Numerous studies have been conducted about turmeric. It is an amazing herb that contains a lot of medicinal properties and ingredients, including curcumin, which were thoroughly researched in 5600 biomedical studies. In addition, a study that lasted about five years showed that turmeric is extremely beneficial plant with over 600 potential preventive and therapeutic applications, and also 175 excellent physiological effects.
1. Cholesterol medications or Lipitor / Atorvastatin
As mentioned above this spice has been a subject on various studies and also a great number of them have proven the fact that turmeric can be compared to various medications, such as: Lipitor/Atorvastatin, which is a medication to regulate cholesterol. Furthermore, in 2008, the journal Drugs in R & D published a study that concluded turmeric’s standardized preparation curcuminoids is similar to the Atorvastatin or Lipitor, a medication on endothelial dysfunction. To explain you more deeply, it is the blood vessels pathology driving atherosclerosis and it helps in decreasing oxidative stress and swelling in patients who suffer from Diabetes Type II.
2. Steroid medications or Corticosteroids
Curcumin can be also compared to the steroid medications known as corticosteroids. According to a study that was published in 1999 in the journal Phytotherapy Research the primary polyphenol in turmeric, the saffron colored pigment, i.e., curcumin, has a similar impact as the steroids that are used in chronic anterior uveitis, which is an eye inflammation disease. Another study published in 2008 in Critical Care Medicine showed that the primary ingredient of turmeric, curcumin, can be also compared to another corticosteroid medication – dexamethasone. The experiment was carried out on animals as an alternative method in order to protect lung transplantation injury.
A more recent study published in 2003 in Cancer Letters showed that it can also be compared to dexamethasone that has been tested on a model involving a lung ischaemia-repurfusion associated injury.
3. Anti-depressive medications or Prozac/Fluoxetine and Imipramine
According to a study published in 2011 in the journal Acta Poloniae Pharmaceutica the curcumin has the similar effects as the both medications used in decreasing depression in an animal model.
4. Blood thinner medications or Aspirin
In vitro and ex vivo researches of 1986 that were published in the journal Arzneimittelforschung showed that this ingredient has the same anti-platelet and prostacyclin effect as aspirin. Moreover, this beneficial ingredient is very effective in patients who are suffering from vascular thrombosis acting as an anti-arthritis treatment.
5. Anti-inflammatory medications
The journal Oncogene published a study in 2004 that showed curcumin and resveratrol act in the same way as the following medications: ibuprofen, dexamethasone, aspirin, sulindac, celecoxib, phenylbutazone, indomethacin, naproxen, diclofenac, and tamoxifen.
6. Chemotherapy medications or Oxaliplatin
According to a research that was published in the International Journal of Cancer in 2007 curcumin is beneficial as well as oxaliplatin, which has antiproliferative properties in colorectal cell lines.
7. Diabetes medications or Metformin
In 2009 a research was published in the journal Biochemistry and Biophysical Research Community that concluded the excellent curcumin effects in diabetes treatment. In addition, this ingredient is able to activate AMPK or to increase the glucose uptake and to inhibit the gluconeogenic gene expression or the production of glucose in the liver in hepatoma cells.
You should know that curcumin is found to be 500 to 100,000 times more beneficial than metformin in order to activate AMPK and its downstream also affects acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACC).
In this article we are going to present you the other healing turmeric properties and its most effective ingredients tested on drug resistant- and multi-drug resistant cancers.
In addition, there are more than 54 studies that have found the curcumin positive effects in stimulating the cell death or making the drug-resistant cancer cell lines more sensitive to traditional treatments. There are also another 27 studies that have proven the curcumin’s ability in order to stimulate the cell death or to sensitize the multi-drug resistant cancer cell lines to traditional treatments.
To sum up, this miraculous herb along with its ingredients have been used for centuries as a spice in food preparation or as a medicine. Moreover, it is considered that curcumin is so effective that it can be used as a drug alternative or adjuvant in cancer treatment. It is recommended to use certified organic turmeric in small amounts in your every day diet, thus eliminating the future need of larger amounts of this spice in case you develop some disease. A healthy diet should be implemented in order to nourish your body instead of self-medicating with unnecessary nutraceuticals.