Turmeric is generally considered as a normal kitchen ingredient which we use in our everyday dishes. But in the scientific world, it is the most researched plant which exist today. It is amazing that more than 4,000 scientific studies have proved the healing benefits of the compound curcumin present in turmeric.
Also, thousands of peer-reviewed and published studies conducted and compiled are claiming that turmeric works for the health benefits of the human being. Interestingly these studies have shown that turmeric works even more efficiently than 14 pharmaceutical drugs which we buy over the counter.
Check out the interesting stuff about the drugs which can actually be replaced with turmeric to get quick relief from the disease.
– Corticosteroid Drugs
Corticosteroid is a type of steroid medications which is under study. In journal Phytotherapy Research, a study was published in1999 which claimed that the saffron colored compound which is present in primary polyphenol in turmeric, known as curcumin, is very effective as compared to steroids. It can replace the steroids treatment in the case of inflammatory eye diseases and chronic anterior uveitis.
Critical Care Medicine published a study in 2008 which found that curcumin is a favorable remedy as compared to the corticosteroid drug dexamethasone. This is proved in the case of animal model and the study claims that turmeric can act as an alternative therapy for injury due to down regulation of inflammatory genes during lung transplantation.
Also, the Cancer Letters had published a study in 2003 study which support the same thing that turmeric is favorable dexamethasone which is a drug for lung ischaemia-reperfusion injury model.
– Statin Drugs For Cholesterol
Lipitor/Atorvastatin is a cholesterol medication which is under study. The journal Drugs in R & D published a study in 2008 which has found out that a standardized preparation of curcuminoids which is present in Turmeric is more favorable than the drug atorvastatin (also known as Lipitor) as a remedy on endothelial dysfunction. Also, it is shown the reductions in the inflammation as well as oxidative stress in the case of type 2 diabetic patients underlying the pathology of the blood vessels.
(You can also read the additional information curcumin and ‘high cholesterol’ research – 8 abstracts)
– Antidepressants. Prozac/Fluoxetine & Imipramine (antidepressants)
The journalActa Poloniae Pharmaceutica published a study in 2011 has found that curcumin present in turmeric is more favorable as compared to both drugs which are responsible for the reduction of depressive behavior in an animal model.
Also, it can act as a potential replacement for Prozac as turmeric has no side effect. The Prozac should be avoided due to its “suicidal ideation or other psychotic disorders” frightening side effect.
(You can also read the additional information curcumin and depression research – 5 abstracts)
– Anti-inflammatory Drugs
The journal Oncogene has published a study in 2004 which has found that curcumin (as well as resveratrol) can act as a replacement for the drugs like aspirin, sulindac, ibuprofen, phenylbutazone, indomethacin, naproxen, diclofenac, celecoxib, tamoxifen and dexamethasone in order to carry on the anti-proliferative and anti-inflammatory activity against tumor cells.
(You can also read the additional information curcumin and anti-proliferative research – 15 abstracts)
– Aspirin (Blood Thinner)
The journalArzneimittel for schung, Vitro and ex vivo has published a study in 1986 which found that curcumin has prostacyclin modulating and anti-platelet effects more as compared to aspirin. It also indicates that it can act as an alternative drug for patients suffering from vascular thrombosis which needs anti-arthritis therapy.
(You can also read the additional information curcumin and anti-platelet research)
– Metformin (Diabetes Drug)
The journal Biochemistry and Biophysical Research Community has published a study in 2009 which explored about how curcumin can be more effective to treat diabetes. The finding of the study claims that turmeric suppresses gluconeogenic gene expression ( it is responsible to suppresses glucose production in the liver) and activates AMPK ( it is responsible for increasing glucose uptake) in hepatoma cells.
Interestingly, the study also found out that curcumin is 500 times to 100,000 times more potent than metformin to activate AMPK and its downstream objective acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACC).
– Oxaliplatin (Chemotherapy Drug)
The International Journal of Cancer has published a study in 2007 which states that curcumin is more effective as compared to oxaliplatin to act as an antiproliferative agent in colorectal cell lines.
(You can also read the additional information curcumin and colorectal cancer research – 52 abstracts).
So, now you are aware of how to replace turmeric with other drugs. You can use the herbal remedies to treat your diseases without side effects. The intake of turmeric in daily basis can also keep you safe from many diseases. Start it from today!