Many mails and white papers and journals have been written on the power of turmeric extract, now termed as ‘Yellow Gold’ in the west.
The fascinating part is that consumption of Curcumin has been linked to positive benefits in almost every possible disease or ailment one can think of. From cancer, to arthritis to the possible prevention of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
Curcumin and Cardiovascular Disease
Numerous studies show that Curcumin may have a protective role in cardiovascular diseases. And since cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death, one can argue that everyone should include turmeric in their diet, or perhaps take a turmeric supplement. One study discusses how the antioxidant effects of Curcumin may prevent diabetic cardiovascular complications.
The same study shows that the anti-thrombotic, anti-proliferative, and anti-inflammatory effects of Curcumin and the effect of Curcumin decreasing the serum cholesterol level may protect against the pathological changes occurring with atherosclerosis.
Another study demonstrates how dietary Curcumin is effective at inhibiting maladaptive cardiac repair and preserving cardiac function after ischemia and reperfusion. It also goes on to say that Curcumin has potential as a treatment for patients who have had a heart attack.
Curcumin and Diabetes.
This ofcourse also ties into cardiovascular health, but there have been separate studies which show how curcumin can help with diabetes. One study involved people in a pre-diabetic population who were taking curcumin (or a placebo) for 9 months. The study concluded by showing that curcumin significantly lowered the number of pre-diabetic individuals who eventually developed type 2 diabetes. The same study also showed that curcumin appeared to improve overall function of beta cells. Another study concluded that curcumin supplementation could improve diabetes-induced endothelial dysfunction significantly. Yet another study demonstrated how curcumin attenuates diabetic neuropathic pain.
Curcumin and Asthma/Allergies
A few studies have shown that curcumin might be beneficial in people with asthma and allergies. One study showed that curcumin treatments markedly attenuated the inflammation in asthma by regulating T regulatory/Th17 balance. The findings supported the possible use of curcumin as a therapeutic drug for patients with allergic asthma. Another study showed that curcumin alleviates the pathological changes of chronic asthma, and might be a promising therapy for asthma in the future
Curcumin and Skin Diseases
Curcumin can even help with certain skin conditions. One study discusses how curcumin protects the skin by quenching free radicals and reducing inflammation. The same study also mentioned how curcumin reduces wound-healing time, improved collagen deposition and increased fibroblast and vascular density in wounds thereby enhancing both normal and impaired wound-healing. The study concluded by suggesting that curcumin might be a potent nontoxic agent for treating skin diseases. Another study suggests that oral curcumin might be beneficial in the treatment of moderate to severe psoriasis ,although it concluded by stating that large placebo-controlled studies are necessary before recommending oral curcumin as a psoriasis treatment.
Curcumin and Autoimmunity
To no surprise, because curcumin can help greatly with inflammation, this herb can be extremely valuable in the treatment of certain autoimmune conditions, including Graves’ Disease and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.
Thyroid cancer is the most common type of cancer when it comes to the endocrine system. A recent study reported that curcumin inhibits multiple metastasis steps of K1 papillary thyroid cancer cells. These findings showed that curcumin might be effective for the treatment of aggressive papillary thyroid carcinomas.
Other Benefits of Curcumin
There are even more potential benefits of taking curcumin. One study discussed how dietary curcumin is a strong candidate for use in the prevention or treatment of major disabling age-related neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and stroke. Another study suggested that curcumin has enormous potential in the prevention and therapy of cancer. Curcumin might also be useful as a treatment for ulcerative colitis as well as benefit people with osteoarthritis.