Turmeric is one of the most versatile healing spices in the world. A spice commonly found in curries may boost the brain’s ability to heal itself, turmeric has been cultivated for over five thousand years. It’s generally used in curries and it’s bright yellow in colour, which gives mustard its intense complexion.
A research conducted by GreenMedInfo found that turmeric can replace a variety of conventional medications designed to treat various conditions including plaque build-up in arteries, inflammation and oxidative stress in type 2 diabetes, inflammatory eye disease, depression, arthritis and many more.
Turmeric as effective for treating disease as 7 different conventional drugs without any side effects
A 2008 study published in the journal Drugs in R & D discovered that curcuminoids, found in turmeric, can be used to treat endothelial dysfunction, a condition affecting the functionality of blood vessels. It was as effective at treating high cholesterol as mainstream cholesterol drugs.
A 2004 study published in the journal Oncogene found curcumin to be an effective alternative to drugs like aspirin, ibuorofen, anti-inflammatory pharmaceuticals and tumor-cell-fighting medications.
Metformin for diabetes
A 2009 study published in Biochemistry and Biophysical Research Community found that turmeric was valuable for treating diabetes. Turmeric activates AMPK, which increases glucose uptake, and suppresses gluconeogenic gene expressio in hepatoma cells. Scientists found curcumin to be 500 times to 100,000 times more potent than the diabetes drug metformin.
A 2011 study published in the journal Acta Poloniae Pharmaceutica found that curcumin worked in treating depression, potentially capable of replacing psychotropic drugs like Prozac.
Aspirin (blood thinner)
A 1986 study published in the journal Arzneimittelforschung found that curcumin has “anti-platelet and prostacyclin modulating effects compared to aspirin,” giving it value to patients prone to vascular thrombosis.
Oxiliplatin, a chemotherapy drug
This one deserves to be taken with the greatest grain of salt due to the high stakes nature of the disease it treats. A 2007 study published in the International Journal of Cancer discovered that curcumin could be used to treat colon cancer, potentially replacing oxaliplatin.
Corticosteroids (steroid medications)
A 1999 study found that polyphenol in turmeric, which gives it its saffron pigment, compared favorably to steroids for managing chronic anterior uveitis, an eye disease.
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