There’s a big fuss over turmeric, and for a very good reason. First, let’s give you a brief introduction to turmeric. It comes from the root of the Curcuma Longa plant and has a tough brown skin and a deep orange flesh. It’s been long used in Chinese and Indian cuisine, as well as in medicine and as an textile dye.
Because of its deep yellow-orange color, turmeric was traditionally called “Indian saffron”. The flavor is peppery, warm and bitter; it is used in curry and often in mustard, which gives its bright yellow color.
Nowadays, turmeric is one of the most researched foods given the fact that its medicinal properties and components (primarily curcumin) have been the subject of over 5600 peer reviewed and published biomedical studies.
“One five-year long research project on this sacred plant has established over 600 potential preventive and therapeutic applications, as well as 175 distinct beneficial physiological effects.”
According to a 2011 study published in The Journal Acta Poloniae Pharmaceutica, curcumin is a legit replacement of antidepressants, with only one difference – curcumin doesn’t cause the side-effects the antidepressants do.
The Journal Drugs in R & D published a 2009 study where it was standardized preparation of turmeric is comparable to the drug Atorvastatin (Also known as Lipitor) on endothelial dysfunction, which means it can help with maintaining the cholesterol levels, and also reducing inflammation and stress in type 2 diabetes patients.
Furthermore, in a 1999 study published in The Journal Phytotherapy Research it was found that curcumin can offer the same effects as steroids when it comes to managing chronic anterior uveitis: an inflammatory eye disease, while a 2008 study published in Critical Care Medicine found that curcumin can substitute corticosteroid drug dexamethasone and can also be an alternative therapy for protecting lung transplantation-associated injury by regulating inflammatory genes.
When it comes to patients who suffer from digestive and stomach issues, they are most often intolerant to medical intervention, because the stomach is already compromised and drugs literally tear up the mucosal lining.
Many studies have shown that there was an improvement in patients who suffered from IBD, Crohn’s disease, and Ulverative Colitis by replacing their prescribed corticosteroids with curcumin. Moreover, curcumin supplements increase the growth of probiotics and anti-inflammatory properties while avoiding all the harmful side effects of pharmaceuticals.
A 1986 study published in The Journal Arzneimittel for schung, found that curcumin had anti-platelet and prostacyclin modulating effects when compared to aspirin, meaning that curcumin is great for patients prone to blood-flow obstructions (vascular thrombosis) and who require anti-inflammatory therapy.
According to a 2004 study published in The Journal Oncogene, curcumin is a great substitute for the following drugs: aspirin, ibuprofen, sulindac, phenylbutazone, naproxen, indomethacin, diclofenac, dexamethasone, celecoxib, and tamoxifen, in exerting anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative activity against tumor cells.
Taking into account the anti-inflammatory properties, researchers conducted a study on 45 rheumatoid arthritis patients where they compared the benefits of curcumin in Turmeric, to arthritis drugs. Arthritis drugs often put people at risk of developing leaky gut and heart disease.
The patients were split in 3 groups: curcumin treatment alone, diclofenac sodium alone, and a combination of the two. The curcumin group showed the highest percentage of overall improvement without causing any side-effects.
Many studies have shown that curcumin affects cancer cells. It seems to be able to kill cancer cells and prevent more from growing. It has the best effects on breast cancer, bowel cancer, stomach cancer and skin cancer cells.According to a 2007 study published in the International Journal of Cancer, curcumin provided similar results to oxaliplatin (chemo drug) as an anti-proliferative agent in colorectal cell lines.
The Journal Biochemitry and Biophysical Research Community published a 2009 study that researched how curcumin affects diabetes. It was shown that curcumin activated AMPK: which increases glucose uptake, and suppresses glucose production in hepatoma cells in the liver.
“Curcumin was found to be 500 times to 100,000 times more potent than metformin in activating AMPK and its downstream target acetyl-CoA carboxylase.”
If there’s one thing that scientists agree on when it comes to curcumin is that it has an incredible ability to manage pain. The European Journal of Pharmacology, discovered that curcumin naturally activates the opioid system in diabetic rats.
Curcumin is a limitless natural remedy. According to one study, it could be even better treatment for burn victims than the dangerous opiods, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories. This agreed on by The U.S Army Institute of Surgical Research.
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