Curcumin or turmeric is the spice most commonly tasted in the curries of Southern Asia. It is also popular in certain places in Southeast Asia. The orange-yellow spice has been used in Asian cooking for millennia. But just as many studies exist touting the spice’s vast medicinal properties. According to writer Sayer Ji at GreenMedInfo.com it is as good as, or better than, 14 different drugs on the market in combating serious illnesses. Lots of common conditions can be eased, perhaps even reversed with a regular dose of turmeric in the diet. Here are some places where this natural spice runs circles around an equivalent, and common, drug. For cholesterol control, turmeric is head and shoulders above the ever-so-popular statins. A 2008 study published in the journal Drugs in R & D found that curcuminoids found in turmeric worked just as well as Crestor (rosuvastatin) and Lipitor (atorvastatin calcium) in controlling cholesterol. Another discovery, turmeric extract worked well in reducing inflammation and relieving oxidative stress in type-2 diabetes. Turmeric is very effective in managing diabetes, even better at glucose uptake than Metformin, a common diabetes drug, according to a study in the journal Biochemistry and Biophysical Research Community.
Cancer and arthritis can lead to inflammation, which often requires a steroid injection to relieve. But researchers in a 1999 study found that curcumin, the main antioxidant in turmeric, helped treat inflammatory eye disease just as well as a steroid injection. This article was published in the journal Phytotherapy Research. A 2004 study found that turmeric was just as good at relieving inflammation as ibuprofen and aspirin. One study found that turmeric worked to reduce depression as well as Paxil (paroxetine) and Prozac (fluoxetine), two drugs that can have serious side effects, and in some people, make symptoms worse. A 1986 study found that turmeric was as effective at thinning the blood as aspirin. Colorectal patients, add turmeric to your diet. It may work just as well as chemotherapy drug oxaliplatin (Eloxatin) according to a 2007 study in the International Journal of Cancer. It is not advised to stop taking medication and replace it with turmeric. However, adding this healthy spice to your diet can help prevent, soothe, and maybe even reverse a lot of illnesses.