Curcumin and cirrhosis

April 21 2008 post. This morning I read an interesting bit of news in the “Times of India” (http://tinyurl.com/4tyq5v). Another discovery about the wonders of curcumin: Researchers at New Delhi’s Jamia Hamdard University have successfully used curcumin – extracted from turmeric and broken into nano form – to control and cure cirrhosis of liver in an animal model experiment. "Nano," huh?  How "nano" were these nanoparticles, I wonder? Well, even though the jury is still out on the nano-stuff, in this case the nanocurcumin appears to have worked. Interesting.
 
And here is another interesting bit: It was found that when used in large doses, turmeric wasn’t particularly useful. But broken into nano particles, it worked wonders. It even reversed cirrhosis which is incurable," said S Ahmad, vice-chancellor of Jamia Hamdard.
 
It reversed the…irreversible? Wowie! I imagine, by the way, that the researcher was referring to “curcumin," not “turmeric.” Well, I suppose I will have to read the study at some point.
 
Then we read: The curcumin extract is an anti-oxidant that helps revive dead cells. It acts as a repairing agent and can regenerate cells that have broken up into nodules..
 
Helps revive dead cells, huh? Well, well…well!

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