Wednesday, January 17, 2007

The healing potential of curcumin

An ingredient in curry shows promise for treating Alzheimer's, cancer and other diseases Scientific American 2/07 "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."

A good article on curcumin in the February edition of Scientific American. They even touch on the P53 debate - whether curcumin turns it on, or off and what it means for cancer (more research needed).

Sites mentioned in the article have some very good info on curcumin here and here.

The author of The Molecular Targets and Therapeutic Uses of Curcumin in Health and Disease is Bharat Aggarwal

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