What is Turmeric and Curcumin?
Turmeric is a member of the Curcuma botanical group, which is part of the ginger family of herbs, the Zingiberaceae. The root and rhizome stem of the Curcuma longa plant is crushed and powdered into ground Turmeric spice. Ground Turmeric is used worldwide as a seasoning and is the source of extracted Curcumin.

"One of the greatest beneficial medicinal plants in the entire world...one of the most researched medicinal plants in history.” - Chris Kilham. Curcumin is a natural component of the rhizome of Turmeric and one of the most studied phytochemicals in science. Turmeric contains approximately 3% Curcumin, which is extracted until it is 95% pure to be researched or supplemented.


  What are the researched properties of Curcumin? 

"Over 7,000 studies confirm turmeric’s health-protective effects." - Natural News, 2017

"As of January 2015, there are nearly 5,000 studies and articles on Curcumin or Turmeric listed in the National Institutes of Health PubMed database." - Fox News, 2015

"More than 7000 published articles have shed light on the various aspects of curcumin including its antioxidant, hypoglycemic, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer activities." - Food and Chemical Toxicology, 2015

"PubMed.com, a research database maintained by the National Institutes of Health, lists 7,728 studies involving curcumin and another 3,205 studies involving turmeric, with the large majority focused on their effectiveness against multiple medical conditions." - Post Gazette, 2015

"Curcumin alone has been subject to more than 1,000 studies in 2014." - Natural Products Insider, December 2014

"More than 6.000 articles published within the past two decades have discussed the molecular basis for the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and anticancer activities assigned to this nutraceutical.- MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, December 2014

"Curcumin has been associated with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antiviral, and antibacterial activities as indicated by over 6,000 citations. - Cancer Research and Treatment, 2014

"Over 100 clinical trials on curcumin in various chronic conditions, including autoimmune, cardiovascular, neurological, and psychological diseases, as well as diabetes and cancer." - Cytokine Research Laboratory, The University of Texas, December 2014

"Extensive research over the past 30 years has shown that Curcumin plays an important role in the prevention and treatment of various pro-inflammatory chronic diseases including neurodegenerative, cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, autoimmune and malignant diseases." - Cancer Research and Treatment, 2014

"Curcumin is the most widely-studied plant-derived medicinal chemical in modern science...based on a statistical analysis of over three million published scientific studies, Curcumin is the most frequently mentioned phytonutrient." - NaturalNews.com, 2013

"The list of Curcumin's effects goes on and on, and they're all in your favor...in addition to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, Curcumin has several effects that may work in tandem to protect the brain from plaques in other ways. "If Curcumin had a single molecular target, it probably would not be as good a drug," M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. "But because it has multiple targets, it's very attractive." - Science News Magazine

  Where can I purchase Curcumin?
Order direct from Turmeric-Curcumin.com, the largest supplier of Turmeric Curcumin supplements at wholesale prices to the general public, research institutions, physicians, and university medical centers since 2000. Quality control tests, laboratory analysis certification, and rigorous cGMP manufacturing standards all ensure freshness, potency, and purity of content material. Orders are shipped FedEx or USPS Priority for fast and secure delivery. Contact support@turmeric-curcumin.com for bulk ordering, private labeling or any other questions. Multiple bottle orders will receive quantity discounts listed below, 12-bottle case purchases will also receive free US shipping.


   500 mG OF Curcumin 95% extract per capsule.

Health-conscious consumers should take care in selecting a Curcumin extract product, understanding the difference between Curcumin and Turmeric: Turmeric contains 3% Curcumin on average. Consumers may be misled by deceptive marketing to believe there is a higher Curcumin percentage than there really is, for example:

"Doctors Curcumin" on the front of the label, but checking the ingredient finds that each capsule is 100% Turmeric (curcuma longa), a common and inexpensive spice found in supermarkets and grocery stores.

"500mg Enhanced Formula!" but only contains 200mg Curcumin extract, and the remainder is 300mg Turmeric spice.

"1000mg Super Complex Curcumin (25%)" which is actually only 250mg of Curcumin extract and the remaining 750mg is Turmeric spice.

"1000mg per serving" but the serving size is 4 capsules, 250 mg each.

"Curcumin with Turmerirc 1500mg" but the serving size is 2 capsules, each with only 150mg Curcumin while the rest of the capsule is filled with 600mg of Turmeric spice.

These deceptions are not uncommon in the supplement industry, even by the largest vitamin shops. The solution is to compare labels. Our label clearly indicates the contents - Curcumin extracted from Turmeric root - the purity - 95% concentration - and the amount per each capsule - 500mg.  The source of our Curcumin extract is Turmeric grown in India, never China. Within India, we are extensively networked with selected farms in the Eastern Ghat highlands, known for Turmeric with the highest natural Curcumin content in the world, at 8.8%. From this high quality Turmeric (Curcuma longa) root, we extract Curcumin to a minimum 95% concentration. Within this extraction is the full spectrum of curcuminoids - Curcumin (C), Demethoxycurcumin (DMC), Bisdemethoxycurcumin (BDMC) -  in their natural composition ratio of 76:19:5 for maximum potency. This is the same extract used in clinical trials and medical studies, free of added chemicals, treatments, or "patented formulas". There is no claimed "enhancing" material to fill the capsule and lower the Curcumin percentage. Our product contains no starch, no sugars or sweeteners, no artificial colors or flavors, no sodium, no soy, no yeast, no wheat, no corn, no rice or other grains, no gluten, no dairy, no preservatives, no GMO, no dyes, no gums, and no black pepper extract, piperine, or "bioperine" which is actually a trademark of the Sabinsa corporation.


  200 capsules per bottle.

Each bottle contains 200 capsules, and every 12-bottle case contains over two and a half pounds of Curcumin extract. The suggested serving size is one (1) to four (4) capsules with each meal, preferably with beneficial oils and fats, to offset the inflammatory response during ingestion and digestion.


  Are there side effects of Curcumin or Turmeric?

The safety, tolerability, and nontoxicity of curcumin at high doses are well established by human clinical trials. The US FDA classifies Turmeric as GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe). Pregnant women, individuals with gallstones or using blood thinners should consult a health care provider before using herbs or dietary supplements in amounts greater than usually found in foods.

"Curcumin, even in large quantities, does not produce any known side effects in humans."

"Curcumin is not toxic to humans up to 8,000 mg/day."- Anticancer Research

"Patients received 8 g curcumin by mouth daily...No toxicities were observed." - Clinical Cancer Research

"A phase 1 human trial with 25 subjects using up to 8000 mg of curcumin per day for 3 months found no toxicity from curcumin. Five other human trials using 1125-2500 mg of curcumin per day have also found it to be safe." - Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine

"Therapy using 8 g oral curcumin daily was safe and feasible in patients with pancreatic cancer."


  Has the absorption of Curcumin 95% been studied?

In most studies Curcumin 95% has been delivered orally whether the subject is human or animals. This orally delivered Curcumin 95% extract showed antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic, and anticancer beneficial effects.

"Orally administered curcumin inhibited inflammatory cytokines such as TNF, cyclooxygenase (COX)-2, inducible nitric oxide synthase in mice indicating its anti-inflammatory activity and further suppressing dextran sodium sulfate-induced colon carcinogenesis." - Biofactors. 2013

"Clinical trials have shown that orally delivered curcumin inhibited inflammatory molecules." - AAPS Journal. 2013

  Has the bioavailability of Curcumin 95% been studied?
"In a human clinical trial, 3.6 g of Curcumin via oral route was found to produce a plasma curcumin level of 11.1 nmol/L after an hour of dosing." - Clin Cancer Research.

"The average peak serum concentrations after taking 4,000 mg, 6,000 mg and 8,000 mg of curcumin were 0.51 microM, 0.63 microM and 1.77 microM, respectively." - Phase I Clinical Trial of Curcumin, Anticancer Research

"Traces of curcumin were detected in the plasma. Its concentration in the small intestinal mucosa, between 39 and 240 nmol/g of tissue, reflects differences in dietary concentration...The comparison of dose, resulting curcumin levels in the intestinal tract, and chemopreventive potency suggests tentatively that a daily dose of 1.6 g of curcumin is required for efficacy in humans." - Journal Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers.

"The concentrations of curcumin in normal and malignant colorectal tissue of patients receiving 3,600 mg of curcumin were 12.7 +/- 5.7 and 7.7 +/- 1.8 nmol/g, respectively...The results suggest that a daily dose of 3.6 g curcumin achieves pharmacologically efficacious levels in the colorectum with negligible distribution of curcumin outside the gut." - Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev.

  Are there any natural Methods of INCREASing bioavailability?
"Buttermilk could be used as a carrier for curcuminoids especially if delivered with food...The most important and practical finding from the bioaccessibility data is that the incorporation of powdered curcuminoids with buttermilk results in a 15-fold increase in bioaccessibility of curcuminoids." - Food Chemistry, July 2015

  What are the pharmacological actions of Curcumin?

"Extensive research over the past half century has shown that curcumin (diferuloylmethane), a component of the golden spice turmeric (Curcuma longa), can modulate multiple cell signaling pathways. Extensive clinical trials over the past quarter century have addressed the pharmacokinetics, safety, and efficacy of this nutraceutical against numerous diseases in humans. Some promising effects have been observed in patients with various pro-inflammatory diseases including cancer, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, uveitis, ulcerative proctitis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel disease, tropical pancreatitis, peptic ulcer, gastric ulcer, idiopathic orbital inflammatory pseudotumor, oral lichen planus, gastric inflammation, vitiligo, psoriasis, acute coronary syndrome, atherosclerosis, diabetes, diabetic nephropathy, diabetic microangiopathy, lupus nephritis, renal conditions, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, β-thalassemia, biliary dyskinesia, Dejerine-Sottas disease, cholecystitis, and chronic bacterial prostatitis. Curcumin has also shown protection against hepatic conditions, chronic arsenic exposure, and alcohol intoxication. Dose-escalating studies have indicated the safety of curcumin at doses as high as 12 g/day over 3 months. Extensive preclinical studies over the past three decades have indicated curcumin’s therapeutic potential against a wide range of human diseases (). In addition, curcumin has been shown to directly interact with numerous signaling molecules (). These preclinical studies have formed a solid basis for evaluating curcumin’s efficacy in clinical trials. As of July 2012, observations from almost 67 clinical trials have been published, whereas another 35 clinical trials are in progress. The clinical trials conducted thus far have indicated the therapeutic potential of curcumin against a wide range of human diseases." - Therapeutic Roles of Curcumin: Lessons Learned from Clinical Trials
  How may Curcumin work against against diabetes?

Curcumin has been shown to equal in effectiveness to the drug metformin in the management of diabetes, but without negative side effects. In the study curcumin was shown to lower blood glucose levels and reverse insulin resistance by suppressing glucose production in the liver. Among those verging on type 2 diabetes, curcumin capsules seem to help stall the onset of the disease. The study that returned these results found that while a little more than 16% of people taking a placebo wound up with a diabetes diagnosis, no one taking curcumin received one. A clinical trial from Thailand, published in Diabetes Care in 2012, found that people with prediabetes who took curcumin for nine months had improved function of insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, along with a significantly reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Other studies suggest that curcumin can improve insulin sensitivity. Another study found curcumin improved metabolic function and reduced the risk of plaque buildup in the arteries of type-2 diabetes patients. Curcumin also acts as an anti-diabetic and antioxidant in patients with type-1 diabetes. Curcumin acts directly on liver cells to help prevent them from becoming fatty, and studies have concluded that Curcumin may have an anti-diabetic effect by decreasing serum fatty acid through the promotion of fatty acid oxidation and utilization. Curcumin also works directly on pancreatic beta cells to help them produce insulin normally. By helping the liver and the pancreas, Curcumin is taking stress off the two most important organs whose function declines before the onset of type 2 diabetes. Curcumin also influences key hormones, supports major body organs, and regulates inflammatory signaling all in ways that help correct or prevent metabolic problems. Curcumin helps lower inappropriately high levels of leptin (reducing leptin resistance) while boosting the all-important levels of the adiponectin (which lowers insulin resistance). Curcumin also helps activate the fat-burning gene signal PPAR gamma, which also helps to make more new, metabolically-fit fat cells. Curcumin directly reduces major inflammatory events from occurring inside white adipose tissue (tumor necrosis factor alpha, interleukin-6, and monocyte chemotactic protein-1). By lowering such inflammation, the source of overweight-induced disease is targeted. Oxidative stress and inflammation have been implicated in the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes mellitus and related vascular complications. A large body of preclinical evidence suggests that the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and glucose-lowering activities of curcumin and its analogs may be useful in the prevention and/or treatment of type 2 diabetes. In a nine-month, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study in 237 subjects with impaired glucose tolerance (pre-diabetes), no progression to overt diabetes was reported with a daily ingestion of a mixture of curcuminoids (0.5 g), while 16.4% of placebo-treated participants developed diabetes. In addition, curcumin supplementation was shown to reduce insulin resistance and improve measures of pancreatic β-cell function and glucose tolerance. Supplemental curcumin was found to be as effective as lipid-lowering drug atorvastatin (10 mg/day) in reducing circulating markers of oxidative stress (malondialdehyde) and inflammation (endothelin-1, TNFα, IL-6) and in improving endothelial function. Another randomized controlled trial also reported that oral curcumin supplementation (1.5 g/day) for six months improved endothelial function, insulin sensitivity, and metabolic markers associated with atherogenesis (plasma triglycerides, visceral fat, total body fat) in participants with type 2 diabetes. Finally, in a two-month randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study in 40 individuals with type 2 diabetic nephropathy (kidney disease), daily curcumin ingestion (66.3 mg) significantly reduced urinary concentrations of proteins and inflammation markers (TGF-β, IL-8), suggesting that curcumin might be helpful with slowing the progression of kidney damage and preventing kidney failure.
  How may Curcumin work against cancer?
Studies on Curcumin and Cancer.  Over the years, cancer research has examined the role curcumin plays in treating this disease. A number of laboratory studies on cancer cells have shown that curcumin does have anticancer effects. These studies have found that curcumin can significantly inhibit the growth, development and movement of cancer throughout the body. It seems to be able to kill cancer cells and prevent more from growing. It has the best effects on breast cancer, bowel cancer, stomach cancer and skin cancer cells. A 2007 American study that combined curcumin with chemotherapy to treat bowel cancer cells in a laboratory showed that the combined treatment killed more cancer cells than the chemotherapy alone. A 2007 American study in mice seemed to show that curcumin helped to stop the spread of breast cancer cells to other parts of the body. Doctors think that curcumin stays in the digestive system and is absorbed by the cells in the bowel. Several studies have shown that curcumin taken as capsules does get absorbed by the gut and is present in the blood.  One of the mechanisms by which it does this is reducing the growth of new blood vessels in tumors (otherwise known as angiogenesis) and can also directly contribute to the death of cancerous cells. Scientists discovered that turmeric is effective in killing cancer cells and also preventing their growth. According to the American Cancer Society, tests indicate that curcumin "interferes with several important molecular pathways involved in cancer development, growth and spread" and has boosted the effects of chemotherapy in animals. Curcumin has the potential for treatment of cancers including colon, breast, prostate, lung, skin and bowel. Curcumin shows a strong ability to kill cancer cells as well as inhibit their growth, boost antioxidant levels and balance the immune system. It seems to work on improving mitochondrial function at a cellular level. Even against drug-resistant strains of leukemia, curcumin caused cell death of cancer cells. Curcumin has been shown to substitute chemotheraphy for colorectal cancers, and in miltidrug resistant cancers. The ability of curcumin to regulate a variety of signaling pathways involved in cell growth, apoptosis, invasion, metastasis, and angiogenesis in preclinical studies elicited scientific interest in its potential as an anticancer agent in tumor therapy. Curcumin is one of the most powerful and promising chemopreventive and anticancer agents, and epidemiological evidence demonstrates that people who incorporate high doses of this spice in their diets have a lower incidence of cancer. Curcumin's epigenetic modulation has been studied by the US National Cancer Institute (NCI) and academic investigators around the world. Because of low toxicity and great efficacy in multiple in vitro and in vivo cancer models, Curcumin was selected for further development, put through extensive toxicology testing and has successively made it through the first stages (Phase I) of clinical testing abroad and is currently in clinical trials at several sites in the U.S. A phase I clinical trial looked at giving curcumin to 25 patients with pre cancerous changes in different organs. This study seemed to show that curcumin could stop the precancerous changes becoming cancer. Numerous mechanisms have been described for the anticancer activity of Curcumin. Researchers at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX state that Curcumin has “enormous” potential to prevent and treat cancer. Curcumin was able to suppress tumor formation, growth, and even metastasis according to their review. Currently, there are clinical trials being conducted on the effects of Curcumin on patients with bowel cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, tests have shown that curcumin can kill cancer cells in laboratory dishes, and also slow the growth of the surviving cells. Furthermore, it has been found to reduce the development of several forms of cancer in lab animals, while also shrinking various animal tumors. A 2003 review - Anticancer Potential of Curcumin: Preclinical and Clinical Studies - in Anticancer Research concluded that, "…it is quite apparent that curcumin has tremendous potential for prevention and therapy of various cancers." Another study on the role of curcumin in cancer therapy found that, "Research over the last few decades has shown that curcumin is a potent anti-inflammatory agent with strong therapeutic potential against a variety of cancers. Curcumin has been shown to suppress transformation, proliferation and metastasis of tumors," and called for additional and larger controlled studies to determine its full potential. Inhibition of proliferation of tumor cells, induction of apoptosis (a mode of cell death), inhibition of transformation of cells from normal to tumor, inhibition of invasion and metastasis and suppression of inflammation have been linked with the activity of Curcumin. Down-regulation of COX2, 5-LOX, adhesion molecules, inflammatory cytokines, chemokines, growth factor receptors, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and transcription factors by Curcumin have been linked to its antitumor activity. An American phase 2 study reported in 2008. 25 patients had curcumin treatment and 21 had tumours that could be measured. In 2 patients their tumours shrank or remained stable. In some patients their levels of particular immune system chemicals that destroy cancer cells went up. Curcumin also has been studied with regards to the core inflammatory gene signal, NF-kappaB,resulting in a beneficial domino effect throughout the body. One benefit of this domino effect is a direct reduction in the risk of cancer from overweight-induced inflammation. ollowing DNA damage, the cell cycle can be transiently arrested to allow for DNA repair or for activation of pathways leading to programmed cell death (apoptosis) if the damage is irreparable. Defective cell-cycle regulation may result in the propagation of mutations that contribute to the development of cancer. Unlike normal cells, cancer cells proliferate rapidly and are unable to respond to cell death signals that initiate apoptosis. Curcumin has been found to induce cell-cycle arrest and apoptosis by regulating a variety of cell-signaling pathways (3, 41-45). For example, the inhibition of cell proliferation by curcumin has been associated with the Nrf2-dependent downregulation of DNA repair-specific flap endonuclease 1 (Fen1) in breast cancer cells in culture. Curcumin has been shown to induce p53-dependent or -independent apoptosis depending on the cancer cell type. In a panel of cancer cell lines, p53-independent apoptosis induced by curcumin was mediated by the rapid increase of ROS and the activation of MAPK and c-jun kinase (JNK) signaling cascades. Inhibition of NF-κB signaling by curcumin also suppresses proliferation and induces apoptosis in cancer cells. Inhibition of tumor invasion and angiogenesis Malignant and aggressive forms of cancer can invade surrounding tissues and spread to distant tissues once cancer cells have acquired the ability to leave the primary site (reduced cell-to-cell adhesion and loss of polarity), migrate, and disseminate. Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is the process by which epithelial cells acquire the ability to migrate and invade through downregulating proteins like E-cadherin and γ-catenin and expressing mesenchymal markers like MMPs, N-cadherin, and vimentin. In breast cancer cells, curcumin prevented EMT-associated morphological changes induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) while upregulating E-cadherin and downregulating vimentin. It was further shown that curcumin inhibited NF-κB/Snail signaling involved in LPS-induced EMT. In another study, curcumin increased the expression of the small non-coding RNA miR181b, which then downregulated proinflammatory cytokines, CXCL1 and CXCL2, as well as MMPs, thereby reducing the metastatic potential of breast cancer cells. Curcumin inhibited IL-6-induced proliferation, migration, and invasiveness of human small cell lung cancer (SCLC) cells by reducing JAK/STAT3 phosphorylation (i.e., activation) and downstream genes coding for cyclin B1, survivin, Bcl-XL, MMPs, intercellular adhesion molecule 1 (ICAM-1), and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). Curcumin was found to exert its anticancer activities in many different types of cancer cells by regulating a variety of signaling pathways. Combining curcumin with anticancer drugs like gemcitabine in pancreatic cancer, docetaxel in breast cancer, and imatinib in chronic myeloid leukemia may be safe and well tolerated. A recent single-arm, phase II trial combining three cycles of docetaxel/prednisone and curcumin (6 g/day) was carried out in 26 patients with castration-resistant prostate cancer. The level of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) was decreased in most patients and was normalized in 36% of them, and the co-administration of curcumin with drugs showed no toxicity beyond adverse effects already related to docetaxel monotherapy. Many registered phase I/II clinical trials designed to investigate the effectiveness of curcumin alone or with first-line treatment in patients with breast, prostate, pancreatic, lung, or colorectal cancer are under way. Research into preventing cancer: A phase I clinical trial looked at giving curcumin to 25 patients with pre cancerous changes in different organs. This study showed how curcumin could stop the precancerous changes becoming cancer. A number of laboratory studies on cancer cells have shown that curcumin does have anticancer effects. It kills cancer cells and prevent more from growing. It has the best effects on breast cancer, bowel cancer, stomach cancer and skin cancer cells. A 2007 American study that combined curcumin with chemotherapy to treat bowel cancer cells in a laboratory showed that the combined treatment killed more cancer cells than the chemotherapy alone. A 2007 American study in mice showed that curcumin helped to stop the spread of breast cancer cells to other parts of the body. Doctors think that curcumin stays in the digestive system and is absorbed by the cells in the bowel. Several studies have shown that curcumin taken as capsules does get absorbed by the gut and is present in the blood.
  How may Curcumin work against arthritis?
Arthritis is also a pro-inflammatory disorder. A recent study out of Japan evaluated its relationship with the inflammatory cytokine known to be involved in in the rheumatoid arthritis process. Scientists discovered that curcumin “significantly reduced” these inflammatory markers. In fact its anti-inflammatory qualities are so strong a 2007 study compared curcumin and cortisone and found they were equal in potency. A few studies have found that curcumin can reduce pain from rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis, sometimes as much as anti-inflammatory drugs. An Iranian clinical trial in Phytotherapy Research in 2014 found that curcumin taken for six weeks, improved symptoms of knee osteoarthritis, compared to a placebo. Most pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories are contraindicated to use over the long-term, but turmeric is not only safe but beneficial for your overall wellbeing. Curcumin's anti-inflammatory properties also make it a strong candidate for treating inflammatory diseases such as osteoarthritis. A 2014 study in the Clinical Interventions in Aging found that curcumin extracts "were as effective as ibuprofen for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis." All current drugs approved for arthritis have anti-inflammatory activity. Anti-TNF (tumor necrosis factor) therapy has been approved for this disease. Curcumin has been shown to both suppress the TNF production, block the action of TNF, and have activity against arthritis. When inflammation is reduced, the added benefit is pain relief. A double-blind, crossover study showed that Curcumin may be  effective in relieving pain and improvements in morning stiffness, walking time, and joint swelling. A preliminary intervention trial that compared curcumin with a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) in 18 patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) found that improvements in morning stiffness, walking time, and joint swelling after two weeks of curcumin supplementation (1.2 g/day) were comparable to those experienced after two weeks of phenylbutazone (NSAID) therapy (300 mg/day). In a more recent randomized, open-label study in 45 RA patients, supplementation with a mixture of all three major curcuminoids (0.5 g/day for eight weeks) was found to be as effective as diclofenac (NSAID; 50 mg/day) in reducing measures of disease activity, tenderness, and swelling joints.
  How may Curcumin work against Crohn's disease and Ulcerative Colitis?
Crohn’s disease is also a pro-inflammatory disease. All current drugs approved for this disease have anti-inflammatory activity. Anti-TNF therapy has been approved for this disease. Curcumin has been shown to both suppress the TNF production and the TNF action. Several clinical trials suggest that curcumin can help people with this inflammatory bowel disease. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology featured a study in 2015 which found that in people with mild to moderate ulcerative colitis who took standard medication (mesalamine), the addition of a high-dose curcumin supplement helped half of them achieve remission after four weeks; none of those given a placebo benefited. Curcumin taken orally has been shown to have activity against inflammatory bowel disease. Study results suggest that Curcumin could have a protective role in ulcerative colitis via regulation of oxidant/anti-oxidant balance and modulation of the release of some inflammatory endocoids, namely TNF-alpha and NO. Curcumin maintenance therapy for ulcerative colitis: randomized, multicenter, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.  The development of DSS-induced colitis was significantly attenuated by curcumin. Inhibition of p38 MAPK signaling by curcumin could explain the reduced COX-2 and iNOS immunosignals and the nitrite production in colonic mucosa, reducing the development of chronic experimental colitis. In addition, Curcumin seems promising with regards to remission in patients with quiescent Ulcerative Colitis. Preliminary evidence suggests that curcumin might be useful as an add-on therapy to control disease activity. One multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study has examined the efficacy of curcumin enema (2 g/day) in the prevention of relapse in 82 patients with quiescent UC . Six-month treatment with curcumin significantly reduced measures of disease activity and severity and resulted in a lower relapse rate than with placebo in subjects on standard-of-care medication (sulfasalazine or mesalamine). In another randomized controlled trial in active UC patients treated with mesalamine, the percentage of patients in clinical remission was significantly higher after a one-month treatment with oral curcumin (3 g/day) than with placebo. Curcumin in Combination With Mesalamine Induces Remission in Patients With Mild-to-Moderate Ulcerative Colitis in a Randomized Controlled Trial.
  How may Curcumin work against obesity AND metabolic syndrome?
In the prevention and treatment of obesity and metabolic syndrome, Curcumin has been reported to modulate numerous targets that have been linked to obesity and insulin resistance. 1) Curcumin has been shown to downregulate the expression of TNF in various tissues. 2) Curcumin can suppress NF-κB activation induced by a wide variety of inflammatory agents through inhibition of degradation of IκBα. 3) Curcumin can inhibit the activation of IKK linked to the activation of NF-κB, and this leads to the suppression of expression of inflammatory biomarkers such as cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and vascular endothelial growth factor. 4) Curcumin has been shown to downregulate the expression of various NF-κB-regulated proinflammatory adipocytokines including chemokines (such as MCP-1, MCP-4, and eotaxin) (199) and interleukins (IL-1, IL-6, and IL-8). Curcumin also suppressed the expression of plasminogen activator inhibitor type-1 through the inhibition of the transcription factor early growth response (Egr)-1 gene product that has been closely linked with insulin resistance and obesity. 5) Curcumin has been reported to mimic most antidiabetic drugs in that it activates PPAR-γ in hepatic stellate cells. 6) Curcumin has been shown to downregulate activation of c-Jun NH2 terminal kinase. 7) Curcumin has been shown to inhibit the Wnt/β-catenin pathway, which is closely linked to obesity. Later studies have indicated that Curcumin inhibits Wnt pathway signaling through downregulation of the transcription coactivator p300. Another potential mechanism by which Curcumin could inhibit β-catenin signaling is through inhibition of glycogen synthase kinase (GSK)-3β, which directly causes the phosphorylation of β-catenin. Curcumin was found to inhibit GSK-3β with as little as 66 nM IC50 (32). 8) Curcumin has been shown to induce the expression of hemeoxygenase (HO)-1 through the activation of Nrf2 in pancreatic cells and thus mediate the survival of these cells. 9) Curcumin downregulates the secretion of insulin-like growth factor-1 but induces the expression of insulin-like growth factor binding protein-3. 10) Curcumin interrupts leptin signaling by reducing phosphorylation levels of the leptin receptor (Ob-R) and its downstream targets. 11) Curcumin suppresses gene expression of Ob-R in HSCs. 12) Curcumin has been reported to increase the expression of adiponectin, which negatively controls obesity.
  How may Curcumin work against psoriasis?
Psoriasis is another pro-inflammatory disease. Considerable evidence, both in animals and humans, indicates that Curcumin may be effective against psoriasis. Curcumin protects skin by quenching free radicals and reducing inflammation. Unlike many antioxidants, Curcumin is capable of both preventing free radical formation, as well as neutralizing existing free radicals, and is considered an effective bioprotectant due to this dual activity. Curcumin is known for neutralizing free radicals, chemicals that damage healthy cells and membranes. That's what makes it a powerful antioxidant. It was also found to reduce wound-healing time, increase collagen growth and increase blood flow to the skin. This study on curcumin and skin found it is highly beneficial for scleroderma, psoriasis and skin cancer.
  How may Curcumin work against depression and major depressive disorder?
The core issue of depression has finally been identified as inflammation, and curcumin has been found to be comparable to prescription antidepressant drugs. In one 2014 study published in Phytotherapy Research, scientists studied 60 patients with serious depression over a six-week trial and found that turmeric was as effective at treating depression as Prozac.  This randomized control trial took 60 volunteers diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD) and compared the effect of curcumin to fluoxetine (Prozac). Researchers discovered that the principal curcuminoid in turmeric is not only as effective as Prozac in managing depression, but it doesn’t carry with it all the dangerous side effects as anti-depressive drugs do. One-third of the participants in the study were given 20 mg of fluoxetine (which is sold under the prescription names Prozac and Sarafem), one-third were given 1,000 mg of curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric), and one one-third were given a combination of both. “Curcumin, an active ingredient of Curcuma longa Linn (Zingiberaceae), has shown potential antidepressant-like activity in animal studies,” the researchers wrote. “The objectives of this trial were to compare the efficacy and safety of curcumin with fluoxetine in patients with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD).” They concluded that curcumin was “well tolerated” by all the patients. All three groups showed approximately equal improvement in their depression, whether they were taking the turmeric, the antidepressant or a combination of both.“This study provides first clinical evidence that curcumin may be used as an effective and safe modality for treatment in patients with MDD without concurrent suicidal ideation or other psychotic disorders. A new study, published online ahead of print in the Journal of Affective Disorders, finds that the spice curcumin, a derivative of turmeric, may be an effective treatment for depression. The study was a randomized, placebo-controlled trial (the gold standard methodology for medication studies). The researchers found that curcumin was better than a placebo treatment, and those with atypical depression were far more likely to improve.The use of curcumin appeared especially effective for those with atypical depression. Atypical depression, despite its name, is relatively common (around 40% of MDD cases). The “atypical” moniker refers to its particular features: excessive sleep, weight gain, mood improvement in response to positive events, heavy, immovable feelings in the limbs, and interpersonal rejection sensitivity. Atypical depression is considered to have a more chronic course, with worse outcomes overall, so the potential for a viable treatment with fewer side effects than current medications provides hope for an improved prognosis. Previous studies have shown evidence that curcumin could be an effective treatment for depression and found minimal side effects. This study adds to the literature by comparing several doses of curcumin as well as a curcumin/saffron combination treatment. A 2006 study published in Brain Research examined the effects of curcumin administration to laboratory rats after exposure to a chronic stress protocol. Researchers found that curcumin supplementation had a beneficial effect on reducing stress-related symptoms of depression. A 2008 study in Psychopharmacology showed curcumin increased serotonin production and had an antidepressant effect on laboratory mice exposed to several lab tests. In a six-week, randomized, single-blinded, placebo-controlled study in 60 MDD patients, supplemental curcumin (~880 mg/day of curcuminoids) alone yielded a similar response rate to the antidepressant, fluoxetine (a serotonin reuptake inhibitor [Prozac]; 20 mg/day) in terms of depressive symptoms. A 2009 review published in Scientific World Journal hypothesizes that curcumin from turmeric may provide benefits for depression by assisting with the regulation of brain neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin and inhibiting the monoamine oxidase enzyme, which plays a role in breaking down these neurotransmitters.  The neurotransmitters are also what Prozac treats, helping serotonin be used effectively by the brain.  Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a neuropsychiatric disorder associated with abnormal neurotransmission; it is primarily treated with drugs that improve the bioavailability of neurotransmitters like serotonin, noradrenaline, and dopamine in the brain. Characteristics of MDD also include alterations in the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis, increased neuroinflammation, defective neurogenesis, and neuronal death. A few clinical studies have examined the effect of curcumin alone or with conventional antidepressant drugs in MDD patients. A recent meta-analysis of six randomized controlled trials found that supplementation with curcumin significantly reduced depression symptoms. Moreover, in a randomized controlled study in 100 participants taking escitalopram (a serotonin reuptake inhibitor [Lexapro]; 5 to 15 mg/week), supplemental curcumin (1,000 mg/day) for six weeks increased the antidepressant effect of the medication. Curcumin also induced a reduction in plasma concentrations of inflammatory markers and an increase in plasma concentrations of brain-derived neurotrophic factor compared to placebo (antidepressant drug alone).
  How may Curcumin work against Alzheimer's disease and cognitive decline?
Common brain disorders, including depression and Alzheimer’s disease, have been linked to diminished levels of an important neurologic growth hormone called brain-derived neurotrophic factor. An Australian study, in the Journal of Psychopharmacology in 2015, found that curcumin improved attention and working memory and reduced mental fatigue in older people who took it for four weeks, compared to a placebo. Several studies have shown that curcumin, the active medicinal compound in turmeric, can increase levels of BDNF in the human brain and therefore delay or even reverse a range of common neurological disorders. In addition, scientists are beginning to suspect that the neurologic powers of curcumin don’t just stop there, with research suggesting that this compound may improve memory and increase cognitive capacity. Curcumin, thanks to its wide range of effects, seems to help the brain resist buildup of harmful plaque in brains with Alzheimer's.  A study in the Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology explored curcumin's potential for use in the treatment for Alzheimer's disease. Some of the key points included: Curcumin may help the macrophages, which play an important role in our immune system, clear the amyloid plaques found in Alzheimer's disease. Curcumin has anti-proliferative actions on microglia. Microglia are immune cells of the central nervous system that become active in response to any number of stressors on the body. However, if the microglia have been stimulated to react too often, they become hyper-reactive, which can trigger system-wide inflammation that can be difficult to stop. Curcumin has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. "Overall, curcumin decreases the main chemical for inflammation and the transcription of inflammatory cytokines … The exposure to curcumin also impaired the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines (IL-1, IL-6 and TNF-)." As chronic neuro-inflammation is considered one of the major factors in the development of Alzheimer's, it's possible too that curcumin may help in the treatment of other inflammatory disorders.Researchers found that Curcumin not only reduces oxidative damage and inflammation, but also reduces amyloid accumulation and synaptic marker loss and promotes amyloid phagocytosis and clearance. Curcumin worked to prevent synaptic marker and cognitive deficits caused by amyloid peptide infusion and abeta oligomer toxicity in vitro, and may help the immune system clear the brain of amyloid beta, which forms the plaques found in Alzheimer's disease. Clinical trials are in progress at UCLA with Curcumin for Alzheimer's. In the Alzheimer’s Disease Anti-Inflammatory Prevention Trial, researched showed that reducing inflammation has positive effects on patients with Alzheimer’s. Curcumin significantly lowered several inflammation markers, in addition to reducing plaque on the brain (a sign of Alzheimer’s) by 43 to 50 percent. "Worldwide, there are over 1000 published animal and human studies, both in vivo and in vitro in which the effects of curcumin on various diseases have been examined. Studies include epidemiological, basic and clinical research on AD." - Acad Neurol. 2008 Jan-Mar; 11(1): 13–19. The effect of curcumin (turmeric) on Alzheimer's disease: An overview Neuroprotective activity has also been shown in curcumin. In Alzheimer’s disease (AD), a peptide called β-amyloid (Aβ peptide) aggregates into oligomers and fibrils and forms deposits known as amyloid (or senile) plaques outside neurons in the hippocampus and cerebral cortex of patients. Another feature of AD is the accumulation of intracellular neurofibrillary tangles formed by phosphorylated Tau protein. Abnormal microglial activation, oxidative stress, and neuronal death are also associated with the progression of the disease. Curcumin has been found to inhibit Aβ fibril formation and extension and to destabilize preformed fibrils in vitro (51-53). Metal chelation by curcumin might interfere with metal ion (Cu2+/Zn2+)-induced Aβ aggregation. Curcumin might also affect the trafficking of Aβ peptide precursor (APP) and the generation of Aβ peptides from APP. Abnormally activated microglia and hypertrophic astrocytes around amyloid plaques in AD brains release cytotoxic molecules, such as proinflammatory cytokines and ROS, which enhance Aβ formation and deposition and further damage neurons. Curcumin was found to reduce the inflammatory response triggered by Aβ peptide-induced microglial activation and increase neuronal cell survival. When injected into the carotid artery of a transgenic mouse model of AD, curcumin was found to cross the blood-brain barrier, bind to amyloid plaques, and block the formation of Aβ oligomers and fibrils. In other animal models of AD, dietary curcumin decreased biomarkers of inflammation and oxidative damage, increased Aβ peptide clearance by macrophages, dismantled amyloid plaques in the brain, stimulated neuronal cell growth in the hippocampus, and improved Aβ-induced memory deficits. As a result of promising findings in animal models. a few recent clinical trials have examined the effect of oral curcumin supplementation on cognition in healthy older adults and AD patients. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in 60 healthy older adults (mean age, 68.5 years) investigated whether acute (80 mg) or chronic (80 mg/day for 4 weeks) oral intake of curcumin could improve their ability to cope with the mental stress and change in mood usually associated with undergoing a battery of cognitive tests A significant reduction in mental fatigue and higher levels of calmness and contentedness following cognitive test sessions were observed in individuals who consumed curcumin (either acutely or chronically) compared to the placebo group. Additionally, the results of cognitive ability tests suggested that curcumin treatment had limited benefits on cognitive function, as shown by better scores in measures of sustained attention and working memory compared to placebo. The results of a six-month trial in 27 patients with AD found that oral supplementation with up to 4 g/day of curcumin - containing all three major curcuminoids - was safe.
  How may Curcumin work as an Anti-inflammatory?

