Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Turmeric, Treat Arthritis to Prevent Post-Traumatic Stress

Turmeric, the type of herbs used for curries, has been shown to have some health benefits. Turmeric has long been used to treat arthritis, heartburn, stomach problems and diarrhea.

More recently, researchers discovered other benefits of turmeric, which is to help cure bad memory or memories associated with posttraumatic stress disorder -trauma or post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

In a new study led by Glenne Schafe, a psychology professor at Hunter College, researchers found that curcumin, a compound found in turmeric, can repair scary memories are formed in the brain after a traumatic experience.

"We've seen that mice fed a curcumin-rich diet improved the memory disruption caused fear," said Schafe.

"We also saw rats in the pre-fear, could lose the fear memory after eating fortified foods curcumin."

In the past, curcumin has been studied and shown to be examined its usefulness in treating multiple myeloma, pancreatic cancer, myelodysplastic syndrome, colon cancer, psoriasis, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease, and even depression.

A recent study has found that the curcumin in combination with other anticancer peptide, proven to fight against mesothelioma, a type of cancer that attacks the cells of the mesothelium (a protective lining around organs).

In addition, researchers have also investigated the effects of curcumin on Alzheimer's disease. A 2008 study stated that curcumin can reduce the amount of beta-amyloid plaques, delayed degradation of neurons, metal-chelation, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and reduce the decline in microglia.

Language in short, thanks to curcumin, patients with Alzheimer's disease, memory has improved significantly.

Back to the benefits of curcumin in treating PTSD and other psychological disorders, the researchers also found that the positive effects of curcumin to dispel bad memories, turned out to be long term.

In fact, it can prevent bad memories resurfaced. Of course, more research will be needed to strengthen the evidence above.

The authors conclude that these findings may have important clinical implications for the treatment of mental disorders such as PTSD, which is characterized by traumatic memories unusually strong and continuously appear again and again.

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