With the advances in modern medicine we have different treatments and pills for almost any kind of ailment. Yet, you may have one of the most powerful herbs used in ayruvedic medicine sitting in your spice cabinet. This herb is called turmeric; its active ingredient curcumin has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years. It is still being studied for its incredible medicinal properties in treatment for everything from arthritis to more serious conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. Animal studies have suggested that curcumin has antitumor, antioxidant, antiarthritic, antiamyloid, anti-ischemic, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Curcumin’s potent anti-inflammatory properties have been compared to that of prescription anti-inflammatory drugs, without the serious side effects. Because of these properties curcumin has been used in ayruvedic medicine as a remedy for arthritis.
Turmeric is also considered a smart food increasing cognitive function. A recent study of people that regularly consumed turmeric showed an increase in mental functions. A another study suggested that turmeric is a nueroprotective, showing that is was protective in brain trauma and stroke.
Studies of turmeric benefits in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, have suggested that turmeric was particularly effective in reducing neurodegeneration, oxidative damage, diffuse plaque deposition, aberrant inflammation and impaired inflammatory clearance.
There are many other studies being performed to find other turmeric benefits. Although many of the studies have shown significant benefits from turmeric it is important to note many of them did not include a double blind study with a placebo. With all the potential benefits of turmeric, it couldn’t hurt to include turmeric more often in your diet.