December 21, 2011
Turmeric as an anti-inflammatory
Chronic inflammation is strongly linked to retinal degeneration, dry eye syndrome, cardiovascular disease, many cancers, and Alzheimer's. The chemical properties in Turmeric act as powerful anti-inflammatories, antioxidants, anti-angiogenics, and surgical wound healing accelerators. [Source]
Turmeric has long been used for its digestive, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. The primary compounds to which turmeric's benefits are attributed are curcuminoids and volatile oils,
Anti-inflammatory agents in turmeric may be useful in relieving symptoms associated with rheumatic conditions, according to NIH. Turmeric is sometimes used as part of the course of treatment for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It may help with the pain and loss of mobility from these conditions. Turmeric may also be useful for treating uveitis, a form of eye inflammation, states UMMC.
Turmeric is an herb that contains curcumin, the active ingredient that may have medicinal properties. The herb or turmeric extract cannot treat dry eye, but the curcumin component of turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties that could help reduce inflammation associated with dry eye. If you have inflammation, you may wish to talk with your doctor about the potential benefits of using turmeric to reduce the severity of your symptoms.
studies seem to indicate turmeric is a safe COX-2 inhibitor. Turmeric also inhibits a number of other molecules that cause inflammation such as leukotrienes. Studies have shown not only anti-inflammatory but also possible antiviral and anti-fungal properties of curcuminoids, the active compound in turmeric. [Source]
Curcumin, just like other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), has been shown to inhibit the pro-inflammatory enzymes, cyclooxygenase (COX-2), and lipoxygenase (LOX-4). However, Curcumin does not interfere with the cyclooxygenase (COX-1) enzymes that protect the mucosal lining of the stomach, as do the NSAIDs like Motrin and Advil, therefore it is a far safer anti-inflammatory choice. [Source]
Curcumin induces appropriate cellular apoptosis (normal cell death) which prevents the inflammation associated with cellular necrosis.
About 3 weeks ago, I started taking Turmeric (450 mg – twice a day) and I have not had a bad dry eye day since! [Source]
tumeric juice a super yummy ayurvedic drink to help your liver, support immune system.
5 pieces of fresh tumeric root, washed
2 tablespoons honey or sweetner of your choice
put the tumeric root, and the the lemon through your juicer, you can put the pulp back a second and maybe even a third time to get all the goodness out
leave the juicer running and pour about 1/2 cup warm water through.
mix the honey or sweetner in. if you dont want to use a concentrated sweetner, swap the lemon for an orange (it wont be as medicinal, but it will be sweeter…)
top up with 1-2 cups cold water and store in fridge