Science Confirms Turmeric As Effective As 14 Drugs


Turmeric is one the most thoroughly researched plants in existence today.  Its medicinal properties and components primarily Curcumin have been the subject of over 5600 peer-reviewed and published biomedical studies.  In fact, our five-year long research project on this sacred plant has revealed over 600 potential preventive and therapeutic applications, as well as 175 distinct beneficial physiological effects.

Given the sheer density of research performed on this remarkable spice, it is no wonder that a growing number of studies have concluded that it compares favorably to a variety of conventional medications, including:

  • Lipitor/Atorvastatin(cholesterol medication): A 2008 study published in the journal Drugs in R & D found that a standardized preparation of curcuminoids from Turmeric compared favorably to the drug atorvastatin (trade name Lipitor) on endothelial dysfunction, the underlying pathology of the blood vessels that drives atherosclerosis, in association with reductions in inflammation and oxidative stress in type 2 diabetic patients. [i] [For addition curcumin and ‘high cholesterol’ research – 8 abstracts]
  • Corticosteroids (steroid medications): A 1999 study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research found that the primary polyphenol in turmeric, the saffron colored pigment known as curcumin, compared favorably to steroids in the management of chronic anterior uveitis, an inflammatory eye disease. [ii] A 2008 study published in Critical Care Medicine found that curcumin compared favorably to the corticosteroid drug dexamethasone in the animal model as an alternative therapy for protecting lung transplantation-associated injury by down-regulating inflammatory genes. [iii] An earlier 2003 study published in Cancer Letters found the same drug also compared favorably to dexamethasone in a lung ischaemia-repurfusion injury model. [iv] [for additional curcumin and inflammation research – 52 abstracts]
  • Prozac/Fluoxetine & Imipramine  (antidepressants): A 2011 study published in the journal Acta Poloniae Pharmaceutica found that curcumin compared favorably to both drugs in reducing depressive behavior in an animal model. [v] [for additional curcumin and depression]
  • Aspirin (blood thinner): A 1986 in vitro and ex vivo study published in the journal Arzneimittelforschung found that curcumin has anti-platelet and prostacyclin modulating effects compared to aspirin, indicating it may have value in patients prone to vascular thrombosis and requiring anti-arthritis therapy. [vi] [for additional curcumin and anti-platelet research]
  • Anti-inflammatory Drugs: A 2004 study published in the journal Oncogene found that curcumin (as well as Resveratrol) were effective alternatives to the drugs aspirin, ibuprofen, sulindac, phenylbutazone, naproxen, indomethacin, diclofenac, dexamethasone, celecoxib, and tamoxifen in exerting anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative activity against tumor cells. [vii] [for additionalcurcumin and anti-proliferative research – 15 abstracts]
  • Oxaliplatin (chemotherapy drug): A 2007 study published in the International Journal of Cancer found that curcumin compares favorably with oxaliplatin as an antiproliferative agent in colorectal cell lines. [viii] [for additional curcumin and colorectal cancer research – 52 abstracts]
  • Metformin (diabetes drug): A 2009 study published in the journal Biochemistry and Biophysical Research Community explored how curcumin might be valuable in treating diabetes, finding that it activates AMPK (which increases glucose uptake) and suppresses gluconeogenic gene expression  (which suppresses glucose production in the liver) in hepatoma cells. Interestingly, they found curcumin to be 500 times to 100,000 times (in the form known as tetrahydrocurcuminoids(THC)) more potent than metformin in activating AMPK and its downstream target acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACC).


Comment from Stress Management Experts:

Many people already heard about the healing properties of the spice turmeric, which is also sometimes referred to as curcumin. And many of them already started to use it in huge quantities to help their problems. But we have to warn them that it can cause side effects because it should not be used alon and directly in pills. Ayurveda experts said that curcuma can effect liver is taken that way because it can go to the liver and affect it too strongly. The best way to use it – cooking curcuma or turmeric in oil before placing other ingredients in the pan for stir frying or sautéing. Cooking spices, even in small quantities will diffuse their healing properties in the oil and will help to deliver them to the body.Science Confirms Turmeric As Effective As 14 Drugs.

Another important thing to remember all spices and herbs better use in mixtures for synergy of action. Intake of single herb or spice along can cause imbalance in your physiology. For that reason all supplements should be formulated in mixtures and spices should be used in certain proportions. The choice of spices and their proportions depend on your body type and your type of imbalance at one particular time. So it is better to get advice from knowledgeable health consultant preferable Ayurveda Consultant. In generally turmeric is better for Pitta type of physiology because it is cooling and it cleans liver. Usually it is used in mix with Fennel and Coriander. Some other spices should be added for other types of physiology to counter the cooling effect of this mix. Another option is to use the liposomal form of Turmeric, which is available now.

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The information in the article should not be considered as medical advice. It is not meant to prevent, treat, diagnose or cure any ailment, or prescribe any medication or supplement. Always check with your physician before taking any products or following any advice you have read.

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