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  • Branded Curcumin Matches Effects of Prozac on Depression

    07/28/2013 11:19:21 AM PDT · by neverdem · 49 replies
    WholeFoods Magazine ^ | 7/24/13 | NA
    Chester, NJ—A recent clinical trial published in Phytotherapy Research indicated that a high-absorption curcumin (BCM-95 from Dolcas Biotech, based here) had similar effects as a generic form of Prozac (fluoxetine) on depression, sans the adverse effects. “It is a novel and surprising application for this natural medicine,” said Ajay Goel, Ph.D., Baylor Research Institute and Charles A Sammons Cancer Center, Baylor University Medical Center and study co-author. “People with depression have higher levels of inflammation in the brain. Also, people with depression have lower levels of neurogenesis in the brain, meaning they make fewer new brain cells than people with no...
  • Thalidomide teams-up with turmeric to kill myeloma cells

    07/02/2013 8:00:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 53 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 2 July 2013 | Sonja Hampel
    One of the curcuminthalidomide hybridsCancer researchers in the US and China have combined the turmeric spice pigment curcumin and the drug thalidomide to create hybrid compounds that can kill multiple myeloma cells.Multiple myeloma is the second most common type of blood cancer, killing 20% of affected patients each year. The drug thalidomide, banned after causing birth defects when given during pregnancy in the 1950s, was recently rediscovered and approved for the treatment of multiple myeloma. Thalidomide works by disturbing the microenvironment of tumour cells in bone marrow. However, it disintegrates in the body. Curcumin, a yellow pigment from the common...
  • Curcumin, ingredient of turmeric, stops viruses (and type 2 diabetes, some cancers, etc.)

    08/19/2012 9:48:47 PM PDT · by rjbemsha · 20 replies
    Physorg ^ | 16 Aug 2012 | Michele McDonald
    Curcumin shows promise in fighting devastating viruses. It stopped the potentially deadly Rift Valley Fever virus from multiplying in infected cells, says Aarthi Narayanan, lead investigator on the new study and a research assistant professor with Mason's National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases. "Curcumin is, by its very nature, broad spectrum," Narayanan says. "However, in the published article, we provide evidence that curcumin may interfere with how the virus manipulates the human cell to stop the cell from responding to the infection." Ultimately, curcumin could be part of drug therapies that help defeat these [deadly] viruses, Narayanan says. "I...
  • Spice (curry) drug fights stroke damage

    02/13/2011 11:01:07 PM PST · by Innovative · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | 10 Feb 2011 | BBC
    A drug derived from the curry spice turmeric may be able to help the body repair some of the damage caused in the immediate aftermath of a stroke. Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles are preparing to embark on human trials after promising results in rabbits. Their drug reached brain cells and reduced muscle and movement problems. The Stroke Association said it was the "first significant research" suggesting that the compound could aid stroke patients. "This is the first significant research to show that turmeric could be beneficial to stroke patients by encouraging new cells to grow and...
  • Compound derived from curry spice is neuroprotective against stroke and traumatic brain injury

    12/15/2010 10:14:26 AM PST · by decimon · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Salk Institute ^ | December 15, 2010 | Unknown
    LA JOLLA, CA--A synthetic derivative of the curry spice turmeric, made by scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, dramatically improves the behavioral and molecular deficits seen in animal models of ischemic stroke and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Two new studies suggest that the novel compound may have clinical promise for these conditions, which currently lack good therapies. Ischemic stroke is the leading cause of disability and the third leading cause of death of older people in the United States, while TBI is the leading cause of death and disability in both civilians and military personnel under the age...
  • Popular Asian spice can cure Alzheimer's disease

    09/17/2010 6:58:35 AM PDT · by Scythian · 152 replies · 1+ views
    (NaturalNews) Nature is full of various herbs and spices that protect against disease and even treat and cure it. And according to Chris Kilham, an ethnobotanist and Fox News' "Medicine Hunter", turmeric root -- also known in its extract form as curcumin -- is one such powerful spice that appears to both prevent the onset of Alzheimer's disease and even cure it. "People who develop Alzheimer's disease get a sticky plaque in the brain called amyloid beta," explained Kilham to Dr. Manny Alvarez in a recent Fox News interview. Such plaques either develop as a result of Alzheimer's, or they...
  • Vitamin D, curcumin may help clear amyloid plaques found in Alzheimer's disease

    07/15/2009 11:52:55 AM PDT · by decimon · 23 replies · 1,211+ views
    Early research findings may lead to new treatments for the diseaseUCLA scientists and colleagues from UC Riverside and the Human BioMolecular Research Institute have found that a form of vitamin D, together with a chemical found in turmeric spice called curcumin, may help stimulate the immune system to clear the brain of amyloid beta, which forms the plaques considered the hallmark of Alzheimer's disease. The early research findings, which appear in the July issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, may lead to new approaches in preventing and treating Alzheimer's by utilizing the property of vitamin D3 a form...
  • 'Holy powder' ingredient makes membranes behave for better health

    03/07/2009 9:15:48 AM PST · by decimon · 40 replies · 973+ views
    University of Michigan ^ | Mar. 6, 2009 | Unknown
    ANN ARBOR, Mich.---Revered in India as "holy powder," the marigold-colored spice known as turmeric has been used for centuries to treat wounds, infections and other health problems. In recent years, research into the healing powers of turmeric's main ingredient, curcumin, has burgeoned, as its astonishing array of antioxidant, anti-cancer, antibiotic, antiviral and other properties has been revealed. Yet little has been known about exactly how curcumin works inside the body. Now, University of Michigan researchers led by Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy have discovered that curcumin acts as a disciplinarian, inserting itself into cell membranes and making them more orderly, a move that...
  • Science Finding Medical Promise In Kitchen Cabinets

