I am half Iranian and a spice typically used in many Iranian dishes is turmeric. Growing up my father always spoke of how good it was for the body (he had many holistic remedies for various ailments that had been passed through the family for generations). He encouraged me to use turmeric as much as I could and I continue to do so.
As an adult, learning about the healing properties of many foods and spices has been eye opening. I always thought my father was just superstitious but I’ve found out that science is on his side. For example, turmeric has been scientifically proven to have such amazing healing properties that it could actually replace many prescription drugs.
Via Sayer Ji at Greenmedinfo, turmeric can replace:
- Prozac / Fluoxetine & Imipramine (antidepressant): A study published in 2011 in the Acta Pharmaceutica Polonie journal revealed that turmeric worked better compared to both drugs in reducing depressive behavior in animals.
- Corticosteroids (steroid drugs): A study published back in 1999 in the Phytotherapy Research journal has shown that the primary polyphenol in turmeric, saffron pigment known as curcumina, had a better impact than steroids on the management of chronic anterior uveitis, an inflammatory eye disease.
- Lipitor / atorvastatin (cholesterol drug): a 2008 survey published in the R & D journal for drugs revealed that a standardized preparation of the curcuminoids from turmeric worked better than Lipitor on endothelial dysfunction, underlying pathology of the blood vessels that drives atherosclerosis, reducing inflammation and oxidative stress in patients with type 2 diabetes.turmeric paste
- Aspirin (blood thinner): In vitro and ex vivo studies, published in 1986 in the Arzneimittelforschung journal found that turmeric has anti-platelet and prostacyclin modulating effect in relation to aspirin, which means that it can be used in patients prone to vascular thrombosis and in anti- -arthritis therapy.
- Anti-inflammatory drugs: A study published in 2004 in the Oncogene journal, found that turmeric (same as resveratrol) was more effective than aspirin, ibuprofen, sulindac, phenylbutazone, Naproxen, Indomethacin, diclofenac, dexamethasone, celecoxib, and Tamoxifen.
- Oxaliplatin (chemotherapeutic drugs): In 2007 the International Cancer Journal showed that turmeric could be compared with oxaliplatin as an anti proliferative drug in colorectal cell lines.
- Metformin (diabetes drug): The Biochemistry and Biophysical journal back in 2009 published a study that examined how turmeric can be valuable in the treatment of diabetes. They found that it activates AMPK (which increases glucose uptake) and suppresses gluconeogenic gene expression (which suppresses the formation of glucose liver) in hematoma cells. Interestingly, they found that turmeric is from 500 times to 100,000 times (in the form known as tetrahydrocurcuminoids (THC)) more potent than metformin in activating AMPK and its further targeted acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACC).