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Natural Ingredients : Turmeric

Turmeric (Curcuma Ionga), a plant in the ginger family, is one of the key ingredients found in curry powder.  Turmeric has been used for medicinal purposes in Indian and Chinese cultures since the 7th Century AD.  Curcumin, its active ingredient, is now widely known for its powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.  

The dried root of turmeric contains about 3-5% curcuminoids.  OMAPURE™ provides you with the highest concentration of curcuminoids on the market, standardized at 95%.

 

Curcumin (Turmeric’s active ingredient) has been used for thousands of years as a safe anti-inflammatory in a variety of ailments as part of Indian traditional medicine.
-Gregory Cole MD, UCLA School of Medicine

The science behind curcumin’s anti-inflammatory powers is now much more understood.   Researchers at the University of Texas attribute much of these powers to curcumin’s ability to block an inflammatory chemical called TNF:

“The active component of turmeric turns out to be the best blocker yet of a natural chemical called TNF, or tumor necrosis factor, which contributes to cancers and arthritis and is resistant to chemotherapy drugs. You don't need tens of thousands of dollars of TNF blockers.  Turmeric does exactly the same thing.'' 1

Given the anti-inflammatory properties, it should be no surprise that turmeric has been used for centuries in Ayurveda medicine (traditional medicine of India) for arthritis pain relief.   The National Institutes of Health acknowledge turmeric’s historical role and potential for treating both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis: 2
   
Osteoarthritis:  Turmeric has been used historically to treat rheumatic conditions. Laboratory and animal studies show anti-inflammatory activity of turmeric and its constituent curcumin, which may be beneficial in people with osteoarthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis:  Turmeric has been used historically to treat rheumatic conditions, and based on animal research may reduce inflammation.

The National Institutes of Health then go on to say that “reliable human studies are necessary before a recommendation can be made in this area.”

Fortunately, clinical research, including human trials, on this important herb has picked up considerably in the past few years:

"The antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties of curcumin derived from turmeric are undergoing intense research here and at other places worldwide"

-University of Texas, Anderson Cancer Center

Not only is research moving forward in arthritis, but it is also advancing rapidly in many other areas such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, and cystic fibrosis.   

In the area of cancer, The American Cancer Society states that turmeric has demonstrated anti-cancer effects in animal and laboratory studies:

“Several types of cancer cells are inhibited by curcumin in the lab, and curcumin slows the spread of some cancers in some animal studies.” 3

One cancer study performed by researchers at Harvard Medical School found that curcumin has direct antiangiogenic (reduces or inhibits the formation of new blood vessels) activity in vitro and in vivo. 4

As a result of this Harvard study and others, researchers are now moving forward with two human clinical trials for cancer, one focused on pancreatic cancer and the other on multiple myeloma (a rare cancer of the bone marrow).

UCLA is breaking new ground on the Alzheimer’s fight with the first-ever clinical trials of curcumins on humans with Alzheimer’s.  On the cystic fibrosis front, University of Washington Medical Center is recruiting patients for a Phase I study of curcumin’s safety and efficacy.  

In addition to these human trials, there are approximately an additional dozen currently underway in the US, England, and other countries to test the potential of turmeric (curcumin) to treat a wide array of human diseases.
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  1. ”Science Turns to Tumeric.”  LA Times, 23 Feb 2006.

  2. Turmeric: Medline Plus, National Institutes of Health, Web site  

  3. Turmeric: American Cancer Society, Web site

  4.  Arbiser, JL, Klauber N, Rohan R, van Leeuwen R, Huang MT, Fisher C, et al: Curcumin is an in vivo inhibitor of angiogenesis.  Mol Med 1998 Jun 4(6): 376-83.  Abstract (1) 

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