    06/11/2008 9:24:36 AM PDT · by Incorrigible · 23 replies · 131+ views
    Newhouse News ^ | 6/11/2008 | Brie Zeltner
    Science Finding Medical Promise In Kitchen Cabinets By BRIE ZELTNER Spices lend food wonderful flavors and also impart health benefits. (Photo by Sean Simmers) [Cleveland, OH] -- In 1993, an eager biochemist at the University of Texas struggled to put the brakes on a protein he had discovered a few years earlier, a protein that can trigger cancers and inflammatory diseases.Bharat Aggarwal knew that the protein, tumor necrosis factor, or TNF, could cause a whole cascade of inflammation in the human body a very bad thing. He also knew that turmeric, the yellow curry spice, was...
  • Ingredient In Yellow Curry Can Reduce Heart Enlargement And May Prevent Heart Failure

    02/22/2008 11:19:18 AM PST · by blam · 81 replies · 1,005+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 2-22-2008 | University Health Network
    Ingredient In Yellow Curry Can Reduce Heart Enlargement And May Prevent Heart FailureTurmeric. Eating curcumin, a natural ingredient in the spice turmeric, may dramatically reduce the chance of developing heart failure. (Credit: iStockphoto/Nilesh Bhange) ScienceDaily (Feb. 22, 2008) Eating curcumin, a natural ingredient in the spice turmeric, may dramatically reduce the chance of developing heart failure, researchers at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre of the Toronto General Hospital have discovered. In a study entitled, Curcumin prevents and reverses murine cardiac hypertrophy, published in the February edition of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, researchers found when the herb is given...
  • Curry fights prostate cancer, study finds

    01/17/2006 8:41:09 AM PST · by SupplySider · 44 replies · 1,206+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | January 17, 2006 | Jennifer Harper
    Ladies, if you love your man, give him cauliflower curry with a side of kale for dinner. It may stave off prostate cancer, according to research released yesterday by Rutgers University. Though they don't often make the favorite menus of most men, cauliflower and kale -- along with cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, kohlrabi, watercress and turnips -- contain a chemical that is a significant cancer-preventive.
  • Does a New Pill Contain the Fountain of Youth?

    06/03/2005 7:26:49 AM PDT · by Lathspell · 57 replies · 2,859+ views
    Protandim May Slow Aging Process by Increasing Enzymes That Fight Free Radicals- Dr. Joe McCord's latest research may unravel the mystery of aging. And if he succeeds, the answer could come in the form of a little yellow pill called Protandim. The University of Colorado at Denver biochemistry professor has conducted decades of experiments into a special class of enzymes in the cell that some hope have the potential of extending lives and possibly preventing chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Much of his work has centered on oxidative stress -- which increases with age. TBARS, which are...
  • Folk Remedy, Food Spice May Fight Cancer (propolis, turmeric)

    06/10/2005 8:55:21 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 90 replies · 8,287+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | June 10, 2005 | Yahoo News
    FRIDAY, June 10 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer researchers have been given a million-dollar grant to investigate the therapeutic value of the folk medicine propolis and the food spice turmeric. The U.S. National Cancer Institute grant is earmarked for the study of the two alternative remedies, each of which has shown promise in reducing risks for breast, prostate and colorectal malignancies, and in enhancing cancer treatment. Propolis and turmeric are rich in plant polyphenolic compounds that exhibit potent antitumor activities, the researchers said. "A very interesting property of these compounds is that they have been shown to cause cell death in...
  • UCLA-VA study names India dietary staple as potential Alzheimer's weapon

    12/28/2004 10:21:28 PM PST · by Moonman62 · 14 replies · 3,090+ views
    Eurekalert ^ | 12/28/04 | UCLA
    Yellow pigment in curry spice blocks, breaks up brain plaques in mice A dietary staple of India, where Alzheimer's disease rates are reportedly among the world's lowest, holds potential as a weapon in the fight against the disease. The new UCLA-Veterans Affairs study involving genetically altered mice suggests that curcumin, the yellow pigment in curry spice, inhibits the accumulation of destructive beta amyloids in the brains of Alzheimer's patients and also breaks up existing plaques. Reporting in the Dec. 7, 2004, online edition of the Journal of Biological Chemistry, the research team also determined curcumin is more effective in inhibiting...
  • Curry 'may slow Alzheimer's'

    06/10/2004 12:41:20 PM PDT · by SupplySider · 40 replies · 991+ views
    BBC News ^ | 21 December 2001
    Curry 'may slow Alzheimer's' A spicy ingredient of many curries may be an effective treatment for Alzheimer's disease, say researchers. A team from the University of California at Los Angeles believes that turmeric may play a role in slowing down the progression of the neurodegenerative disease. The finding may help to explain why rates of Alzheimer's are much lower among the elderly in India than in their Western peers. Previous studies have found that Alzheimer's affects just 1% of people over the age of 65 living in some Indian villages. Vindaloos Turmeric is found in everything from mild Kormas to...
  • Rem'ber haldi, forget Alzheimer's

    06/08/2004 6:27:21 PM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 35 replies · 449+ views
    The Times of India ^ | TUESDAY, JUNE 08, 2004 08:54:39 PM | CHIDANAND RAJGHATTA
    WASHINGTON : Too bad Ronald Reagan never developed a taste for curry. It might have saved him from Alzheimer's disease. As the former President's death focuses attention on the degenerative brain condition that devastates memory, recent studies have shown that diets rich in curcumin, a compound found in the common Indian curry spice turmeric ( haldi ) can help prevent Alzheimer's. In fact, American researchers reckon the high incidence of turmeric use is one reason why the disease is rare in India . Studies have noted that the elderly living in Indian villages appear to have the lowest incidence of...