Turmeric: the super spice
Turmeric has been used for over 2500 years in India and China, where it was most likely first used as a dye. The medicinal properties of this spice have been slowly revealing themselves over the centuries. Long known for its anti-inflammatory properties, recent research has revealed that turmeric is a natural wonder, possibly proving beneficial for many different health conditions heart disease to Alzheimer’s disease.
Most recently a study in Thailand has found that turmeric may help ward off heart attacks in people who have had recent bypass surgery. During bypass surgery the heart muscle can be damaged by prolonged lack of blood flow, increasing the patient’s risk of heart attack. But the new findings, published in the peer-reviewed American Journal of Cardiology, suggest that curcumins, the active ingredient in turmeric which is responsible for its yellow pigment, may ease those risks when added to traditional drug treatment.
Research has suggested inflammation plays an important role in the development of a range of diseases, including heart disease, and curcumins could have an effect on those pathways.
The conclusions are based on a relatively small group of subjects and needs to be confirmed in larger studies, said researchers. The study involved 121 patients who had non-emergency bypass surgery at their hospital between 2009 and 2011.
Half of those patients were given one-gram curcumin capsules to take four times a day, starting three days before their surgery and continuing for five days afterwards. The other half took the same number of drug-free placebo capsules.
The researchers found that during their post-bypass hospital stays, 13 percent of patients who had been taking curcumins had a heart attack, compared to 30 percent in the placebo group.
After accounting for any initial pre-surgery differences, the researchers calculated that patients on curcumins had a 65 percent lower chance of heart attack.
Researchers said it’s likely that the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of curcumins may have helped limit heart damage in the patients. Curcumin has for many years been shown to reduce inflammation and to reduce oxygen toxicity or damage caused by free radicals in a number of experimental settings.
It is due to its anti-inflammatory properties that About Health chose to add turmeric to Res-V Plus and increased the amount in Res-V Ultimate formulations. This “super-spice” has so many health benefits including:
- It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.
- Is a natural liver detoxifier.
- Some research suggests that it may prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain.
- It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory
- Has shown promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice.
- Is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.
- May aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management.
- Has long been used in Chinese medicine to assist feelings of depression.
- Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it could aid in treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin.
- May help in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.
However, it does not mean that curcumin is a substitute for medication. Always consult with your doctor before beginning a supplement regime, especially if you have a medical condition and/or are taking medication.