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Spice (curry) drug fights stroke damage
BBC ^ | 10 Feb 2011 | BBC

Posted on 02/13/2011 11:01:07 PM PST by Innovative

A drug derived from the curry spice turmeric may be able to help the body repair some of the damage caused in the immediate aftermath of a stroke.

Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles are preparing to embark on human trials after promising results in rabbits.

Their drug reached brain cells and reduced muscle and movement problems.

The Stroke Association said it was the "first significant research" suggesting that the compound could aid stroke patients.

"This is the first significant research to show that turmeric could be beneficial to stroke patients by encouraging new cells to grow and preventing cell death after a stroke.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: curcumin; curry; damage; drug; fights; health; medicine; spice; stroke; turmeric
Surprising and encouraging!
1 posted on 02/13/2011 11:01:11 PM PST by Innovative
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To: Daffynition

ping


2 posted on 02/13/2011 11:03:27 PM PST by goat granny
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To: Innovative

curcumin is a drug now ? who knew!

cool.


3 posted on 02/13/2011 11:10:36 PM PST by MetaThought
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To: MetaThought

“Turmeric has been used for centuries as part of traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine, and many laboratory studies suggest one of its components, curcumin, might have various beneficial properties.”

Maybe they should pay more attention to natural remedies that have been used for centuries...


4 posted on 02/13/2011 11:13:08 PM PST by Innovative (Weakness is provocative.)
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To: MetaThought

Curcumin May Prevent Clogged Arteries
Study Shows Ingredient in Curry Spice May Reduce Fatty Deposits in Arteries
By Kelli Miller Stacy
WebMD Health NewsReviewed by Elizabeth Klodas, MD, FACC July 20, 2009 — The compound that gives curry spice powder its yellowish color may protect arteries from fatty buildup, new research in mice shows.

Curcumin, the main ingredient in the curry spice turmeric, is a naturally occurring antioxidant known as a polyphenol. Polyphenols are found in plants that have anti-inflammatory and other protective properties.

Previous studies in rats showed that curcumin had the power to prevent heart failure. Turmeric-based compounds have also been touted as potential treatments for Alzheimer’s, arthritis, and breast cancer.

The current study suggests curcumin may thwart the development of atherosclerosis, or clogged arteries, a key risk factor for heart attacks and strokes.

Researchers in France fed 20 mice a diet supplemented with curcumin or a comparison diet not supplemented with curcumin. After 16 weeks, mice fed on the curcumin-based diet had a 26% reduction in fatty deposits in their arteries compared to mice on the comparison diet.

In addition, curcumin appeared to alter the genetic signaling involved in plaque buildup at the molecular level.

The findings are being presented this week at the American Heart Association’s Basic Cardiovascular Sciences Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/news/20090720/curcumin-may-prevent-clogged-arteries


5 posted on 02/14/2011 12:06:34 AM PST by Uncle Miltie ("And did you exchange a walk on part in a War, for a lead role in a cage?")
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To: Innovative

Curry is ubiquitous in the cuisine of India — if dietary amounts of it were enough to have helpful health effects, one would think that would stick out like a sore thumb in the demographic data.


6 posted on 02/14/2011 12:49:51 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: Innovative

well, Turmeric has been used for a long time. Time to hit the curry!


7 posted on 02/14/2011 12:59:33 AM PST by Cronos ("They object to tradition saying that they themselves are wiser than the apostles" - Ire.III.2.2)
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To: Innovative

Don’t forget, yoga is evil!


8 posted on 02/14/2011 1:21:25 AM PST by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different)
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To: goat granny

Thanks for the ping GG...lots of turmeric threads going around. Interesting info.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2671980/posts


9 posted on 02/14/2011 2:28:26 AM PST by Daffynition ( Live EACH DAY as if it were your last, but EXPECT that there still may be a tomorrow.)
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To: goat granny

“There’s no such thing as religion
when talking about........good curry!”


10 posted on 02/14/2011 2:56:37 AM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Innovative

“Maybe they should pay more attention to natural remedies that have been used for centuries..”

I have an “American” doctor, and a Chinese herbal doctor. Chinese doc fixed my knees. I now walk without pain, and without a cane.


11 posted on 02/14/2011 4:15:17 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: tet68

Once again, it’s time to curry favor with those who favor curry.


12 posted on 02/14/2011 4:45:30 AM PST by elcid1970 ("Destroy Mecca and you destroy Allah!")
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To: Innovative

curry??? Dave Lister will NOT be happy.


13 posted on 02/14/2011 4:50:16 AM PST by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: Innovative

This literally as I’m about to make my annual monster batch of curry to freeze—you know I’m doubling down on the turmeric now!!!


14 posted on 02/14/2011 6:09:34 AM PST by Humble Servant
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To: Innovative

If one is on any sort of blood thinning regimen, the use of turmeric in medicinal doses should be done ONLY with the help of a knowledgeable physician.


15 posted on 02/14/2011 8:20:44 AM PST by teenyelliott (Soylent green should be made out of liberals...)
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To: teenyelliott

Eat mustard! (that contains tumeric)


16 posted on 02/14/2011 10:08:23 AM PST by CondorFlight (I)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
My friend, who was an MD in Europe, practices natural healing here.

She is amazing. One of her many achievements was to save the foot of a guy who had been told he would have to have the foot amputated due to gangrene.

17 posted on 02/14/2011 10:23:12 AM PST by Churchillspirit (9/11/01...NEVER FORGET.)
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To: Innovative
Maybe they should pay more attention to natural remedies that have been used for centuries...

Umm...what do you think this article is about? Most folk remedies turn out to be placebos and some folk remedies kill people too. Research like this is required to separate the good from the bullshit.

What many people fail to grasp is that once a folk remedy has been proven out it leaves the classification of folk remedy and becomes part of the hated mainstream allopathic medicine. Willowbark, eg.

18 posted on 02/14/2011 5:35:09 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Epidemiology of stroke in India:
http://www.neurology-asia.org/articles/20061_001.pdf


19 posted on 02/15/2011 5:26:36 AM PST by Eepsy
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