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Curcumin – Biological and Medicinal Properties

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This hasn’t been written by John Osborne, but he wanted it published for educational purposes.


This Extract is taken with permission, from:

CURCUMIN – BIOLOGICAL AND MEDICINAL PROPERTIES, Bharat B. Aggarwal, Indra D.Bhatt, Haruyo Ichikawa, Kwang Seok Ahn, Gautham Sethi, Santosh K. Sandur, Chitra Natarajan, Navindra Seeram and Shishir Shishodia. July 2006.




All evidences accumulated so far clearly indicate that curcumin protects against cancer, cardio-vascular diseases and diabetes, the major ailments in the US. This drug has also shown preventative as well as therapeutic effects against Alzheimer’s Disease, MS, Cataract formation, AIDS and drug-induced nonspecific toxicity in the heart, lung and kidney. Several of the studies establishing curcumin’s potential were carried out on animals. Further testing in humans is under to confirm these observations.

A clinical development plan for using Curcumin to treat cancer was recently described by the NCI. Studies also show that in countries such as India, which consume Curcumin, the profile of cancer incidence is very different from those that do not, such as in US.

How Curcumin produces its therapeutic effect is not fully understood, but they are probably mediated in part through the anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory action of Curcumin. It is quite likely that Curcumin mediates its effects through other mechanisms as well. Over a dozen different cellular proteins and enzymes have been identified to which Curcumin binds. High throughput ligand-interacting technology and microarray technology have begun to reveal more molecular targets  and genes affected by curcumin.

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John Osborne is a self-trained Naturopath with over 35 years of experience. Of an engineering formation, he looks at the root causes of people’s problems to discover the “why” rather than the “visible”. Using all forms of a natural approach, John includes phototherapy, homeopathy and aromatherapy among the means of aiding people to find a solution to their problems. John is not a doctor, so cannot diagnose, but works with the leading authorities in the world on the natural ways to cure serious illness.. His advice is given free and he is readily contactable via his website Remede Naturel.




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