A goldmine of research supports the healthy benefits of sunny-hued curcumin. The latest to surface? The compound’s potential to help manage skin conditions.
In a recent study, Italian researchers found that curcumin may be helpful in alleviating the often painful condition.
Nearly 7.5 million American have psoriasis, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Scientists are not certain what causes it but believe the immune system and genetics play a role. There is no cure for the disorder, but topical steroids are often used to help manage the symptoms.
For the study, Italian researchers at the Department of Surgery and Translational Medicine, University of Florence, conducted a single-dose, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study including 63 subjects with mild to moderate psoriasis vulgaris. For 12 weeks, they treated subjects with just topical steroids, or, with topical steroids and orally with a curcumin supplement. The scientists measured the quality of life and health benefits and the effects of the treatment on serum levels that are believed to play a major role in the disorder.
They found that the patients who received the curcumin in addition to the steroids fared better than those who just received the steroids, according to a post about the research on healthgauge.com. The study itself was published in BioMed Research International.
Thousands of studies attesting to curcumin and tumeric’s anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-fungal powers, making them a top antidote for some of the world’s most rampant illnesses. And, the pile of research is building like the heat in a good curry. “This amazing botanical is the single most helpful natural ingredient you can take for almost every disease or illness,” nutrition industry legend Terry Lemerond, who heads supplements manufacturing company EuroPharma, said in his “Terry Talks Nutrition” podcast.