While short-term inflammation in the body is a necessary component of a functioning system, helping to fight off pathogenic invasion and repairing tissue and muscle damage, chronic inflammation is widely attributed with almost every disease known to the Western world. This includes heart disease, cancer and a whole host of neurological disorders. The high concentrations of curcumin contained in turmeric act to target multiple steps in the inflammatory pathway, blocking inflammatory markers at the molecular level and thereby significantly lowering long-term inflammation in your body. Whether we are healing from an injury or an autoimmune disease, inflammation is a common health challenge. Nutritionists, functional medicine GP’s and physiotherapists commonly use curcumin for it’s anti-inflammatory qualities. And it’s no wonder considering six major scientific trials all found curcumin to possess a potent anti-inflammatory action, which is completely non-toxic in nature. A study evaluating several pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories found that aspirin and ibuprofen are the least potent, while curcumin is among the most potent anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative agents available. Inflammation is thought to be one of the major factors in all kinds of diseases, and turmeric contains loads of curcumin, a powerful anti-inflammatory substance. No word on whether it works on politicians' speeches (hah!). It's been shown to alleviate joint pain, and can even help with heartburn and indigestion. Researchers are also looking at curcumin for its anti-aging properties. Turmeric is safe and non-toxic and has been studied for anti-inflammatory properties, inhibiting various molecules that contribute to inflammation such as lipooxygenase, COX-2, leukotrienes, prostaglandins, nitric oxide, interferon-inducible protein, tumor necrosis factor (TNF), and interleukin-12 (IL-12).  One study compared the effectiveness of Curcumin – the active ingredient in turmeric – and a popular non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) called phenylbutazone. At the end of the six days, those taking the Curcumin and the NSAID enjoyed a significantly better anti-inflammatory response than placebo. The spice worked as well as the drug, but without the negative side effects. "Because of the crucial role of inflammation in most chronic diseases, the potential of Curcumin has been examined in neoplastic, neurological, cardiovascular, pulmonary and metabolic diseases. The pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of Curcumin have been examined in animals and in humans." - Trends Pharmacol Sci. 2009 Feb;30(2):85-94. Pharmacological basis for the role of curcumin in chronic diseases: an age-old spice with modern targets. Curcumin has also been shown to inhibit mediators of the inflammatory response, including cytokines, chemokines, adhesion molecules, growth factors, and enzymes like cyclooxygenase (COX), lipoxygenase (LOX), and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS). Nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB) is a transcription factor that binds DNA and induces the transcription of the COX-2 gene, other pro-inflammatory genes, and genes involved in cell proliferation, adhesion, survival, and differentiation. The anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin result from its ability to inhibit the NF-κB pathway, as well as other pro-inflammatory pathways like the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK)- and the Janus kinase (JAK)/Signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT)-dependent signaling pathways. Inhibition of dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-induced colitis by curcumin in mice has been associated with a downregulation of the expression of p38-MAPK and pro-inflammatory cytokine TNF-α and a reduction of myeloperoxidase (MPO) activity, a marker of neutrophil infiltration in intestinal mucosa. Curcumin has also been shown to improve colitis by preventing STAT3 activation and STAT3-dependent induction of cell proliferation in mouse colon. Moreover, curcumin was shown to attenuate the immune response triggered by collagen injections in a mouse model of rheumatoid arthritis, partly by blocking the proliferation of T lymphocytes in mouse splenocytes. In addition, curcumin has been found to reduce the secretion of TNF-α and IL-1β and the production of COX-2-induced prostaglandin G2. In one study, curcumin inhibited the secretion of matrix metalloproteins (MMPs) — responsible for the degradation of the synovial joints — in human fibroblast-like synoviocytes and in human articular chondrocytes. Curcumin has also been found to alleviate neuro-inflammation in a mouse model of traumatic brain injury, reducing macrophage and microglial activation and increasing neuronal survival. A placebo-controlled trial in 40 men who had surgery to repair an inguinal hernia or hydrocele found that oral curcumin supplementation (1.2 g/day) for five days was more effective than placebo in reducing post-surgical edema, tenderness and pain, and was comparable to phenylbutazone therapy (300 mg/day).
  How may Curcumin work against CARDIOVASCULAR HEART Disease?
 In a Japanese study in Nutrition Research in 2012, postmenopausal women who took curcumin for eight weeks had an improvement in arterial function, comparable to that seen in women who engaged in aerobic exercise. Studies looking at curcumin’s effects on cholesterol and other lipids have had inconsistent results. An Iranian study in Phytotherapy Research in 2013 found that curcumin reduced triglycerides, while a Taiwanese study in 2014 found that curcumin significantly reduced LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and triglycerides in people with metabolic syndrome. Curcumin also helps the endothelium (the lining of blood vessels) to function at its optimum level, similar to the effect found during intense exercise. Studies have shown that endothelial dysfunction is a common cause of heart disease, occurring when the endothelium is no longer able to regulate blood pressure, clotting and a number of other factors. Therefore, by improving endothelial function, curcumin lowers your risk of heart disease. In addition to helping out the endothelium, curcumin also reduces inflammation and oxidative damage, two factors that are also common contributors to heart disease.
  What are the scientific properties of Curcumin?
Chemical Name Diferuloylmethane
Definition A β-diketone that is methane in which two of the hydrogens are substituted by feruloyl groups
Systemic Name (1E,6E)-1,7-bis(4-hydroxy-3-methoxyphenyl)-1,6-heptadiene-3,5-dione)
Molecular Formula C21H20O
Molar mass 368.38 g/mol
Appearance Bright yellow-orange powder
Melting Point 183 °C, 361 °F
PubChem 969516
Biofunction Enzyme cofactor
Chemical Taxonomy Organic Chemicals / Hydrocarbons / Aromatic Compounds /  Phenols / Catechols / Curcuminoids
Chemical Structure
Organic Taxonomy Kingdom
Plantae (Plants) 
Tracheobionta (Vascular plants)
Spermatophyta  (Seed plants) 
Magnoliophyta  (Flowering plants)
Liliopsida  (Monocotyledons) 
Zingiberaceae  (Ginger family) 
Curcuma (Curcuma)
Curcuma longa  (Turmeric)

   Why Turmeric root extract Curcumin may provide health benefits?

Certain plants manufacture chemicals that repel predators, parasites and diseases. Like most of these pharmacologically-active metabolites, Curcumin is involved in self-defense. Over time, plants with higher levels of organic compounds that deter attackers become more successful, because of their advanced protection. In nature's never-ending interaction between predator and prey, insects evolve the ability to digest plant toxins, while plants evolve stronger chemicals to deter their enemies. Monitoring this evolution between plants and insects represents an important field of ecological research. Scientists have discovered that many phytochemicals manufactured in plants and roots not only prevent insect attack or fight plant infections, but also provide human health benefits. Many cultures create their own botanical pharmacies as the lore of medicinal plants and remedies is handed down through generations of healers. With the advent of sophisticated laboratory testing, biologists are finding that the many indigenous plants and roots from around the world provide medicinal value, and their metabolites are candidates for research. Curcumin’s structure is similar to other natural polyphenolics (chemicals containing multiple "phenol" groups) produced by plants in response to infectious attack. These natural polyphenols often have potent anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties as well as immune support health benefits. Curcumin from Turmeric, resveratrol from grapes, pterostilbene from blueberries, and catechins from green tea all contain polyphenolic antioxidants and have been studied for medicinal or preventive value. Every medicinal molecule in all of botany is made out of carbon dioxide. CO2 is the key source of carbon used by plants to synthesize everything from Cucumin to resveratrol. Every healing nutrient in basil, oregano, cinnamon, turmeric, garlic and pomegranate fruit is made out of carbon dioxide. Curcumin, a powerful anti-cancer nutrient found in turmeric, is made from carbon dioxide, with 21 carbon molecules manufactured from atmospheric carbon dioxide. Curcumin has been studied for anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anticancer activities, mediated through the regulation of various transcription factors, growth factors, inflammatory cytokines, protein kinases, and other enzymes. Curcumin exhibits activities similar to recently discovered TNF blockers (humira, remicade and enbrel), vascular endothelial cell growth factor blocker (avastin), human epidermal growth factor receptor blockers (erbitux, erlotinib, and geftinib), and HER2 blocker (herceptin). Considering the recent scientific bandwagon that multi-targeted therapy is better than mono-targeted therapy for most diseases, Curcumin is a phytonutrient that can be considered an ideal "Spice for Life". More than 5000 papers published within the past two decades have revealed that Curcumin has extraordinary potential in promoting health through modulation of numerous molecular targets.


   What is the history of Curcumin and Turmeric?

Turmeric is an ancient spice and a traditional remedy. It has been used in food and as medicine for at least 4,000 years, first in India (Ayuverdic) and other parts of Asia, and later in Africa and the Caribbean. Researchers in India recently identified mineral remnants of turmeric and ginger on the cooking pots of ancient Indus River remains, one of the first urban civilizations.These ancient civilizations have vast trial and error experience with many different herbal remedies and food preparations and they selected Curcumin as a food additive and major tool for medicinal use based on efficacy. Numerous therapeutic activities have been assigned to Turmeric for a wide variety of diseases and conditions, including those of the skin, pulmonary, and gastro-intestinal systems, aches, pains, wounds  and disorders. Marco Polo, writing of his travels in China, described Turmeric in the 13th century: "There is also a vegetable which has all the properties of the true saffron, as well as the color, and yet it is not really saffron. Turmeric is held in great estimation, and being an ingredient in all their dishes, it bears, on that account, a high price."  The high degree of reverence for Turmeric is established by the fact that it is used in many cultures, each having its own name for the spice: Burmese: fa nwin. Chinese: wong geung fun, yüchiu. Danish: gurkemeje. Dutch: geelwortel. Finnish: keltajuuri. French: curcuma, saffron des Indes. German: gelbwurz, kurkuma. Icelandic: turmerik. Italian: curcuma tumeric Indian: haldee, haridra, haldi, huldee, huldie. Indonesian: kunjit, kunyit. Japanese: ukon circumin Malay: kunjit. Norwegian: gurkemeie, Polish: klacze kurkumy. Portuguese: açafrão-da-Índia. Russian: zholtymbir. Spanish: azafrán de la India, azafran arabe. Sinhalese: kaha. Swedish: gurkmeja. Tamil: munjal. Thai: ka min. Vietnamese: botnghe
  Why hasn't the pharmaceutical industry patented Curcumin?
Pharmaceutical corporations tried registering patents for Curcumin and Turmeric because of the much heralded scientific evidence and the long history of its healing properties. However, that same evidence and history of Curcumin being used medicinally for centuries was the reason the United States Patent and Trademark Office rejected and revoked the rights for Turmeric patent 5401504 on the grounds that the claims were not new: "USPTO unequivocally rejected all six claims made on August 13, 2001 ruling that Turmeric's medicinal properties were not patentable."  University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center states "in the case of Curcumin, a natural compound, no company can reap the benefits if Turmeric shows itself to be an effective anti-cancer drug."
  news and published studies on Curcumin and Turmeric

August  2017

Long-term stabilisation of myeloma with curcumin
British Medical Journal, August 2017
Here, we describe a myeloma patient who started a daily dietary supplement of curcumin when approaching her third relapse. In the absence of further antimyeloma treatment, the patient plateaued and has remained stable for the last 5 years with good quality of life. Curcumin is a polyphenol derived from the perennial herb Curcuma longa (turmeric) and has, for centuries, been used as a traditional Indian medicine. Several reports published over the two decades have claimed various health benefits of curcumin and this has led to its increasing popularity as a dietary supplement to prevent or treat a number of different diseases. The biological activity of curcumin is indeed remarkable. It is a highly pleiotropic molecule which possesses natural antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and analgesic properties. More recently, it has demonstrated antiproliferative effects in a wide variety of tumour cells including myeloma cells and exerts its antiproliferative effects through multiple cellular targets that regulate cell growth and survival.

New science confirms curcumin every day reverses cancer
Natural News, August 2017
A report in the British Medical Journal illustrates how a woman has beaten blood cancer with the help of turmeric. In 2007, 67-year-old Dieneke Ferguson was diagnosed with myeloma and she progressed to stage three within 15 months. Three failed rounds of chemotherapy and four failed stem cell transplants later, doctors told her she had very little hope. Four years after her initial diagnosis, she took matters into her own hands and started taking a daily dose of curcumin, the key component of turmeric. She took eight grams every evening on an empty stomach.
Since then, her cancer has stabilized and her blood counts have returned to normal. The BMJ report says that Ferguson’s results suggest that turmeric could be used to help myeloma patients in the future, adding: “The fact that our patient, who had advanced stage disease and was effectively salvaged while exclusively on curcumin, suggests a potential antimyeloma effect of curcumin.” No other possible explanation for her recovery. The report’s co-author, Jamie Cavenagh, said that there is no other possible explanation for her remarkable recovery beyond the curcumin. She continues to take the tablets to this day. The scientists are recommending further evaluation in clinical trials to pursue the possibility of using it as an official treatment. This could prove difficult, however, because doctors cannot prescribe it until it has been tested in wide-scale trials that cost millions. Natural compounds cannot be patented, so finding an investor would be extremely difficult.

Turmeric helped cancer patient, 57, beat myeloma after five years of treatment
The Sun, August 2017
Dieneke Ferguson took eight grams of curcumin each night for five years and her cancer has remained stable. Curcumin is a polyphenol derived from the perennial herb turmeric and has been used as a traditional Indian medicine for centuries.  Curcumin is a natural antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and has analgesic properties, according to the BMJ report.  More recently, it has demonstrated an ability to slow or inhibit cell growth in a wide variety of tumour cells, including myeloma.  It has also been found to help alleviate a range of other health problems.

Turmeric may help fight the most common type of cancer found in infants
Mic.com August 2017
A popular spice frequently used in curries may be combatting the most common cancer cells afflicting infants, according to a recent study. Turmeric, a vibrant yellow spice seen in dishes such as roasted vegetables and soups, contains a chemical called curcumin. Recent research suggests that curcumin helps destroy neuroblastoma tumor cells, which often start in the embryo or fetus. These particular tumor cells can become resistant to drug treatments, scientists say, meaning that a new treatment plan involving turmeric could make all the difference. For children, neuroblastoma can be a severe health obstacle. About 700 new cases appear each year in the U.S., mostly diagnosed in kids younger than age 5. This type of cancer can delay development and cause hearing loss or other disabilities. That aside, the medical treatment itself can be difficult: Kids can suffer serious side effects or damage from traditional methods such as chemotherapy, for example. “This research demonstrates a novel method of treating this tumor without the toxicity of aggressive therapy that can also have late effects on the patient’s health,” Tamarah J. Westmoreland, a lead researcher on the study, said in a release.

Chemical from turmeric helps treat cancer in children: Study
TheHindu.com August 2017
Scientists in the U.S. have found yet another use for curcumin, the bioactive component of turmeric that is widely used in Indian cuisine, this time to treat cancer in children. Researchers at Nemours Children’s Hospital and the University of Central Florida (UCF) have found that nanoparticles loaded with curcumin can target and destroy neuroblastoma tumour cells. Children aged five or less are most commonly affected. In their study, the researchers attached curcumin to cerium oxide nanoparticles and tested the nano-curcumin formulation in cell lines of a high-risk form of neuroblastoma. “This formulation induced substantial cell death in neuroblastoma cells while producing no or only minor toxicity in healthy cells,” says the report published in Nanoscale . Curcumin has been shown to have substantial anti-cancer ability, but its low solubility and poor stability have restricted its use in therapeutic applications. The study demonstrates a treatment method “without the toxicity of agressive therapy” and shows that nanoparticles can be “an effective delivery vehicle” for cancer drugs, said a statement from UCF.

Starving Prostate Cancer With What You Eat for Dinner
University of Texas, August 2017
Curcumin combined with other nutrients has anti-cancer properties. The researchers first tested 142 natural compounds on mouse and human cell lines to see which inhibited prostate cancer cell growth when administered alone or in combination with another nutrient. The most promising active ingredients were then tested on model animals: ursolic acid, a waxy natural chemical found in apple peels and rosemary; curcumin, the bright yellow plant compound in turmeric; and resveratrol, a natural compound common to red grapes or berries. “These nutrients have potential anti-cancer properties and are readily available,” says Tiziani. “We only need to increase concentration beyond levels found in a healthy diet for an effect on prostate cancer cells.” The new research paper also demonstrates how the plant-based chemicals work together. Combining ursolic acid with either curcumin or resveratrol prevents cancer cells from gobbling something that they need to grow, glutamine. This is a neat solution: blocking the uptake of a nutrient needed by prostate cancer cells with nutrients that are commonly in the human diet.

Curcumin attenuates the development of thoracic aortic aneurysm by inhibiting VEGF expression and inflammation
Molecular Medicine Reports, August 2017
curcumin exerts a marked effect on aortic aneurysm development. In rat tissues, treatment with curcumin resulted in reduced aneurysm size and restored the wavy structure of the elastic lamellae. In addition, curcumin decreased neovascularization and the expression of VEGF. Immunohistochemical analysis indicated that curcumin significantly inhibited infiltration of cluster of differentiation (CD)3+ and CD68+ cells in TAA. Furthermore, curcumin treatment decreased the expression of vascular cell adhesion molecule‑1, intracellular adhesion molecule‑1, monocyte chemoattractant protein‑1 and tumor necrosis factor‑α. Collectively, the results demonstrated that angiogenesis and VEGF expression were increased in the aortic wall in TAA. Treatment with curcumin inhibited TAA development in rats, which was associated with suppression of VEGF expression. In addition, curcumin attenuated inflammatory cell infiltration and suppressed inflammatory factor expression in the periaortic tissue of TAA.

Underlying Mechanisms ID'd in Curcumin Resensitization of CA Cells
HealthDay News, August 2017
Curcumin can resensitize chemoresistant pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) cells through inhibition of the polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2)-PVT1-c-Myc axis, according to a study published online July 17 in Carcinogenesis. The researchers reported the resensitization of chemoresistant PDAC cells by curcumin through inhibition of the PRC2-PVT1-c-Myc axis. Curcumin sensitized chemoresistant cancer cells inhibited expression of the PRC2 subunit enhancer of zeste homolog-2 and its related long non-coding RNA PVT1 using gemcitabine-resistant PDAC cell lines. Curcumin also prevented spheroid formation and down-regulated several genes driving self-renewal. In vitro findings were confirmed in a xenograft mouse model, with inhibition of gemcitabine-resistant tumor growth by curcumin. "Overall, this study establishes clinical relevance for combining curcumin with chemotherapy to overcome chemoresistance in PDAC," the authors write.

