Turmeric has once again been in the limelight for its medicinal properties especially its action in preventing Alzheimer’s disease. It is found to stop the spread of plaque found in brains of Alzheimer’s patients.
A study conducted by Professor Murali Doraisamy of Duke University Medical Center, Carolina showed that curcumin, or turmeric cured Alzheimer’s disease. Brain plaques dissolved in mice which were given curcumin, and in younger mice turmeric prevented formation of plaque in the first place.
Several studies have shown that turmeric is effective in treating conditions such as cough, cold, to cancer and arthritis. Incidentally, turmeric is referred as ‘spice of life’ in India.
Indians who take turmeric regularly have a low incidence of Alzheimer’s disease.
One of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease is memory loss. This can be a devastating experience. There will be one million people with this disease in 10 years. Turmeric can change their life. Turmeric is cost effective, safe and easily available.
Professor Murali Doraisamy said that efforts are underway that could lead to a curry pill.
Turmeric along with neem was under a patent imbroglio some years back with the big drug companies wanting to patent both of them. The timely interference of the Indian government prevented this from happening.
Medicinal plants and herbs are meant for all. They were graciously provided by the Divine for the well being of all human beings. It should not be cornered by a few greedy crooks.
More on medicinal uses of turmeric in the next post.