Science Confirms – Turmeric is Effective as Well as Many Other Drugs

Turmeric is a plant, which is being researched a lot, due to the benefits it provides. It has a great usage in the medicine and its part called curcumin has been a subject of thousands biomedical studies. Turmeric is an ingredient that is used in many ingredients and dishes in the world.

With a recent five-year long research it was determined that turmeric has nearly six hundred potential therapeutic and preventive usages. It also has many beneficial psychological advantages in the healing process.

Turmeric as Well as Many Other Drugs

Many conducted studies have revealed that the turmeric usage has proved to be better in comparison to the more conventional medicines, such as:

1. Aspirin (blood thinner)

A study which was conducted back in 1986 for a medical journal found that turmeric`s main ingredient – curcumin has an antiplatelet and showed prostacyclin modulating effects in comparison to the aspirin, which points to that the turmeric is beneficial in patients that have arthritis or vascular thrombosis problems.

2. Corticosteroids (steroid medications)

A study published in 1999 showed that turmeric`s primary polyphenol pigment – curcumin, showed lots of positive effects in the healing process of inflammatory eye diseases in comparison to steroids. In 2003 Cancer Letters published a study which showed that the curcumin is more beneficial than dexamethasone for healing the lung reperfusion injury. Critical Care Medicine also published a research in 2008, which showed that curcumin has proved to be better than the corticosteroid drug called dexamethasone as a therapy for lung transplantation protection, as it downregulates the inflammatory genes.

3. Anti-Inflammatory drugs

The journal Oncogene published a study in 2004, which proved that the ingredients curcumin and the resveratrol showed anti-proliferative and anti-inflammatory activities while fighting the cancer cells and are good and efficient alternatives to the drugs such as ibuprofen, naproxen, tamoxifen, celecoxib, dexamethasone, aspirin, phenylbutazone, sulindac, diclofenac and indomethacin.

Turmeric is Effective as Well as Many Other Drugs

4. Oxaliplatin (Chemotherapy Drug)

International Journal of Cancer made a study which was published in 2007 and that found that the curcumin is very beneficial as anti-proliferative tool in colorectal cell lines in comparison to the oxaliplatin.

5. Lipitor/Atorvastatin (Cholesterol Medication)

A research in 2008 found that Turmeric’s standardized preparation of curcuminoids showed better results than the Lipitor drug in the type 2 diabetic patients. It is beneficial against endothelial dysfunction, pathology of blood vessels that drives atherosclerosis.

6. Metformin (Diabetes Drug)

Biochemistry and Biophysical Research Community published a research in 2009, which explored the ways in which the curcumin is valuable in the battle against diabetes. Study found that the curcumin suppresses the gluconeogenic genes expression (which also suppresses the glucose production in the liver). Another interesting finding is that the curcumin is five hundred to hundred thousand times more powerful than metformin in activating ACC and AMPK.

7. Prozac/Fluoxetine/Imipramine (antidepressants)

A research published by a medical journal in 2011 showed that curcumin helps in reducing depression and depressive behavior in comparison to these antidepressants.

Besides these mentioned positive effects, turmeric and its components are exhibiting some other therapeutic and beneficial properties. There are many researches in natural and integrative therapies where curcumin is on top of the lists. It has a great efficiency in the battle against radiation-resistant and chemotherapy-resistant cancers also.

Because of the so many positive effects it has, usage of curcumin is highly recommended, both as food or medicine and as an alternative to drugs in treatment of cancers.

Use the organic turmeric as addition to food daily, as it will improve your general immunity. Healthy diet is important, so you will not have problems later in life.

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Source: Green Med Info