Curcumin sensitizes pancreatic cancer cells to gemcitabine by attenuating PRC2 subunit EZH2, and the lncRNA PVT1 expression
Carcinogenesis, August 2017
Accumulating evidence indicates that curcumin, a phenolic compound extracted from turmeric, can overcome de novo chemoresistance and re-sensitize tumors to various chemotherapeutic agents. Using gemcitabine-resistant PDAC cell lines, we found that curcumin sensitized chemoresistant cancer cells by inhibiting the expression of the PRC2 subunit EZH2 and its related lncRNA PVT1. Curcumin was also found to prevent the formation of spheroids, a hallmark of CSCs, and to down-regulate several self-renewal driving genes. In addition, we confirmed our in vitro findings in a xenograft mouse model where curcumin inhibited gemcitabine-resistant tumor growth. Overall, this study indicates clinical relevance for combining curcumin with chemotherapy to overcome chemoresistance in PDAC.

Kitchen spice helps woman beat cancer
israelnationalnews.com August 2017
Dieneke Ferguson, 67, battled myeloma for five years, thought she had lost, and then tried a key component of a common kitchen spice: curcumin. Now, five years later, her cancer cell count is negligible, the Daily Mail reported.  Her recovery was so remarkable it was featured in the British Medical Journal. However, the report emphasized that few - if any - of myeloma sufferers used curcumin on its own, without conventional treatments.  And co-author Jamie Cavenagh, who works at London’s Barts Hospital as a specialist in blood disease, said many of his patients take curcumin at some point, but it doesn't work for everyone.  "A lot of my patients take curcumin at different stages of their treatment. I don’t object to it," Cavenagh said. " Dieneke’s is the best response I have observed and it is clear-cut because we had stopped all other treatment. I have not seen such a convincing response before."  "When you review her chart, there’s no alternative explanation [for her recovery] other than we’re seeing a response to curcumin."  Myeloma is a type of blood cancer, and to treat it, Ferguson first tried three rounds of chemotherapy and four stem cell transplants.  Ferguson currently takes 8 grams of curcumin a day (equivalent to two teaspoons of powered curcumin), mostly to ensure the disease does not come back.

Cancer breakthrough: Trendy spice could be key to killing tumours
Express, August 2017
The curcumin chemical in turmeric has shown promise destroying neuroblastoma tumour cells.

Could a turmeric extract help to treat pancreatic cancer?
Medical News Today, August 2017
A common obstacle in the treatment of pancreatic cancer is drug resistance. However, new research has shown that curcumin - a compound that can be found in turmeric - can help to overcome the resistance to chemotherapy. Curcumin is the active compound found in plants such as turmeric, and more and more studies have been pointing to the therapeutic potential of the compound for various conditions, ranging from cancer to diabetes. Preclinical studies have suggested that the compound has various antioxidant, neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory, and anticarcinogenic properties. "By treating certain cells with small doses of curcumin, we were able to reverse the pathways that lead to chemoresistance," says Dr. Goel.   "This is an important breakthrough that could lead to better prognosis and longer lives for patients with chemoresistant pancreatic cancer." Previous studies have shown that curcumin has preventative benefits, but to the authors' knowledge, this is the first study that shows the beneficial effect of the plant extract in combination with chemotherapy and its advantages in overcoming drug resistance.

Baylor Scott & White Research Institute Shows Curcumin Protects Against Chemoresistant Pancreatic Cancer
Healthcare Magazine, August 2017
Baylor Scott & White Research Institute scientists found curcumin, a plant-based medicinal compound, can help overcome chemotherapy resistance in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, the country’s fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths.  According to researchers, resistance to chemotherapeutic drugs is a major challenge for PDAC patients. Initially, patients may respond to chemotherapy but, as cancer stem cells form, patients’ bodies may become immune to chemotherapy drugs. The Baylor Scott & White study stated curcumin can act as an adjunct to chemotherapy to battle this.  “By treating certain cells with small doses of curcumin, we were able to reverse the pathways that lead to chemoresistance,” Dr. Ajay Goel, director of gastrointestinal research and translational genomics and oncology at Baylor Scott & White Research Institute, said in a statement. “This is an important breakthrough that could lead to better prognosis and longer lives for patients with chemoresistant pancreatic cancer.”  Goel said his team had identified two key players in regulating drug resistance. Researchers found that when pancreatic cancer cells were treated with curcumin, the natural compound inhibited pathways associated with chemotherapy drug resistance—increasing reception to first-line drug therapy. Researchers also found curcumin can prevent the formation of spheroids, in turn reducing tumor growth and recurrence.  Currently, Goel and his research team are continuing to explore the benefits of curcumin. There are clinical trials underway studying the role of curcumin in cervical, breast, and colorectal cancers.

Curcumin Compound in Turmeric May be Used to Help Fight Cancer in Children: Scientists
NDTV.com, August 2017
A team of scientists from the United States of America have found that a bioactive compound in turmeric known as curcumin can also cure cancer in children. Neuroblastoma is one of the most common cancers in children below the age of five years. The cancer starts in early nerve cells and commonly forms in the tissue of the adrenal glands, near the kidneys. It is also associated with developmental delays, hearing loss and other disabilities.

Turmeric can be used to fight cancer in children, find US scientists
Economic Times, August 2017
Researchers at Nemours Children's Hospital and the University of Central Florida (UCF) have recently found that the nanoparticles loaded with curcumin can offer a novel treatment to target and destroy neuroblastoma tumor cells.

Wound healing activity of curcumin conjugated to hyaluronic acid: in vitro and in vivo evaluation.
PubMed, August 2017
Studies on proliferation, antioxidant activity and scratch wound healing carried out in human keratinocyte cells revealed that HA-conjugated curcumin treatment enhanced cell proliferation, decreased oxidative damage induced by H2O2 and also improved migration of cells in scratch wounds as compared to treatment with native curcumin. HA conjugated curcumin exhibited bactericidal activity in dark and phototoxicity when irradiated with blue light against antibiotic resistant bacteria. Furthermore, wound healing efficacy studied in diabetic mice demonstrated that topical application of the conjugate on wounds led to better healing as compared to treatment with HA-free curcumin and HA alone. These results suggest that HA conjugation is a promising formulation of curcumin for enhancing its healing efficacy.

Researchers Show Curcumin Protects Against Chemoresistant Pancreatic Cancer
NewsWise.com August 2017
Curcumin is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits, but a new study by researchers at Baylor Scott & White Research Institute reveals an additional benefit: its potential to overcome chemoresistance in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), a common but aggressive form of cancer in the pancreas. The study, “Curcumin sensitizes pancreatic cancer cells to gemcitabine by attenuating PRC2 subunit EZH2, and the lncRNA PVT1 expression,” recently was published in Carcinogenesis, an integrative cancer research journal. Previous research demonstrated the advantages of taking curcumin preventatively, but this is the first study of its kind to demonstrate benefits of curcumin as an adjunct to chemotherapy. Resistance to chemotherapeutic drugs is a major challenge in caring for patients with PDAC, the fourth leading cause of cancer-related U.S. deaths. Patients may respond to chemotherapy initially, but as cancer stem cells form, the body can develop drug resistance. Now, researchers have developed an improved understanding of the molecular events underlying the development of pancreatic stem cells and the role that curcumin—the main component of turmeric—plays in overcoming resistance to vital chemotherapy drugs.

Curry spice helped woman, 67, to beat blood cancer
Metro, August 2017
Dieneke Ferguson, 67, thought she had exhausted all options available after undergoing three rounds of chemotherapy and four stem cell transplants as she battled myeloma. However, she then turned to a product called curcumin, which is an ingredient of the spice turmeric, and her recovery was so incredible it has been featured in the British Medical Journal. Although curcumin features in kitchen turmeric, it only makes up around 2%, so Dieneke takes the ingredient in tablet form so she can get 8g a day. After five years of taking the tablet, that she heard about on a cancer support group, her cancer cell count is negligible.

The Benefits Turmeric Has on Your Skin
The Weekly Challenger, August 2017
Scientific studies as recent as 2017 preach the anti-inflammatory and wound-healing properties of turmeric, due to the curcumin inside the plant. Other studies have found that turmeric can help reduce skin damage, including damage due to sun exposure, pollution, smoking, aging, and acne.

How curry spice helped a dying woman beat cancer: Sufferer, 67, turned to kitchen cupboard staple turmeric after five years of failed treatment
Mail Online, August 2017
How curry spice helped a dying woman beat cancer: Sufferer, 67, turned to kitchen cupboard staple turmeric after five years of failed treatment. Dieneke Ferguson was diagnosed with the blood cancer myeloma in 2007 and underwent three rounds of chemotherapy as well as four stem cell transplants. She tried Curcumin, a component of turmeric, and five years on, her cancer cell count is negligible, with her recovery featuring in the British Medical Journal.  Curcumin has been linked to a host of benefits, including for heart disease.

5 Foods That Help Fight Cancer
The Quint, August 2017
Curcumin (turmeric extract) works brilliantly with cancer patients and balances the side effects of chemo by boosting immunity. Its highly anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory and that helps because cancer is an inflammatory disease.

Synergistic Interplay between Curcumin and Polyphenol-Rich Foods in the Mediterranean Diet: Therapeutic Prospects for Neurofibromatosis 1 Patients
Nutrients, August 2017
After six months, patients adopting a traditional MedDiet enriched with 1200 mg curcumin per day presented a significant reduction in the number and volume of cutaneous neurofibromas; these results were confirmed in subsequent evaluations. Notably, in one patient, a large cranial plexiform neurofibroma exhibited a reduction in volume (28%) confirmed by Magnetic Resonance Imaging. We hypothesize that the combination of a polyphenol-rich Mediterranean diet and curcumin was responsible for the beneficial effect observed on NF1. This is, to the best of our knowledge, the first experience with curcumin supplementation in NF1 patients. Our report suggests that an integrated nutritional approach may effectively aid in the management of NF1.

The best immune system-boosting foods
Coach, August 2017
A component of turmeric called curcumin, which gives the spice its orange-yellow colour, has been shown to have a potent stimulatory effect on the immune system. A study carried out by American and Chinese researchers last year found the consumption of curcumin resulted in the body producing more white blood cells, which then removed a tuberculosis causing bacteria from infected cells.

Family Living Focus: Turmeric
Lancaster Farming, August 2017
Curcumin, the active substance in turmeric, is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants aid against cell damage.  Curcumin lowers the level of two enzymes in the body that cause inflammation.  Curcumin stops platelets from clumping together to form blood clots.  Curcumin has been found to reduce the symptoms of bloating and gas in people suffering with indigestion.

Curcumin converts Foxp3+ regulatory T cells to T helper 1 cells in patients with lung cancer
Journal of Cellular Biochemistry, August 2017
The effect of curcumin on inhibiting cancer has been recognized, but the mechanism remains elusive. This study tests a hypothesis that administration of curcumin down regulates Tregs in lung cancer (LC) patients. In this study, a group of LC patients was treated with curcumin. The peripheral Tregs and T helper (Th) 1 cells were analyzed by flow cytometry. The mechanism by which curcumin regulated the Tregs was observed by cell culture approaches. The results showed that the frequency of peripheral Treg was markedly higher in LC patients than that in healthy subjects, which was suppressed after treating with curcumin for 2 weeks. The peripheral Th1 cells were increased in LC patients after the curcumin therapy. The data of the in vitro experiments showed that curcumin converted the LC patient-isolated Tregs to Th1 cells via repressing the gene transcription of forkhead protein-3 and increasing the expression of interferon-γ. In conclusion, curcumin can convert LC patient-isolated Tregs to Th1 cells. The results suggest that curcumin may improve the antitumor immunity by regulating the tumor specific immune tolerance.

Compounds in Apples, Grapes and Other Plant Foods Stop Prostate Cancer in Mice, Study Shows
Prostate Cancer News, July 2017
Researchers tested 142 natural compounds in food for prostate-cancer-fighting properties. They discovered that combinations of ursolic acid, resveratrol and curcumin stopped the disease. Ursolic acid is found in apple peels and the herb rosemary, resveratrol in red grapes and berries, and curcumin in the spice turmeric.  The study, “Combinatorial treatment with natural compounds in prostate cancer inhibits prostate tumor growth and leads to key modulations of cancer cell metabolism,” was published in the journal npj Precision Oncology.  To start with, the University of Texas researchers tested the compounds on prostate cancer cells in a lab. They evaluated the substances alone and in combinations.  When the team discovered that ursolic acid, resveratrol and curcumin might inhibit prostate cancer growth, they tested all possible combinations of the compounds in mice with prostate cancer. Some combinations prevented tumor growth in the animals, with no toxic effects.  Scientists already know that chemicals in apple peels, turmeric and green tea reduce inflammation, a risk factor for cancer because it damages normal cells.  The researchers also wanted to know how the compounds inhibited tumor growth. They studied metabolic pathways, or chemical transformations needed to nourish cancer cells.  They found that ursolic acid, combined with either resveratrol or curcumin, kept cancer cells from consuming glutamine, a compound the cells need to grow. Denying the cells glutamine starved them.

Natural Compounds in Ordinary Foods Beat Prostate Cancer
News Max, July 2017
They first tested 142 natural compounds on mouse and human cell lines to see which inhibited prostate cancer cell growth when administered alone or in combination with another nutrient. The most promising active ingredients were then tested on model animals: ursolic acid, a waxy natural chemical found in apple peels and rosemary; curcumin, the bright yellow plant compound in turmeric; and resveratrol, found in red grapes and berries.,,The found that when combined with either curcumin or resveratrol, ursolic acid prevented the uptake of glutamine, a nutrient necessary for cancer growth.,,"These nutrients have potential anti-cancer properties and are readily available," says Stafano Tiziani. Combinations of the nutrients, he says, "have a better effect on prostate cancer than existing drugs.,,"The beauty of this study is that we were able to inhibit tumor growth in mice without toxicity," Tiziani said.,,The study was published in Precision Oncology.

Pre-treatment with curcumin - a safe herbal compound derived from turmeric – makes cancer stem cells sensitive to radiation therapy.
Down To Earth, July 2017
The study builds upon earlier findings that pre-treatment with curcumin - a safe herbal compound derived from turmeric – makes cancer stem cells sensitive to radiation therapy. It has found that combined effect of curcumin and exposure to radiation was markedly more effective in lowering AP-1 levels thereby rendering cells unviable for growth and replication. When treated with radiation alone, there was delayed but increased rate of proliferation and tumor formation.  The mechanism of curcumin-induced inhibition lends credibility to AP-1 as a drug target and therapeutic utility of curcumin for radio-sensitization of cervical cancer stem cells for better treatment outcomes.

Natural Ways to Lower Your Cholesterol
FitCommerce.com July 2017
Turmeric, the spicy yellow ingredient found in Indian food, contains the active ingredient, curcumin. Recent research suggests that curcumin may reduce cholesterol by interfering with intestinal cholesterol uptake, increasing the conversion of cholesterol into bile acids, and increasing the excretion of bile acids. Curcumin has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and may help prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol to a more dangerous form that is more likely to end up in your arteries.

Curcumin protects against acute renal injury by suppressing JAK2/STAT3 pathway in severe acute pancreatitis in rats
Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine, July 2017
The results showed that curcumin significantly decreased serum amylase, Cr and BUN levels, and alleviated pancreatic and renal histological changes in SAP rats. Furthermore, curcumin markedly decreased serum TNF‑α and IL‑6 levels and downregulated renal protein levels of JAK2/STAT3 pathway components. These results proved that curcumin ameliorates acute renal injury in a rat model of SAP. The molecular mechanism of its effect may be associated with the suppression of the JAK2/STAT3 pathway to reduce TNF‑α and IL‑6 levels in SAP‑induced acute renal injury. Therefore, the findings of the present study revealed the potential use of curcumin for the prevention and treatment of SAP and the associated renal injury.

Prostate Cancer Cells Can Be Treated With Natural Compounds Present In Apple, Red Grape & Turmeric
The Science Times, July 2017
The researchers performed the tests of the compounds individually and also in combination. They identified three key compounds that played effectively in halting the growth of the prostate cancer cells. The three effective compounds are curcumin, ursolic and resveratrol.  A bright yellow curcumin is a natural compound present in turmeric, and ursolic acid can be found in the apple peel. Another important natural compound resveratrol is present in berries and red grapes. The researchers combined the ursolic acid with either resveratrol or curcumin and tested it in the mice with induced prostate cancer. They noticed that the compounds stopped the necessary uptake of the important amino acid glutamine by the prostate cancer cells.  The uptake of this amino acid helped the prostate cancer cells to grow. Now the prevention of the glutamine's uptake forced the cells to starve. This starvation ultimately led to the death of the prostate cancer cells and simultaneously halted the growth of the tumor in the mice.  One important fact is natural compounds curcumin, resveratrol, and ursolic acid caused no toxic effects on mice. The researchers found that the concentrations of the natural compounds in the mice were higher than they are normally present and consumed through the diet. However, the findings of the study have indicated promising outcome to prevent and treat the prostate cancer cells.

Life-Changing Benefits Of Turmeric
Elite Daily, July 2017
 Studies show that, in India, diagnoses of Alzheimer's disease are pretty low, and it appears to be due to turmeric's major role in the Indian diet. Curcumin helps to improve working memory, as well as attention span and mood in elderly adults.  According to a 2014 study, 60 healthy adults showed significantly improved performance on attention and working memory tasks only one hour after receiving a single dose of 400 mg of curcumin, compared with those who received a placebo. Curcumin can kill damaged cells while still leaving other cells healthy and intact, unlike chemotherapy. According to GreenMedInfo, turmeric reduces post-bypass heart risk by 56 percent.  Not only that, but the effects it has on heart health are similar to the effects that aerobic exercise has on heart health, and it improves vascular function in post-menopausal women. Curcumin can possibly be just as effective as an antidepressant.Its work with depression is related to its anti-inflammatory properties because people with depression have greater inflammation and oxidative stress, which can affect all major organs in the body, including the brain, according to Psychiatry Advisor.

Apples and Curry May Starve Prostate Cancer Cells
Vital Updates, July 2017
The study authors discovered cancer-limiting effects with curcumin, which is found in the “wonder spice” turmeric, as well.  “These nutrients have potential anti-cancer properties and are readily available,” said corresponding author Stefano Tiziani, assistant professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and Dell Pediatric Research Institute at University of Texas at Austin. One of the most important findings that the researchers uncovered was how chemical combinations could limit glutamine metabolism in cancer cells, which need the substance to survive. Specifically, the researchers found that combining ursolic acid with resveratrol or curcumen made the biggest impact.

Targeting multiple pro-apoptotic signaling pathways with curcumin in prostate cancer cells
PLoS One, July 2017
The mechanisms by which curcumin promoted cell death in these cells were associated with cell cycle arrest, increased reactive oxygen species, autophagy and the Unfolded Protein Response. Furthermore, the upregulation of ER stress was measured using key indicators of ER stress: Glucose-Regulated Protein 78, Inositol-Requiring Enzyme 1 alpha, Protein Disulfide isomerase and Calreticulin. Chronic ER stress induction was concomitant with the upregulation of pro-apoptotic markers (caspases 3,9,12) and Poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase. The downregulated proteins include anti-apoptotic and anti-tumor markers, supporting their curcumin-induced pro-apoptotic role in prostate cancer cells. Taken together, these data suggest that curcumin may serve as a promising anticancer agent by inducing a chronic ER stress mediated cell death and activation of cell cycle arrest, UPR, autophagy and oxidative stress responses.

Relieve Pain Naturally
The Alternative Daily, July 2017
Curcumin is now one of the most effective anti-inflammatory agents known to man, and you’ll see curcumin supplements on most health store shelves across the globe. Ancient civilizations came to refer turmeric, and hence it’s active ingredient curcumin, as an almost holy plant, in large part because of it’s amazing healing powers.  Curcumin works by regulating cytokines, proteins and enzymes that are linked to inflammation. This has lead many scientists to conclude that curcumin may be one of the most effective ways to treat chronic neurodegenerative, cardiovascular, metabolic and neoplastic diseases.

Curcuminoids modify lipid profile in type 2 diabetes mellitus: A randomized controlled trial
Science Direct, July 2017
Curcuminoids supplementation can reduce serum levels of atherogenic lipid indices including non-HDL-C and Lp(a). Therefore, curcuminoids supplementation could contribute to a reduced risk of cardiovascular events in dyslipidemic patients with T2D.

Curcumin reduces hippocampal neuron apoptosis and JNK-3 phosphorylation in rats with Aβ-induced Alzheimer's disease: protecting spatial learning and memory
Journal of Neurorestoratology, July 2017
Curcumin relieved spatial learning and memory deficits, hippocampus neuronal apoptosis, and reduced JNK-3 and p-JNK-3 levels (all P<0.05). In conclusion, curcumin may inhibit JNK-3 phosphorylation to protect against hippocampal neuron apoptosis after Aβ injection.

Topical Curcumin for Precancer Cervical Lesions
ClinicalTrials.gov July 2017
The purpose of this study is to see if curcumin can reverse a cervical precancerous state by looking at people who have the condition and intervening with a study drug or placebo (an inactive drug), prior to planned therapeutic loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) which is a treatment procedure for removing cervical cancer.

Curcumin induced autophagy anticancer effects on human lung adenocarcinoma cell line A549
Oncology Letters, July 2017
The anticancer effects of curcumin on A549 cells can be reduced using autophagy inhibitors. This suggests a possible cancer therapeutic application of curcumin through the activation of autophagy. These findings have improved the understanding of the mechanism underlying the anticancer property of curcumin.

Food Derived Compounds Block Prostate Cancer Growth
Specialty Pharmacy Times, July 2017
 The investigators identified ursolic acid, a natural chemical found in apple peels and rosemary; curcumin, a compound in turmeric; and resveratrol, a natural compound in red grapes or berries, as the most promising active ingredients and tested them on animal models.   “These nutrients have potential anti-cancer properties and are readily available,” Tiziani said. “We only need to increase concentration beyond levels found in a healthy diet for an effect on prostate cancer cells.”   The study also showed that combining ursolic acid with either curcumin or resveratrol can prevent cancer cells from accessing crucial nutrients needed to survive. In other words, through nutrients commonly found in the human diet, the compounds can block the uptake of glutamine, which prostate cancer cells need to grow.

Turmeric And Ginger Make My Top Local “Superfood”
Longevity, July 2017
There is literally no nutrient more effective than curcumin at promoting a healthy inflammatory response in your brain, heart and body. Multiple studies say that the spice naturally detoxes the body and supports, pain-free joints, balanced moods and strong immune systems. Curcumin even improves metabolic function and reduces the risk of plaque buildup in the arteries of type-2 diabetes patients. Lastly it acts as an anti-diabetic and antioxidant in patients with type-1 diabetes. FYI, studies even say that it’s just as effective as over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications. Moreover that the spice may also be helpful in treating osteoarthritis, viral and bacterial infections, stomach ulcers, cancer and other conditions. And because of its antioxidant properties its even being called “the natural remedy of the century.”

Curcumin shifts RAS-induced pro-proliferative MEK/ERK-signaling toward pro-apoptotic p38MAPK/JNK1-signaling, triggering p53 activation and apoptosis
The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, July 2017
This approach revealed that a curcumin-based intervention shifts the oncogenic RAS-induced MEK/ERK pro-proliferative pathway toward p38MAPK/JNK1 pro-death signaling.

Curcumin pretreatment protects against PM2.5‑induced oxidized low‑density lipoprotein‑mediated oxidative stress and inflammation in human microvascular endothelial cells
Molecular Medicine Reports, July 2017
Curcumin induced NF‑κB, cell adhesion molecule 1 and vascular cell adhesion protein 1 expression. Thus, curcumin treatment may reduce PM2.5‑induced oxidative stress and inflammation in HMEC‑1. In summary, it was indicated that the effects of PM2.5 are associated with oxLDL via the NF‑κB signaling pathway, thereby inducing PM2.5 mediated oxidative and inflammatory responses. The results also suggested that curcumin may be able to reduce the oxidative and inflammatory effects of PM2.5 in HMEC‑1.

Curcumin attenuates hypoxic‑ischemic brain injury in neonatal rats through induction of nuclear factor erythroid‑2‑related factor 2 and heme oxygenase‑1
Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine, July 2017
Treatment with curcumin effectively reduced the brain injury score, increased myelin basic protein (MBP) expression and increased the quantity of neuronal cells in neonatal rats with hypoxic‑ischemic brain injury. Furthermore, treatment with curcumin significantly attenuated the changes in SOD activity and MDA levels and suppressed the iNOS protein expression induced in neonatal rats by hypoxic‑ischemic brain injury. Treatment with curcumin significantly increased Nrf2 and HO‑1 expression in the neonatal rats with hypoxic‑ischemic brain injury. The present study indicated that curcumin attenuates hypoxic‑ischemic brain injury in neonatal rats through the induction of Nrf2 and HO‑1.

Turmeric and Curcumin: A Primer
Psychology Today, June 2017
According to lab studies, there is evidence that turmeric curcumin may help both prevent and treat certain cancers, including: prostate, breast, skin, lung, pancreatic, and colon cancers.[1,14] It is also useful in the treatment of the symptoms and inflammation associated with chemotherapy for the treatment of cancer. (Goel, 2017) There are over 2,000 published studies on the subject, and the general centire onclusion is that curcumin supplementation may be beneficial for both cancer prevention and better treatment results.[14] In this sort of situation, taking pure curcumin extract instead of turmeric is preferred, because of the dosage requirements for maximum benefit. Many of these studies in the laboratory have shown that curcumin can actually stop cancer cells from dividing.[14] Cancer occurs when the DNA in cells get damaged, which causes them to divide uncontrollably, forming tumors. These can spread across your body if left untreated.[15] Keeping these cells from dividing helps stop cancer development in its tracks. Curcumin has also been shown to trigger programmed cell death, or apoptosis. This is a healthy and natural way for our bodies to eliminate damaged cells, and it’s helpful for getting rid of cancer cells. In many ways, curcumin is a good adjunct to chemotherapy. There have been no reported toxicities associated with curcumin consumption in this setting, and significant benefit. (Goel, 2017) For many people, this is an extremely attractive option when dealing with cancer treatment. Medicinal Uses for Turmeric Curcumin But as impressive as the results are in those undergoing cancer treatment and chemotherapy; the medicinal uses of turmeric are broad. It has been shown to alleviate pain and improve knee functioning in patients with osteoarthritis.[1] Many people suffer from arthritis, which involves inflammation of the joints. It can cause not only pain and swelling, but also limited mobility.[16] A study of 107 participants found that curcumin had roughly the same effect on patients as ibuprofen.[17] Turmeric is also able to assist in maintaining a healthy digestive tract as well. Its medicinal properties help regulate healthy digestion. Turmeric is especially effective against diarrhea from many causes, including infection, or inflammatory diseases like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) like Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. One study on turmeric’s effect on ulcerative colitis showed that patients who consumed turmeric curcumin had significantly lower relapse rates than patients who did not consume it. This was a double-blind placebo-controlled study, which is the gold standard of clinical study design and methods; and one of the most reliable scientific ways to gather scientifically valid information.[24] Another sign of turmeric curcumin’s major health benefits is the fact that rural India’s population houses the lowest rates of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in the entire world.[32] Adults in India are 4.4 times less likely to develop AD than comparably aged cohorts in other industrialized countries. Epidemiological and animal studies suggest an important role for turmeric and curcumin in potential prevention and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease. (Ringman, Frautschy, Cole, Masterman, & Cummings, 2005, ) (Sikora, Scapagnini, & Barbagallo, 2010)

Curcumin induces apoptotic cell death in human pancreatic cancer cells
Oncology Letters, June 2017
The natural compound curcumin has previously been reported to inhibit pancreatic cancer cell growth. miR‑340 was identified to be significantly upregulated following curcumin treatment. In addition, treatment with curcumin or miR‑340 induced pancreatic cancer cell apoptosis, whereas silencing endogenous miR‑340 significantly inhibited the proapoptotic effect of curcumin. Furthermore, curcumin treatment significantly reduced XIAP expression, an effect that was rescued by treatment with anti‑miR‑340. The results of the present study suggest that the miR‑340/XIAP signaling pathway is a downstream target of curcumin that mediates its proapoptotic effects on pancreatic cancer cells. This may provide the basis for novel treatment strategies for patients with pancreatic cancer.

