According to Dr. Andrew Weil, a recent promising research was made on both curcumin and turmeric:
– According to a preliminary experimental research at the Medical University Graz in Austria, curcumin seemed to delay liver damage, which can eventually lead to cirrhosis.
– A study at the University of Texas indicates that curcumin prevents the growth of melanoma, skin cancer and slows the spread of breast cancer into the lungs.
– A research at the Kansas State University found that adding certain spices, including turmeric reduces the levels of heterocyclic amines by up to 40% (carcinogenic compounds which are formed when meats are boiled, barbecued or fried).
– From the University of South Dakota, researchers have found that pretreatment with curcumin makes the cancer cells more vulnerable to radiotherapy and chemo.
– There are hypothesis by epidemiologists that the turmeric, which is part of the daily curries eaten in India, might help explain the low rate of Alzheimer’s disease in the country.
– At least one new study indicates the value of curcumin for arthritis treatment.