First of all, it is very important to mention that not everything we read on the internet is true. Whether it is about news, everyday life, food, health, sports, etc, if we are really interested in something, we need to do a deeper research. This article will help you understand better some of the rumors floating around the Internet regarding turmeric.
There is lots of information for turmeric on the Internet, therefore, let’s be clear about the things turmeric CANNOT do.
Turmeric – Myths and Thoughts
- Turmeric does not cause significant side effects — ( The truth is that some people can experience stomach cramps, nausea, dizziness, or diarrhea)
- You can use turmeric if you have gallbladder problems — (The truth is that turmeric can worsen gallbladder problems)
- Turmeric does not help in treating diabetes — (The truth is that recent research suggests that taking turmeric every day for nine months can reduce the number of people with pre-diabetes who develop diabetes).
Now that is clear what turmeric cannot do, let’s discuss the things it can. Both the Myths and Thoughts are here.
The University of Maryland Medical Center recently suggested the turmeric has been used for around 4000 years as a medicine for different types of medical conditions. It was mainly used to treat digestive issues, but it can also be used for everything from indigestion to cancer.
The main ingredient that turmeric contains is curcumin, which is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants scavenge molecules known as free radicals that can damage the cell membranes, tamper with DNA, or even cause cell death.
These antioxidants can fight free radicals and prevent the damage they cause. Moreover, curcumin can lower the levels of two enzymes that cause inflammation. It can prevent platelets from clumping together and form blood clots.
Turmeric – being useful against
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Stomach Ulcers
- Heart Disease
- Bacterial Infections
- Viral Infections
For example, a publication from The International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology says:
Although safe in most cases, ancient treatments are ignored because neither their active component nor their molecular targets are well defined. This is not the case, however, with curcumin, a yellow-pigment substance and component of turmeric (Curcuma longa), which was identified more than a century ago. For centuries it has been known that turmeric exhibits anti-inflammatory activity, but extensive research performed within the past two decades has shown that the activity of turmeric is due to curcumin, a diferuloylmethane. This agent has been shown to regulate numerous transcription factors, cytokines, protein kinases, adhesion molecules, redox status and enzymes that have been linked to inflammation.
The process of inflammation has been shown to play a major role in most chronic illnesses, including neurodegenerative, cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, autoimmune and neoplastic diseases.”
The publications concludes: “The wisdom and scientific credentials of curcumin in the Ayurvedic and Chinese systems of medicine have been corroborated by numerous studies conducted over the past 30 years. These observations are also supported by epidemiological data suggesting lower incidence of chronic diseases in people from countries where curcumin is consumed. The various effects of curcumin have been widely studied in Western systems of medicine for decades, and has been found to possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities.
Considering that inflammation plays a major role in most chronic illnesses, anti-inflammatory agents are needed for prevention purposes. Although several different steroids and NSAIDS (such as celecoxib, aspirin, ibuprofen, phenylbutazole, etc.) have been approved for treatment of inflammatory conditions, most of them have side effects, especially when consumed over long periods of time.
Because curcumin inhibits multiple proinflammatory pathways and is affordable, this phytochemical should be further explored for prevention and treatment of various chronic diseases. Further clinical trials are needed to fully develop the potential of this ‘age-old NSAID.
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