Curcumin induces apoptotic cell death and protective autophagy in human gastric cancer cells
Oncology Reports, June 2017
Curcumin possesses an anticancer effect against a wide assortment of tumors with selective cytotoxicity for tumor cells. Our results demonstrated that curcumin inhibited the viabilities of gastric cancer cell lines BGC-823, SGC-7901 and MKN-28 in both a time- and dose-dependent manner. In addition, curcumin treatment induced gastric cancer cell apoptosis in a dose‑responsive manner. Western blotting of apoptosis‑related proteins further confirmed the pro-apoptotic potential of curcumin. After exposure to curcumin, a robust induction of autophagy was observed in gastric cancer cells, which was characterized by the formation of acidic vesicular organelles (AVOs), conversion of LC3-I to LC3-II and an increase in the levels of autophagy‑related proteins. Activation of the PI3K/Akt/mTOR signaling pathway was suppressed in gastric cancer cells with curcumin treatment. Collectively, our findings provide new evidence that curcumin induces apoptotic cell death and protective autophagy in human gastric cancer cells in vitro. Autophagy inhibitor treatment may provide a novel and effective strategy for improving the anticancer effect of curcumin against gastric cancer.

Turmeric (Curcumin),The Healing Root
blastingnews.com June 2017
Curcumin or curcuma longa, is a powerful antioxidant, adaptogen, antiviral, antibacterial, anti inflammatory, anti carcinogen and contains many beneficial vitamins and minerals including zinc, protein, niacin, fibre, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, iron and magnesium. Turmeric according to over 6000 #Peer Reviewed scientific studies, is beneficial for all sorts of ailments including inflammation, skin disorders, gastrointestinal disorders such as IBS, arthritis, viral infections, nausea, hormonal imbalances, obesity, hypertension, glaucoma, Helicobacter pylori, diabetes, high cholesterol, cancer and depression.

Antitumor effects of curcumin in human bladder cancer in vitro
Oncology Letters, June 2017
Curcumin was identified to decrease the growth of T24 and 5637 cells in a dose‑ and time‑dependent manner. The present study confirmed that curcumin is able to inhibit cell migration and promote apoptosis of bladder cancer through suppression of matrix metalloproteinase signaling pathways in vitro. The anticancer effects of curcumin on bladder cancer cells may benefit clinical practice in the future.

JNK pathway mediates curcumin-induced apoptosis and autophagy in osteosarcoma MG63 cells
Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine, June 2017
In the current study, it was determined that curcumin was able to significantly induce apoptosis, and lead to autophagy in MG63 cells. Notably, inhibition of apoptosis enhanced curcumin‑induced autophagy due to upregulation of the c‑Jun N‑terminal kinase (JNK) signaling pathway. This finding was confirmed by the use of JNK‑specific inhibitor, SP600125. Furthermore, our data showed that curcumin‑induced apoptosis was increased when autophagy was completely inhibited by 3‑methyladenine in MG63 cells. These results suggest that autophagy may have an important role in resistance to apoptosis when MG63 cells are incubated with curcumin. Thus, these results provide important insights into the interaction between apoptosis and autophagy in osteosarcoma cells and clinical treatment strategies using curcumin.

Compound in turmeric found to suppress viruses, including hepatitis, herpes, chikungunya, influenza-A, HIV and HPV
Natural News, June 2017
The turmeric compound curcumin was found to effectively suppress a large number of viruses, recent studies showed. The compound was previously known to defer cancer growth, resolve Lichen Panus, reduce type-2 diabetes and prevent Alzheimer’s disease and dementia onset. However, a new article published in GreenMedInfo.com listed several other studies indicating that the compound was able to inhibit the growth of a plethora of viruses including zika virus, hepatitis, herpes, chikungunya virus, influenza-A, HIV and HPV. Curcumin was found to affect the virus; ability to bind with other cells. Another study published in the journal Gut showed that curcumin hindered the hepatitis C virus from entering the human liver cells. According to the researchers, this effect proved especially beneficial — as exposure to the HCV virus caused severe liver disease and was known to affect more than 160 million people around the world. Membrane fluidity experiments indicated that curcumin affected the fluidity of the HCV envelope resulting in impairment of viral binding and fusion. Curcumin has also been found to inhibit cell-to-cell transmission and to be effective in combination with other antiviral agents," the researchers concluded. Turmeric compound impedes more viruses Curcumin was also known to suppress the influenza-A virus in a number of studies. Researchers at the Graduate Institute of Microbiology and Public Health at the National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan found that the turmeric compound interfered with the virus' haemagglutination activity by blocking its ability to bind with red blood cells in patients. In addition, a study published in the Italian Journal of Biochemistry revealed that curcumin prompted hemeoxygenase-1 gene stimulation in the hippocampus of the brain. In turn, this activation triggered the production of bilirubin, a potent antioxidant essential for the immune system’s health. According to researchers at the Michigan State University, curcumin inhibited the herpes virus from spreading by affecting its early gene expression. “Curcumin is a potent compound with various biological properties. We have shown that curcumin significantly affects HSV-1 IE gene expression which thereby diminishes the ability of the virus to launch the lytic infectious cycle,” the researchers wrote. A study published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention also found that curcumin was able to clear human papillomavirus in women. As part of the study, researchers at the Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute in India examined 287 HPV-positive women. The experts noted that women who were given curcumin-based treatments had HPV clearance rates between 81 percent and 87 percent.

Effective Natural Pain Relief for Fibromyalgia
nationalpainreport.com June 2017
More recently researchers have called curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, the “herbal ibuprofen.” [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/7390600/] One study found that curcumin was actually more effective at reducing pain and swelling in arthritic joints than anti-inflammatory medications. [http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ptr.4639/abstract;jsessionid=A768F9AF39A7EE0BC525EC80EC1A6861.f04t04]

Curcumin touted for metabolic benefits in people with fatty liver disease: RCT data
Drug Research, June 2017
Curcumin is a dietary polyphenol with lipid-modifying, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Supplementation with curcumin was associated with a reduction in body mass index (−0.99±1.25 vs.  − 0.15±1.31 in the curcumin and placebo groups, respectively; p=0.003) and waist circumference (−1.74±2.58 vs. −0.23±3.49 in the curcumin and placebo groups, respectively; p=0.024). Ultrasonographic findings were improved in 75.0% of subjects in the curcumin group, while the rate of improvement in the control group was 4.7% (p<0.001). Serum levels of aspartate aminotransferase and alanine aminotransferase were reduced by the end of trial in the curcumin group (p<0.001) but elevated in the control group (p<0.001). Curcumin was safe and well tolerated during the course of trial. Short-term supplementation with curcumin improves liver fat and transaminase levels in patients with NAFLD.

Curcumin Anti-Apoptotic Action in a Model of Intestinal Epithelial Inflammatory Damage
Nutrients, June 2017
Curcumin, the active substance of Curcuma longa which is attributed most of the beneficial properties of turmeric, is chemically classified among the polyphenols. The many beneficial properties attributed to curcumin, as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-infective, anti-tumor, and preventive agent, are closely correlated with each other and could be associated with the ability to modulate the molecules involved in inflammation, programmed cell death, and morphology.In the present work, we demonstrated that pre-treatment with curcumin is able to reduce the levels of apoptosis in intestinal epithelial cells exposed to IFNγ.

Can turmeric help manage diabetes? What the evidence says
WXYZ Detroit, June 2017
Research focuses on the main component of turmeric called curcumin. A review of 13 years of research suggest curcumin may help in different ways. Adding it to your diet may reduce your chance of developing diabetes as curcumin appears to improve the cells that create insulin in the pancreas. Taking curcumin orally may reduce blood sugar levels, however more research is needed in humans. Other studies have shown those with prediabetes may not develop full diabetes when taking curcumin in capsule form.Taking curcumin may also help to prevent diabetic-related nerve damage, prevent diabetic cataracts and kidney disease.

Essential turmeric oils enhance anti-inflammatory efficacy of curcumin in dextran sulfate sodium-induced colitis
Nature.com June 2017
Curcumin exerts anti-inflammatory effects in DSS-induced colitis

Turmeric: From humble root to golden goddess
Vancouver Sun, June 2017
The active ingredient, curcumin has also been investigated by western science as a cancer-fighting agent. Studies have shown that curcumin is an anti-cancer agent and an anti-inflammatory. It inhibits an enzyme called COX-2 that is activated in various inflammation cascades. It works similarly to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Anticancer effect of curcumin inhibits cell growth in breast cancer cell
Oncology Letters, May 2017
Curcumin is a polyphenol extracted from turmeric, which that belongs to the Zingiberaceae family. Curcumin has numerous effects, including anti-inflammatory, antitumor, anti‑oxidative and antimicrobial effects. Curcumin inhibited cell viability and induced cytotoxicity of MCF‑7 cells in a concentration‑ and time‑dependent manner, by inducing apoptosis and increasing caspase‑3/9 activities. In addition, curcumin downregulated miR‑21 expression in MCF‑7 cells by upregulating the PTEN/Ak
t signaling pathway. The present study has for the first time, to the best of our knowledge, revealed the anticancer effect of curcumin in suppressing breast cancer cell growth.

How Turmeric Shows Great Promise as a Natural Remedy for the Prevention and Healing of Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes
EmaxHealth, May 2017
The science on curcumin, an Indian spice and anti-inflammatory has shown promise in reducing and even preventing complication of diabetes with it's effects on insulin resistance and by regulating blood sugar. The systematic review published in the peer-reviewed journal, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine looked at curcumin and its effect on diabetes in the prevention and treatment of diabetes and its associated disorders. The review concluded that curcumin could favorably affect most of the leading aspects of diabetes, including insulin resistance, hyperglycemia, hyperlipidemia, or high concentrations of lipids in the blood, and islet apoptosis and necrosis, or organ failure. In addition, curcumin showed promise in preventing the injurious complications of diabetes.

Postnatal treatment using curcumin supplements to amend the damage in VPA-induced rodent models of autism
Complementary and Alternative Medicine, May 2017
Curcumin plays a significant therapeutic role in attenuating brain damage that has been induced by prenatal VPA exposure in rats; however, its therapeutic role as a dietary supplement still must be certified for use in humans.

Curcumin: A naturally occurring modulator of adipokines in diabetes
Journal of Cellular Biochemistry, May 2017
Curcumin, the bioactive component of turmeric, has been used for the treatment of several diseases including diabetes and its complications. Additionally, we examine the potential beneficial effects of the activity of curcumin in the prevention and treatment of diabetes.

This Could Be The Greatest Spice For Men's Health
Huffingtonpost.com May 2017
Curcumin extracts have been shown to reduce the pain and improve function in knee osteoarthritis “with an efficiency equivalent to ibuprofen, but with fewer gastrointestinal side effects.” Combining curcumin and Boswellia serrata also has been shown to be more effective than the COX-2 inhibitor celecoxib in the treatment of osteoarthritis.A number of studies have found that turmeric/curcumin is effective in reducing depression, especially mild cases. One study noted that patients with major depressive disorder who took curcumin fared just as well as their peers who took Prozac (fluoxetine). A more recent meta-analysis of six clinical trials reported that curcumin “appears to be safe, well-tolerated, and efficacious among depressed patients.” Curcumin has been shown to improve glucose tolerance in animal research as well as significantly lower hemoglobin A1c in patients with type 2 diabetes. Free-radical fighting antioxidants called curcuminoids are abundant in turmeric. Curcumin is the most prominent of these polyphenols. In addition to helping destroy disease-causing free radicals, curcuminoids also facilitate the activity of antioxidant enzymes (e.g., catalase, superoxide dismutase). Antioxidants can help slow the aging process, protect against chronic disease (including cancer and heart disease), reduce oxidative stress, and fighting inflammation.

Healing The Body, Naturally
Elle Magazine, May 2017
There is good research to support the ability of curcumin to reduce cellular damage and risk of chronic disease; decrease pain and inflammation (effects have been shown to be similar to paracetamol); [and] it may reduce the risk of heart disease. Curcumin intake is also associated with a decreased risk of colon cancer and reduced symptoms associated with ulcerative colitis.

Curcumin sensitizes prostate cancer cells to radiation
J Drug Target, May 2017
Curcumin has been reported as a radiosensitizer in prostate cancer. Curcumin sensitizes prostate cancer cells to radiation partly via epigenetic activation of miR-143 and miR-143 mediated autophagy inhibition.

Turmeric: The Golden Herb
Hamlet Hub, May 2017
Anti-inflammatory: the constituent curcumin is responsible for the anti-inflammatory action thus reducing inflammation and making it useful in the treatment of muscle pain, joint pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, ulcerative colitis, Chrohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), headaches, SLE, bronchitis, autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular diseases. Anti-oxidant: curcumin can protect the DNA against breaks and oxidation which makes it useful in the treatment of different types of cancer, autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular health, protective for the body. Anti-neoplastic: curcumin has been proven to have anti-cancer properties in the body. Either as part of a treatment protocol or as preventative. Lipid modulation: curcumin has shown positive results in decreasing total plasma cholesterol levels, decreasing LDL, decreasing triglycerides and increasing HDL levels. It also helps decrease inflammation in the vessels hence improving cardiovascular health and decreasing risks. Anti-platelet: curcumin has been shown to prevent thrombus formation from platelet aggregation hence being beneficial for cardiovascular health. Anti-bacterial: curcumin has also shown effectiveness with treating infections. Anti-hepatotoxic: curcumin has been shown to stimulate Phase II detox activity in the liver helping excrete toxins out of the body.

New Prospects for Treating Malignant Mesothelioma with Curcumin
SurvivingMesothelioma.com May 2017
There is more evidence that the active ingredient in turmeric may have the power to help combat malignant mesothelioma. A new French study on curcumin finds that the compound not only slowed the growth of one of the rarest types of mesothelioma tumor cells in the laboratory but also reduced total tumor mass in lab rats in just two weeks. Curcumin, the plant polyphenol that gives turmeric its yellow hue and pungent flavor, has been the subject of numerous malignant mesothelioma studies in recent years, in part because of its powerful anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, curcumin appeared to attract cancer-fighting CD8+ T lymphocytes to the area which clustered around small residual mesothelioma tumors in the peritoneal cavity after treatment. “These data open up interesting new prospects for the therapy of sarcomatoid mesothelioma with curcumin and its derivatives,” concludes Dr. Pouliquen. Earlier this year, scientists in the Department of Experimental Medicine at the University of Rome conducted a similar experiment and that found that intraperitoneal curcumin extended survival in mice with mesothelioma. In 2015, mesothelioma researchers with Flinders University in Australia determined that curcumin had the ability to keep mesothelioma tumors from giving rise to their own new blood vessels. That study suggested that curcumin could become a supplemental treatment for certain mesothelioma patients.

Why are so many scientists studying this spice?
Stuff, May 2017
Curcumin is also an antioxidant which helps prevent free radical damage -studies have found that people with depression have greater free radical damage to brain cells. Curcumin appears to help protect brain cells - which is why other studies are looking at whether curcumin might help prevent dementia. There's a huge demand for an anti-inflammatory substance that doesn't have side effects and curcumin stands out. More than 60 studies of curcumin worldwide are looking at its potential role with a number of cancers.

Curcumin improves bone density by up to 7%, study reveals
Daily Mail, May 2017
A compound in turmeric, known as curcumin, is thought to balance out cells that remove ageing parts of bone before it is replaced, according to previous findings. Curcumin blocks rogue proteins called beta amyloid, which clump together and destroy neurons, according to researchers from Edith Cowan University, Perth. In the study 96 participants aged between 40 and 90 were given either a daily placebo or 1,500 mg of curcumin for 12 months. In tests of verbal and memory skills, those taking the dummy pill suffered a decline in mental function after just six months that was not observed in those having curcumin.

Curcumin exerts antitumor activity
OncoTargets and Therapy, May 2017
Curcumin, a natural polyphenol compound, exhibits tumor suppressive activity in a wide spectrum of cancers, including nasopharyngeal carcinoma cells. Curcumin upregulated the expression of miR-7 and subsequently inhibited Skp2, a direct miR-7 target. Our results identified that upregulation of miR-7 by curcumin could benefit nasopharyngeal carcinoma patients.

Curcumin, Found in Turmeric Plants, Seen to Shrink Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma Tumors in Rat Study
MesotheliomaResearchNews.com May 2017
When curcumin was administered to rats one week after the injection of tumor cells, the size of the tumors dropped dramatically by the 16th day. The researchers also found that curcumin appeared to stimulate the immune system, observing a type of white blood cell surrounding remaining tumors in rats treated with curcumin. This white blood cell, known as a CD8+ T-cell, is known to kill cancer cells under the right conditions. “In conclusion, these data open up interesting new prospects for the therapy of malignant mesothelioma with curcumin, in particular the sarcomatoid subtype,” the research team wrote. “Future studies will determine the best sequence/dose(s) of curcumin or its many derivatives to use to optimize the specific immune response directed against M5-T1 cells. A complementary approach would also be the combination of curcumin/derivatives with current chemotherapeutic agents to reduce the dose used and the associated systemic toxicity of the latter.”

Superfood focus: Healthy properties give turmeric a golden touch
The National, May 2017
The benefits are primarily due to curcumin, the active compound in turmeric that is not only responsible for its bright hue, but also a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial qualities.

Turmeric may help ease the symptoms of Lyme disease
EmaxHealth, May 2017
The secret is turmeric’s curcumin, a plant chemical that has many healing capabilities, and has been scientifically proven to counter skin rashes, fatigue, bacterial infections and pain in joints and muscle, all of which are symptoms of Lyme disease. Research has proven that curcuminoids can improve the pain and physical function of patients suffering from knee osteoarthritis, an extremely debilitating and painful disease that is characterized by the degeneration of joint cartilage and the underlying bone causing inflammation. In an animal model study on immunologically induced fatigued mice, scientists were able to observe that oral administration of curcumin, reduced oxidative stress, increased in mobility ( mice were less tired), and also reduced abnormal sensitivity to pain. Curcumin protects skin by quenching free radicals and reducing inflammation through nuclear factor-KB inhibition. A study trying to establish the effectiveness of curcumin against 4 types of bacteria, namely Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus faecalis, Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginos, has confirmed that turmeric is effective against all the bacterias tested and the extent of bacteria killing showed an increase with dosage and incubation time.

Anti-inflammatory effect of combined tetramethylpyrazine, resveratrol and curcumin in vivo.
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, May 2017
Resveratrol and curcumin, as natural flavones products, have good therapeutic effect in acute and chronic inflammation; on the other hand, tetramethylpyrazine (TMP) has angiogenesis and vessel protection effect as well as anti-inflammatory function. In this paper, the anti-inflammatory effect of the tetramethylpyrazine, resveratrol and curcumin (TRC) combination in acute and chronic inflammation was reported in vivo.

Curcumin Inhibits Apoptosis of Chondrocytes
Nutrients, May 2017
Osteoarthritis (OA) is an inflammatory disease of load-bearing synovial joints that is currently treated with drugs that exhibit numerous side effects and are only temporarily effective in treating pain, the main symptom of the disease. Curcumin, the principal curcuminoid and the most active component in turmeric, is a biologically active phytochemical. Evidence from several recent in vitro studies suggests that curcumin may exert a chondroprotective effect through actions such as anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative stress, and anti-catabolic activity that are critical for mitigating OA disease pathogenesis and symptoms. Curcumin should be explored further for the prophylactic treatment of osteoarthritis in humans and companion animals.

Curcumin suppresses cell growth and invasion and induces apoptosis by down-regulation of Skp2 pathway in glioma cells
Oncotarget, May 2017
Studies have demonstrated that curcumin exerts its tumor suppressor function in a variety of human cancers including glioma. Curcumin significantly inhibited cell growth, suppressed cell migration and invasion, induced apoptosis and cell cycle arrest in glioma cells. Curcumin exerts its antitumor activity through inhibition of Skp2 pathway. Collectively, our findings suggest that targeting Skp2 by curcumin could be a promising therapeutic approach for glioma prevention and therapy.

Evaluation of intracavitary administration of curcumin for the treatment of sarcomatoid mesothelioma.
Oncotarget, May 2017
The treatment of tumor-bearing rats with 1.5 mg/kg curcumin on days 7, 9, 11 and 14 after tumor challenge dramatically reduced the mean total tumor mass at day 16. .These data open up interesting new prospects for the therapy of sarcomatoid mesothelioma with curcumin.

Efficacy of curcumin in inducing apoptosis and inhibiting the expression of VEGF in human pterygium fibroblasts
International Journal of Molecular Medicine, April 2017
Curcumin suppress cell proliferation in the pterygium by inducing HPF apoptosis and inhibiting VEGF expression. Thus, curcumin has potential for use as a novel agent for the treatment of pterygium in the near future.

History and Origins of Turmeric
DESIblitz, April 2017
Elderly villagers in India appear to have the lowest rate of Alzheimer’s disease in the world, and researchers have speculated that the anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin may be partly responsible,” states Dr Andrew Weil.  Curcumin may kill and prevent cancer cells of the breast, bowel, stomach and skin from growing. Curcumin also acts as an antioxidant, which protects the body from free radical damage (free radicals contribute to increased cancer risk).  Curcumin can help sustain healthy blood pressure. This ultimately, promotes heart health and reduces the likelihood of developing heart disease. The spice may also prevent the clogging of arteries, which is a risk factor for strokes and heart attacks. Curcumin also seems to reduce the risk of developing diabetes among pre-diabetic individuals.

Medicinal Herbs for Cancer
Liberty Voice, April 2017
Curcumin, in turmeric, is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. Additionally, it contains broad anti-parasitic and antimicrobial features. Turmeric has properties to support the fight against cancer by preventing cells from dividing quickly to form tumors, and prevents the development of capillaries that feed tumors. The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, kills diseased cells without damaging the healthy cells. It does this by removing the activation path of most diseases caused by inflammation, which is linked to cancer. Turmeric is effective in preventing cancer of the stomach, lung, colon, breast, and skin.

Curcumin and Lycopene or Bixin in Yoghurt on Inhibition of LDL Oxidation
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, São Paulo State University, April 2017
Treatments with mixtures of curcumin and lycopene or bixin had combined effects, decreasing biomarkers of carbohydrate and lipid disturbances (curcumin effect), increasing the HDL levels (carotenoids effects) and mitigating oxidative stress (curcumin and carotenoids effects). The combined effects also led to prevention of the LDL oxidation, thereby mitigating the cardiovascular risk in diabetes. These findings provide evidence for the beneficial effect of curcumin and carotenoid mixtures as a supplementation having antioxidant and antiatherogenic potentials, thus appearing as an interesting strategy to be studied as a complementary therapy for diabetic complications.

Proven Health Benefits of Turmeric and Dosage
Belair Daily, April 2017
Turmeric has a powerful active ingredient called curcumin that is known to be a natural antioxidant and has been used for generations as a treatment for digestive and liver problems. Now, turmeric and diabetes have been linked through several studies.

Foods that flush the body
JamaicaObserver.com April 2017
Curcumin is a component that stimulates the production of bile by the gall bladder. Bile is used by the kidneys, not just to eliminate toxins, but also to restore and revitalise liver cells that are central to the deconstruction of harmful compounds.

The science on curcumin
Mind Body Green, April 201
Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant within turmeric and the center of most of the research about turmeric. Because of the evidence of curcumin's powerful anti-inflammatory benefits, it's extracted and standardized in higher doses to be put into supplements. What's the science on curcumin? The commonality between just about all the research done on turmeric and curcumin boils down to one thing: inflammation. Inflammation is a buzzword of late and something we have talked about in functional medicine for years. Curcumin and turmeric are known for their ability to tame chronic inflammation; here's a roundup of health problems for which they seem to be beneficial: Alzheimer's Autoimmune inflammation Brain inflammation (brain fog and memory loss) Cancer Candida Cataracts Depression Diabetes Erectile dysfunction Gallbladder problems Heavy metal toxicity Inflammatory bowel disorders Insulin resistance Lupus Pneumonia Rheumatoid arthritis Viral infections Weight-loss resistance.

10 Ways Turmeric Might Be Superior To Modern Medicine
The Alternative Daily, April 2017
The active compound in turmeric — curcumin — is on par with over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, without all the harmful side effects. In one study, researchers tested stressed-out lab rats displaying depression-like symptoms along with adrenal issues, caused by a prolonged elevation in stress hormones. Surprisingly, they found that curcumin helped to alleviate negative physiological effects. “These results provide compelling evidence that the behavioral effects of curcumin in chronically stressed animals, and by extension humans, may be related to their modulating effects on the HPA axis and neurotrophin factor expressions,” wrote the authors. Several studies have found that curcumin can significantly inhibit the development and movement of cancer cells through the body. It does this by reducing the growth of new blood vessels in tumors, called angiogenesis. Curcumin may also contribute to the cancer cell death directly.

Anti-inflammatory efficacy of turmeric oil and curcumin in colitis
Nature.com April 2017
Considering that curcumin is a readily available, safe and a cost-effective botanical, there is a growing interest in exploring its clinical efficacy individually or as an adjunctive treatment for managing and/or treating UC and subsequently improving the overall quality of life for patients with this inflammatory disease. Although curcumin is a well-established anti-inflammatory agent, the exact mechanism(s) by which it attenuates inflammatory burden in diseases such as UC remains unclear. Herein, we demonstrated that curcumin exhibited significant anti-inflammatory effects in a mouse model of dextran sodium sulfate (DSS)-induced colitis.

Go for the gold with turmeric
SC Now, April 2017
Turmeric contains a phytochemical nutrient named curcumin, which is an antioxidant known for anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-cancer properties. With more than 100 clinical studies, curcumin has been shown to be active against several chronic diseases, including various types of cancers, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular, pulmonary, neurological and autoimmune diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease.

Rescue, April 2017
Turmeric contains Curcumin as the main active ingredient, which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. As an anti-inflammatory curcumin is powerful, matching the effectiveness of some drugs. Low level inflammation is involved in almost every chronic condition; cancer, Alzheimer’s, metabolic syndrome as examples. Curcumin actually targets the inflammatory pathway at a molecular level. In addition to protecting against free radical damage (antioxidant) and chronic inflammation (anti-inflammatory), curcumin has shown promise in treating depression and could be considered an anti-ageing supplement.

Clinical Use of Curcumin in Depression: A Meta-Analysis
Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, March 2017
Six clinical trials with a total of 377 patients were reviewed, comparing the use of curcumin to placebo. In patients with depression, the pooled standardized mean difference from baseline Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression scores (pooled standardized mean difference −0.344, 95% confidence interval −0.558 to −0.129; P = .002) support the significant clinical efficacy of curcumin in ameliorating depressive symptoms. Significant anti-anxiety effects were also reported in 3 of the trials. Notably, no adverse events were reported in any of the trials. Most trials had a generally low risk of bias, except for an open trial of curcumin and a single-blinded study.

10 Health Benefits Of Turmeric And Curcumin You Need To Know
Global Health Clinics, March 2017
Curcumin has been shown to reduce inflammation by lowering levels of two inflammation enzymes in the body. Inflammation is a complicated immunological process that takes places in the cell. Curcumin works at a cellular level to block out bioactive molecules that trigger the inflammation process common in most chronic diseases such as arthritis and gastrointestinal disorders. One of the mechanisms behind ageing and many diseases is oxidative damage. Curcumin is a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals in the body helping to prevent aging and disease. It can also stimulate the body’s own antioxidant properties. Brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a type of growth hormone that functions in the brain. Curcumin has been shown to increase neurogenesis, potentially via modulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and by increasing (BDNF) production in the brain. Depression has been linked to reduced levels of BDNF. Studies have confirmed that curcumin, found in turmeric, has a similar effect as antidepressants on patients suffering from depression by boosting levels of BDNF. Curcumin has also been shown to boost the brains neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine. Due to its high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties curcumin can lower the chance of heart diseases. Curcumin improves the lining of the blood vessels, regulate blood pressure and reduce blood clotting. One study found that curcumin is just as effective as exercise at improving blood flow to the heart. Curcumin contains anti-cancer compounds that can strengthen the body providing cancer protection. Given that curcumin is a potent anti-inflammatory, it makes sense that it could help with arthritis as it has a positive effect on joint swelling and pain-reduction. Some studies suggest that patients with rheumatoid arthritis, curcumin was even more effective than an anti-inflammatory drug.Curcumin is known for its anti-inflammatory properties that can pass through the blood/brain barrier, unlike other substances and has been shown to lead to various improvements in the pathological process of Alzheimer’s disease. Due to all of curcumins potent health benefits listed above such as reducing inflammation in the body and being a potent antioxidant curcumin provides compounds that kill off free-radicals that cause the ageing process and prevent disease.

