Skip to comments.Spice (curry) drug fights stroke damage
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 ...
curcumin is a drug now ? who knew!
“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...
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.
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.
well, Turmeric has been used for a long time. Time to hit the curry!
Don’t forget, yoga is evil!
Thanks for the ping GG...lots of turmeric threads going around. Interesting info.
“There’s no such thing as religion
when talking about........good curry!”
“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.
Once again, it’s time to curry favor with those who favor curry.
curry??? Dave Lister will NOT be happy.
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!!!
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.
Eat mustard! (that contains tumeric)
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.
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.
Epidemiology of stroke in India:
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