Turmeric is a spice that has for centuries been commonly used in India, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and many other Southeast-Asian countries.
Like ginger, turmeric is a rhizome-a gnarly type of root that appears brownish on the outside, but is bright orange on the inside. When dried and made into a powder, turmeric is bright yellow in color.
Its magic comes in myriad forms. First, as a spice it adds both aromatic and warm, earthy tones to curries and other dishes. Secondly, turmeric is often used as a natural tint or dye to color everything from food to clothing to hair tints, skin creams, and other cosmetics. Third, turmeric has been found to have various medical applications and is currently under study for its role in treating a variety of physical ailments including wounds and infections, digestive disorders, and even cancer.
In recent years, research into the healing powers of turmeric’s main ingredient, curcumin, has burgeoned, as its astonishing array of antioxidant, anti-cancer, antibiotic, antiviral and other properties has been revealed. In fact, India has the lowest rate of Alzheimer’s disease in the world, with Alzheimer’s only affecting around one percent of people over the age of 65 living in some Indian villages, with the credit being given to the regular inclusion of turmeric in their diet.
Curcumin is the active ingredient of turmeric powder. Curcumin’s broad spectrum of antioxidant, anticarcinogenic, antimutagenic, and anti-inflammatory properties makes it particularly interesting for the development of pharmaceutical compounds. It can be helpful with the following diseases:
- Prevention or Slowing down Alzheimer’s disease.
- Turmeric (Curcumin) blocks Brain tumour activity.
- Curcumin is helpful against pancreatic ailments.
- Curcumin is anti-inflammatory, and thus is helpful in diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases.
- Turmeric helps in digestion by inducing bile juice, and is thus good for the liver too. That’s why it’s subscribed whenever someone in India has jaundice.
- It is observed that Curcumin has anti-cancer properties and aids the cell-cycle arrest, which, if allowed to continue, would help in the mutation of cells and development of cancer.
Yet little has been known about exactly how curcumin works inside the body.
Now, University of Michigan researchers led by Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy have discovered that curcumin acts as a disciplinarian, inserting itself into cell membranes and making them more orderly, a move that improves cells’ resistance to infection and malignancy.
“The membrane goes from being crazy and floppy to being more disciplined and ordered, so that information flow through it can be controlled,” said Ramamoorthy, a professor of chemistry and biophysics. The findings were published online March 3 in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
The research project melds Ramamoorthy’s past with his current scientific interests. As a child in India, he was given turmeric-laced milk to drink when he had a cold, and he breathed steam infused with turmeric to relieve congestion. Now as researcher he is fascinated with proteins that are associated with biological membranes, and he uses a technique called solid-state NMR spectroscopy to reveal atom-level details of these important molecules and the membranous milieu in which they operate.
Ancient Indians believed that turmeric contained the energy of the Divine Mother. Modern science now confirms that it has therapeutic properties relevant to well over 500 health conditions and may bestow on those who take it protection from many common causes of suffering.
Sayer Ji, founder of GreenMedInfo.com, has personally reviewed the majority of 4,000+ biomedical citations on turmeric and its primary polyphenol curcumin, available to view on the National Library of Medicine’s bibliographic reference database known as MEDLINE (and searchable through engines like Pubmed.gov), and has been awed by how diverse, powerful and seemingly ideally suited this spice is for addressing the broad range of diseases and/or disease symptoms that commonly afflict our species.
One of the novel findings that emerged in his comprehensive review of turmeric is that it expresses over 150 distinct beneficial actions, describable in terms of traditional pharmacological pathways, e.g. interleukin-6 down-regulator, apoptotic, cyclooxygenase inhibitor, etc. During the indexing process the image emerged of a many-armed Goddess, due to how diverse, intelligent and simultaneous are this spice’s healing gifts.
In fact, from the perspective of monochemical-oriented pharmacology, a drug with more than 10 simultaneously therapeutic actions, and without the vast array of adverse, unintended side effects commonly associated with novel, patentable chemicals, turmeric would represent an impossible, miraculous entity, which if patentable, would generate more revenue than all the blockbuster drugs on the market put together.
Turmeric’s medical value, and includes voluminous research on turmeric’s potential to prevent and/or treat multi-drug resistant cancers, chronic degenerative conditions, neurological problems, depression, serious infections, as well as hundreds of other diseases.
One of The Most Exhaustive Turmeric Research Archive on the Internet: GreenMedInfo.com
Sayer Ji, founder of GreenMedInfo.com, discusses his findings after reviewing
study abstracts on Turmeric (and its primarily polyphenol Curcumin) on the US National Library Medicine’s database (pubmed.gov).
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