After reading a few articles on ats as well as some distracted googling while at the office, I am heavily alarmed that several sources are making
claims that this commonly available spice can significantly fight Arthritis, Alzheimers and even Cancer. I wanted to round it all up into one
So I decided to take a peak into the Rabbit hole before jumping in.
India has known about this powerful ingredient for thousands of years. Grown in South Asia, this herb belongs to the ginger family (Zingiberaceae) and
was first known in India as Saffron. The root system of bulbous rhizomes boiled and dried produces a product that is then ground into a powder, which
results in its somewhat bitter, peppery flavor that is most commonly used in making curry
news article is claiming that there is evidence that supports the theory that Turmeric is
in fact able to kill Cancer cells.
Dr McKenna said: "Scientists have known for a long time that natural compounds have the potential to treat faulty cells that have become
cancerous and we suspected that curcumin might have therapeutic value. Dr Sharon McKenna and her team found that curcumin started to kill cancer cells
within 24 hours."
This same article states that;
The chemical - curcumin - has long been thought to have healing powers and is already being tested as a treatment for arthritis and even
Curcumin has anti-inflammatory and disinfecting properties. It also makes a powerful healer for cuts and abrasions and when taken orally, has no side
effects that are associated with some modern pharmaceutical medicines (intestinal bleeding, ulcers, and the decrease of white blood cells
Turmeric also reduces the buildup of plaque associated with cardiovascular disease. Curcumin in turmeric lowers two inflammatory enzymes, LOX
and COX-2. This helps stop platelets from gathering to form blood clots. Turmeric reduces blood sugar levels, a property valuable for helping those
suffering from diabetes.
"Anti-oxidants found in turmeric remove free radicals from the body. Free radicals are known to damage cell membranes and cause cell death. They also
have ill-effects on DNA."
In this Huffington Post
article shows that
in recent studies :
- Curcumin seems to delay liver damage that can eventually lead to cirrhosis, according to preliminary experimental research at the Medical
University Graz in Austria.
- Researchers from the University of South Dakota have found that pre-treatment with curcumin makes cancer cells more vulnerable to chemo and
And in this article by the Brain Research Institute
A 2004 study with mice published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry suggested that curcumin might be of help for Alzheimer's patients.
The study, conducted by UCLA and Veterans Affairs scientists, showed that a rodent chow laced with curcumin slowed the accumulation in mouse brains of
protein fragments known as beta amyloids. They are considered key to the development of Alzheimer's.
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So all in all what I have found from this hunt for information was a lot of compelling scientific studies and claims that this really is indeed a
spice and that it should become apart of a regular diet in order to maintain optimal health