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Alpha-lipoic Acid, Curcumin, B-vitamins May Benefit Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Patients Undergoing Surgical Treatment

Posted March 5, 2014

In a study involving 180 patients with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) scheduled to undergo surgical decompression of the median nerve, oral supplementation with a combination supplement containing alpha-lipoic acid, curcumin phytosome, and B-group vitamins, twice a day, for 3 months prior to and 3 months after surgery, was found to be associated with significantly lower nocturnal symptoms, as compared to subjects who did not receive the supplement, at 40 days and 3 months post-surgery.

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Curcumin Found to Halt Prostate Cancer Metastasis

Posted March 3, 2014

Nature provides us with a number of natural compounds that have proven effective in controlling the division and replication of cancerous growths. One of the most promising is curcumin, the anti-inflammatory, bioactive extract from the curry spice, tumeric. A research team from the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany has published the result of a study in the journal Carcinogenesis that shows how curcumin inhibits the formation of metastases in prostate cancer tissues and other cancer lines as well.

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Synthetic versus natural curcumin: bioequivalence in an in vitro oral mucositis model

Posted February 12, 2014

Curcumin (CUR) is a dietary spice and food colorant (E100). Its potent anti-inflammatory activity by inhibiting the activation of Nuclear Factor-kappaB is well established. The aim of this study was to compare natural purified CUR (nCUR) with synthetically manufactured CUR (sCUR) with respect to their capacity to inhibit detrimental effects in an in vitro model of oral mucositis. The hypothesis was to demonstrate bioequivalence of nCUR and sCUR.

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Curcumin protects against neurodegenerative effects of lead poisoning

Posted January 27, 2014

A new study has found that the compound curcumin can reduce memory deficits caused by a higher lead content in the body. The results of the study, published a few years ago in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, “show that lead significantly increases lipid peroxidation and reduces the viability of primary hippocampal neurons in culture,” according to a summary.

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Why Curcumin is Officially the “King of All Spices”

Posted January 22, 2014

To the many traditional cultures around the world that have long utilized the spice in cooking and medicine, curcumin’s amazing anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-cancer benefits are no secret. But modern, Western cultures are only just now beginning to learn of the incredible healing powers of curcumin, which in more recent days have earned it the appropriate title of “king of all spices.” And as more scientific evidence continues to emerge, curcumin is quickly becoming recognized as a fountain of youth “superspice” with near-miraculous potential in modern medicine.

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Curcumin regulates gene expression of insulin like growth factor, B-cell CLL/lymphoma 2 and antioxidant enzymes in streptozotocin induced diabetic rats

Posted December 24, 2013

The effects of curcumin on the activities and gene expression of antioxidant enzymes, superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), glutathione peroxidase (GPX), glutathione-S-transferase (G-ST), B-cell CLL/lymphoma 2 (Bcl-2) and insulin like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) in diabetic rats were studied.

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Curcumin inhibits pituitary tumor cell proliferation, induces apoptosis

Posted December 10, 2013

There is probably no traditional Asian herb that is studied more in modern western medicine laboratories than curcumin, the active ingredient of the spice turmeric. This article focuses on a study that investigated using curcumin for an unusual tumor growth in the pituitary gland called pituitary adenoma. It is considered benign, because there has been no evidence of pituitary adenomas spreading beyond the pituitary gland.

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Curcumin causes colon cancer cells to self-destruct

Posted November 25, 2013

The second leading cause of cancer-related death in America, colon cancer, is projected to take over 50,000 lives in 2013, just in the US. The steep death toll can be prevented, however, because the causes of colon cancer are preventable and are no coincidence. Cancer of the colon is based on risk factors acquired through lifestyle decisions.

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7 Easy Ways to Dodge Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted November 21, 2013

The greatest risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease is aging, but that doesn’t mean that symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are a normal part of aging. Unfortunately, many people who experience “senior moments” think they’re simply experiencing a completely normal part of growing older. They chalk it up to stress, being busy, being tired, you name it. But the truth is, the physiological characteristics of Alzheimer’s are often present in the brain long before more defined symptoms arise.

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Study shows curcumin protects against mercury exposure

Posted October 14, 2013

Mercury pollution is extremely high around the world, with coal-burning power plants and nonferrous metal production being the main sources of toxic emission, accounting for 72 percent of total environmental discharge. The United Nations estimates that nearly 2000 tons of mercury was emitted into the globe’s atmosphere in 2010 alone.

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