Spice Compound Extends Mesothelioma Survival in Mice
Surviving Mesothelioma, March 2017
Curcumin has been the subject of numerous mesothelioma studies. The latest one, conducted by scientists at the Department of Experimental Medicine at the University of Rome, finds that the compound has the power to not only kill mesothelioma cells in the lab, but to also extend survival in mice infected with the asbestos cancer.

The ancient wisdom of turmeric
Lacrosse Tribune, March 2017
“Curcumin is the compound in turmeric that gives it its bright yellow hue,” says Rachael Hartley, R.D., L.D., C.D.E. It has been shown to block enzymes in the inflammatory pathways, potentially fighting inflammation at the molecular level, and it’s being actively studied for relief of swelling and pain in both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Curcumin is also a powerful antioxidant, and lab and animal studies have reported that curcumin inhibits cancer at multiple stages of development, although we don’t yet know how that might work in the body. The anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects could help reduce heart disease risk, and this potent turmeric component also may help keep the lining of veins and arteries healthy and reduce cholesterol levels.

Curcumin induces apoptosis and protective autophagy in castration-resistant prostate cancer cells through iron chelation
Drug Design, Development and Therapy, March 2017
Curcumin induces apoptosis and autophagy in different cancer cells. Moreover, chemical and biological experiments have evidenced that curcumin is a biologically active iron chelator and induces cytotoxicity through iron chelation. Our results indicate that curcumin induces apoptosis and protective autophagy in CRPC cells.

Turmeric’s anti-aging effects
EmaxHealth, March 2017
Recent studies have observed in animal and human trials that Turmeric’s natural chemical knows as Curcumin, (the yellow pigment from the rhizoma of Curcuma longa), exerts powerful anti-oxidant, photo-protective and anti - inflammatory activities. This leads scientists to believe that curcumin has anti-ageing effects. A review of the literature on the effects of Curcumin in the body, published by the journal of alternative medicine, found that a high dose of Curcumin is not toxic for humans. In one of the studies 25 subjects used up to 8000 mg of curcumin per day for 3 months, and five other subjects used 1125-2500 mg of curcumin, which was also found to be safe. There are three main aspects of ageing: oxidative stress, inflammation and sun damage. Experts at the Deparment of Neuroscience and Neurology in Finland, explain that during aging, adaptive immunity significantly declines, while innate immunity seems to be activated which induces a characteristic pro-inflammatory profile. The first way in which Turmeric works is by inhibiting the number of different molecules that play a role in inflammation. In 2010 an article published at Current Design, has measured the molecular targets of curcumin in the body. The researchers found that that curcumin directly affects a few major targets, such the NF-κB signaling pathways, which can in turn suppresses the pro-inflammatory state involved in the etiology of ageing and age-related diseases. Therefore, Curcumin’s anti- ageing results are compelling.

Curcumin blocks autophagy and activates apoptosis of malignant mesothelioma cell lines and increases the survival of mice
Oncotarget, March 2017
Curcumin is a "multifunctional drug". Intraperitoneal administration of curcumin increased the median survival of C57BL/6 mice intraperitoneally transplanted with #40a cells and reduced the risk of developing tumors. Our findings may have important implications for the design of MM treatment using curcumin.

Turmeric is effective in treating various types of cancer
Kashmir Monitor, March 2017
Curcumin, the principal curcuminoid of turmeric, has been intensely studied as a cancer protective agent. Its potential has been tapped in head and neck cancers, breast, lung, gastro-intestinal cancer, ovarian cancer, melanoma, neurological cancers, sarcoma, leukemias and lymphoma.

Compound in Turmeric Shows Promise for Treating Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma.com, March 2017
Curcumin, a compound in the spice turmeric, has shown promise as a possible treatment for malignant mesothelioma. A recent study discovered the compound blocked intracellular degradation and activated the death of mesothelioma cells. Plus, it increased the survival of mice given the mesothelioma cell line.

Benefits of Turmeric
Verge Campus, March 2017
The compound curcumin is naturally occurring in turmeric, and it is responsible for the many benefits of the plant. However, curcumin makes up only around 3% of the make-up of turmeric by weight. For that reason, supplements are the best way to get curcumin in your system. Curcumin is proven to reduce chronic inflammation, helping to prevent its negative long-term effects. Curcumin happens to be a powerful antioxidant, capable of neutralizing free radicals. Curcumin also stimulates the production of our body’s own natural antioxidant enzymes.Studies have shown that curcumin can help prevent cancerous cells from growing, multiplying, and spreading. It has even been found to kill some cancerous cells. For example, in a study of 44 men with lesions in the colon, which could possibly turn cancerous, curcumin was administered. The men were given 4 grams of curcumen per day for 30 days. At the end of the trial, the amount of lesions had decreased by 40%. A controlled study took 60 patients and divided them into three groups. One group was given Prozac, the other Prozac and curcumin, and the third just curcumin. The purely curcumin group experienced positive benefits, but the most effective treatment was found in the combination of Prozac and Curcumin.In a study, patients with rheumatoid arthritis experience better results from taking curcumin supplements as opposed to arthritis medication. This is likely due to curcumin’s anti-inflammatory properties The active chemical in turmeric, curcumin, is a wonder-molecule. Its many uses testify to its presence in human culture and Ayurvedic traditions dating back thousands of years. Its potentials are continuing to be studied, so that in the future we may learn even more about this magical molecule.

Exploration of inhibitory mechanisms of curcumin in lung cancer metastasis using a miRNA- transcription factor-target gene network
Public Library of Science (PLOS) , March 2017
The present study was aimed to unravel the inhibitory mechanisms of curcumin for lung cancer metastasis via constructing a miRNA-transcription factor (TF)-target gene network. We suggest miR-34a-5p/miR-34c-5p/miR-302b-3p -LEF1-CCND1/WNT1/MYC axis may be a crucial mechanism in inhibition of lung cancer metastasis by curcumin.

The power of turmeric
inews880.com, March 2017
The active ingredient that we’re also concerned about – or really interested in – is actually curcumin. It’s the main active ingredient which holds the most inflammatory and anti-oxidant potential. The beautiful thing about turmeric is that in all the recent studies and journalism and medical information that we have, it’s really effective against inflammatory conditions, like arthritis.

This centuries-old spice is the superfood of 2017
USA Today, March 2017
Turmeric fights inflammation, helps balance blood sugar and cholesterol levels. The University of Maryland Medical Center said it has been used for centuries to battle medical conditions and research suggests it may help treat cancer and colitis.

Turmeric trumps meds
Mirror, March 2017
Turmeric contains curcumin, a power antioxidant which has antiinflammatory properties. It is loaded with dietary fiber, niacin and the vitamins C, E and K, as well as potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and zinc. It acts as an immuno-booster, and helps in developing resistance towards many bacterial, viral and fungal infections. It also works like a muscle-relaxant by neutralising the extra gases and toxins produced in the body. Being rich in fibre and an antiinflammatory agent, curcumin also helps in weight reduction by reducing hunger pangs and raising the metabolic rate.

Curcumin decreases malignant characteristics
BioMedCentral.com February 2017
These findings indicate that curcumin may be a safe future chemotherapeutic agent.

 Environmental Nutrition
Orlando Sentinel, February 2017
"Curcumin is the compound in turmeric that gives it its bright yellow hue," says Rachael Hartley, R.D., L.D., C.D.E. It has been shown to block enzymes in the inflammatory pathways, potentially fighting inflammation at the molecular level, and it's being actively studied for relief of swelling and pain in both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Curcumin is also a powerful antioxidant, and lab and animal studies have reported that curcumin inhibits cancer at multiple stages of development, although we don't yet know how that might work in the body. The anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects could help reduce heart disease risk, and this potent turmeric component also may help keep the lining of veins and arteries healthy and reduce cholesterol levels.

Curcumin Is Associated with Downregulation of Cell Division Cycle 20 in Pancreatic Cancer
Nutrients, February 2017
Curcumin could be useful for the treatment of pancreatic cancer patients.

Turmeric and Curcumin
Food.ndtv.com February 2017
 Curcumin belongs to a family of chemicals that are known as curcuminoid and which have a bright yellow colour. It is this compounds that lends the distinctive colour to the spice. Curcumin was first identified as a compound back in 1815. Since then, there have been several studies conducted to learn more about its abilities. It is believed that curcumin works on multiple functions and processes at the same time which is why it has been touted to cure everything from pain and inflammation to fighting tumours and promoting brain health.

Cancer prevention
inUth.com February 2017
Curcumin with chemotherapy can treat bowel cancer cells. The results were based on a laboratory test that showed that the combined treatment killed more cancer cells than the chemotherapy alone.

How Turmeric Upgrades Your Organ Systems & Treats Cancer, Inflammatory Disease
Collective-Evolution.com February 2017
Researchers have found that curcumin has a positive effect on multiple systems in the body. For one, curcumin has been found to modulate around 700 of our genes. Furthermore, it modulates over 160 physiological pathways. Curcumin also regulates our cell membranes, allowing for more efficient transport of molecules in and out of the cell. But one of the most amazing aspects of curcumin is its positive effect on signalling molecules, which, if gone awry, can lead to chronic inflammatory responses, autoimmune responses, issues with DNA and RNA regulation, and more. In short, curcumin is a vastly important ingredient in the prevention of almost all types of diseases.

Inhibitory Effect of Astragaloside and Curcumin on Tumor Growth
Anticancer Research, February 2017
The combination of AS-IV and curcumin demonstrated significant synergistic effects on microvessel count as well as on expression of angiogenic and thrombosis-related factors and microRNAs. Conclusion: The present study indicates future clinical potential of combination therapy with AS-IV and curcumin.

Over 7,000 studies confirm turmeric’s health-protective effects
Natural News, February 2017
A 2015 review published by the journal Molecules states that curcumin — a key component of turmeric — can inhibit the initiation, progression and metastasis of a number of different kinds of tumors. The review authors also note that curcumin halts disease progression by inducing apoptosis, or cell death. The team notes that at the time their review was completed, some 6,850 studies of turmeric had been published, noting that many of these were indicative of the spice’s potential health benefits. In their conclusion, the authors write, “A plethora of in vitro and in vivo research together with clinical trials conducted over the past few decades substantiate the potential of curcumin as an anti-cancer agent.”

Active compounds in turmeric, onion help fight colon cancer
Business Line, February 2017
Global research studies in the past decade have also thrown up positive results on the impact of curcumin in preventing colon and breast cancers. In a clinical trial, researchers in the US have shown that people who eat large amounts of curries with ingredients like turmeric and an antioxidant found in Onions called quercetin have beneficial effects. There is a growing body of scientific literature from across the world, including studies from the Hyderabad-based National Institute of Nutrition, which highlight properties such as anti-inflammation, antioxidant and anti-tumour attributed to curcumin.

Turmeric compound may treat colon cancer
Kashmir Monitor, January 2017
The researchers found that combination of two plant compounds that have medicinal properties - curcumin and silymarin - holds promise in treating colon cancer. Curcumin is the active ingredient in the spice turmeric. The combination of phytochemicals inhibited colon cancer cells from multiplying and spreading. In addition, when the colon cancer cells were pre-exposed to curcumin and then treated with silymarin, the cells underwent a high amount of cell death.

Health Benefits of Curcumin
foods4betterhealth.com January 2017
Turmeric spice contains the healing compound, Curcumin, and studies have proved that it is more advantageous than many prescription drugs. Curcumin has a good ability to control inflammation. Oncogene published the results of a study stating that among all the anti-inflammatory medications in the world, aspirin and ibuprofen are the least effective, while curcumin is the most effective. Inflammation causes diseases like cancer, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, high cholesterol, and chronic pain. With arthritis drugs (diclofenac sodium), people may develop a leaky gut and heart disease, whereas with curcumin, treatment is safe and doesn’t have any adverse side-effects. The countless benefits of curcumin helps to treat people suffering from different types of arthritis.

Spice health benefits
The Gazette, January 2017
The active ingredient in turmeric is a powerful antioxidant called curcumin. The American Cancer Society notes that a number of studies have found curcumin kills cancer cells in vitro and reduces the size of tumors in animals.

Curcumin improves glucose tolerance
Mol Nutr Food Res., January 2017
These findings demonstrate the biological function of curcumin as a GLP-1 secretagogue and the possible molecular target that mediates GLP-1 secretion. Increases in the secretion of endogenous GLP-1 induced by curcumin may allow the dosages of other diabetic medicines to be reduced and aid in the prevention of diabetes.

Health Benefits of Turmeric
Factskeeper.com January 2017
One recent study actually found that curcumin from turmeric was more beneficial than some medications in reducing oxidative stress in the body, inflammation in the body, and treating high cholesterol.

Turmeric, the spice of life
CBS News, December 2016
The very thing that makes turmeric so colorful -- a compound called curcumin -- is what some researchers say also makes it a powerful weapon against disease. Biophysicist Ajay Goel has been studying its medicinal qualities at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. “We’re doing clinical trials on Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, diabetes,” said Goel. “And it seems to have an effect on all these different conditions?” Cowan asked. “Absolutely. It is such a wonderful compound that has been shown to work in every single instance people have tried.” Goel says thousands of studies have shown that, in a concentrated-enough dose, the curcumin in turmeric has not only proven to be an effective antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, but also shows promise in preventing and even treating something as serious as cancer.

Study finds spices can help fight cancer
ABC News, December 2016
There's now a volume of scientific evidence showing that curcumin is a safe, and powerful anti-inflammatory. "What we were missing at that time, we didn't have the science behind it, we just knew that somebody took this and felt better," said Dr. Goel. After seeing an integrative medicine physician, she started on curcumin capsules daily to reduce inflammation. "So I tried it and it worked. There was nothing else I changed. No other variables whatsoever," Jones said. "It's a passion for me and I feel privileged in a sense that I can see the science and I can see the anecdotal evidence, and I can see the limitations. I can see the positive things," said Dr. Goel. Like possible cancer prevention someday on a plate. A previous study by Professor Goel found that taking curcumin while undergoing chemotherapy increased the effectiveness of the treatment. If you are shopping for supplements and want the full benefit of curcumin, buy curcumin capsules, not turmeric. Remember turmeric is the spice, curcumin is the medicine.

The medicinal properties of turmeric
Seattle Times, December 2016
The National Library of Medicine (PubMed.gov) contains thousands of research articles on turmeric or its active ingredient curcumin. That’s because there is intense interest in the medicinal properties of this Indian spice. Curcumin is being studied for its activity against psoriasis, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and a range of cancers. All of this research is being conducted in animal models, but the anti-inflammatory activity of curcumin has been shown to help nasal congestion in humans (Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology online, Oct. 24, 2016). It also has been shown to help knee pain due to arthritis when taken as a supplement (Nutrition Journal, Jan. 5, 2016).

Curcumin sensitizes human gastric cancer cells
Chemical Biology Research Center, Wenzhou Medical University, December 2016
The combination of 5-FU and curcumin could be further developed as a potential therapy for human GC.

4 Ways Food Can Fight Muscle Soreness
IronMan.com December 2016
For centuries, curcumin has been prized in Asia for its purported benefits in health. Curcumin, like quercetin, has been investigated in a variety of exercise recovery models, including its impact on exercise-induced muscle soreness. A recent study compared the effects of 2.5 g curcumin or placebo taken twice daily for two days before and three days following a bout of heavy eccentric exercise. When subjects consumed curcumin, muscle soreness was lower at 24 and 48 hours after exercise with some evidence for enhanced recovery of muscle performance compared to placebo. In another study, subjects given 200 mg curcumin two times per day for 48 hours prior to and following a single bout of downhill running experienced less muscle soreness than subjects given placebo. Collectively, these findings suggest curcumin supplementation may dampen exercise-induced muscle soreness and support recovery.

Spice may help fight cancer
Vindi.com December 2016
The evidence is especially strong for curcumin, an active component of turmeric. It has the ability to interrupt metabolic pathways that cancer cells use to survive and spread (Anticancer Research, November 2016). Curcumin also may have activity against lung, breast, stomach, colorectal and uterine cancer.

The 7 Foods That Relieve Joint Pain
Tthe Weekly Challenger, December 2016
Curcumin, a compound found in turmeric, has been shown to help suppress cancer, reduce blood pressure, and have a positive impact on inflammation, just to name a few. One University of Arizona study found that the curcumin can help protect against joint deterioration and inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis. Another study researched how well ibuprofen eased pain over curcumin, and found that the benefits were about the same for both.

Study Finds the Spice Curcumin Fights Depression
MadeInAmerica.com December 2016
A new study, published online ahead of print in the Journal of Affective Disorders, finds that the spice curcumin, a derivative of turmeric, may be an effective treatment for depression. The study was a randomized, placebo-controlled trial (the gold standard methodology for medication studies). The researchers found that curcumin was better than a placebo treatment, and those with atypical depression were far more likely to improve.

 Compound in turmeric may treat colon cancer: study
The Hindu, December 2016
Researchers studied a line of colon cancer cells in a laboratory model. They found treating the cells initially with curcumin, then with silymarin was more effective in fighting cancer than treating the cells with either phytochemical alone. “The combination of phytochemicals inhibited colon cancer cells from multiplying and spreading. In addition, when the colon cancer cells were pre-exposed to curcumin and then treated with silymarin, the cells underwent a high amount of cell death,” said Uthayashanker Ezekiel from Saint Louis University.

 The health benefits of tumeric
HanfordSentinel.com December 2016
Health benefits of curcurmin: Reduces whole body inflammation Reduces joint pain from arthritis Helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels Helps maintain body weight and may delay or reduce the onset of type 2 diabetes Reduces heartburn and stomach upsets Improves memory and brain function Good for skin problems Cancer prevention

Dietary inflammatory index and telomere length
American Society for Nutrition, December 2016
Lifestyle factors could affect the health and longevity of an individual by modifying telomere length (TL)12 (1), a molecular proxy for estimating cellular aging (2). In this context, several studies in humans have looked into the effects of dietary components on TL (1, 3–6). The 2 main mechanisms implicated in the association between diet and leukocyte TL are oxidative stress and inflammation (7). Therefore, it is expected that an antioxidant or an anti-inflammatory diet could lessen the rate of telomere shortening, which may delay aging. Indeed, a higher intake of specific antioxidants and anti-inflammatory dietary components such as vitamin C or E, polyphenols, curcumin, or omega-3 (n–3) fatty acids have been associated with longer telomeres.

Can You Spice Up Your Antidepressant? The evidence for curcumin in depression
Psychology Today, December 2016
Curcumin is more interesting than many other alternative-medicine highly-touted phytochemical compounds as an anti-inflammatory because there’s already about a decade of human data for adjunctive and/or remission stability improvement from curcumin in
autoimmune diseases such as ulcerative colitis. These studies show some benefit and very few side effects at fairly high doses, double or quadruple those used in the depression studies.

The 7 Incredible Health Benefits of Turmeric
ClapWay.com December 2016
With curcumin’s anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric helps stimulate the body’s natural defense mechanisms, which helps the body to heal and preserve itself naturally. The reputation of turmeric for reducing inflammation actually owes to its active ingredient, curcumin. You also may want to start adding ginger to your pain or inflammation tonics for an even more potent effect. Turmeric can assist in the lowering of cholesterol and also prevent the blockage of arteries that can cause heart attacks and strokes. Curcumin can lower cholesterol levels and also inhibit the oxidation of LDL.

6 Reasons to Always Have Turmeric
VozdeguanaCaste.com December 2016
Curcumin has substances that regenerate and protect the liver. A study by the Medical Association of Thailand links this substance to an effective fight against cancer and an improvement of the organ’s fibrous tissue, as well as to the regeneration of affected hepatic cells. Curcumin also is linked to improvements in gallbladder health.  Curcumin is important nourishment against cancer, as it blocks the development of cells and promotes apoptosis (cell self-destruction), differentiating between carcinogenic cells and normal ones. At the same time, it can halt metastasis (spreading of cancer from one organ to another), according to the findings of a 2011 study by the University of Texas Anderson Cancer Center.  According to the Arthritis Foundation, curcumin eases pain, swelling and stiffness associated with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Curcumin’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties can be used as a complementary tool in the treatment of depression, according to a 2014 study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders.  According to the 2014 edition of the magazine BioMed Research International, several studies have shown that curcumin acts against a range of bacteria and microbes. Consuming it has antiviral, antimicrobial and antifungal effects.

Boost brain performance, reduce cognitive decline
BonnerCountyDailyBee.com December 2016
Curcumin, extracted from the spice turmeric, helps remove toxic waste, disrupt formation of plaques, and has anti-inflammatory properties. It tweaks a major control point that regulates many other activities in brain cells by encouraging them to operate in a balanced matter.

 The best supplements to take for over-60s
Startsat60.com December 2016
Due to its ability to block inflammation, curcumin could help stop disease-causing inflammation found in cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cystic fibrosis, and depression. Turmeric can also treat rheumatoid arthritis. Dr Greg Cole, associate director of UCLA’s Mary S Easton, spent years studying curcumin as a treatment for brain diseases specifically Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. In his long time studying curcumin as a cure, he has observed that it reduces the build-up of this disease in the brain.

Efficacy of curcumin, and a saffron/curcumin combination for the treatment of major depression: A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study
Journal of Affective Disorders, November 2016
Active drug treatments comprising differing doses of curcumin and combined curcumin/saffron were effective in reducing depressive and anxiolytic symptoms in people with major depressive disorder.

Study Says This SPICE Might Be As Effective For Depression As Prozac
inquisitr.com November 2016
This study provides first clinical evidence that curcumin may be used as an effective and safe modality for treatment in patients with MDD without concurrent suicidal ideation or other psychotic disorders.

Healthy Living: Curcumin To Fight Cancer?
9and10news.com November 2016
A previous study found taking curcumin while undergoing chemotherapy increased the effectiveness of the treatment. If you are shopping for supplements and want the full benefit of curcumin, buy curcumin capsules, not turmeric. Remember turmeric is the spice, curcumin is the medicine.

The mood and cognitive effects of curcumin from turmeric
The Fiji Times, November 2016
Curcumin is the component of turmeric (Curcuma longa) that gives the spice — and many curries — its bright yellow colour. It is one of more than 5000 flavonoids, a group of plant-based compounds thought to contribute to the health benefits of fruit and vegetables. While any meaningful clinical effects are far from proven, at least the trials have a scientific foundation. Curcumin has significant anti-inflammatory properties that are said to rival those found in ibuprofen, the active ingredient in Nurofen. Unlike over-the-counter drugs though, turmeric has no known toxic effects on the body. Curcumin's powerful antioxidant advantages have been shown to protect healthy cells in research, particularly those found in the colon, from cancer-causing agents. It aids the body in destroying mutated cancer cells before they have a chance to spread to other areas.

5 Top Natural Cancer-Fighting Supplements
NewsMax Health, November 2016
Curcumin. Turmeric is a spice used to flavor traditional Indian dishes, and its active component is curcumin, a potent anti-inflammatory that gives turmeric its bright yellow color. Studies show it can fight even the deadliest cancer — pancreatic, which has a 5-year survival rate of only 7 percent. A Phase II clinical trial at MD Anderson Center gave 25 pancreatic cancer patients 8 grams of turmeric a day for two months. Tumor growth stopped in two patients, one for eight months and another for two-and-a-half years. Another patient's tumor temporarily regressed by 73 percent. The only two drugs approved by the FDA are effective in no more than 10 percent of patients, and turmeric's effectiveness was similar with no side effects. In another study, turmeric reduced tumor growth in mice with pancreatic cancer by 43 percent. When combined with fish oil, which helps the body absorb turmeric, tumor growth was reduced by 70 percent. A study at the University of Missouri found that curcumin decreased the incidence of progestin-accelerated breast tumors in animals. It also delayed onset of the disease and reduced the incidence of multiple tumors.

Let turmeric color your life
DELANO News, November 2016
Curcumin is also protective of the liver, it lowers blood fat levels and it reduces weight gain. In some cases it is effective against hay fever and it can help treat inflammatory skin conditions, too. Of course, as it is a bitter, it also stimulates digestion and keeps the digestive muscular system working smoothly.

The Healing Properties Of The Eastern Diet Explained
Luxury London, November 2016
Curcumin in turmeric works to fight free radicals and aid with blood flow and circulation.

Turmeric and Exercise: a Magic Combination for Heart Health
Care2.com November 2016
The magnitude of the improvement achieved by curcumin treatment was comparable to that obtained with exercise. Therefore, regular ingestion of curcumin could be a preventive measure against cardiovascular disease. Furthermore, results suggest that curcumin may be a potential alternative treatment for patients who are unable to exercise.

The 7 Foods That Relieve Joint Pain
The Huffington Post,November 2016
The health benefits of turmeric—the yellow spice that flavors curries—are vast. Curcumin, a compound found in turmeric, has been shown to help suppress cancer, reduce blood pressure, and have a positive impact on inflammation, just to name a few. One University of Arizona study found that the curcumin can help protect against joint deterioration and inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis. Another study researched how well ibuprofen eased pain over curcumin, and found that the benefits were about the same for both.

Curcumin modulates the effect of histone modification
International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, November 2016
Curcumin may suppress chemokines and restore corticosteroid resistance in COPD through modulating HDAC2 expression and its effect on histone modification.

9 amazing health benefits of turmeric curcumin
BT.com October 2016
1. Kill cancer: The curcumin in turmeric has been found capable of killing cancer cells and able to slow the growth of tumours. 2. Soothe arthritis: “In a 2013 study, turmeric was shown to significantly reduce the severity of chronic joint inflammation in those with rheumatoid arthritis,” notes Abby Sauer, registered dietitian at Abbott. “In addition, turmeric has been considered as a promising treatment to reduce osteoarthritis pain due to its anti-inflammatory benefits.” 3. Fight diabetes: “When taken daily, turmeric’s most prominent component, curcumin, has been shown to delay the development of type 2 diabetes in patients who were at high risk of developing the disease,” says Sauer. 4. Deal with depression: Along with certified medical and psychological help, “turmeric has been shown to reduce depressive symptoms, and boost patient’s treatment success,” explains Sauer. 5. Avoid heart attacks: Those at risk of heart attack tent to suffer plaque build-up, known as atherosclerosis, in their arteries. “Turmeric has been found in animal studies to prevent blood clots from building up along artery walls, which could give patients with atherosclerosis a significant chance to reduce their risk of a heart attack,” says Sauer. 6. Tackle gut conditions: In patients with ulcerative colitis in remission, says Sauer, “turmeric was found to noticeably assist conventional medical treatment to keep patients in remission”. 7. Limit reflux: “Turmeric’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties have been shown to reduce inflammation in the oesophagus,” which can cut the effects of reflux after eating, says Sauer. 8. Lower your cholesterol: That good old curcumin in turmeric has also been found to help balance out cholesterol levels. 9. Pain relief: Traditionally turmeric has been used as a natural painkiller, and have even been shown to mimic the effects of steroids.

Turmeric Beats Depression, Active Ingredient Curcumin Works As Well As Prozac
inquisitr.com October 2016
Multiple studies have now shown that the active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, is an effective treatment against clinical depression and is as effective in treating serious depression as Prozac — perhaps even more so. Turmeric, a member of the ginger family, is probably best known for its culinary uses. It is frequently used in Indian dishes and as a natural food coloring because of its distinctive yellow color. Turmeric has been also used for thousands of years in treating a multitude of health conditions. Green Med Info, which compiles research studies on natural health products, lists over 2,000 research studies that proved benefits of turmeric ranging from treating arthritis to helping with weight loss to relieving symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, just to name a few. Hundreds of other health benefits of turmeric have also been reported.

If You Are Prone To Allergy, Make Sure You Regularly Eat These 10 Superfoods
Boldsky.com October 2016
The curcumin content in turmeric makes it a strong anti-allergic agent. Curcumin is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound that equips our immune system to fight allergies.

Popular ingredient in Indian food may help fight cancer
WNDU.com October 2016
Taking curcumin while undergoing chemotherapy increased the effectiveness of the treatment. If you're shopping for supplements and want the full benefit of curcumin, buy curcumin capsules, not turmeric.

Spices with benefits
Food in Canada, October 2016
The active ingredient of turmeric, called curcumin, is a type of polyphenol. Among other things, curcumin has been shown to help prevent depression in mice, and scientists are studying its impact on treating Alzheimer’s disease. Studies on rats from a few years ago showed that turmeric could help prevent and maybe even reverse liver damage, and there are ongoing studies looking into its impact on treating or preventing cancer, particularly colon cancer. It’s also been studied as an anti-inflammatory, a treatment for arthritis, a preventative measure for people at risk of developing diabetes, and more.

