Turmeric, and curcumin, the active ingredient in the spice, have starred in 2,000 studies a year for the last few years. The compounds are thought to manage systemic silent inflammation, the basis of nearly every chronic degenerative disease.
How does it stack up against some popular drugs? GreenMedInfo.com rounded up relevant research comparing turmeric and some popuular conventional meds.
Turmeric compared favorably to Lipitor in keeping blood vessel functioning among Type 2 diabetics in a 2008 study published in the journal Drugs in R & D. Three studies found that turmeric worked as well as steroid medications.
A 2011 animal study found that curcumin worked as well as the antidepressants Prozac/Fluoxetine and Imipramine to reduce depressive behavior.
A study published in 2004 in the journal Oncogene found that curcumin worked just as well as a slate of anti-inflammatory drugs including aspirin, ibuprofen, sulindac, phenylbutazone, naproxen, indomethacin, diclofenac, dexamethasone, celecoxib and tamoxifen to reduce inflammation and proliferation of tumor cells.
Finally, a 2009 study published in the journal Biochemistry and Biophysical Research Community found that curcumin may be far more potent in treating diabetes than the drug Metformin.
Consumer awareness of curcumin’s benefits is growing as the research piles up, as are new delivery methods for consuming the golden wonder supp.
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