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2011-05-06

Turmeric for Parkinson's Disease Prevention

Who doesn't love Indian food? Very few people, that's for sure. Well, here's a study that will encourage you to eat the delicious cuisine and make more than just your mouth and taste-buds feel good about it.

Multiple pathways including oxidative stress and mitochondrial damage are implicated in neurodegeneration during Parkinson's disease (PD). The current PD drugs provide only symptomatic relief and have limitations in terms of adverse effects and inability to prevent neurodegeneration. Therefore, there is a demand for novel compound(s)/products that could target multiple pathways and protect the dying neurons.

Turmeric is a spice used in traditional Indian cuisine as well as traditional medicine with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and potential neuroprotective properties. To explore the neuroprotective property of turmeric in PD, this study used mice subjected to dietary supplementation with turmeric for 3 months.

Skipping the techincal details...the authors conclude that "chronic dietary consumption of turmeric protects the brain against neurotoxic insults, with potential application in neurodegeneration. Further characterisation of the active constituents of turmeric that potentially promote neuroprotection could improve the utility of dietary turmeric in brain function and disease."

Coincidentally, I regularly eat Indian food with a group of friends on most Fridays... and it's Friday!

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Source: Chronic dietary supplementation with turmeric protects against 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine-mediated neurotoxicity in vivo: implications for Parkinson's disease

3 comments:

  1. "a spice used in traditional Indian cuisine as well as traditional medicine"
    Really? Traditonal medicine uses turmeric? I don't think so.

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  2. I think I know where the confusion is coming from...it's the terminology. I used the term "traditional medicine" to mean exactly that--traditional medicine, and this can be slightly different depending on the country/culture we're referring to.

    So in this post, traditional medicine referred to Ayurvedic medicine.

    I used to avoid the use of this term since a large number of people used to refer to "traditional medicine" as modern/conventional medicine (also what some call allopathic medicine).

    When you think about it, it really doesn't make sense...modern medicine (which I think is a fairly accurate description) cannot be traditional...that would be an oxymoron.

    However, in recent years I have noticed more and more people use the term "traditional medicine" the way I do. I rarely hear it used to mean conventional medicine, so I thought I'd start using the term again as it does seem to be on the rise.

    Hope this clarifies the issue.

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  3. I agree with you. Turmeric is really very effective for Parkinson's disease. With the treatment of Ayurvedic medicines it will surely help in controlling Parkinson to some extent..as ayurvedic medicines are safe and they don't cause adverse side reactions. When my grand mother suffering from this disease she use this medicine : Zandopa Special bundle and It is highly effective. I would recommend it to all those who are suffering from this issue.

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