Looking back, it seems that there is nothing that Curcumin can’t prevent or treat. While that’s not exactly true, there are several other diseases for which Curcumin is highly effective, yet they don’t fall neatly into the categories of the other chapters. Nevertheless, they are well worth mentioning.
So here’s the “grab bag” of other ways Curcumin can be enormously helpful in protecting:
Lungs: Existing drugs have not been shown to be effective in the treatment of lung conditions resulting from occupational and environmental exposures to mineral dust, airborne pollutants, ciggarette smoke, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and other causes of acute and chronic inflammatory lung disease. Several animal studies show that Curcumin minimizes lung injury and fibrosis caused radiation, chemotherapeutic drugs and toxic substances. The researchers also note that studies support the conclusion that curcumin plays a protective role in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, acute lung injury, acute respiratory distress syndrome and allergic asthma. A recent animal study from the United Arab Emirates confirms the usefulness of Curcumin in protecting against the toxic effects of air pollution.
Kidneys: When Indian researchers artificially induced kidney disease in animals, they found that Curcumin protected them from the toxic build up that occurs when kidneys can no longer filter the blood. The study also showed that the antioxidants in Curcumin protected kidneys against injury. Eyes: Another Indian study showed that the growth of cataracts in animals with diabetes was significantly slowed when the animals were given Curcumin supplements. Researchers theorize that this same protection can be extended to human cataracts that occur when the lens of the eye becomes cloudy. It is common in older people.
Want more? here is a handful of other diseases that Curcumin may help treat or prevent.
Obesity: Obesity is such a huge problem that it probably deserves its own chapter or even its own book. Two-Thirds of Americans are over weight, of which one-third is obese. Anything that can help with weight control is welcome. Through its anti-inflammatory action, several studies show that Curcumin can result in better blood sugar control and, therefore, a small but significant decrease in body weight and fat. Perhaps more important, it also increases levels of protein called adiponectin that are usually low in obese people. By raising adiponectin levels, normal weight can return, Curcumin also helps cut off blood supply to excess fat cells, reducing their size and number. Recent research published in the British Journal of Nutrition in late 2011 showed that BCM-95 Curcumin reduced liver inflammation, neutralizing the risk for a fatty liver associated with obesity. So, not only does curcumin help keep weight and blood sugar under control, it can reduce the inflammatory marker for potentially fatal liver disease and lessens the risk for a wide variety of diseases, including diabetes, disease and cancer.
Multiple sclerosis: This progressive neurological disease eventually leads to complete disability. Researchers theorize that the same properties in Curcumin that protect brain cells may also be helpful in protecting the muscle fibers that are affected by multiple sclerosis (MS). In a Vanderbuilt animal study, animals with MS -like illness showed no signs of the disease after being treated with Curcumin while those that did not get Curcumin became paralyzed.
Immune system: In particular, studies on HIV show that Curcumin slows the ability of the virus to duplicate itself and spread, reducing the viral load on people whose immune system are already severely compromised. This human study reduced the viral load in 57% of the participants. In addition, a Kenyan epidemiological study of people of Indian descent (who eat curry) and those of African decent (who don’t eat curry) showed that those of African descent were far more likely to contract HIV.