Benefits of turmeric
Turmeric is a superfood powerhouse plant that in our opinion is a great addition to your diet every single day. We will look into studies focusing on what turmeric can do for our bodies.
A study in 2012 assessed the efficacy of curcumin in delaying development of type 2 diabetes. After 9 months 16% of the placebo group were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. None of the curcumin group were diagnosed.
Inflammation plays a major role in nearly every chronic Western disease. Anything that can fight inflammation has the potential of preventing or treating diseases. Studies have shown curcumin to demonstrate anti-inflammatory activity. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12676044/
More research on turmeric possessing anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer activities can be found here.
A study suggested turmeric was a safe and effective drug in the treatment of Idiopathic orbital inflammatory pseudotumors (a very rare and chronic condition effecting the eyes).
Eight patients were given curcumin for a period of 6-22 months. Of the five patients who completed the study, four recovered completely and in one patient the swelling regressed completely but some limitation of movement persisted.
Subjects aged 70-79
India 0.7% vs USA 3.1%
Subjects aged 80 or older
In the review paper A Potential Role of the Curry Spice Curcumin in Alzheimer’s Disease, John Ringman concludes, “substantial in-virtro data indicating that curcumin has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-amyloid activity”. “As the widespread use of curcumin as a food additive and relatively small short-term studies in humans suggest safety, curcumin is a promising agent in the treatment and/or prevention of AD. Nonetheless, important information regarding curcumin bioavailability, safety and tolerability, particularly in an elderly population is lacking”. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1702408/
Further studies are needed and we do not know if curcumin can slow down or reverse AD in people, but there are a few hopeful signs.
This study indicated that taking turmeric for 8 weeks can improve vascular endothelial function (which declines with aging and is associated with an increased risk of heart disease. There were 3 groups of postmenopausal women. Control group, exercise group (moderate aerobic exercise training for 8 weeks) and curcumin group (took curcumin orally for 8 weeks). Flow-mediated dilation increased significantly and equally in the curcumin and exercise groups, whereas no changes were observed in the control group. The results indicated that curcumin ingestion can increase flow-mediated dilation and can potentially improve the age-related decline in endothelial function.
A study on mice concluded that there is “strong evidence for the beneficial effects of curcumin in the treatment of chronic alcohol-induced liver injury. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6852329/#:~:text=Curcumin%20attenuates%20alcohol%2Dinduced%20liver,chronic%20alcohol%2Dinduced%20liver%20injury.
Another study suggests that curcumin protect the liver by supressing hepatic oxidative stress. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27561811/
A meta analysis published in 2017 concluded that “curcumin appears to be safe, well-tolerated, and efficacious among depressed patients”. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28236605/
Following research on guinea pigs, a study published in 2016 concluded “This pilot study provides the first evidence of the capability of curcumin of improving nasal airflow and modulating immune response in patients with Allergic rhinitis”. https://www.annallergy.org/article/S1081-1206(16)31054-7/fulltext