Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Turmeric Action

The mystery behind the magical curative properties of turmeric has reached an important milestone. In a country like India people traditionally use turmeric for mundane health issues. People apply turmeric paste to cure wounds and women use it to enhance their beauty. Turmeric is also one of the vital ingredients in South Indian cooking because of its medicinal values. Turmeric has a multitude of antioxidant, antibiotic, antiviral and anticarcinogenic properties which can be attributed to the presence of a compound called curcumin in it. Researchers are mainly interested in the interaction between curcumin and human cells. An Indian-American scientist has demystified curcumin activity with a technique called Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy. He inferred that curcumin doesn't interact directly with cell membrane but rather it indirectly influences the membrane proteins. Continued research in this area might aid in developing potential turmeric based cure for numerous infections and diseases.


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