Turmeric & Curcumin
Curcumin is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agent with many beneficial effects. Curcumin is an ingredient of turmeric which is a bright yellow spice used to add color and flavor to curry and other Indian dishes, mustard and more. Researchers have been looking at curcumin for some time, but because it only makes up about 2-5% of turmeric some researchers have been looking at the other components of turmeric.
- Research has found that curcumin may be helpful, combined with vitamin D and resveratrol, in fighting cancer.
- In a pilot study curcumin was found to be more effective than a prescription drug in fighting rheumatoid arthritis.
- Researchers have found that curcumin has the potential to also combat depression, diabetes and neurodegenerative disease.
- Turmeric is also used in detecting Alzheimers because it becomes fluorescent when in contact with beta-amyloid.
- Turmeric has a number of traditional uses for conditions such as digestion, blood disorders, infections, gynecological problems.
- Animal studies and human clinical trials with turmeric have found it to be helpful for lupus, diabetes, cancer, fibrosis, IBS and skin conditions.
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