Antioxidant, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-viral, Anticancer, Arthritis, Cognitive dysfunction, High cholesterol, Kidney stones, Alzheimer's disease, Diabetes
Found in the turmeric spice, curcumin has now been identified as a tool to maintain brain health. Often used in the traditional curries of Indian and Asian cuisine, turmeric is believed to have great properties as an anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, digestive aid, and a topical antiseptic.
The spice is also used in treating various ailments such as: arthritis, cognitive dysfunction, cancer (as prevention for tumour spread), eczema, heartburn, gallbladder function, high cholesterol, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), kidney stones, Alzheimer's disease (when taken in conjunction with vitamin D), liver damage, reduction of breast cancer risk in menopausal women (through hormone replacement therapy), and reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Curcumin is recognized as having anti-oxidant properties and is believed to play a key role in the many known benefits of turmeric in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Research has shown that it is the curcumin in turmeric that helps curb inflammation and oxidative stress which are both identified as contributing factors to the development of the disease. Furthermore, studies have found that curcumin may also hinder the breakdown of nerve cells in the brain which is caused by Alzheimer's disease as well as preventing the development of brain plaques which accumulate between the nerve cells and impair brain function through the destruction of synapses.
Research is ongoing in examining the effects of curcumin intake for the regulation of the immune system to fight cancer. In the past years, many papers have been published on the medicinal properties of curcumin with emphasis on cancer care. It has been demonstrated that patients suffering from ovarian carcinoma saw a reduction of the affected cells when exposed to a treatment of chemotherapy combined with curcumin.
Beyond the effects on Alzheimer and cancer treatment, curcumin also acts as a pain reliever (as it is anti-inflammatory), helps keep blood sugar in check, and protects against liver damage.