Curcumin Can Protect Your Brain from Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease
MensFitness.com October 2016
Curcumin—a bright orangeish chemical compound that’s found in turmeric and is integral to most curries and many other Asian foods (not to mention good old American mustard!) has already been shown to be a powerful anti-inflammatory. Now evidence is growing that it also stymies the destruction of brain neurons—meaning it may combat dementia and even Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers in a year long study at Australia’s Edith Cowan University gave cognition tests to 96 middle-aged and elderly subjects, then sent half of them home with concentrated curcumin pills, and the other half with a placebo. When all were retested just six months later, those who’d been taking the placebo showed a decline in verbal and memory skills—but the ones taking curcumin showed no such decline.

How Turmeric Wards Off Infectious Diseases
AllAfrica.com October 2016
Several medical properties have been attributed to Curcumin (Curcuma longa). The rhizome is known to possess therapeutic activities and has been used by medical practitioners as an anti-diabetic, hypo-lipidemic, anti-inflammatory, anti-diarrhoeal, hepato-protective, anti-asthmatic and anti-cancerous drug. Curcuma longa is widely used in cosmetology.

Curcumin fights ovarian cancer
ScienceDirect.com October 2016
Curcumin increases cytosolic Ca2+ concentration through inhibition of SERCA activity, causing apoptosis in ovarian cancer cells.

The spice for joint inflammation: anti-inflammatory role of curcumin in treating osteoarthritis
US National Library of Medicine, October 2016
Osteoarthritis is a significant medical condition for the aging population worldwide. Curcumin, a NF-κB suppressor, demonstrates potential as a treatment agent for osteoarthritis, a disease with an underlying inflammatory cause. Its efficacy in reducing pain, physical function, and quality of life among osteoarthritic patients has been demonstrated in many clinical trials. The effects of curcumin on osteoarthritis can be attributed to its ability to prevent apoptosis of chondrocytes due to inflammation predominantly, and oxidative stress to a lesser extent. Randomized controlled trials involving larger sample size and longer treatment, proper selection of patients, and improved formulation could better justify the use of curcumin as an alternative treatment for osteoarthritis.

Curcumin for Anti-Cancer and Other Profound Benefits
Natural Products Insider, October 2016
Curcumin is a naturally occurring chemical compound that is found in the spice turmeric. Several studies suggest curcumin might ease symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, including pain and inflammation. Moreover, these potent anti-inflammatory benefits seem to be quite protective against some forms of cancer progression. However, curcumin has additional anti-cancer effects that are independent of its anti-inflammatory effects and thus is a heavily researched molecule for both cancer prevention and treatment. Studies have shown curcumin helps prevent several forms of cancer including breast, lung, stomach, liver and colon. It stops development of cancer by interfering with the cellular signaling aspects of this chronic disease. Interestingly, my research unveiled curcumin has "smart kill" properties that actually work to inhibit the growth of tumors and the spread of cancer in fundamental ways at the cellular level. It has the laboratory-proven capability to inhibit a particular cancer-promoting enzyme (COX-2), impede blood supply to cancer cells, induce tumor-suppressing genes, stop metastasis, kill lymphoma cells and prevent the regrowth of cancer stem cells. The ability to target cancer stem cells is one of curcumin’s most powerful anti-cancer properties. In fact, according to GreenMedInfo.com, a recent study describes the wide range of molecular mechanisms presently identified by which curcumin attacks cancer stem cells (CSCs), which are the minority subpopulation of self-renewing cells, within a tumor colony. These stem cells alone are capable of producing all the other cells within a tumor, making them the most lethal, tumoriogenic of all cells within most, if not all, cancers. Because CSCs are resistant to chemotherapy, radiation, and may even be provoked toward increased invasiveness through surgery, they are widely believed to be responsible for tumor recurrence and the failure of conventional cancer treatments. These are compelling findings, indeed. Furthermore, some of the most fascinating curcumin research also dovetails with what I experience so much of: muscle soreness. A new, double-blind, randomized-controlled study published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology in March 2015 indicated curcumin can help reduce pain associated with delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and aid muscle recovery in physically active people.

This Is Why Turmeric Should Be In Your Kitchen Cupboard
Grazia Daily, October 2016
A new study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research has confirmed that the chemical curcumin found in turmeric is safe and effective in treating depression. Initial experiments indicated that turmeric extract and curcumin reduced the development of animal tumors.

Curcumin prevents muscle damage
Journal of Inflammation Research, September 2016
Exercise (Ex) increases reactive oxygen species and impairs antioxidant defense systems. Recent data suggest that curcumin (CW) possesses peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma activity and anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, this study was designed to investigate the effects of CW supplementation on Ex performance, endurance, and changes in serum and muscle proteins in rats after exhaustive Ex.

Curcumin and silymarin form promising pair for colon cancer treatment
Yahoo.com, September 2016
The Journal of Cancer has published a study revealing the therapeutic effects of two antioxidant compounds when combined to fight colon cancer. Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric, already known for its anti-inflammatory properties, whereas silymarin, a component of milk thistle, has been used to treat liver disease. In laboratory tests, researchers from Saint-Louis University in the USA found that colon cancer cells stopped multiplying and spreading, and that cell death increased when exposed to the two natural compounds.

Curcumin helps lung cancer
Foodconsumer.org September 2016
The scientists found curcumin supplementation down-regulates the expression of inflammation biomarkers and promotes apoptosis in cancer cells.

Colon Cancer Treatment: Turmeric Compound ‘Curcumin’ Highly Effective, New Study Finds
Science World Report, August 2016
A new study has found that curcumin, a compound present in spice turmeric, has the potential to treat and prevent colon cancer.

To add some spice
The Daily Star, August 2016
Curcumin, the active component of turmeric, is an object of research owing to its properties that have the potential to turn off certain genes that cause scarring and enlargement of the heart. Regular intake may help reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol and high blood pressure, increase blood circulation and prevent blood clotting, helping to prevent heart attack. Curcumin also kills cancer cells and reduces the size of tumours. Turmeric aids in treating arthritis, heartburn, stomach pain, diarrhoea, intestinal gas, stomach bloating, and loss of appetite. Turmeric is also used as a topical treatment for issues like skin inflammation, infected wounds, and ringworm.

Naturally Detox
PopSugar, August 2016
This super spice contains high levels of a compound called curcumin, which has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions. According to a study in the Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand, curcumin enhances liver health and offers protection from liver cancer and disease. This powerful antioxidant can also repair and regenerate damaged liver cells. It's basically magic in a spice.

5 reasons why you must include ‘haldi’ in your diet
Tribune, August 2016
Curcumin supplements showed that root can potentially prevent heart attacks. This particular study was conducted on a group of patients that had previously undergone bypass procedures. It was proved that 30% of the individuals from the placebo group experienced heart attacks during their hospital stay, compared to only 12% of the ones from the supplement group. Keep in mind that this does not mean you start swallowing large spoonfuls of the spice to avail all these health benefits. The powdered spice in your kitchen contains less than 10% of Curcumin. Consult your physician to learn about FDA recommended supplements for best results.

Suffering from colon cancer? Turmeric may be the cure
Science Daily, August 2016
A preliminary cell study finds combining curcumin, the active ingredient in spicy curry dishes, and silymarin, a component of milk thistle, inhibited the spread of colon cancer cells and increased cancer cell death.

Herbal Cure: Turmeric Can Help Fight Colon Cancer
Health Newsline, August 2016
For the lab test, researchers used three different human colon cancer cell lines and treated them with varying doses of curcumin, silymarin, and a combo of curcumin and silymarin. Cell proliferation (increase in the number of cells) and apoptosis (a process of programmed cell death) were assessed after treating the cells with the compounds. The research team observed a significant difference between single compound-treated cells and cells treated with a combo of both compounds. They found cells treated with either phytochemical alone had low levels of apoptosis, while treating the cells first with curcumin and then with silymarin resulted in an increased cell death, thus was more effective in fighting cancer. “The combination of phytochemicals inhibited colon cancer cells from multiplying and spreading. In addition, when the colon cancer cells were pre-exposed to curcumin and then treated with silymarin, the cells underwent a high amount of cell death,” said study author Dr. Uthayashanker Ezekiel, from Saint Louis University.

A recent research has revealed that the turmeric has a compound that treat colon cancer.
News World India, August 2016
The study found that combination of two plant compounds- curcumin and silymarin – holds promise in treating colon cancer as both have medicinal properties. Curcumin is the active ingredient in the spice turmeric while silymarin is a component of milk thistle, which has been used to treat liver disease. Treating the cells initially with curcumin, then with silymarin was more effective in fighting cancer than treating the cells with either phytochemical alone.

Up-and-Coming Kitchen Spices
Whole Foods Magazine, August 2016
When using turmeric as a culinary spice, choose dried turmeric rather than curry powder for the highest concentration of curcumin (12). Curcumin, the pigment that gives turmeric its yellow-orange color, is well known for its powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties (12). Studies suggest curcumin may lower the levels of enzymes that cause inflammation and prevent platelets from clumping. In one study, turmeric worked as well as ibuprofen for reducing osteoarthritis pain.

Where to turn for relief from joint pain, arthritis
The Dickenson Press, August 2016
Favorite natural supplements that provide unique synergistic benefits in the management of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and even joint support for the hardcore and recreational athletes. The first ingredient is curcumin. I have called curcumin my desert island nutrient due to its multiple benefits of detoxification, digestive, cellular, mood, cognitive, antioxidant and musculoskeletal support. Besides the effectiveness of curcumin, what I really love is that it counteracts negative side effects of both NSAID's and acetaminophen. Curcumin has been used to actually treat ulcers, as NSAID's are known to cause ulcers. Where acetaminophen can lead to liver damage, curcumin has shown to be supportive of both liver and kidney function. As far as effectiveness goes, curcumin has shown to be more effective than prescription diclofenac for reducing pain and enhancing mobility. In another study, a combination of curcumin, and my next favorite ingredient, boswellia, performed better than the prescription anti-inflammatory celecoxib (Celebrex).

Psychopharmacology and Neuropsychopharmacology Research
News-medical.net August 2016
The study was funded by Verdure Sciences and found that in individuals who regularly consumed curcumin, memory and attention capabilities improved. Curcumin also seemed to inspire calmness, contentedness, and improved energy levels in observed subjects.

Can Turmeric Cure Our National Inflammation?
New York Magazine, August 2016
Curcumin, the chemical turmeric produces, is a powerful anti-inflammatory. And inflammation is a hot topic (sorry again) in wellness circles. “There’s this idea where if you have free-floating inflammation you are much more vulnerable to all sorts of things from heart disease to skin aging,” says Jean Godfrey June, the beauty director of Goop. Until recently, she points out, “The culture in skin care, and in medicine I think, has been to attack and fight. But now people are realizing that harsh treatment makes inflammation worse, and that soothing your system is more important.” This, if anything, explains the popularity of turmeric in America in 2016.

Examining Turmeric's Role in Fighting Cancer
Curetoday.com August 2016
Curcumin has demonstrated incredible anticancer benefits. In countries where people eat turmeric daily, research has shown that there are lower rates of certain types of cancer. Ingesting levels of about 100 to 200 mg a day over long periods of time seem to work best in most cases. In an article by Cancer Research UK it was said that studies on cancer cells have shown “…that curcumin does have anticancer effects. It seems to be able to kill cancer cells and prevent more from growing. It has the best effects on breast cancer, bowel cancer, stomach cancer and skin cancer cells.” Curcumin has been extensively researched for many years and although promising results have been obtained from laboratory trials, it is still not seen as a widely prescribed cancer therapy.

The many uses for turmeric
The Spectrum, August 2016
Turmeric is antioxidant,  anticarcinogenic, antimicrobial, antibiotic, antimutagenic, and anti-inflammatory. The chemical in turmeric that reduces inflammation and has many other benefits is called curcumin.

Bodily Tissues That Can Be Regenerated Through Nutrition
Collective-Evolution.com August 2016
Curcumin supplements can help treat crushed nerve injuries, and pave the way for the regeneration of damaged tissues. “Curcumin is capable of promoting nerve regeneration after nerve injuries, highlighting the therapeutic values of curcumin as a neuroprotective drug for peripheral nerve repair applications.”

For the love of turmeric
Fosters.com August 2016
Curcumin, extract of turmeric, breaks down amyloid-beta plaques which contribute to the effects of Alzheimer's disease. India has a low incidence of the disease which could be attributed to their use of turmeric.

Study says Turmeric key to treating various types of cancer
The Standard, August 2016
Turmeric contains curcuminoids, which are the main component found to be effective in cancer treatment. “Curcumin, the principal curcuminoid of turmeric, has been intensely studied as a cancer protective agent. Its potential has been tapped in head and neck cancers, breast, lung, gastro-intestinal cancer, ovarian cancer, melanoma, neurological cancers, sarcoma, leukemias and lymphoma,” said the study. “Curcumin suppresses all three stages of carcinogenesis: initiation, promotion and progression. It also has a role in neutralizing substances and conditions which lead to cancer.” “By inhibiting the enzyme Topoisomerases, which is required for multiplication of cancer cells, it is able to arrest the growth of these cells,” said Sharma. With time, cancers cells tend to become resistant to chemotherapy and radiotherapy, Sharma observed. Curcumin, on the other hand, when consumed in therapeutic doses, targets several cancer pathways and sensitizes the cancer cells to chemotherapy drugs by increasing the pace of death of the cancer cells, she said. “Studies in advanced breast cancer have also shown that curcumin increases the effect of chemotherapy and prevents the spread of cancer cells to the lung,” she said. “In lung carcinoma, when curcumin is added to the chemotherapeutic drug, it increases the effectiveness of the drug by promoting cell death of cancer cells. The efficacy of it has also been seen in the brain tumors where it sensitises the tumor cells to the cancer drugs,” said Sharma. The study shows curcumin enhanced the effect of radiotherapy by inhibiting tumor regrowth per se, and also by suppressing new vessel formation. Being a powerful antioxidant it scavenges all the harmful free radicals induced by radiation exposure of the cells, thereby reducing the side effects of radiotherapy. According to Delhi-based Nutritionist Anshul Jaibharat, “To be brief, turmeric can termed as an Indian wonder spice. It’s anti-inflammatory and hence helps in people suffering from arthritis. It works as an antiseptic and is warm in nature so it’s good for people having cold and cough during changes in weather. The raw form when grinded has the best nutritional value even more than the processed and packaged one. The compound curcumin in turmeric has shown numerous benefits to human body as per both Ayurveda and Modern science.” – from NDTV

How Curcumin Has Helped Me Control My Pain
ProHealth July 2016
Curcumin–an anti-inflammatory compound extracted from the medicinal herb turmeric. A search on PubMed alone yields 130 studies on the topic of curcumin and pain. Curcumin assists the body in mediating several inflammatory processes. I stumbled upon the benefits of curcumin in 2010, as facial muscle spasms, neck, and low back pain kept me in constant agony. At that time, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Determined to find some help, I dove into the well-worn pages of one of my favorite books, Prescription for Natural Cures, by James Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D. In this book, the clinicians refer to curcumin as an outstanding anti-inflammatory herb.

9 Reasons Turmeric Is The Top Culinary Medicine
LongevityLive.com July 2016
Whether we are healing from an injury or an autoimmune disease, inflammation is a common health challenge. Nutritionists, functional medicine GP’s and physiotherapists commonly use curcumin for it’s anti-inflammatory qualities.

The Superfood Spice
Thrillist.com July 2016
Besides being used for thousands of years in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric's many health benefits have also been backed up by modern science.

This Spice Can Keep Bad Thoughts Away
Delish.com July 2016
Published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, the study says that turmeric—which is often used in curries and mustard—can impair your ability to recall fear-related memories. This is due to an abundance of curcumin, a chemical responsible for turmeric's anti-inflammatory properties and potential anti-depressant uses. So far the study has only tested rats but the results imply that curcumin could be applied to help fight disorders like PTSD.

Turmeric : Get To Know the 'Curcumin' Loaded Spice That Can Block Off Bad Memories
ParentHerald.com July 2016
In a study lead by Professor Glenne Schafe, it was noted that the rats who consumed curcumin, an element present in turmeric, are more likely to forget bad memories. The rats who fed on curcumin are not fully functional when it comes to encoding "fear memories." "We showed that rats freely fed a diet enriched with curcumin [found in turmeric] have impaired encoding of fear memories," lead of the study Professor Glenne Schafe said. "We also showed that rats with a pre-existing fear memory can lose that memory when it is recalled while they are eating a curcumin-enriched diet." The researchers came to conclusion that rats who were fed curcumin were able to hide negative memories for a long period of time. Repressing memories make it hard for them to go through painful experiences as curcumin repels the negative experiences that affects the rats. Curcumin, which is preset in turmeric is said to have a positive soothing effect which acts as an anti-inflammatory, it is also known to be chemopreventive, and is said to have anti-depressant properties.

Spice up
TheStar.com July 2016
Turmeric is a spice derived from the roots of the Curcumin longa plant, which is native to Southeast Asia. The most active and best-studied curcuminoid of all is curcumin, which is often extracted from turmeric and sold as a supplement. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory functions that are similar to omega-3 fatty acids, the key type of fat found in fatty fish, like salmon. That could translate to potential benefits for heart and joint health, and indeed, several studies suggest curcuminoids could help reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis, the painful condition caused by the breakdown of the cartilage cushion between joints, to an extent similar to the anti-inflammatory ibuprofen, and with fewer digestive side-effects. Other studies suggest curcumin could help manage digestive disorders. In one study, more than half of patients with ulcerative colitis found themselves in remission after taking 3,000 mg of curcumin per day for four weeks compared with none of the patients given a placebo. There are also suggestions curcumin could help prevent the onset of diabetes, control blood pressure, and even minimize muscle soreness after exercise, though not all studies have produced positive results. A number of studies on animals and human cells also suggest curcumin could have anti-cancer effects, and at least one study demonstrated that taking two or four grams of curcumin per day for a month was associated with slower development of pre-cancerous changes in the colon of in smokers.

Turmeric Is Effective In Treating Various Types Of Cancer: Study
NDTV.com July 2016
Curcumin, the principal curcuminoid of turmeric, has been intensely studied as a cancer protective agent. Its potential has been tapped in head and neck cancers, breast, lung, gastro-intestinal cancer, ovarian cancer, melanoma, neurological cancers, sarcoma, leukemias and lymphoma," said the study. Tapaswini Sharma, Senior Consultant (Surgical Oncology) at B.L. Kapoor Memorial Hospital, said: "Curcumin suppresses all three stages of carcinogenesis: initiation, promotion and progression. It also has a role in neutralising substances and conditions which lead to cancer." "By inhibiting the enzyme Topoisomerases, which is required for multiplication of cancer cells, it is able to arrest the growth of these cells," said Sharma. With time, cancers cells tend to become resistant to chemotherapy and radiotherapy, Sharma observed. Curcumin, on the other hand, when consumed in therapeutic doses, targets several cancer pathways and sensitizes the cancer cells to chemotherapy drugs by increasing the pace of death of the cancer cells, she said. "Studies in advanced breast cancer have also shown that curcumin increases the effect of chemotherapy and prevents the spread of cancer cells to the lung," she said. "In lung carcinoma, when curcumin is added to the chemotherapeutic drug, it increases the effectiveness of the drug by promoting cell death of cancer cells. The efficacy of it has also been seen in the brain tumours where it sensitises the tumour cells to the cancer drugs," said Sharma. According to the study, curcumin enhanced the effect of radiotherapy by inhibiting tumour regrowth per se, and also by suppressing new vessel formation. Being a powerful anti-oxidant it scavenges all the harmful free radicals induced by radiation exposure of the cells, thereby reducing the side effects of radiotherapy.

Turmeric effective in treating various types of cancer
Indian Express, July 2016
Turmeric has nearly 20 molecules with antibiotic property, 14 molecules with cancer preventive potential, 12 with anti-tumour effect, says the study conducted by BL Kapoor Memorial Hospital, New Delhi. “At least 12 molecules in it have anti-cancer effect while 10 of them have anti-oxidant features. Overall, turmeric is known for it’s antibiotic, antiseptic, anti-cancer and anti-oxidant property. It is known to be a good digestive substance,” said the study. According to the study, turmeric contains curcuminoids which are the main component found to be effective in cancer treatment.

What Are the Benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin?
Transcend.org June 2016
Research within the 50 years has shown much of the supposed benefit of turmeric is due to curcumin, the active component. Curcumin, a polyphenol, has displayed activity in antioxidant, anti-redness, anti-harmful organism capacities. Because of this, polyphenols have generated inquiries into their potential to provide support for ailments proven to be therapy resistant, including chronic illnesses.

Curcumin and cognition: a randomised, placebo-controlled, double-blind study
June 2016
"a decline in function of the placebo group at 6 months that was not observed in the curcumin treatment group."

Hot Trends in Healthy Eating for 2016
TNTMagazine.com July 2016
Turmeric contains curcumin, a chemical shown to decrease inflammation. In traditional Eastern medicine, turmeric is used to treat a huge range of conditions including bowel irritation, heartburn, depression, and high cholesterol. Inflammation in the body is generally not desirable and there don’t seem to be any downsides to taking turmeric in moderate doses.

Indian spice with huge health benefits
Business Insider, June 2016
Turmeric’s active ingredient, curcumin, has been suggested to treat a suite of dermatological diseases. A study done just last month uncovered treatment in the forms of oral ingestion and topical application showed significant improvement in skin health. Some conditions you can look forward to possibly being relieved if you take a chance on turmeric are acne, psoriasis, alopecia, and facial photoaging. The spice’s ingredients also provide a potent anti-inflammatory effect. This means less swelling and pain after irritation or injury. It has been used to significantly decrease pain and other side effects after acute lung injury (ALI) and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), which are both linked to high cases of mortality and hospital treatment. Other anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric and curcumin may include relief from arthritis and tendinitis. And here comes the granddaddy of all news: The curcumin in turmeric could help protect your body against cancer.

Beat the flu this winter
Health24.com June 2016
Curcumin: Studies show that a promising new treatment for severe inflammation – which is at the heart of most chronic diseases – is found in curcumin, a natural ingredient in the common spice, turmeric.

Top 10 Anti-cancer Superfoods
HealthAim.com June 2016
The active ingredient found in turmeric called curcumin is a powerful antioxidant. Researchers found that curcumin showed anti-cancer effects at virtually all stages of tumor development.

5 Superfoods You're Probably Not Eating
Alternet.org June 2016
A member of the ginger family whose root is widely used as an ingredient in medicines, turmeric is a superfood that has many health properties. Since ancient times, turmeric has been used to fight inflammation, a power given to it by the compound curcumin, which has been found to inhibit several molecules that play a role in inflammation in human clinical trials. It has also been used to treat a wide number of ailments, including arthritis, heartburn, ulcerative colitis, diarrhea, high cholesterol, headaches, bronchitis, fibromyalgia and depression. Curcumin may also help fight cancer, as its antioxidants may help prevent free radicals from damaging cellular DNA. The fact that its wide-ranging health properties may be used as a potential treatment for a number of afflictions common to older people means that turmeric isn’t just a hipster fad. “Turmeric has potential as an ingredient in supplements and functional food and drink products, particularly within products aimed at the growing senior population,” says Stephanie Mattucci, a global food science analyst at Mintel. A 2012 study backs up her view. Researchers described three patients with Alzheimer’s disease whose behavioral symptoms were “improved remarkably” after consuming 764 milligrams of turmeric for 12 weeks. The researchers concluded that turmeric is "effective and safe" for the treatment of the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia in Alzheimer's disease patients. (As a dietary supplement, curcumin extracts are generally preferred, since in its raw state, turmeric has low bioavailability.)

Eating Turmeric In Curry Could Stave Off Dementia, Study Suggests
Huffpost June 2016
The researchers found curcumin has the potential to improve memory function for adults by blocking proteins that destroy neurones in the brain.

Curcumin may help overcome drug-resistant tuberculosis
Science Daily June 2016
New research indicates that curcumin--a substance in turmeric that is best known as one of the main components of curry powder--may help fight drug-resistant tuberculosis. The ability of curcumin to modulate the immune response to Mycobacterium tuberculosis points to a potential new tuberculosis treatment that would be less prone to the development of drug resistance. "Our study has provided basic evidence that curcumin protects against Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection in human cells," said Dr. Xiyuan Bai, lead author of the Respirology study.

Turmeric: Could it help against Alzheimer’s?
Miami Herald, June 2016
Turmeric’s power comes from the polyphenol curcumin found in the stem of the turmeric. It has been used medicinally for more than 3,000 years for ailments as diverse as congestion, bruising and blemishes A review of turmeric and cancer in 2014 concluded that this bright orange spice reduced both the invasiveness and spread of cancer. A human study from this year demonstrated that curcumin supplementation reduced the symptoms of exercise-induced muscle damage. Curcumin is acknowledged as a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. I even came across a research article that described this effect on children with moderate to severe asthma. In the study, 47 children with asthma were given a supplement with curcumin, resveratrol, zinc and selenium and had reduced airway inflammation. And a study just last month in The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease showed that in rats with Alzheimer’s, curcumin was neuroprotective and inhibited amyloid beta plaque accumulation.

Fight pain with food
Hippocratic Post, June 2016
Turmeric, commonly used in Indian and Thai curry dishes has been found to have anti-inflammatory properties. Curcumin has been found to be the main therapeutic ingredient in the spice. Research has shown that curcumin is effective for aching joint reducing painful swelling. A Thai study found that the spice significantly reduces the pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis, and may be as effective as ibuprofen.

Turmeric/curcumin help skin diseases
Food Consumer, June 2016
Studies suggest that curcumin may be employed to treat dermatologic diseases. The reviewers identified 234 articles through the PubMed and Embase databases and reviewed 18 of them which met inclusion criteria. Some studies investigated the effects of ingested turmeric/curcumin on skin conditions while others looked into the effects of topically applied turmeric/curcumin. Ten studies show that treatment with turmeric/curcumin significantly improved skin diseases, compared with placebo. The skin conditions considered in the studies include "acne, alopecia, atopic dermatitis, facial photoaging, oral lichen planus, pruritus, psoriasis, radiodermatitis, and vitiligo." The reviewers conclude "Overall, there is early evidence that turmeric/curcumin products and supplements, both oral and topical, may provide therapeutic benefits for skin health".

Spice up your life with Turmeric
Divine.ca June 2016
1. Cancer Prevention Recent studies show turmeric is a powerful adversary to cancer. Curcumin shows an ability to stop cancer cell growth, boost antioxidant levels and the immune system, and kill cancer cells. 2. Promotes Weight loss and Prevents Type 2 Diabetes Helps promote weight loss by suppressing the activity and number of immune cells in fat tissue. These are the cells that are responsible for an increase in insulin resistance in muscles and the liver, which stores sugars as fats in the body. Turmeric helps balance blood sugar which in turn also prevents development of Type 2 Diabetes in those with a diabetic disposition. 3. Relieves Arthritis Due to it’s anti-inflammatory properties, curcurmin improves symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis such as pain, inflammation and stiffness of the muscle. 4. Helps Brain Function Turmeric is extremely healing for the brain and for increasing memory function. Some studies say that curcurmin can help improve overall memory in Alzheimer’s patients because of it is a source high in antioxidants. 5. Prevents Liver Disease Turmeric is great for the liver as it protects it from the damage caused by eating foods that contain high amounts of fat and excessive alcohol consumption.

Turmeric 'blocks the rogue proteins that trigger Alzheimer's disease'
Daily Mail, June 2016
Cultures where curry is a staple have better cognitive function and a lower prevalence of dementia. The yellow spice turmeric was identified as the most probable reason for this - thanks to curcumin. The year long trial published in the British Journal of Nutrition found evidence curcumin blocks rogue proteins called beta amyloid which clumps together and destroys neurons. In the study 96 participants aged between 40 and 90 were given either a daily placebo or 1,500 mg of curcumin for 12 months. In tests of verbal and memory skills, those taking the dummy pill suffered a decline in mental function after just six months that was not observed in those having the curcumin.

2016 Food Trends on Google: The Rise of Functional Foods
ThinkWithGoogle.com June 2016
Turmeric, a spice that's purported to cure everything from cancer to depression, is the breakout star, with searches growing 300% over the last five years.

