Turmeric is a plant related to ginger and it's active chemical ingredient Curcumin, has an incredibly long history in Ayurvedic medicine dating back nearly 4,000 years.
Modern medicine has begun to recognize the importance of Turmeric, as indicated by the over 3,000 publications that have been released within the last 25 years.
Since then, this polyphenol has been shown to possess anti-inflammatory, hypoglycemic, antioxidant, wound-healing, and antimicrobial activities. Extensive preclinical studies over the past three decades have indicated Curcumin’s therapeutic potential against a wide range of human diseases.
"What Are The Health Effects of Turmeric?
- Claims that curcuminoids found in turmeric help to reduce inflammation aren’t supported by strong studies.
- Preliminary studies found that curcuminoids may
- Reduce the number of heart attacks bypass patients had after surgery
- Control knee pain from osteoarthritis as well as ibuprofen did
- Reduce the skin irritation that often occurs after radiation treatments for breast cancer.
- Other preliminary studies in people have looked at curcumin, a type of curcuminoid, for different cancers, colitis, diabetes, surgical pain, and as an ingredient in mouthwash for reducing plaque.
- The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) has studied curcumin for Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and prostate and colon cancer."
There are currently 6 clinical trials involving curcumin supported by the National Cancer Institute. You can check out those on their website here
- Therapeutic Roles of Curcumin: Lessons Learned from Clinical Trials
- Curcumin: A Review of Its’ Effects on Human Health
- Effects of curcumin consumption on human chronic diseases: A narrative review of the most recent clinical data.
- Curcumin, Inflammation, and Chronic Diseases: How Are They Linked?
- Curcumin, the golden nutraceutical: multitargeting for multiple chronic diseases
- Effects of Turmeric and Curcumin Dietary Supplementation on Human Gut Microbiota: A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Pilot Study
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