TURMERIC AS EFFECTIVE AS ASPIRIN, PROZAC, LIPITOR, METFORMIN AND 10 OTHER DRUGS
This amazing plant is definitely one of the most in-depth researched plants nowadays. More than 5600 peer-reviewed and published biomedical studies have thoroughly examined the medicinal properties and the components of turmeric, especially its active component curcumin. As a matter of fact, there is a five-year long research on this plant which found more than 600 potential therapeutic and preventive applications, as well as 175 different beneficial physiological effects. The entire database of 1,585 ncbi-hyperlinked turmeric abstracts can be downloaded as a PDF document at the Downloadable Turmeric Document page.
If we take into consideration the numerous studies conducted on this subject, it isn’t surprising that there is a growing number of them which conclude that this amazing spice is as effective as many conventional over-the-counter drugs. Consider the following:
Metformin (Diabetes Drug)
According to a 2009 year study published in the journal Biochemistry and Biophysical Research Community which investigated how curcumin can help in treating diabetes, this active component activates AMPK (which increases glucose uptake) and suppresses gluconeogenic gene expression (which suppresses glucose production in the liver) in hepatoma cells. It is interesting to mention that they found curcumin to be 500-100, 000 times more powerful than metformin in activating AMPK and its downstream target acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACC).
Aspirin ( Blood Thinner)
As suggested by a 1986 in vitro and ex vivo study that was published in the journal Arzneimittelforschung, curcimin has prostacyclin and anti-platelet modulating effects in comparison to aspirin. This study promotes this active ingredient to be very helpful for people prone to vascular thrombosis and patients who require anti-arthritis therapy.
Lipotor/ Atorvastatin (Cholesterol Medication)
According to a 2008 study published in the journal Drugs in R&D, the standardized preparation of curcuminoids from Turmeric is more effective than atorvastatin (Lipitor) in terms of endothelial dysfunction, an underlying pathology of the blood vessels that triggers atherosclerosis. It also reduces inflammation and oxidative stress in type 2 diabetic patients.
Prozac/Fluoxetine & Imipramine (Antidepresants)
As suggested by a 2011 study published in the journal Acta Poloniae Pharmaceutica, curcumin is more effective than both drugs in reducing depressive behavior in animals.
Corticosteroids (Steroid Medications)
A 1999 study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research revealed that the polyohenol found in turmeric, a saffron colored pigment known as curcumin, compared favorably with steroids when it comes to dealing with chronic anterior uveitis, a type of inflammatory eye disease. Another study followed, and it 2003 a study published in Cancer Letters found that curcimin is as effective or even more effective than dexamethasone in a lung ischaemia-repurfusion injury. Finally, according to a 2008 study published in Critical Care Medicine, curcumin compared favorably with corticosteroid drug- the above mentioned dexamethasone, in the animal model as an alternative therapy for protection of the lung transplantation-associated injury. It basically down-regulates the inflammatory genes.
As suggested by a 2004 study published in the journal Oncogene, both curcumin and rasveratrol and excellent all natural alternatives to drugs, such as celecoxib, ibuprofen, naproxen, aspirin, tamoxifen, indomethacin, dexamethasone, sulindac, and diclofenac in forcing anti-proliferative and anti-inflammatory activity against tumor cells.
Oxaliplatin (Chemotherapy Drug)
According to the findings of a 2007 study published in the International Journal of Cancer, curcimin is as effective as oxaliplatin in serving as anti-proliferative agent in colorectal cell lines.
There is yet another way in which turmeric and its components show their amazing therapeutic properties. That is the research on drug resistant and multi-drug resistant cancers. The source of this article has two sections dedicated to investigating natural and integrative therapies on these topics, and there are numerous substances with notable efficacy against chemotherapy and radiation-resistant cancers. Curcumin tops both lists:
Cancers: Drug Resistant
Cancers: Multi-Drug Resistant
There are 27 studies identified, dealing with curcimin`s ability to encourage cell death or to sensitize drug resistant cancer cell lines to conventional treatment.
In addition, there are over 54 studies suggesting that this active component of turmeric can induce cell death.
If we take into consideration the appreciation of this amazing plant as well as its usage as both food and medicine in numerous cultures for thousands of years, it isn’t surprising that curcumin, the principal curcuminoid of turmeric, can be used as medication alternative or adjuvant in cancer treatment.
In addition, it is recommended to use certified, non-irradiated turmeric. Use it in low doses for culinary purposes and ensure maintaining proper health. By doing so, you protect yourself from various serious diseases. We already know that prevention is much better than the treatment itself.