It certainly appears that turmeric has some direct anti-aging properties.
As a powerful anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, curcumic (found in turmeric) helps fight many chronic health ailments. These range from diabetes to heart disease to dementia. Curcumin has been proven to be helpful in relieving arthritis and improving ball bladder and liver health. It even suppresses the formation of plaques linked with Alzheimer's disease.
Curcumin protects against free radical damage (anti-aging power) because it is a strong antioxidant. Water- and fat-soluble extracts of turmeric and its curcumin component exhibit strong antioxidant activity, comparable to that of vitamins C and E. An in vitro study measuring the effect of curcumin on endothelial heme oxygenase-1, an inducible stress protein, was conducted utilizing bovine aortic endothelial cells. Incubation (for 18 hours) with curcumin resulted in enhanced cellular resistance to oxidative damage.
It reduces inflammation by lowering histamine levels and possibly by increasing the production of natural cortisone by the adrenal glands. Oral administration of curcumin in instances of acute inflammation was found to be as effective as cortisone or phenylbutazone, and half as effective in cases of chronic inflammation. Its anti-inflammatory properties may be attributed to its ability to inhibit both biosyntheis of inflammatory prostaglandins from arachidonic acid and neutrophil function during inflammatory states.
It protects the liver from a number of toxic compounds such as carbon tetrachloride (CCl4), galactosamine, acetaminophen (paracetamol), and Aspergillus aflatoxin. Turmeric's hepatoprotective effect is mainly a result of its antioxidant properties as well as its ability to decrease the formation of proinflammatory cytokines. Sodium curcuminate, a salt of curcumin, also exerts choleretic effects by increasing biliary excretion of bile salts, cholesterol, and bilirubin as well as by increasing bile solubility, therefore, possibly preventing and treating cholelithiasis. Curcumin has choleretic activity that increases bile output and solubility, which may be helpful in treating gallstones.
Read more about this from the "Journal of Natural Science, Biology and Medicine." (article and references)
Turmeric Anti-Cancer Properties?
Even back in 1996 there was enough research on the cancer-fighting benefits of turmeric that scientists put together a review of such studies in the "Nutritional Reviews" journal. Turmeric inhibits the accumulation of DNA mutations, even at low doses. Turmeric tablets had the anti-aging properties of reducing DNA damage and helping repair precancerous lesions. Turmeric was even found to inhibit tumors from forming in the breast, skin gut and mouth.
The journal "Breast Cancer Research and Treatment" published a study from the University of Michigan which a mixture of curcumin (which is found in turmeric) and piperine prevented the propagation of breast cancer stem cells all the while not affecting healthy cells.
Animal studies involving rats and mice as well as in vitro studies utilizing human cell lines have demonstrated curcumin's ability to inhibit carcinogenesis at three stages: Tumor promotion, angiogenesis, and tumor growth. In two studies of colon and prostate cancer, curcumin inhibited cell proliferation and tumor growth. The anticarcinogenic effects of turmeric and curcumin are due to direct antioxidant and free-radical scavenging effects and their ability to indirectly increase glutathione levels, thereby aiding in hepatic detoxification of mutagens and carcinogens and in inhibiting nitrosamine formation. (pubmed.gov, J Lab Clin Med. 1997 Dec;130)
On the Dr.Oz website, it states that Turmeric is on of the safest and easily accessible home remedies in the world. It is inexpensive and easily stored. The site also states that: :"turmeric has gained the recognition of the scientific community for its potential for lowering cholesterol, reducing blood sugar in diabetics, relieving arthritis, supporting liver function, improving digestion, reducing menstrual cramps, reducing inflammation in the colon, wound healing, fighting cancer and preventing Alzheimer’s disease. Its broad medicinal uses are due to its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antioxidant qualities."
Dr. Mercola's website states that turmeric has these potential health benefits:
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