Turmeric can improve memory and attention in old age, study finds
Science Alert, June 2016
"Curcumin has multiple physiological effects," said researcher Andrew Scholey, from Swinburne University of Technology. "It’s known to reduce inflammation and improve blood flow. It influences multiple processes that nudge brain function in a positive direction." In their initial research, Scholey and his team recruited 60 volunteers aged between 60 and 85, and split them into two groups. One group was given capsules with curcumin, and the other a placebo. The participants then completed a number of computerised mental tasks – such as word and picture recall, simple subtraction, and reaction time tasks - a few hours after taking the supplement, and then after taking it daily for four weeks. Overall, the participants who’d taken the curcumin capsules performed better at the computerised measures of working memory and vigilance. They also reported feeling reduced fatigue as well as improved calmness, contentedness, and stress during testing at the end of the four-week trial. "To our knowledge this is the first study to examine the effects of curcumin on cognition and mood in a healthy older population or to examine any acute behavioural effects in humans," the researchers reported in the Journal of Psychopharmacology last year. They also found that there were benefits outside of cognitive improvements. "A significant acute-on-chronic treatment effect on alertness and contentedness was also observed. Curcumin was associated with significantly reduced total and LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol and had no effect on haematological safety measures," they reported.

The Spice in Curry Can Improve Memory and Energy Levels
The Science Explorer, May 2016
Past studies have found that older people living in cultures where curry is a staple have better cognitive function and a lower prevalence of dementia, and curcumin was identified as a likely reason for this. A German study found that curcumin can act as part of the brain’s repair kit by stimulating the growth of nerve cells. Another study published in the National Center for Biotechnology found that curcumin can actually encourage the birth of new brain cells, particularly in the hippocampus, a brain region that regulates learning, memory, and mood. In a new study, the Australian researchers recruited 60 volunteers aged between 60 and 85 in order to explore how curcumin has its effects on cognition. The volunteers were split into two groups — one was given capsules with a curcumin formulation, and the other was given a placebo. A few hours after taking the curcumin pill or the placebo, the participants were asked to complete various computerized mental tasks — word and picture recall, simple subtraction, and reaction time tasks. Following this initial experiment, the volunteers took the curcumin supplement daily for four weeks. "To our knowledge this is the first study to examine the effects of curcumin on cognition and mood in a healthy older population or to examine any acute behavioural effects in humans," the researchers report in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. At the end of the four-week trial, the participants who had taken the curcumin capsules performed better overall at the memory and vigilance tasks. Plus, they reported feeling a boost of energy levels as well as lower stress and improved calmness and contentedness. "Curcumin has multiple physiological effects," lead researcher Andrew Scholey, director of the University’s Centre for Human Psychopharmacology, said in a press release. "It’s known to reduce inflammation and improve blood flow. It influences multiple processes that nudge brain function in a positive direction."

The Health Benefits Of Turmeric: Better Than Ibuprofen?
Inquisitr.com May 2016
"Turmeric and curcumin, the most active constituent of the spice, have been the subject of thousands of studies. This research shows that curcumin has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties as well as antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and immune modulating activities.By helping support the body’s inflammation levels, it is a valuable supplement for those active in sports. The repetitive trauma caused by athletic training causes inflammation and pain that can be controlled with curcumin (turmeric).” Turmeric grows naturally, of course, but is not well absorbed unless taken in supplement form, according to some herbalists. This could come by the way of teas, the roots being incorporated into smoothies, or true curcumin supplementation, which carries enough anti-inflammatory properties to be beneficial. As with many herbs, it is known that the benefits of turmeric are multi-faceted; it also has been shown to decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancers. According to Shape, Maribeth Evezich, M.S., R.D., a dietitian based in New York City, says that the powerful anti-oxidant does have anti-inflammatory powers.

Curcumin controls MTB infection in model
Healio.com May 2016
Researchers in this study showed an ability to control Mycobacterium tuberculosis in a macrophage infection model using curcumin, according to recent research. “In summary, we have shown that curcumin can augment the ability of human macrophages to control Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) infection,” Xiyuan Bai, PhD, from the Department of Medicine at the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Denver, Colorado, and colleagues wrote in their study.

Using turmeric for inflammation
Reflector.com May 2016
Curcumin is the major component of turmeric that provides an anti-inflammatory effect. It’s an interesting herbal because it also has antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antidiabetic, antifertility and antitumor properties. In an animal study, curcumin was found to give the same anti-inflammatory response as cortisone for acute inflammation. Taking curcumin may be beneficial for those with osteoarthritis, RA, fibromyalgia and ulcerative colitis.

Reasons Why Turmeric Is the Spice Nutritionists Swear By
DivineCarlone.com May 2016
A study shows that curcumin helps your liver metabolize cholesterol at a faster rate and also helps prevent it from accumulating on your arterial walls. A 2013 human trial concluded that curcumin's effectiveness in battling depression is, in fact, similar to that of prescription anti-depressants. By increasing the release of dopamine and serotonin—otherwise known as "feel good" neurotransmitters—concentrated doses of curcumin can help battle depression naturally.

Amber Wonder: The power of turmeric
On Manorama, May 2016
Studies around the world have found that curcumin has anti-arthritic, anti-cancer, anti-viral and anti-infl ammatory properties. “It is listed in superfoods because it is proven to be the healthiest food and has been a part of Asian medicine for centuries,” she says. “It acts on the biochemical processes in the body. Apart from having anti-cancer and anti-arthritic properties, curcumin is also said to promote fat loss and prevent cellular damage caused by the pesticides in food. “Curcumin is a powerhouse of antioxidants, hence it is labelled as a superfood. Consuming it reduces the risk of disease and prolongs life. It is also used in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and to improve brain function. It is used as an anti-depressant, too,” she says.

Chemical in turmeric 'stimulates the immune system to fight drug-resistant strain'
Mail Online, April 2016
By stimulating white blood cells - a key part of the immune system - curcumin was able to successfully remove Mycobacterium tuberculosis from infected cells. ‘Our study has provided basic evidence that curcumin protects against Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection in human cells. ‘The protective role of curcumin to fight drug-resistant tuberculosis still needs confirmation, but if validated, curcumin may become a novel treatment to modulate the host immune response to overcome drug-resistant tuberculosis.’

The Health Benefits of Turmeric
Shape, April 2016
Turmeric and curcumin, the most active constituent of the spice, have been the subject of thousands of studies," says Maribeth Evezich, M.S., R.D., a dietitian based in New York City. "This research shows that curcumin has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties as well as antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and immune modulating activities." You could benefit from up to a teaspoon a day. Curcumin may also have artery-clearing effects. In one study from Taiwan, people who consumed curcumin extracts daily significantly reduced their levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) in just 12 weeks.

Why turmeric is being touted as ‘nature’s wonder drug’
JWeekly.com April 2016
The principal element in turmeric’s healing power is curcumin, a chemical compound that is gaining popularity (especially in dietary supplements and cosmetics) for its reported antioxidant and antiseptic qualities. People feel that it is an invaluable tool for staving off the signs and symptoms of aging. Curcumin also has great anti-inflammation properties and has been found to be highly effective in helping people manage pain and swelling. It’s used by those suffering from arthritis and joint pain, with some saying it’s even more powerful and effective than over-the-counter pain medications. Root and powder forms of turmeric, a relative of ginger Root and powder forms of turmeric, a relative of ginger Curcumin also has been found to protect the brain against diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, and assist the body in managing heart disease. Even more, preliminary studies have found that curcumin can inhibit cancer and tumor cell growth.

Turmeric: The wonder spice?
Xpose.ie April 2016
Scientists found that by stimulating human immune cells called macrophages, curcumin was able to successfully remove mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacteria that causes tuberculosis, from experimentally infected cells in culture. In Asia, turmeric, which comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant, is used as anti-inflammatory agent to treat a wide variety of conditions, including flatulence, jaundice, menstrual difficulties, toothache, bruises, chest pain and colic.

Curcumin can kill the bacteria that cause drug-resistant TB
The Sun, April 2016
Turmeric is popular in Asia for treating a variety of health conditions – as well as having anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Curcumin is a potent inducer of a mechanism used by human immune cells to kill bacteria. In the current study, researchers tried to determine the effects of curcumin on Mycobacterium TB and found that by stimulating white blood cells - a key part of the immune system - curcumin was able to successfully remove Mycobacterium tuberculosis from infected cells.

Curcumin protects against myocardial infarction-induced cardiac fibrosis
Drug Design, Development and Therapy, April 2016
Curcumin attenuated cardiac fibrosis following MI by regulating collagen deposition, ECM degradation, and CFs’ proliferation and migration. The protective effects of curcumin were attributed to SIRT1 activation. The present study provides new insights into the mechanism of the anti-fibrotic effects of curcumin in the heart. Therefore, curcumin could be tested as an auxiliary therapeutic agent, along with classic treatments, to improve the prognosis in patients with myocardial fibrosis after MI.

Curcumin May Defeat Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis
Medical Daily, April 2016
Curcumin is a substance found in turmeric, a root that’s in the ginger family and originally found in India. Curcumin is turmeric’s most active ingredient and offers anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. For centuries, turmeric has been used in both food and traditional medicine; it’s typically boiled down, baked, and ground into a yellow powder. Curcumin gives turmeric its yellow coloring, and as a separate entity from turmeric is often used as an herbal supplement, or added to cosmetics, spices, or food coloring. For thousands of years, turmeric has been used to treat arthritis, stomach problems, and other health issues in traditional medicine and spiritual rituals — more as an herbal supplement than anything else, of course. In 2014, curcumin was shown to reduce post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, and another study found that curcumin also held potential to shrink cancer tumors or slow their growth. All in all, curcumin has been studied robustly over the years, but most of its health benefits have been played out in laboratory dishes and have yet to be transferred to animal or human trials.

The Health Benefits Of Curry Powder
Huffington Post, April 2016
The journal "Food and Chemical Toxicology" published a study that found that turmeric's active compound, curcumin prevented spikes in blood sugar and improved insulin sensitivity. They concluded that the benefits of turmeric might be due in part to anti-inflammatory effects.

Turmeric Spice Could Fight Drug-Resistant Strains of Tuberculosis
Headlines and Global News, April 2016
The researchers tested out the effects of curcumin in the laboratory setting and found that after stimulating macrophages, which are cells from the body's immune system, the substance was able to remove Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium that causes TB, through a process that involved preventing the activation of nuclear factor-kappa B. This process removed the bacterium from the cells that were infected during the experiment.

An addition to efficacy of turmeric, helps fight drug-resistant TB
Zee News, April 2016
The study has further revealed that curcumin, which is a substance in Turmeric can successfully remove Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which happens to be the causative bacterium of tuberculosis.

Turmeric may help overcome drug-resistant TB
The Times of India, April 2016
Curcumin--a substance in turmeric--may help fight drug-resistant tuberculosis. Turmeric is commonly used in Indian food and is considered to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and even anticancer properties.

Turmeric May Help Fight Tuberculosis
NewsMax Health, April 2016
The ability of curcumin to modulate the immune response to Mycobacterium tuberculosis points to a potential new tuberculosis treatment that would be less prone to the development of drug resistance. Read more: Common Spice May Aid in Fight Against TB

Turmeric can help combat tuberculosis
LiveMint.com April 2016
According to a US study, turmeric contains a substance called curcumin which can help fight tuberculosis. Researchers from University of Nebraska believe curcumin, which is also responsible for the yellow orange colour of turmeric, by stimulating immune cells called macrophages, can successfully kill the bacteria (mycobacterium tuberculosis) which causes tuberculosis. Turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-cancer properties and is used for its medicinal properties in several Asian countries. The study was published in the journal Respirology here.

Turmeric Extract May Be Your Best Bet For Healing Knee Osteoarthritis
Collective Evolution, April 2016
Curcuminoid extract of turmeric reduced inflammation in patients suffering from knee osteoarthritis.

Tumeric Benefits: Turmeric Can Do Wonders In Your Heart and Body
Parent Herald, April 2016
The main ingredient of turmeric is the curcumin and its yellow color gives its curry spice. Turmeric can help in maintaining the heart health. It actually reduces the plaque build-up that can lead to the blood clot that causes stroke or heart attack. It also lessens the cholesterol oxidation by reducing the LDL or bad cholesterol by 56 percent and the serum triglyceride levels by 27 percent. In addition, tumeric also lowers the total cholesterol by 33.8 percent. Turmeric also has an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It suppresses the COX enzyme which eases the production of pro-inflammatory signals in the body. The antioxidants protect your body from free radicals.

Acupuncture Plus Curcumin Protects The Liver
Healthcare Medicine Institute, April 2016
Acupuncture combined with oral curcumin intake protects the liver from fibrosis. Curcumin is the chief curcuminoid in turmeric (Jiang Huang, Rhizoma Curcumae Longae). Curcumin is bright yellow, hence the name ginger yellow in Chinese. Jiang is translated as ginger and huang means yellow. Curcumin is a principle polyphenol in Jiang Huang, a member of the ginger family of herbs used for enhancing blood circulation in Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). The researchers concluded that acupuncture plus curcumin “potently protected the liver” from injury and fibrogenesis. liver fibrosis.

Turmeric holds cancer related benefits
The News Tribe, April 2016
Curcumin, a bioactive ingredient found in turmeric (Curcuma longa) can prevent and cure bowel cancer (colorectal cancer). So far, anti-cancer properties of curcumin were well-known but the mechanism by which the bright yellow organic compound cures the cancer remained a mystery. The team, headed by R Baskaran, associate professor (biochemistry and molecular biology) at Pondicherry University, discovered the mechanism by which curcumin kills hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer cells and documented their findings. `Molecular and cellular biochemistry’, a and cellular biochemistry’, a peer-reviewed international journal brought out by Springer Science+Business Media, New York, published their research paper in its March, 2016 edition. The team included Hemanth Naick, a PhD student of Pondicherry University, and Shunqian Jin, a researcher at University of Pittsburgh cancer institute.

Curcumin in turmeric kills colon cancer cells
Times of India, March 2016
Studies on the effect of curcumin on cancer and normal cells will be useful for the ongoing preclinical and clinical investigations on this potential cancer chemo-preventive agent.

Researchers in Pondicherry University shed light on how curcumin kills tumors
The Hindu, March 2016
Curcumin, derived from the dietary turmeric (Curcuma longa) is an effective anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant agent. Studies on the effect of curcumin on the entire cell death process, both in tumour and normal cells, are useful for the ongoing preclinical and clinical investigations on this potential chemo-preventive agent. While curcumin’s chemoprevention property is well documented, its ability to kill colorectal cancer cells is not as clearly known or understood. Although curcumin-induced cytotoxicity is due to superoxide anion production, the precise mechanism leading to cell death activation remains unknown. Towards this end, the research group previously reported in a series of publications that human non-polyposis colorectal cancer cells (HNPCC) arising due to genetic mutations in mismatch repair genes (MMR) are highly sensitive to curcumin due to unrepaired DNA damage. In a recent report, published in the international peer-reviewed journal “Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry” (Feb 2016), the authors now document that the protein levels of gadd45a (genes activated during DNA damage), are increased following curcumin treatment. The study demonstrated how the trigger of genes is required for cell death induced by curcumin in colorectal cancer cells and that the mismatch repair (MMR) status strongly influences curcumin sensitivity.

Curcumin prevents weight gain
eMaxHealth.com March 2016
Mohsen Meydani, DVM, PhD, director of the Vascular Biology Laboratory at the USDA HNRCA explained curcumin stopped new blood vessels from growing that make fat spread. The mice also had lower cholesterol and less liver fat.

Health Benefits of Turmeric
Science Mic, March 2016
Curcumin gives turmeric star qualities of being both anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant, which means its consumers will reap external and internal benefits, according to the Washington Post. "It is a known fact that curcumin is a strong antioxidant compound with great ability to scavenge the oxygen-derived free radicals," a 2013 study published in Current Neuropharmacology said. "Consequently, curcumin could be a potential neuroprotective agent." For joint and pain relief, these curcumin capsules were comparable to taking ibuprofen, a 2009 study found. Turmeric has been linked to treating a long list of diseases, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's due to its ability repairing brain cells and improving memory in lab rats, the 2013 study said. Another study found curcumin pills to assist in delaying Type 2 diabetes compared to taking a placebo.

The curry cure: Golden spice that could help fight cancer
Express, March 2016
“Curcumin can target a variety of processes which are important in breast cancer development,” he says. “These include reduced proliferation, reduction in potential to spread and increase in programmed cell death of tumour cells.” Recent studies have found that curcumin appears to prevent the formation of molecules that allow circulating tumour cells to spread and attach to other body parts. It is possible that curcumin could interfere with one of the important mechanisms of cancer development. However the benefits of curcumin as an anti-cancer agent may not be restricted to breast well-being. Some studies in humans and from laboratory experiments suggest potential benefit in pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer and lung cancer.

Curcumin Helps Patients Tolerate Chemo
Newsmax.com March 2016
Studies have shown that curcumin not only enhances the effectiveness of radiation treatment against the cancer, but also protects surrounding normal cells within the treatment area.

Drug-Free Alternatives to Treating Back Pain
Newsmax.com March 2016
Curcumin from turmeric. While turmeric has received much attention in the alternative healthcare field, it’s actually curcumin that has the active compounds that are most effective. It acts on multiple inflammation pathways and neutralizes free radicals — the root causes of pain. Curcumin has been clinically studied on its own and in combination with boswellia for treating people with rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, as well as, or better than, prescription drugs. Scientific studies of human spinal discs treated with curcumin showed an 80 percent reduction in inflammatory compounds and a 70 percent reduction in cartilage-damaging enzyme activity.

Curcumin may prevent liver damage from acetaminophen / paracetemol
J Pharm Pharmacol. March 2016
Curcumin prevented acetaminophen-induced liver damage. Curcumin lessened acetaminophen-induced liver histological damage and increment in plasma alanine aminotransferase and aspartate aminotransferase activity. Additionally, curcumin reduced the decrease in oxygen consumption measured using either succinate or malate/glutamate as substrates (evaluated by state 3, respiratory control ratio, uncoupled respiration, and adenosine diphosphate/oxygen ratio), in membrane potential; in ATP synthesis; in aconitase activity; and in the activity of respiratory complexes I, III, and IV. These results indicate that the protective effect of curcumin in acetaminophen-induced hepatotoxicity is associated with attenuation of mitochondrial dysfunction.

Effect of turmeric on colon histology
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, March 2016
 improved body weight gain, mean macroscopic and microscopic ulcer scores in the colon of rats suffering from acetic acid-induced IBD. CL reduced both MPO and IL-23 in the mucosa of the colon. The increase in the mean serum glutathione level may help in the reduction of oxidative stress associated with IBD.

Expert backs three spices in diet to keep cancer away
Times of India, February 2016
Curcumin proved to be more effective at reducing inflammation than over-the-counter aspirin and ibuprofen, and as effective as the more powerful drug Celebrex. It also proved as effective in thwarting breast cancer cells as tamoxifen, a drug widely used to stop its spread or recurrence.

7 ways turmeric can change your life
Daily O, February 2016
The general consensus is that curcumin, a component of turmeric is the protective agent here. It improves memory, focus and cognition too by increasing the growth of new neurons and fighting various degenerative processes in the brain.

Your Health: Why is everyone raving about turmeric?
NZ Herald, February 2016
Modern scientific research is now confirming what traditional medicine has known - turmeric (and curcumin, the active constituent) has beneficial actions on many bodily systems. Recent studies have revealed turmeric has a wide range of pharmacological and clinical properties, including as an antioxidant, digestive, anti-inflammatory, antiplatelet (decreases clotting), cholesterol lowering and anti-carcinogenic.

What Will Curcumin Do For Me? Stuart’s Dr. True Has The Answer
Stuart Magazine, February 2016
Curcumin is the active component of the spice called turmeric. It has been in use as a spice and traditional medicine for more than 2,500 years. Turmeric is found throughout the world and has a unique name in more than 60 languages. The curcumin extract of turmeric is not new; it was first isolated in 1842. Recent scientific discoveries have confirmed that curcumin may have amazing anti-inflammatory and disease-inhibiting properties. It has the potential to inhibit the growth of many types of cancer, reverse insulin resistance in Type 2 diabetes, inhibit plaque formation in atherosclerosis and address factors that stop the development of Alzheimer's disease. These are just a few of the diseases and maladies that have been researched in the last decade in which curcumin was found to have a positive impact.

Curcumin boosts effect of training on muscles
Ergo-Log.com February 2016
Athletes looking to extend their endurance capacity may achieve better results by taking high doses of curcumin. And curcumin supplementation may also help people who are trying to lose weight by doing intensive cardio training.

Turmeric offers a wide range of health benefits
ConsumerAffairs.com January 2016
As one of the most thoroughly researched plants ever, there are currently 8,421 peer-reviewed articles published which claim to prove the numerous benefits of turmeric. Benefits Packed with anti-inflammatories and antioxidants, turmeric has been shown to fight free radicals, rejuvenate the cells, cleanse the liver, protect the heart, boost mood, and support the brain. It may also be helpful in treating osteoarthritis, viral and bacterial infections, stomach ulcers, cancer, and other conditions. “It’s a very powerful plant,” says Natalie Kling, a Los Angeles-based nutritionist who recommends it to clients for joint pain. Kling says that when taken as a supplement, it helps quickly.

Curcumin Shows Promise as Depression Treatment
Psychiatric Advisor, January 2016
“Curcumin does have an effect on several physiological systems that are implicated in the causes of depression,” Roger S. McIntyre, MD, a professor of psychiatry and pharmacology and head of the Mood Disorders Psychopharmacology Unit at the University of Toronto, told Psychiatry Advisor. “It certainly would be a reasonable hypothesis that it could be in possession of antidepressant properties.” One recent study finding support for the antidepressant effects of curcumin was published in October 2014 in the Journal of Affective Disorders.2 In the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, researchers from several universities in Australia assigned 56 patients with MDD to receive either curcumin or placebo capsules twice a day for 8 weeks. Until the fourth week, each group had similar improvements in scores on the Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology self-rated version (IDS-SR30). From the fourth week through the eighth week, however, there was a significantly greater improvement in scores in the curcumin group, especially among patients with atypical depression. “Curcumin can influence several mechanisms in the body; in particular, it is a powerful natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant,” study co-author Adrian Lopresti, PhD, a clinical psychologist and researcher at the School of Psychology and Exercise Science at Murdoch University, told Psychiatry Advisor. “This has relevance to depression because people with depression have greater inflammation and oxidative stress, which can affect all major organs in the body, including the brain.” Chronic inflammation can decrease levels of serotonin and dopamine and lead to degeneration in certain brain areas. It is possible that the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin can restore these neurotransmitters and protect the brain, eventually leading to improvements in mood.

Fight depression with turmeric
TheHealthSite.com January 2016
A dose of curcumin increases serotonin as well as dopamine levels in the brain. An imbalance in serotonin levels influences the mood, which can eventually lead to depression, while dopamine is a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers.

Prevent Cancer, Heart Disease
NewsMax.com December 2015
Many studies have shown that curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, protects against many diseases including cancer and Alzheimer's. A study at the University of California, Los Angeles, found curcumin slows the buildup of amyloid plaques — one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer's — in the brain, and a laboratory study at the University of Illinois revealed that curcumin protected cells from damage caused by beta-amyloid. Latest News Update Get Newsmax TV At Home » Special: Researchers at Johns Hopkins University Medical School showed that curcumin protected against the nerve cell damage associated with Parkinson’s disease, and numerous studies have shown curcumin fights many types of cancer including colon, pancreatic, and breast. Read more: Prevent Cancer, Heart Disease With Ethnic Cuisine

Help for depression and anxiety
EveryDayHealth.com December 2015
Curcumin helps mitigate depression and anxiety. The abstract from a 2014 study in the Journal of Affective Disorders reads: Curcumin, the principal curcuminoid derived from the spice turmeric, influences several biological mechanisms associated with major depression, namely those associated with monoaminergic activity, immune-inflammatory and oxidative and nitrosative stress pathways, hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis activity and neuroprogression. We hypothesised that curcumin would be effective for the treatment of depressive symptoms in individuals with major depressive disorder.

Arthritis help may come from a surprising source
Clinton Herald, December 2015
Curcumin, the active chemical in the spice turmeric, has several potential uses. I wrote some months ago about its possible use in inflammatory bowel disease, but I was able to find several studies showing benefit in people with both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The usual dose was 500 mg (of curcumin) two or three times daily. There were few side effects in the studies, but there is the potential to worsen bleeding in people taking anticoagulants, such as warfarin. Curcumin seems a reasonable alternative to anti-inflammatories in people with arthritis, and it might be worth a trial, especially in people who experience side effects on the standard drugs. As always, finding a high-quality product is essential, since supplements are largely unregulated.

Turmeric for Alzheimer's Disease
About.com Health, December 2015
Turmeric contains a class of compounds called curcuminoids, which include a substance known as curcumin. Known to possess antioxidant properties, curcumin may play a key role in turmeric's potential effects against Alzheimer's disease. Preliminary research indicates that the curcumin found in turmeric may help curb inflammation and combat oxidative stress, two factors found to contribute to the development of Alzheimer's disease. What's more, some preliminary studies suggest that curcumin may help thwart the Alzheimer's-associated breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. There's also some evidence that turmeric may inhibit the formation of Alzheimer's-related brain plaques. Known to accumulate between nerve cells, these plaques form when protein fragments called beta-amyloid clump together. Beta-amyloid also appears to impair brain function by destroying synapses (structures through which nerve cells transmit signals to one another). In several animal-based studies, scientists have observed that turmeric may help clear beta-amyloid from the brain. For example, a mouse-based study published in Current Alzheimer Research in 2012 found that treatment with turmeric extract significantly reduced brain levels of beta-amyloid in mice genetically engineered to develop symptoms of Alzheimer's.

The link between cancer and diet
The News Tribe, December 2015
Curcumin, anti-ageing factor in this wonder spice. Renders anti-inflammatory and antioxidation benefits, hence used traditionally for a healthy glowing skin. Besides, it also destroys pro-carcinogens, thus protecting against cancer. It is also seen as that inclusion of turmeric in the diet reduces the incidences of senile diseases like Alzheimers.

Curcumin supplementation likely attenuates delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).
Eur J Appl Physiol, December 2015
Oral curcumin likely reduces pain associated with DOMS with some evidence for enhanced recovery of muscle performance. Further study is required on mechanisms and translational effects on sport or vocational performance.

Liver Health
LiveSupport.com November 2015
Turmeric’s primary chemical compound is curcumin, a yellow substance with a long history of aiding liver health. Numerous studies have linked curcumin to reductions in liver cancer and liver fibrosis. According to a study in a 2012 edition of the Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand, scientists found that the livers of diabetic rats were repaired and even regenerated with the help of turmeric. According to a 2009 study in the journal Liver International, curcumin showed an ability to inhibit several factors (like nuclear factor-kappaB) that helped reduce liver inflammation. In addition, the authors found that curcumin helped protect against liver injury from known liver cell toxins.

LiveScience.com November 2015
Curcumin is found primarily in turmeric, a member of the ginger family. It gives turmeric its distinctive yellow color. Because of its curcumin, turmeric has been used as a medicinal remedy in India for centuries, said Premkumar. “The claimed effects of curcumin range from relieving flatulence to curing Alzheimer’s disease and cancer,” said Premkumar. Animal studies have shown good results when looking at oral administration of curcumin and to inhibit the spread of mouth, stomach, liver and colon cancer. Studies are under way to investigate this effect in humans. Curcumin is an effective anti-inflammatory agent and antioxidant. It may also affect carcinogen metabolism, helping the body get rid of toxic compounds, and aid in combating cancer cell growth and tumors, according to the Linus Pauling Institute. All of these factors contribute to its being a potentially effective cancer-prevention agent. Based on successful animal trials, it has been suggested that curcumin could aid in inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis as well as cystic fibrosis and Alzheimer’s disease, but studies are either not yet under way or are inconclusive, according to the Linus Pauling Institute. According to Premkumar, curcumin can also be helpful in cardiovascular protection by lowering LDL cholesterol levels and increasing HDL (good) cholesterol levels. “Treatment with curcumin selectively increases the expression of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) receptor levels and is able to clear LDL, which is bad or lousy cholesterol,” he said.

