and save your supper all at once? Forget the medicine chest -- you won't find the answer there.

 Head to your spice rack instead!

 Grab the turmeric and use it liberally -- because this Indian spice goes well with everything from your breakfast eggs to that dinner steak. More importantly, this stuff could do more to protect your heart than cholesterol meds, aspirin and BP pills combined.

 That's because the REAL villain isn't blood pressure, and it's certainly not your cholesterol.

 It's body-wrecking, brain-rotting, heart-popping INFLAMMATION that'll get you every time.

 Inflammation is one of the biggest risk factors for an early demise, but your own doctor is too busy micromanaging your cholesterol to even bother testing for it.

 The good news is that you don't have to wait for him to get wise to this (if you do, you'll likely wait yourself into the grave). No, you can take action now -- and you can start by shaking that turmeric with everything you got.

 Packed inside this potent spice is a not-so-secret ingredient called curcumin, one of nature's most powerful anti-inflammatories. And in a new placebo-controlled study, 117 patients with metabolic syndrome given curcumin saw THREE DIFFERENT markers for inflammation plunge, including deadly C-reactive protein.

 But the benefits don't end there -- because they also enjoyed drops in fasting blood sugar and hemoglobin A1c.

 The folks who got the placebo? Well, let's just say I hope they switched to the real deal once the study was over -- because their inflammation and glucose levels jumped.

 So do yourself, and your body, a favor: Next time you go to the grocery store grab some turmeric for your spice rack and some curcumin supplements for your daily routine. And then, keep an eye on your inbox -- because I'm going to have more on the devastating toll of inflammation in Friday's Daily Dose.

 Keeping it spicy,

 William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.

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