A few years ago, a coworker from India said Turmeric is their answer to most common ailments, such as stomachaches, sore throats and countless others. It seemed suspicious. However, while some curative attributes may be anecdotal, evidence grows that turmeric, properties of which are actually used as an ingredient in medications, has been proven as a cure for some ailments and potential cure for many others.
Countless studies have shown healing powers from turmeric elements. Recent research on the effect of aromatic turmerone, a turmeric extract, shows that the plant extract may help regenerate damaged brain cells after things like a stroke. Neural stem cells (NSCs) can do some regeneration after damage from a stroke, but not from the damage caused by Alzheimer’s disease and other degenerative brain diseases. However, the study shows turmeric makes a difference in promoting that activity for all reasons, including dementia. However, the testing was only done on animals so far.
The research, conducted in Germany at the University Hospital of Cologne and the from Research Centre Juelich ay the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine, showed progress in animal and laboratory results that turmerone and its derivatives. can have a positive effect on NSCs. The research showed that that two brain regions – the subventricular zone (SVZ) and the hippocampus – increased in rats that received aromatic turmerone injections.
This was laboratory and animal research investigating whether aromatic turmerone, the turmeric extract studied, on neural stem cells (NSCs) that is now in the Stem Cell Research & Therapy journal. NSCs have some ability to regenerate brain cells after damage, but usually not the damage caused by degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. Other recent studies show turmeric or its active ingredient – curcumin – can prevent or slow the growth of some types of cancer.
Turmeric is a root plant or rhizome closely related to ginger. Commonly used in curries, turmeric has a warm, slightly bitter taste for coloring or enhancing the flavor of curry powders, cheeses, mustards and more.
According to Web MD, the list of health-related uses for turmeric is long. It is ingested for stomach problems, such as gas, bloating or diarrhea; arthritis; menstrual pain; fever and such for thousands of years in some areas. A juice version is used as a topical agent and a turmeric paste (warm mil with some powder) is employed as an antiseptic in wounds.
There have been many studies conducted on curcumin, an active ingredient in turmeric. Many have dealt with anti-inflammatory abilities in curcumin. In one study, turmeric worked about as well as ibuprofen for reducing arthritis pain. There have also been clinical studies on the benefits in diabetes and prediabetes. Ar-tumerone, which was the ingredient in the new research, has not been studied as widely. However, given the results shown in the new research, while not done on humans, the evidence grows stronger that turmeric derivatives can be a cure for even more ailments.
By Dyanne Weiss