Possible BPH Therapy Seen in Using Curcumin as Dietary Supplement
BPH News, November 2015
Recent research revealed curcumin significantly decreases prostate weight and volume in animal models of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The study entitled “Inhibitory effect of curcumin on testosterone induced benign prostatic hyperplasia rat model” was published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a common condition affecting elderly men and is characterized by a hyperplastic growth of the prostate gland, causing pressure on the bladder and urethra. Curcumin, one of the primary ingredients in turmeric and curry powders, and with beneficial effects in several diseases including retinal diseases and Parkinson’s disease, was also suggested to enhance degradation of a key receptor in prostate cancer and induce cancer cell death. The team observed that curcumin inhibited the development of BPH, significantly lowering prostate weight and volume. Additionally, authors observed curcumin decreased expression of VEGF, TGF-ß1, and IGF1 when compared to the control group (important growth factors in prostate tissue). These findings suggest that curcumin could potentially be used as an herbal treatment or functional food for BPH management, this way bypassing the adverse side effects observed in commonly used treatments for the condition.

Maintain liver health with curcumin
ChiroEco.com November 2015
Curcumin is the main component of the spice turmeric, giving it a distinctive bright golden coloring. Turmeric is a member of the ginger family and often used as a staple in Indian cooking, particularly as a primary ingredient in curry. Curcumin is thought to prevent the accumulation of fatty acids in the liver, thereby staving off the possibility of NAFLD before it progresses to NASH as well as other liver diseases. Furthermore, curcumin is a powerful antioxidant, so it may also protect against the effects of age on the liver, as well as inhibit the formation of enzymes that can cause cellular death. A 2015 review discussed curcumin’s role in preventing NASH. The study found that curcumin inhibits the activation of hepatic stellate cells, which form scars in the liver following damage.

Turmeric for disease prevention
examiner.com November 2015
Turmeric is made up of compounds called curcuminoids, named for the most well known and main active compound, curcumin. Curcumin is a strong antioxidant and arguably the most effective anti-inflammatory compound, not only fighting inflammation when it occurs, but stopping at the source, before it even begins. It is now believed that every chronic disease, including heart disease, thyroid disease and diabetes, has a strong correlation with chronic internal inflammation that you may not know even exists in your body. That said, regulating your body’s silent inflammatory response by utilizing turmeric and curcumin not only helps manage chronic disease, but is an important disease preventative. In fact, curcumin is so powerful that it is said to rival some anti-inflammatory drugs, even preventing fat accumulation and rebound, a common symptom of chronic inflammation. That is because of it’s anti-angiogenic properties and it’s ability to lower cholesterol levels, thusly reducing overall weight loss.

Turmeric prevents fear from being stored in the brain
Mail Online, November 2015
A spice commonly used in curry could help erase bad memories, according to a study. Curcumin, a bright-yellow compound found in the root of the Indian spice turmeric, prevented new fear memories being stored in the brain, and also removed pre-existing fear memories, researchers found. It is hoped that the findings will help develop treatments for people suffering with psychological disorders. Psychologists from the City University of New York trained rats to become scared when they heard a particular sound. Scientists assumed the creatures were frightened when they froze. Hours later, when the same sound was played to the rats, those who had been given ordinary food froze. Yet the rats fed the curcumin-rich diet didn’t freeze, suggesting their fearful memories had been erased. Professor Glenn Schafe, who led the study, said: ‘This suggests that people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychological disorders that are characterised by fearful memories may benefit substantially from a curcumin-enriched diet.’

Health Benefits of Curcumin
BT.com November 2015
Curcumin, a substance found in turmeric, is thought to reduce swelling and ease the pain associated with inflammation of the joints. Curries may help to prevent Alzheimer’s… Researchers have found that curcumin can also reduce the build-up of plaques on the brain that cause Alzeihmer's by as much as 50%. …And cancer Turmeric has been found to reduce the risk of several types of cancer; while a study found that people consuming high levels of cumin were less likely to develop prostate cancer.

Turmeric is hot and may benefit more than just your taste buds
Today, October 2015
Many of the studies have focused on curcumin, which researchers say is the active ingredient in turmeric. A Thai study published in 2014 found that curcumin capsules dulled the pain in arthritic knees just as well as the popular OTC NSAID ibuprofen. A 2015 study in a rat model of Alzheimer's disease found that the spice improved working memory. In fact, the more curcumin the rats consumed, the better their memories got.

The super healthy trendy root
Today, October 2015
Turmeric is getting lots of attention because the active ingredient in it, curcumin, has potent anti-inflammatory properties and has been shown to be beneficial in treating symptoms of Crohn's disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and stomach ulcers. There is also research (in both animals and humans) that shows that curcumin may help prevent and slow the spread of cancer, make chemotherapy more effective and protect healthy cells from radiation damage.

Health benefits of turmeric
The Gleaner, October 2015
Turmeric's unique contribution to prostate-cancer-fighting is its extraordinary anti-inflammatory properties, provided chiefly by its natural primary component, curcumin. Reducing inflammation with curcumin reduces the metastases that ultimately kill prostate cancer patients. Curcumin also down-regulates genes involved in adhesion, motility, and invasiveness that prostate-cancer cells need to invade and spread. Curcumin specifically inhibits prostate cancer-cell production of PSA by blocking its genetic expression. At the same time, it also reduces activation of the androgen receptors on cancer cells that trigger increased production of PSA. But the whole turmeric root also contains important oils and other substances that enhance curcumin's absorption and have health benefits of their own, including anti-cancer actions. Turmeric also inhibits the growth of stem cells that give rise to breast cancer without harming normal breast cells.

The beneficial role of curcumin on inflammation, diabetes and neurodegenerative disease: A recent update
Food and Chemical Toxicology, October 2015
Naturally occurring polyphenols (like curcumin, morin, resveratrol, etc.) have gained importance because of their minimal side effects, low cost and abundance. Curcumin (diferuloylmethane) is a component of turmeric isolated from the rhizome of Curcuma longa. Research for more than two decades has revealed the pleiotropic nature of the biological effects of this molecule. More than 7000 published articles have shed light on the various aspects of curcumin including its antioxidant, hypoglycemic, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer activities. Apart from these well-known activities, this natural polyphenolic compound also exerts its beneficial effects by modulating different signalling molecules including transcription factors, chemokines, cytokines, tumour suppressor genes, adhesion molecules, microRNAs, etc. Oxidative stress and inflammation play a pivotal role in various diseases like diabetes, cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease and cardiovascular diseases.

Researchers make breakthrough in understanding cancer
The Eagle, October 2015
Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil, as well as curcumin, found in turmeric, are in a unique class of dietary bioactives that we have termed membrane-targeted dietary bioactives, or MTDBs. Previous studies suggest that dietary bioactives such as curcumin, as well as fish oil and omega-3 fatty acids, are effective as colorectal cancer preventive agents. Long-chain fatty acids found in fish oil, as well as curcumin and capsaicin, which is found in hot peppers, fall into this unique class because they have both hydrophilic, or water-loving, properties and lipophilic, or fat-loving, properties. Due to their characteristics, these are capable of disturbing cell membrane organization. Membrane-targeted dietary bioactives, such as curcumin and capsaicin, squeeze in between spaces within the membrane leading to disruption of lipid and protein interactions.

Curcumin supplementation: more glycogen, less lactic acid, more stamina, more strength
Ergo-log.com September 2015
Curcumin [structural formula shown below] has been the subject of heated interest from molecular nutritionists in recent years. That's not surprising if you look at the long list of the benefits of curcumin: it inhibits muscle breakdown, enhances the positive effects of exercise on the blood vessels, boosts testosterone levels, inhibits estradiol, strengthen bones

5 Secret Health Benefits of Spicy Food
Desi Blitz, September 2015
Curcumin in particular is said to have anti-inflammatory properties, which break down the bad brain cells linked to Alzheimer’s disease.

Turmeric Blocks Cancer Cells – Which Chemotherapy Can’t Do
Food World News, September 2015
A recent study published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, for instance, found that a dose-dependent administration of curcumin effectively activated apoptosis of liver cancer cells, meaning it prompted these harmful cells to die.

How to improve your circulation
Stuff.co.nz, September 2015
Ginger, similar to spicy peppers, can help blood flow, as can turmeric root, which also has anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric contains curcumin, which is not only a wonderful antioxidant, it also assists blood flow.

Curcumin inhibits
Lab Invest,. September 2015
These findings characterized a novel mechanism by which curcumin modulated hepatocyte EMT implicated in treatment of liver fibrosis

A glass of turmeric
DailyTimes.com September 2015
The major medicinal value and health benefits of turmeric are due to its main ingredient curcumin. Curcumin serves as an anti-inflammatory agent and also possess anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. These properties make it a powerful healing agent in conditions like common cold. The anti-inflammatory action of curcumin aids in relieving the chest congestion which typically accompanies common cold. Curcumin also helps in boosting immunity and hence makes children less susceptible to such infections. When taken with milk, the absorption of curcumin in the body is enhanced significantly leading to a quick relief from common cold.

Focus on herbs that can treat diabetes
TheHindu.com August 2015
The most active component of turmeric is curcumin, a potential therapeutic agent used in diabetes and related complications. Curcumin could alleviate most aspects of diabetes including insulin resistance, hyperglycemia, hyperlipidemia, islet apoptosis and necrosis effectively. Moreover, Curcumin is safe and relatively inexpensive.

Three reasons turmeric is a boon for diabetics
TheHealthSite.com August 2015
The antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-glycaemic properties of curcumin present in turmeric, helps to strengthen the immune system and fight various infections and viruses. Here are some natural remedies that help you boost immunity and stay safe. It helps in weight management: Obesity is a major risk factor of diabetes, accumulation of abdominal fat makes insulin production difficult. However, curcumin helps to control triglyceride and cholesterol levels in the body, improve digestion, prevent the accumulation of harmful fats. This helps in weight management, an important way to manage diabetes or prevent its onset.

Top 10 super-spices
Madison.com August 2015
Curcumin is more effective slowing down the development of Alzheimer’s disease than many medications, because it decreases inflammation and oxidation in the brain. This spice also speeds up the recovery time from strokes as well. Turmeric and its active ingredient, curcumin, are also highly effective against diseases like irritable bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s, and arthritis. Turmeric also improves liver function, lowers homocysteine and prevents heart disease.

Curcumin shows promise for treatment of mild-to-moderate ulcerative colitis
Healio.com August 2015
“The findings of this trial suggest that curcumin as add-on therapy with optimized mesalamine is superior to optimized mesalamine alone in inducing clinical remission in patients with active mild-to-moderate UC,” the researchers concluded.

New Findings Support Curcumin as Derivative for Use in Fighting Mesothelioma
MesotheliomaHelp.com August 2105
According to researchers from Flinders Medical Centre, a teaching hospital and medical school in South Australia, curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric and the spice that gives curry its yellow color, inhibited the growth of mesothelioma tumor cells in human patient cells. Prior research was focused on animal models. “Curcumin – which can be taken orally in tablet form – has virtually no side effects, and could be used alone in patients too unwell to tolerate other therapies, or in conjunction with other drugs,” said lead researcher and Associate Professor Sonja Klebe, from the Department of Anatomical Pathology at Flinders, in a July 2 article in The Lead. “It may improve treatment response and allow reduction of standard drugs, improving quality of life,” added Klebe... The researchers found that the spice helps combat the cancer by directly affecting the blood supply to the tumors.

3 Reasons to Include Turmeric in Your Diet
US News & Health Report, August 2015
The magic of turmeric resides in the roots, specifically in the chemical compound called curcumin. Curcumin is a polyphenol – a chemical compound found in plants with antioxidant properties and myriad therapeutic attributes. In 2007, a study in Advances in Experimental Medicines and Biology, went so far as to state that, "Curcumin has been shown to exhibit antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and anticancer activities, and thus has a potential against various malignant diseases, diabetes, allergies, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease and other chronic illnesses."

Turmeric Rx: Centuries-old Indian spice may have multiple health benefits
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 2015
Curcumin can help prevent or treat a wide spectrum of cancers, inflammatory conditions, autoimmune problems, neurological ailments including Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and diabetes neuropathy, among other metabolic diseases. Interest in turmeric and curcumin began decades ago when researchers began asking why India has some of the lowest rates of colorectal, prostate and lung cancer in the world, compared with the United States, whose rates are up to 13 times higher. They traced India’s advantages largely to its diet staple of curry powder, which is a combination of spices, with turmeric as a main ingredient. A recent review published in the journal Molecules said studies to date “suggest that chronic inflammation, oxidative stress and most chronic diseases are closely linked, and that antioxidant properties of curcumin can play a key role in the prevention and treatment of chronic inflammation diseases.” An M.D. Anderson Cancer Center review of curcumin research, in the journal Phytotherapy Research in 2014, found that it regulates inflammation that “plays a major role in most chronic illnesses, including neurodegenerative, cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, autoimmune and neoplastic diseases.” Yet another M.D. Anderson study found that curcumin exhibits “antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anticancer activities,” all bolstering its “potential against various malignant diseases, diabetes, allergies, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and other chronic illnesses.”

Exciting research shows curcumin spice could help treat mesothelioma
EmaxHealth.com July 2015
Curcumin is known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. The turmeric derivative has the ability to stop the growth of mesothelioma, found in animal lab experiments. Now researchers have taken things a step further by testing curcumin's anti-cancer effect in human mesothelioma cells Associate Professor Sonja Klebe, from the Department of Anatomical Pathology at Flinders Medical Centre said in a media release: “Importantly, this breakthrough allows us to predict if a certain patient is likely to benefit from therapy.” Advertisement Current therapy for mesothelioma involves trying to keep the cancer from growing and spreading to other organ. Surgery is not an option for everyone. Chemotherapy has been only partially successful. Curcumin halts blood supply to mesothelioma tumors Klebe explained curcumin has the ability to stop new blood vessels from growing. Cutting off the blood supply to cancer has been a focus of treatment. But the researchers were able to show for the first time that mesothelioma cells form 3-dimensional tubes. “This may explain the poor results of trials with the standard drugs, because they do not target this type of blood vessel formation," Klebe says. The researchers thinks curcumin has a direct affect on mesothelioma tumor growth in addition to stopping blood vessels from growing. “Curcumin – which can be taken orally in tablet form - has virtually no side effects, and could be used alone in patients too unwell to tolerate other therapies, or in conjunction with other drugs. It may improve treatment response and allow reduction of standard drugs, improving quality of life,"

Treating Mesothelioma with Curcumin: Success May Be Predictable
SurvivingMesothelioma.com July 2015
Curcumin is the plant polyphenol that gives turmeric its yellow hue and spicy flavor. It has anti-inflammatory properties and has been shown to inhibit the growth of mesothelioma cells from animal models in the laboratory. Now, for the first time, researchers in Australia say they have successfully done the same thing with human cells taken from their own mesothelioma patients. Researcher Sonja Klebe, an Associate Professor at Flinders Medical Centre in South Australia where the new research was conducted, says the breakthrough will allow doctors to predict whether or not a certain mesothelioma patient will benefit from treatment with curcumin. The research at Flinders may also help explain why curcumin may sometimes work even better than traditional drugs to fight mesothelioma. Dr. Klebe says she and her research colleagues have discovered, for the first time, that mesothelioma cells may be capable of giving rise to their own blood vessels to feed growing tumors. Traditional mesothelioma medications only target blood vessel growth arising from surrounding stromal cells. “This may explain the poor results of the standard drugs because they do not target this type of blood vessel formation,” explains Dr. Klebe. Unlike these drugs, curcumin does appear to impact this type of blood vessel formation, potentially slowing or even reversing the growth of mesothelioma tumors. Curcumin can be taken in a pill form and has virtually no side effects. If the new research findings can be confirmed, Dr. Klebe says curcumin could be added to the standard treatment regimen for some mesothelioma patients, making it possible to reduce the amount of side-effect producing medications they have to take. Mesothelioma is an extremely rare and hard-to-treat cancer affecting an estimated 2,500 American patients every year. It is directly liked to asbestos exposure.

Spicy treatment for aggressive cancer
Southern Health News, Flinders Medical Center Publication, July  2015
Scientists at Flinders Medical Centre say they have successfully used the plant polyphenol curcumin to slow the growth of mesothelioma cells taken from their own patients. To understand how this new research may impact future treatment, click here to read the article Surviving Mesothelioma has just posted. Curcumin comes from the plant that produces the spice turmeric. Although it has been used to slow the growth of mesothelioma cells taken from animal models, the new research represents the first time the same thing has been done with cells from human mesothelioma patients.

Rediscovering the Cancer-Fighting Power of Turmeric
Asbestos.com July 2015
Historical evidence dating back thousands of years shows people in China and India often used curcumin to treat a number of conditions, from coughs and colds to skin diseases and wounds. Although it's been touted for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, tests to confirm further medicinal properties over the last few decades show mixed results. But the popular spice is back in the limelight thanks to modern clinical trials evaluating the compound's cancer-fighting properties. Clinical Trials Involving Curcumin and Cancer Many studies have shown curcumin can suppress tumor cells and is safe to consume even at high doses. Researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Ohio and Georg-Speyer-Haus research institute in Frankfurt, Germany, published a study in September 2014 titled, "Curcumin, Special Peptides Boost Cancer-Blocking PIAS3 to Neutralize Cancer-Activating STAT3 in Mesothelioma." The study on tissue samples showed how curcumin activates the specific protein that can slow or stop the growth of mesothelioma cells. Professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University and lead researcher of the study, Afshin Dowlati, M.D., told Asbestos.com the study "is very significant." Although the study wasn't performed on humans, Dowlati said curcumin "has shown clearly that it can reduce the cancer growth."

COX-2 inhibitors, conventional and natural, including curcumin
MyDigitalFC.com July 2015
Curcumin, the herbal aspirin, has been shown to inhibit certain growth factors. Every tumour needs blood supply and curcumin seems to impede them. Research suggests that curcumin ‘reawakens’ a key tumour-suppressor gene. It also inhibits metastases, especially in prostate and breast cancer, and quells other cancer cells, besides preventing the re-growth of cancer stem cells which populate the core of several tumours. New research hails curcumin as a ‘holistic’ anti-cancer herb, because of its success in not only halting cancer formation, replication and spread, but also providing the synergy to other anti-cancer drugs, while protecting healthy cells and organs. Research in the UK evidences that curcumin and chokeberry, for instance, can work together to induce cancer cell death (apoptosis) and prevent the spread of malignant cancer cells. Studies also suggest that curcumin can prevent cancer stem cells from re-growing the tumour. Recent research has shown curcumin can dexterously counter the dangerous effects of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and its hazardous relationship with breast cancer. According to clinicians women could take curcumin supplements to protect themselves from developing progestin-accelerated tumours, primarily because synthetic progestin increases vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), a protein that helps form the blood supply to developing tumours. Curcumin inhibits VEGF and, thus, reduces the potential of breast cancer to proliferate.

Formation of Neural Tube Defects Reduced by Curcumin
EndocrinologyAdvisor.com July 2015
Curcumin appears to reduce high glucose-induced neural tube defect (NTD) formation by blocking cellular stress and activation of caspases, according to an experimental study published in the June 4 issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology... Under high-glucose conditions, curcumin suppressed oxidative stress in embryos. Treatment correlated with reductions in the levels of the lipid peroxidation marker, 4-hydroxynonenal, nitrotyrosine-modified protein, and lipid peroxides. In addition, curcumin blocked endoplasmic reticulum stress and abolished caspase 3 and 8 cleavage in embryos cultured under high-glucose conditions.

Curcumin ameliorates high glucose-induced neural tube defects by suppressing cellular stress and apoptosis
Am J Obstet Gynecol July 2015
Curcumin reduces high glucose-induced NTD formation by blocking cellular stress and caspase activation, suggesting that curcumin supplements could reduce the negative effects of diabetes on the embryo. Further investigation will be needed to determine if the experimental findings can translate into clinical settings.

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Personal Liberty Digest July 2015
Curcumin has been studied as a potential cancer-fighting agent and has demonstrated an ability to reduce prostate cancer tumors. The authors of a new study in Tumour Biology, for example, reported on a mechanism by which curcumin inhibits the growth of prostate cancer cells. Curcumin also helps support prostate health in men who have prostatitis and benign prostatic hyperplasia. In addition, the compound is a potent antioxidant valued for its ability to reduce inflammation and pain in conditions such as osteoarthritis, as well as act as a blood thinner and immune-system booster. Curcumin has shown anti-diabetic effects and reduced diabetic complications.

Curcumin inhibits growth of prostate carcinoma
Tumour Biology July 2015

Prostate cancer (PC) is a prevalent cancer in aged men. Curcumin is an active ingredient that has been extracted from the rhizome of the plant Curcuma longa. Recently, a potential of Curcumin against PC has been reported in PC

West discovers health benefits of Indian spice turmeric

Press of Atlantic City July 2015
 A recent review published in the journal Molecules said studies to date "suggest that chronic inflammation, oxidative stress and most chronic diseases are closely linked, and that antioxidant properties of curcumin can play a key role in the prevention and treatment of chronic inflammation diseases." An M.D. Anderson Cancer Center review of curcumin research, in the journal Phytotherapy Research in 2014, found that it regulates inflammation that "plays a major role in most chronic illnesses, including neurodegenerative, cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, autoimmune and neoplastic diseases." Another M.D. Anderson study found that curcumin exhibits "antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anticancer activities," all bolstering its "potential against various malignant diseases, diabetes, allergies, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease and other chronic illnesses.

The anti-inflammatory role of curcumin in obesity and obesity-related metabolic diseases
European Journal of Nutrition School of Life Sciences, College of Natural Sciences
Researchers reviewed the last ten years of curcumin science as it applies to supporting weight loss and preventing obesity-related disease. Their conclusion is, “The modulation of several cellular transduction pathways by curcumin has recently been extended to elucidate the molecular basis for obesity and obesity-related metabolic diseases. These findings might enable novel phytochemical treatment strategies as well as curcumin translation to the clinical practice for the treatment and prevention of obesity-related chronic diseases. Furthermore, the relatively low cost, safety and proven efficacy of curcumin make it advisable to include curcumin as part of healthy diet.”

Targeting Inflammation-Induced Obesity and Metabolic Diseases by Curcumin and Other Nutraceuticals
Cytokine Research Laboratory, Department of Experimental Therapeutics, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas 77030
Extensive research within the past two decades has revealed that obesity, a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes, atherosclerosis, cancer, and other chronic diseases, is a proinflammatory disease. Several spices have been shown to exhibit activity against obesity through antioxidant and anti-inflammatory mechanisms. Among them, curcumin, a yellow pigment derived from the spice turmeric (an essential component of curry powder), has been investigated most extensively as a treatment for obesity and obesity-related metabolic diseases. Curcumin directly interacts with adipocytes, pancreatic cells, hepatic stellate cells, macrophages, and muscle cells. There, it suppresses the proinflammatory transcription factors nuclear factor-kappa B, signal transducer and activators of transcription-3, and Wnt/β-catenin, and it activates peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ and Nrf2 cell-signaling pathways, thus leading to the downregulation of adipokines, including tumor necrosis factor, interleukin-6, resistin, leptin, and monocyte chemotactic protein-1, and the upregulation of adiponectin and other gene products. These curcumin-induced alterations reverse insulin resistance, hyperglycemia, hyperlipidemia, and other symptoms linked to obesity.

Pharmacological basis for the role of curcumin in chronic diseases: an age-old spice with modern target- Bokyung Sung 
Cytokine Research Laboratory, Department of Experimental Therapeutics, University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX 77030, USA
Curcumin (diferuloylmethane), a yellow pigment in the spice turmeric (also called curry powder), has been used for centuries as a treatment for inflammatory diseases. Extensive research within the past two decades has shown that curcumin mediates its anti-inflammatory effects through the downregulation of inflammatory transcription factors (such as nuclear factor κB), enzymes (such as cyclooxygenase 2 and 5 lipoxygenase) and cytokines (such as tumor necrosis factor, interleukin 1 and interleukin 6). Because of the crucial role of inflammation in most chronic diseases, the potential of curcumin has been examined in neoplastic, neurological, cardiovascular, pulmonary and metabolic diseases. The pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of curcumin have been examined in animals and in humans. Various pharmacological aspects of curcumin in vitro and in vivo are discussed in detail.

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    "Everyday foods, beverages, and spices contain healthful compounds that help us fight harmful inflammation. And, in doing that, these phytochemicals may also reduce our risk of diseases associated with chronic inflammation, including cancer and diabetes."


    Curry Power
    Science News Magazine
    "The list of Curcumin's effects goes on and on, and they're all in your favor...in addition to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, Curcumin has several effects that may work in tandem to protect the brain from plaques in other ways. "If Curcumin had a single molecular target, it probably would not be as good a drug," M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. "But because it has multiple targets, it's very attractive."

    Influence of a 10-Day Mimic of Our Ancient Lifestyle on Anthropometrics and Parameters of Metabolism and Inflammation: The “Study of Origin”
    Biomed Research International
    The outcome of this 10-day “study of origin” suggests that a short period of return to the “conditions of existence” similar to those on which our genome is based may improve anthropometrics and metabolism by favorably challenging the immune system in apparently healthy subjects. The “return” may come with some costs in more active infection, as a trade-off for the “chronic systemic low-grade inflammation” typical of our current lifestyle of affluence.

    Health: The Fires Within
    Time Magazine
    Chronic inflammation may be the engine that drives many of the most feared illnesses of middle and old age. This concept is so intriguing because it suggests a new and possibly much simpler way of warding off disease. Instead of different treatments for, say, heart disease, Alzheimer's and colon cancer, there might be a single, inflammation-reducing remedy that would prevent all three.

    Science Daily Magazine
    Did evolution give us inflammatory disease?
    Researchers demonstrate that some variants in our genes which could put a person at risk for inflammatory diseases -- such as multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease or rheumatoid arthritis -- have been the target of natural selection over the course of human history.

    The 'inflammation theory': Immune-system errors linked to more illnesses
    The Seattle Times
    "Medical researchers are becoming increasingly convinced that the most primitive part of the immune system (inflammation), may play a crucial role in some of the most devastating afflictions of modern humans, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes and possibly Alzheimer's."

    Obesity is Inflammatory Disease, Rat Study Shows
    Scientists led by Dr David Fairlie from the University of Queensland, Australia, have found abnormal amounts of an inflammatory protein called PAR2 in the fat tissues of overweight and obese rats and humans. PAR2 is also increased on the surfaces of human immune cells by common fatty acids in the diet. When obese rats on a diet high in sugar and fat were given a new oral drug that binds to PAR2, the inflammation-causing properties of this protein were blocked, as were other effects of the high-fat and high-sugar diet, including obesity itself."

    Did evolution give us inflammatory disease?
    American Journal of Human Genetics
    Researchers demonstrate that some variants in our genes that could put a person at risk for inflammatory diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease or rheumatoid arthritis, have been the target of natural selection over the course of human history. The findings suggest that in the past these variants rose in frequency in the human population to help protect us against viruses, bacteria and other pathogens. But now in our modern world, the environment and exposure to pathogens has changed, and the genetic variants that were originally meant to protect us, now make an autoimmune reaction more likely.

    Curcumin at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
    The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Curcumin has been shown to prevent a large of number of cancers in animal studies. Laboratory data indicate that Curcumin can inhibit tumor initiation, promotion, invasion, angiogenesis and metastasis. Epidemiological evidence indicate that incidence of certain cancers is less in people who consume Curcumin than in those who do not. Recent evidence indicates that, besides chemopreventive activity, Curcumin may also be effective in the treatment of cancer. Curcumin is currently under investigtion for its anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory effects at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and other medical institutions.


    Spice Healer
    Scientific American Magazine
    An ingredient in curry shows promise for treating Alzheimer's, cancer and other diseases.
    "A chapter in a forthcoming book, for instance, describes the biologically active components of Turmeric--Curcumin and related compounds called Curcuminoids--as having antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties, with potential activity against cancer, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease and other chronic maladies. And in 2005 nearly 300 scientific and technical papers referenced Curcumin in the National Library of Medicine's PubMed database, compared with about 100 just five years earlier. Scientists who sometimes jokingly label themselves Curcuminologists are drawn to the compound both because of its many possible valuable effects in the body and its apparent low toxicity. They ponder how the spice or its derivatives might be used, not just as a treatment but as a low-cost preventive medication for some of the most feared ailments. As a treatment, it also has some enticing attributes. Because Curcumin targets so many biological pathways, it could have benefits for cancer therapy: malignant cells may be slow to acquire resistance to it and so might have to go through multiple mutations to avoid the substance's multipronged attack." 1 2 3

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