A remarkable human clinical study published in the journal Diabetes Care, the journal of the American Diabetes Association, revealed that turmeric extract was 100% successful at preventing pre-diabetic patients from becoming diabetic over the course of a 9-month intervention.Performed by Thailand researchers, the study’s primary object was to assess the efficacy of curcumin, the primary polyphenol in turmeric which gives the spice its golden hue, in delaying the development of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) in a pre-diabetic population.
“After 9 months of treatment, 16.4% of subjects in the placebo group were diagnosed with T2DM, whereas none were diagnosed with T2DM in the curcumin-treated group. In addition, the curcumin-treated group showed a better overall function of β-cells, with higher HOMA-β (61.58 vs. 48.72; P < 0.01) and lower C-peptide (1.7 vs. 2.17; P < 0.05). The curcumin-treated group showed a lower level of HOMA-IR (3.22 vs. 4.04; P < 0.001) and higher adiponectin (22.46 vs. 18.45; P < 0.05) when compared with the placebo group.” [emphasis added]
The researchers concluded:
“A 9-month curcumin intervention in a pre-diabetic population significantly lowered the number of pre-diabetic individuals who eventually developed T2DM. In addition, the curcumin treatment appeared to improve overall function of β-cells, with very minor adverse effects. Therefore, this study demonstrated that the curcumin intervention in a pre-diabetic population may be beneficial.”
Anti-Cancer Agent (Turmeric)
Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have found that turmeric blocks hormone activity that’s responsible for the development of colorectal cancer. It’s also being used to suppress growth activity in pancreatic and breast cancer cells. Turmeric causes cell death in tumor cells but leaves other cells untouched. This is important for many areas of cancer research.
Helping Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease
Turmeric is effective in treating cognitive deficits and neuro-inflammation in neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD), according to the National Institutes of Health. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric tincture, reduces the chronic inflammation of nerve cells and reduces the oxidative damage that causes AD. Turmeric is one of the base ingredients in curries that are commonly consumed in India. The incidence of Alzheimer’s disease in India is 4.4 times less than in the U.S., according to the National Institutes of Health.
Keeps Bones Strong
Turmeric tincture inhibits the onset of rheumatoid arthritis, according to Dr. Funk, endocrinologist, University of Arizona Health Sciences Center. Turmeric supplements contain the same mechanism of action as anti-arthritic pharmaceuticals. Dr. Funk discovered that it also might be used to prevent bone loss and osteoporosis.
Turmeric tincture is used as an anti-inflammatory in both traditional and non-traditional medicine, but evidence from a study at the Department of Experimental Therapeutics at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston shows turmeric regulates numerous transcription factors that are linked to inflammation. Inflammation plays a major role in many chronic diseases, including heart disease and neurodegenerative disease. Turmeric curcumin has a potential role in the prevention and treatment of a variety of chronic diseases.
Turmeric tincture is an extremely effective antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals in the body that can damage cell membranes, tamper with DNA and even cause cell death, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.