Curcumin from Turmeric Best for the Entire Body
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Curcumin from Turmeric Best for the Entire Body

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 11 Nov 2014 - 10:38

Curcumin, a powerful medicinal compound of Turmeric, being used for ages, is known to have health benefits for the entire body, not just for the gut. Curcumin is known to have anti-inflammatory properties and the ability to also prevent cancer.

"There's a reason why this compound has been used for hundreds of years in Eastern medicine. And this study suggests that we have identified a better and more effective way to deliver curcumin and know what diseases to use it for so that we can take advantage of its anti-inflammatory power," said Nicholas Young, a postdoctoral researcher in rheumatology and immunology at Ohio State and lead author of the study.

The researchers used curcumin powder and mixed it with polyethylene glycol and castor oil to form a sort of emulsion. This emulsion was aimed at allowing curcumin to be absorbed more easily by the gut, and to allow it to enter the bloodstream and tissues.

The researchers tested the efficacy of this emulsion in mice, and found that it was capable for shutting down an acute inflammatory reaction. Infact, they also found that curcumin was powerful enough to stop the recruitment of certain immune cells that when turn overactive, could also cause problems such as obesity and heart disease.

"We envision that this nutraceutical could be used one day both as a daily supplement to help prevent certain diseases and as a therapeutic drug to help combat the bad inflammation observed in many diseases," Young said. "The distinction will then be in the amount given -- perhaps a low dose for daily prevention and higher doses for disease suppression."

 

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