Here at Simple Organic Life, we advocate for home remedies before turning to medication. That said, if you are at all worried about your health, visit your doctor. If you are currently receiving treatment for something, do not stop treatment. Be reasonable and use your heads.
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about turmeric. It’s one of the most widely used plants for medicine and flavor. There are 5,600 peer-reviewed biomedical studies on turmeric. These are some of their findings.
1. Lipitor/Atorvastatin for high cholesterol.
A 2008 study published in the journal Drugs and R & D found that turmeric compared favorably to Lipitor on endothelial dysfunction. It was as effective at treating high cholesterol as mainstream cholesterol drugs.
2. Steroid medications.
A 1999 study found that polyphenol in turmeric, which gives it its saffron pigment, compared favorably to steroids for managing chronic anterior uveitis, an eye disease.
A 2011 study published in Acta Poloniae Pharmaceutica found that turmeric compared favorably to both Prozac and Fluoxetine in reducing depressive behavior.
A 1986 study published in Arzneimittelforschung found that turmeric was as effective a blood thinner as aspirin, giving it value to patients prone to vascular thrombosis.
5. Anti-inflammatory drugs.
Turmeric was found in a 2004 study published in Oncogene to be as effective as aspirin, ibuprofen, sulindac, phenylbutazone, naproxen, indomethacin, diclofenac, dexamethasone, celecoxib, and tamoxifen.
6. Metformin for diabetes.
A 2009 study published in Biochemistry and Biophysical Research Community found that turmeric was valuable for treating diabetes. The study found that turmeric activates AMPK, which increases glucose uptake, and suppresses gluconeogenic gene expressio in hepatoma cells. It can be 500 to 100,000 times more potent than metaformin in activating AMPK.
7. Oxiliplatin, a chemotherapy drug.
This one deserves to be taken with the greatest grain of salt due to the high stakes nature of the disease it treats. A 2007 study published in the International Journal of Cancer found that turmeric compares favorably with oxaliplatin as an antiproliferative agent in colorectal cell lines.
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