Turmeric is a bright yellow spice widely used in Indian cuisine but it is also used to treat many ailments! Also called Indian saffron, turmeric has very interesting anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties (treats arthritis and prevents the development of cancer). Here is a list of 10 drugs that may be replaced by turmeric.
What is turmeric?
Turmeric contains curcumin, a pigment which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant (anti free radicals) properties. Consuming turmeric (powder or capsules) may have the same effect as some drugs and reduce symptoms associated with certain diseases. To date, thousands of studies have been conducted on this spice that has been attracting the attention of scientists because of its many health benefits.
Turmeric can be beneficial to both preventive and therapeutic use.
These are drugs that can be substituted with turmeric.
According to a study published in 1986 in a German trade magazine, curcumin has comparable effects to aspirin (antiplatelet modulation effects and prostacyclin) that can be very interesting in people who suffer from venous thrombosis and which require taking antiarthritic drugs.
According to a study published in a Polish newspaper in 2011, curcumin could reduce depressive behaviors in animals, and it can be compared to Prozac and Tofranil, antidepressants available by prescription.
Some studies have shown the efficacy of curcumin in people with type 2 diabetes. This spice has the same effect as Lipitor, a drug that is prescribed to treat cholesterol. Turmeric and Lipitor both help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress.
Curcumin has comparable effects to certain medications (steroids) to treat conditions such as chronic anterior uveitis (inflammation of the eye). Studies have shown that curcumin could be compared to dexamethasone, a potent corticosteroid that reduces edema, capillary leaks, etc. This is a very effective drug after a lung transplant or where the lungs are damaged as a result of ischemia (cessation of blood supply to the arterial level which requires re-infusion).
In 2007, a study published in the International Journal of Cancer showed that curcumin could be compared to oxaliplatin, an antiproliferative treatment of colorectal cancer cells.
Many scientific studies have found that curcumin had the same effect as ibuprofen (6), indomethacin (7), diclofenac (8) and tamoxifen (9), drugs that belong to the category of anti- inflammatory. Turmeric is as effective and natural alternative to limit the development of tumor cells and thus reduce inflammation.
Curcumin is very effective for treating diabetes since it activates AMPK, an enzyme that regulates the insulin and increases the uptake of glucose. Curcumin promotes glucogenesis (synthesis of glucose in the liver) and it is more potent than metformin.
Turmeric and its components have large therapeutic properties, especially in the treatment of certain cancers. Indeed, curcumin has the capacity to destroy cancer cells and make them more “receptive” to conventional treatments. Although scientific studies are ongoing to determine precisely its therapeutic scope, curcumin is an excellent natural medicine, still undervalued in the medical world.
Until turmeric enjoys greater scientific recognition, you should add it to your diet and incorporate it into your daily routine (dishes, sauces, decoctions, etc.) in small doses to prevent the onset of diseases such as cancers, arthritis and even Alzheimer’s disease: turmeric strengthens the brain and slows the development of this disease. Indeed, US researchers conducted an experiment on animals that showed that curcumin was stopping the accumulation of amyloid proteins in the origin of cognitive deficits associated with Alzheimer’s disease.